One of the drawbacks of wearing essentially the same thing to work every day (jeans, t-shirt, sneakers) is that any variation attracts a lot of attention. Today, I am wearing a flowy, patterned top. Here are the comments thus far:
Sharon, administrative assistant: "I love your blouse!"
Vibhu, fellow graduate student: "Whoa! You're dressed up today!"
Ajit, scientist from India: "Nice shirt, Eileen. It looks like something that famous singer would wear. (Me: "Which famous singer?") You know, the one with the big sideburns. From Tennessee. He died a long time ago.... (Me, perplexed: "Elvis?").... Yes! That is the guy!"
Elvis. Not exactly the look I was going for.