For the past decade at my work- I was pretty much a jeans and nerdy t-shirt kinda guy. Always sporting a new shirt after the many conventions we would attend. My hair even changed color on a regular basis. It didn’t take away from who I was known to be- an intelligent guy who looked creative and fun to be around.
In December, I took on the role of Assistant Trainmaster, so my look had to change. Not since my days of being a manager at Chuck E Cheese’s did I have to wear dress pants and golf shirts/dress shirts (albeit the shirts had a Rat logo on them). But I now found myself ten years into a job of dressing pretty relaxed into having to go for a semi-professional grown up look. Some plain golf shirts and some new dress pants were purchased. My hair has become a normal colour and style. No more red contact lens for fun. I’m all grown up for a new grown up position.
I don’t own a suit. But today I wore my black pin striped dress pants and a short sleeved grey dress shirt to work. The only suit jacket I have came out from my closet. It just so happens to be black pin striped and have a large sequined cross on the back of it.
I showed up at work and everyone was surprised at how well dressed I was. As if they’d never seen me before. I stopped by the door to my boss’s office and said good morning to him. He asked me why I was so dressed up. I told him that I am the “Rock Star of the Railroad” and turned around. He laughed when he saw the back of the jacket.
Even though I am doing my best to be professional, I am still who I am. I’m here to enjoy my job, enjoy my life, and enjoy the company of others. I look good in whatever I choose to wear. I don’t dress for the job I want. Rather, I have made my job accept how I dress. I’m proud of my many looks. Every day is a new day.