Wear Your Sequins to Work Day

Elizabeth Ames Staudt
December 6, 2010
Comments 3

My underline-happy-husband just left the house for the first time in a number of days that I will not disclose. He’s a graduate student, and it is finals-season. Right now he lives in a little cave of books and his sweatpants.

This is his carry-on bag.

It is also sequin season. Every store, even ones like CVS that don’t really sell apparel, seems to be stocking sparkly clothes right now. Like a magpie, I find it very difficult to resist anything that shines. It would not surprise me if, in assessing my closet, you suspected me of moonlighting as a figure skater or drag queen.

Instead, I moonlight as a writer, working mainly from home. Since this summer, my day job also requires me to work from home. Even as someone who lived for nearly four years in Seattle, the hoodie-capital of America, I am slightly disturbed by my growing familiarity with that category of clothing called leisure wear.

Writing isn’t leisure. Most of the time it’s no cocktail party, either, and it affords precious few opportunities for sequin-wearing. But I love celebrating, and dressing up, and, entirely free from dress code restrictions as I am, there’s nothing stopping me from wearing head-to-toe sequins tomorrow.

via Design Crush

But I probably won’t. It’s not that the UPS delivery woman already thinks I’m batty, and it’s not even that sequins aren’t among the most comfortable options for long stretches of sitting. It’s that they thrive in the wild.

My neighbor has been adjusting the twinkly lights on the bushes in his front yard for the entire afternoon. He appears to be working towards some kind of precise, multi-colored grid of twinkle, and I applaud the effort. No matter how meager our shrubs, we all want them to glow sometimes, and we all want to walk into the party and, without using any words at all, reflect back light in every direction.

3 thoughts on “Wear Your Sequins to Work Day

  1. Jay,
    I love your comment. And I too am dying to see said reindeer sweaters. (And I blush as a poet who also pays, perhaps, TOO much attention to her friends to the point of staring so hard my eyes go numb.)

  2. Yes, Jay, I think that Baxter quote has inspired a lot of debate around how poets & fiction writers really act at parties (& behave in other situations). Have you read “Burning Down the House”? It is so wonderful. I love what you say about how closely you observe your friends. Poets do write the best comments, I think on that we can all agree.

    Your comment could only be improved if it were accompanied by some photo documentation of your sweater collection. I agree that reindeer and moose (moose silhouettes are so delightful!) should be featured on more attire, and not limited to the holiday season alone. You’re blazing the trail.

  3. Re: magpieing, people I work with have started calling the sweaters that I’ve been wearing all year “Christmas sweaters” by way of complimenting them. Maybe it’s a sub-seasonal thing, but damn, I’d wear a reindeer any day truthfully; it’s not to mark anybody’s winter holiday. Still, I’m flattered.

    Interesting Baxter link, too, though I have to say… “Most poets don’t study character enough to
    be able to steal it; they have enough trouble understanding what character is.” Why, this is a mortifying thought! I pay so much attention to my friends I’d happily eat their hearts.

    Rad post!

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