One of the main arguments I hear from women about why they closet is overflowing and why they have such a hard time streamlining their style, is that they have to balance both a work wardrobe and weekend wardrobe. When I would explain my minimalist approach to closet organization, I would constantly hear, “Oh, no. I couldn’t do that. I NEED two separate wardrobes in order for me to look put together at home and in the office.”
Nuh-uh, sistah. Oh, no you don’t.
Having had a taste of corporate employment for a good chunk of my adult life, I understand the challenges of a formal work environment. For many, it can be all suits, all the time. It was for me. Kind of. Even the most conservative business formal environments have loosened their style grip a little, and while jackets still may be required, there are ways to mix and match separates to get the “suit effect” with a little twist.
The key to balancing and intermingling work and play is to splurge on key separates that can easily transition a look from desk to brunch date. Then throw in a bit of personality in the form of accessories. A well cut blazer, a simple pencil skirt, a classic shift dress… all of these items can work overtime.
Now, let’s remix these looks adding in a few weekend ready staples like a comfy pair of sneakers, your favorite pair of jeans, a chambray shirt and a cozy knit sweater. Are you ready!?
See? Totally doable… even for the busiest, most harried corporate professional. Not to mention, totally cost effective when you take into account the savings that your multi-tasking wardrobe will allow.
The outfit combinations really are endless. I personally prefer more muted, neutral shades and simple patterns for my own wardrobe, but if you’re a more color forward person, by all means go ahead and light it up!