One thing you should know about me is: I am always running late. That doesn't necessarily mean that I get everywhere late, it merely means I don't give myself enough time to do the full and necessary checklist before I absolutely must rush out the door and head to work in the mornings.
And so it came to be a few years ago, after accepting that the 'figuring out what to wear' portion of my morning was cutting into the 'hair must be brushed and styled, and makeup applied before I am seen by other human beings' portions, I began my Sunday Wardrobe Planning.
This has been my most-requested How-To, and while it is something I do every 7 days, I have never taken the time to blog about it; until now! A few FYIs before I get into the nitty-gritty: 1.) This is not related to any type of Capsule Wardrobe trend to Work Wear. I am not one to say 'never', but I like shopping and expressing my personality through clothing far too much to ever see myself only wearing three pairs of pants and five blouses for a season, months, even years, at a time. Not to mention how absolutely bored I think I would get if that were the case! 2.) I am in no way, shape, or form an expert on anything! This is simply what works for me! 3.) Never take yourself or your wardrobe too seriously! Have fun with what you wear! But always present yourself in a professional manner.
Here we go!
First, check the weather! I always look at the Five Day Forecast as mainly a gauge for daily temperatures and precipitation chances. Now, I rarely ever check it again during the week and have definitely been caught of guard by a rainy day when I'm wearing suede.
Second, what is the indoor temperature like? For me, it is cold all year 'round. Take this into consideration when planning your looks. Also, think through your schedule as you plan each day; Do you have a day where you have a lot of meetings? That is the perfect day for those killer heels you love, but that pinch your pinky toe just a little, since you'll be sitting the majority of the day! Or, is the meeting room you may be in for a good chunk of your day ice-cold, or surface-of-the-sun status? Plan accordingly!
Third, remember these two sayings while you are rummaging your closet and ironing/steaming your pieces: "Dress for the job you want.' & "Dress how you want to be addressed!' And for good measure; "Put your best foot forward!" Preferably (for me, at least!) in a leopard pump!
Fourth, and the absolute most important: be YOU. Personal style is the key to confidence, and in showing off your personal spin on Work Wear you stand out from the pack! I love adding a pop with a bright cardigan or blazer, a bold print, a fabulous shoe, conversation-piece accessories, etc! Do what makes you feel the most yourself and the most inspired to have a fabulous work day!
Bye for now!