Disclaimer: I wrote this post in early March before all the stay-at-home stuff happened. These tips quickly became irrelevant as many of us, myself included, were able to choose more casual outfits for the days of working from home. I’ve gotten dressed and ready for the day – including fixing my hair and wearing makeup – all seven weeks that I’ve been working from home, but I’ve enjoyed the chance to wear casual clothes!
That changes today as I’m headed back to the office. Our stay at home order is over and it’s time to resume (a modified version of) normal life! I thought it was a good time to share this post, even though the outfit pictures I’m sharing are from 8+ weeks ago. The principles are valid and will hopefully be helpful if you’re transitioning back to work life along with me!
I’ve discovered that spending a few minutes to pick out my clothes for the whole week makes life so much easier. Currently my wardrobe has enough clothes for at least 10 different outfits, which carries me through two weeks of work without repeating an outfit. I like a little variety in my wardrobe without making things complicated.
Here’s what I have:
5 Pairs of Pants:
- Black Dress Pants
- Navy Dress Pants
- Black Dress Pants: wide leg
- Dark Wash Jeans: skinny & straight leg
I mix and match to create different outfits and don’t always wear things the same way. It helps to have scarves, jewelry and different shoes that add variety to outfits as well.
Here’s what I do: each Sunday I open my closet and pull out the tops I wore the previous week. Then I choose 5 outfits from the remaining pieces and hang them in my closet, in the order I’ll wear them. This helps me not to wear jeans and a blue top two days in a row, and it also gives me a buffer if I need to wash a pair of pants in the middle of the week. These all hang in the center section of my small closet.
I try to make myself iron anything that’s wrinkled – it’s such a better use of my time to do it right then. This only takes about 10 minutes anyway!
After I wear an outfit, I put it back in the center section of the closet. This helps me on Sunday when I pull out the things I wore that week – they’re all still together!
I cannot tell you how much easier this makes my mornings.
Smocked Raglan Sleeve Floral Top (I have a girls’ XL)
This outfit planning system definitely works no matter how many clothes you have. It’s helpful for me with a minimal wardrobe, but it could definitely also help you make sure you’re working through and getting wear out of a large wardrobe!
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