I was helping out at a conference a few months ago and saw a woman carrying an Astro Boy messenger bag as her professional bag. Now this seems to be a new trend…or something. Recently I’ve seen a lot of adults with childhood accessories or clothes. I saw many Fozzie Bear hats this winter. I personally feel like at some point the childhood wares should be put away. If you can’t bear to part with your Cabbage Patch Kid or My Buddy, fine. Keep it in your old toy box at your parent’s house or stashed away in your house/apartment. I still have my first baby doll Katie because she’s a part of my history, part of the road I took to becoming who I am today. But I don’t play with her or change her into clothes to match mine like I did when I was five.
This goes for the men too: no cartoon ties!
And especially at a professionally hosted conference, leave the Astro Boy bag at home and opt for a leather or canvas bag instead. I’ve seen great ones at Target even. You can bring your quirky personality through in other ways, with say a great piece of jewelry or funky prints.