It’s time. I don’t know if I am ready but a big girl job has presented itself and would really help my passion projects. This will force me to be more organized and use my spare time wisely. It also has me considering a working gal’s wardrobe. Working from home the past four years hasn’t really helped my professional wardrobe and has simply expanded my comfy clothes pile. Although I think my new position will allow me to dress somewhere inbetween professional and my own style, which is comforting.
Where to start? Here are a few points to consider when creating a more professional wardrobe or perhaps expanding or changing up your present one on a frugalista budget.
BE SPECIFIC – So far I haven’t followed this rule, but it is something I will implement this week, I promise. Being specific means not only thinking about the items you would like to purchase but what you currently have in your closet that could work for you. Be specific about what you need in order to create a working gal’s wardrobe. Keep in mind my wardrobe may be very different than yours and that’s perfectly fine.
MAKE A LIST – I love lists. Nothing get’s me more excited than crossing off an item on a list! By looking at your current closet you can assess what items you will need and what will enhance what you already have. Plus a list will help you will stay on budget and only buy what you really need. If you try your hardest to stick to the list and slip up, buying an item you don’t need, it’s ok. There’s no point in being hard on yourself. Simply find a way to integrate it into your professional wardrobe.
COLOR COORDINATE – By this I mean, make sure all of your items flow together. Maybe your everyday items like skirts, pants and jackets are neutral in a grey or black but your blouses are bright and colorful. I am not a fan of the entire neutral wardrobe, I need color. It’s easy to change up the blouse or shirt for the season while keeping the everyday items the same.
LOVE YOUR PIECES – There’s nothing I hate more than having a closet full of clothes I don’t want to wear. When purchasing new professional pieces I thought about each item individually and together. For example I would wear the bright yellow blouse with the stripped blazer and black skirt for work, but I could easily wear either piece on their own in my every day life and feel like myself. Even though I am thrifting and going to consignment stores, these clothes are still an investment and I want to love the clothes I see in my closet.
BE TRUE TO YOU – Dressing for an office is not easy, but by being true to yourself and your style makes it more fun. Sure you’re wearing a boring black dress but the amazing silver shoes and over-sized costume necklace, that still look professional, are your unique style. I think by bringing a little bit of yourself to the outfit you wear all day creates more happiness for you and the office.
HOW MANY PIECES? – This is a great question and one I might not have the answer to yet. I have been thinking about the professional wardrobe like a capsule wardrobe, items that can interchange, work together cohesively and change with the seasons. I don’t want the professional wardrobe to take over my closet but I also don’t want to feel as though I am wearing the same item each day. More on this later.
WHERE TO SHOP – I am choosing to search thrift and consignment stores for the key pieces I am on the hunt for currently. These are more affordable options and I am able to acquire higher quality clothes at a much discounted price. I could simply go to a bargain store but the quality would not be the same. A few items I found this past week still had tags on them and were under $10 but the original price was over $150. You can’t beat those savings.
Next week I will reveal the first installment of my professional gal wardrobe. Wish me luck! Hopefully I can keep to the list.