White and wrong

overcoming fear of the blank page

A woman in my building is wearing sensible but sexy white undies and a matching white bra. I know this because I can see them through her see-through white dress.

Sometimes I wonder if ‘smart casual‘ means ‘if you saw it in a magazine, it’s okay – even if it was in the beach wear section‘.

I’m not the highest standard of dresser in the universe. Both my jobs are fairly casual and I usually wear jeans. But personally, I always wear sleeves in work. This is for a few reasons.

One, guys have to wear sleeves, so I don’t think I should prance around with my bare shoulders.

Two, I have a tattoo on my arm, and whilst no one would ever really object to seeing it, to me it just doesn’t feel right. It’s not something I share with my work colleagues unless we’re also sharing a beer.

Three, I have hairy armpits. This freaks people the fuck out. What can you do? It’s a funny old world.

Still, no matter what your personal preferences are, I’m pretty sure that if everyone in the building can see your underwear you’ve gone wrong somewhere.

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Nat Newman is an award-winning writer of short stories, content, podcasts, feature articles, drunk text messages and, soon, a novella.


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