I haven't worked anywhere with a dress code in over 3 years, but I'm starting a job on Monday that has one. I have enough cardigans to compensate for what I lack in business clothing. Throw one on over a dress, boom: dress code met. BUT my business flats were looking shitty, and I'm too broke for new shoes so I came up with a quick (and cheap) fix.
  1. Pull out your old, shitty business flats that you haven't worn in years
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  2. Examine the damage
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  3. Cry a little
  4. Take a damp paper towel and wash the dust and dirt off of them
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  5. Decide which craft store you're going to go to for supplies
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    I choose based on a few factors: proximity, selection of products, and which has the best coupon (I always look up coupon codes before heading out) all come into play.
  6. Drive to that store
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    Or walk. Or bike. Or take a bus. Just get there.
  7. Stare at the acrylic fabric paint
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  8. Wander down another isle and see they actually have leather paint
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  9. Spend a while staring at the colors trying to decide which to go with
  10. Decide to wander around to think a little
    Sometimes you need distance from something to really focus on it
  11. Get distracted by the yarn
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  12. Remember you're not great at knitting
  13. Also you live in LA
  14. You will never need a scarf/sweater/mittens
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  15. Buy your paint, a sponge brush and a standard brush
  16. Be stoked you only spent $6.68
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  17. Get home, and have a little snack before you actually start this project
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    These are so freakin' good.
  18. Shove newspaper into the shoes
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  19. Put painter's tape around the sole/any area you don't want painted
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  20. Put down a garbage bag and get some water, and a little dish for the paint ready
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  21. *you probably should do this outside if you can. I live in an apartment building without an outdoor space so I'm high off of the fumes*
  22. Set up a fan or something if you are doing this indoors
  23. And open the windows
  24. Start painting your shoes
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    Left one: unpainted. Right one: one coat
  25. Wait an hour then do another coat
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    Left one: one coat. Right one: two coats
  26. Wait another hour then do a third coat
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    Both shoes: 3 coats
  27. Get annoyed at how that pair looks and move onto another pair
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  28. Do one coat on one shoe
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  29. Already feel better about this pair
  30. Tell that red pair to fuck off. You're done with it.
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  31. Do a total of two coats on the better pair
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    Same process as with the red - an hour of drying between each coat
  32. Let them dry for a few hours after the final coat
    I just did 2 coats, but with a lighter color on dark shoes you might need 3, or 4
  33. Take all the paper out, and the painters tape off
  34. Admire a job well done
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  35. Now you have one pair of dress code friendly shoes
  36. Be a little bit mad because now you also have hands that are covered in paint that won't come off no matter how many times you wash them
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    Count is at 5
  37. Promise yourself that next time you'll invest in gloves
  38. Send that red pair straight to Hell
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