There are rules for the road and rules for your Friday office meeting, yet are there clothing rules? Perhaps. Much depends on your work environment and where you desire for your clothing budget to go.
Here a few basic clothing rules which appear to be tried and true over the decades of this crazy phenom we call “fashion.”
1) Comfort – beyond yoga pants. By comfort I ‘m calling attention to how complicated is this masterpiece you’re about to reveal to the world? Alright, maybe not so much of a production yet if you’re uncomfortable in your outfit it will show and regardless of how stellar you look in the garment, your confidence (or lack there of) will trump.
2) On the thread of comfort…lets revisit the basics. Sweats are cute on kids and teenagers headed off to cheer leading practice. We all have run out to the department store at night because we need a printer cartridge and peanut M & M’s. Yet think back, it is always those times when you see the person you least expect. Should we judge on what we’re wearing? Nope. Yet, does it still happen? Yep. I’m not suggesting an all out Academy award prep session for the occasion yet remember what you see when you look at people – now that it’s winter – coat and boots. Invest in good ones as they’re your shell for a few months (at least in MN!)
3) If you’re going to buy one new item a season, what will it be? Rotate.
Spring – a fresh white blouse, cuffed, collared, get it to fit in the scheme of your environment yet it can be played over and over, and worn alone or layered.
Summer – a black tee. Concentrate on the fit for this one. Too tight and you look like you’re wearing someone else’s clothing, yet too big and its the online order gone wrong. Try it on. You’ll wear this with pants, shorts, and jeans. Always a classic.
Fall – a great pair of pants, or if you don’t do pants, then a skirt. If you work in a casual environment = jeans.
Timing your purchase around a labor day sale just may score you extra cash for a pair of shoes!
Winter – a dress (chicas) and a sport coat or cashmere sweater (fellas).
Investing in a wrap dress or solid color wool lined dress will be a go to garment year after year. Try to find a sleeve length that suits your body temperature, or work climate. You can get a great dress yet if its sleeveless you’ll be covering it up with a jacket or sweater. Shop for a long or bracelet length sleeved dress. Let it be something you either have existing accessories to match or a color you like, yet pushes the envelope a bit, like deep purple or a cobalt blue. Step out of the neutral zone and you’ll figure out how colors can really work into your wardrobe with ease.
4) If you’ve had it for a year and you’re not loving it = donate it. The rule I keep is something in = something out. Keeps your closet tidy and serves as a tickler when things are simply not getting their proper wear time.
And, as always, if you need help with wardrobe editing or personal shopping, then its time to call in a professional with fresh eyes and solid advice!
Be stylish! JJ