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The dreaded ‘Dress Code’

The dreaded ‘Dress Code’

Confession time: I did another order from Everything5Pounds. I have mixed feelings, and this is why. I has been trying to resist fast fashion. Having said that, some of the items from E5P are excellent quality. The other reason for internal disquiet is that the […]

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

Beautifying a Business Bod – How to accessorize a suit

I adore the crisp lines of a good suit. Executives, military, flight attendants; there are plenty of suited and booted looks that can draw you in. No doubt someone has done a study about why some work wear is just so appealing, but for me […]

Phasing in some minimalism

Phasing in some minimalism

Indoor minimalist, outdoor stylish – can I look creative without owning much stuff?
 
We're looking for a new place to live. Super excited about the possibility of moving into a dream home: a shiny new apartment on the outskirts of the city. Close enough to walk to work, out enough to get a little quiet time.
 
Perfect!
 
It motivated Hubs and I to think about minimalism. We don’t need to as the apartment is going to be slightly bigger than where we are now, but moving home is a good opportunity to clear out the unnecessary and make some charity shop very happy.
 
I do often look at my wardrobe and wonder what I really need. I don’t want to the minimalist look (all monochrome and indistinct). I want to own little and be able to do a lot with what I have.
 
Before I start chucking stuff into a goodie bag for my local op shop, I have a question. Do you have separate work items and non-work items? Or is everything multi-purpose?
 
I have separate classifications in my wardrobe, even though smart-casual is the standard for my office. I still divide my clothes separately because I like the feeling of having a “uniform”. It gives me confidence to put on “work” clothes, “work” hairstyle, “work” makeup and, you know, get to work. But how many outfits do I really need?
 
I’ve decided to go for 3 trousers, 2 skirts, 5 tops and 5 dresses. Each item worn once would be two weeks of clothing. Then 5 bottoms plus 5 tops makes 25 combinations, plus 5 dresses and I’ve got 30 outfits! A different look every day for a month!
 

Next are the outer layers. Not a deal in summer, but for most of the year I’m going to want to have another layer either on me or easily accessible. I have blazers, cardis, wraps, jackets, coats and jumpers. Okay, now this is getting difficult.
 
Looking in my wardrobe, I realised that I forgot that I had a suit. I’ll have to keep that, it’s my power outfit. I’m not going to count it in the tally since it’s not going to be in regular use. I feel like I’m cheating already. Oh well. Back to the outer layers.
 
Since I can’t decide where to start, I’ll start culling from each section:
Cardis: I have seven. I love cardis, they’re so portable and easy and they come in every colour. But I guess I don’t need seven. I’ll only keep four.
Blazers: Ignoring the one with the suit, I have 2 and one I never wear. That was easy.
Wraps: Should I count these as outer layers, or accessories? I guess they are layers. I can’t part with any of them, I’ll have to keep all three.
Jumpers: I didn’t wear either of them last winter. Out they go!
Coats: Workwear-wise, I have two. A light one and a heavy one. So I’m keeping both of those.
 
Okay, that’s a start! What do you think? How many work items do you have?

When grey or blue just won’t do – 5 tips for making the corporate look your own

When grey or blue just won’t do – 5 tips for making the corporate look your own

Job interview day. You want to look smart. It’s a conservative establishment so you want to look as though you will toe the line. But you don’t want to get lost in the crowd either. Or you might not actually own anything conservative! What do […]

Which suits suit curvy women?

Which suits suit curvy women?

It’s inspiring to see women unite over shared values and good attire. #PantsuitNation became a trend across the US in the run-up to the election, and for good reason: US politics is full of passionate people and Hillary’s pantsuits are pyjamas you can work to […]