Brace yourself. The following is the second post in my “until I get bored with it” blog series on dressing for the job you want.
Today I am either an old-timey reporter or a prohibition era detective. Either way I’m about to go round-up a group of mobsters and rough them up a bit until they give me the information I need (I don’t know what information I’m looking for but I am going to get it). I’m pretty sure I’m qualified for both of those jobs. I took a murder mystery class during Jan-term and have seen every episode of Bones and Castle… so… yeah, I’m definitely qualified.
Look how tough I look. I could go knock some heads together and get information from 1920s gangsters.
My original plan was to be a lumberjack today but I had a coffee disaster all over my flannel and had to improvise. Now I know what a lot of you are thinking. You are all thinking “Damn, that girl is so stylish but wait… isn’t that the same brown blouse she wore yesterday?” My response to you is: I don’t have the slightest clue what you are talking about.
All right fine, you’ve caught me but the outfit only works as a prohibition era Private I because in my mind (strange and twisted as it may be) this shirt looks enough like the kind of trench coat you see in old film noir movies. Besides, it’s still totally clean and it’s the 20s. Times were different.
I topped the whole outfit off with my brown boots, the ones that were made for walking.
It’s important for a Private I., especially the prohibition era ones to have boots designed for walking because they spend a good deal of time “pounding the pavement, looking for leads on their latest investigation. Even if you aren’t investigating the disappearance of the baseball diamond on the same night that wealthy, eccentric, Uncle Joe was murdered having good boots you can walk in is just a good idea.
(According to Terry Pratchet boots, especially the kind designed for walking, are part of the reason that the rich are rich. He says in Men at Arms, “take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in the city on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles. But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.”)
List of what I’m wearing:
1) Blue jeans and black tank top (You have to love the basics)
2) Brown blouse that looks a little bit like a trench coat.
3) Brown boots that are ready for some serious pavement pounding.
Now all I have to do is put my feet up on my desk, smack some gum for a little while and wait for a classy dame to come knocking on my door (that’s totally how it works in the movies). It might also be helpful if I develop a drinking problem in the next few minutes.