I got a more unusual reader question recently. This woman (late 30s, married, 3 kids) was pondering getting a nose ring, “a tiny stud, not a bovine ring.” She noted that “My husband objects strongly for several reasons, one of which is that I will be seen as unprofessional and not serious. Does it matter these days? Especially since mine will be so subtle? Do you see many professional women with nose piercings? Is it still pretty taboo?”
We discussed this reader’s life situation. She was working a temporary job currently with the hope of getting something permanent in the field soon. I thought that if she wanted some extra bling, it might be prudent to get extra ear piercings or some such now, and then if she landed a permanent job, she could get her tasteful nose stud at some point after becoming established there. While I doubt most places would fire someone over a tiny nose stud, there are a million reasons why you might not get hired, and this would be something on the margin that she had control over.
She saw that point, but also noted that she didn’t like the idea of not doing things she wanted to while waiting for her job situation to change. So we decided to put the question to my readers: Tattoos, alternative body piercings, spiky neck chokers, blue nail polish, etc. If you are otherwise a Lands’ End cardigan wearing, unthreatening suburban mom, can these be a nice way to give yourself a bit of an edge? Or are they too taboo to adopt for professional or nice SAHM sorts?
In other news: I always welcome reader questions! Feel free to send over any you think would make for a good discussion.