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Attire: Upscale-Business Casual Required

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wrinkle pic

I  do not work from the boat (unless it’s another blizzard or nor’easter like today).  My company required dress attire is “upscale-business casual”  which means I pretty much have to wear a suit or similar to work. So needless to say, I have an entire wardrobe of soon-to-be useless clothes on board that I need to keep in wrinkle-free condition so I can wear them to work. Probably one of my biggest battles with husband before we moved aboard was in regards to my clothes iron.  I stood my ground and we have an iron on the boat. I do take my clothes for dry-cleaning but I also am trying to save $, so I try to get at least 2-3 wears out of my dress pants, skirts, and jackets before I bring them in to be cleaned again.  So, between the multiple wearing and my clothes being crushed into my sort-of-hanging closet (I commandeered the 2nd state-room and hung a shower rod across a section), I need to liberate the wrinkles from my clothes before wearing.  I have an area just past the galley that I hang my clothes and steam them each night; I crack the hatch so the steam flees Smitty and I have a dehumidifier running at all times (pretty much required for winter living on a boat in Boston).  This has worked out well for me.  Come fall, when we quit our jobs to head south on our next part of our life journey, I will pack up all of these suits and send them to my mother’s attic, as I do not know what the future holds and it would not exactly be cheap to have to replace these garments. In regards to shoes, that was much easier to deal with.  I did consolidate the shoe collection down quite a bit (I’m sure husband would not concur). All of my heeled shoes are in a large drawer in my office.  So, when I have a formal non-work event, I just bring a pair of shoes home – which then stay in the car until they go back to the office. I am not so good at going up and down the dock in my high heels – I snag a heel in-between the wood dock boards every time!  Most of the heels will also be making the pilgrimage to my mother’s attic when we cut the lines this October 2015.

For those of you who do not want to deal with ironing, here is a helpful link:                                                                                      How to Remove Wrinkles from Clothes without Ironing

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4 thoughts on “Attire: Upscale-Business Casual Required

  1. Ha! Know the feeling! When I left Washington DC for good, I gathered all my work clothes to donate. An armload of suits and blazers and pants went to The Clothes Box, and that’s when I noticed that all my work clothes were in “sad” colors — black, navy blue, gray, brown. No wonder working people in DC are always gloomy. Now I can wear orange, and turquoise … together! Yay for the tropical liveaboard life!

    • I hear you on the “sad” colors – I’m an accountant working in Boston- so needless to say – “sad” colors are the norm. I do try to wear a sassy top or paint my nails a fun color every once in a while. Today I have hot pink nails because I am so sick of the snow (we are up to 7 feet in 14 days!) and hot pink felt like an anti-winter color.
      Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂
      Cheers!
      Stacey

  2. hi stacey-great blog. i recommend joining the forum woman who sail on facebook. lots of full time cruisers have great insight on this and other sail related topics.

    • hello and thank you! I am already part of woman who sail (among other sailing and sewing groups). I post under Candy Smith on Facebook (trying to be incognito until I officially quit my job).

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