It’s Monday morning at 6 am - do you know where your work outfit is? Or how about the shoes to go with your power suit? And don’t even ask about the accessories - you have worn the same pair of gold hoop earrings for the last three weeks, not because you love them but because it’s the only pair of earrings you can find. If any of these workplace fashion scenarios resonate with you, keep on reading!
We have been told for a long time to pick our outfit out before we go to bed to alleviate the morning rush, and that is still a fantastic recommendation. However, if you have a closet full of clothes that are not work ready, the choice can be overwhelming! Perhaps you have that dress jacket that needs to be dry cleaned (although you NEVER make it to the dry cleaners), the sweater that you love but it has a big pull in the threads, and even those pants that used to fit right but haven’t been flattering since last year. These items are obstacles to your morning success, even if you did not realize it!
The way to calm the chaos of your mornings is to develop a capsule wardrobe. The idea of a capsule wardrobe was first introduced in the 1970s, and it is a group of 15-40 pieces of clothing that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. This capsule wardrobe is an idea that is applicable to both your work wardrobe and your casual wardrobe. The idea here is versatility!
Now if you are low key freaking out right now about paring down your closet, consider this: aren’t there already a few key pieces that you wear over and over again? I am 100% confident that your answer would be yes! I would also guess that there are several items in your closet that you bought that you meant to return after you tried them on, or you wore them a few times and it just didn’t feel right on your body. No shame in this game, we all have had that experience.
For me, I am a plus sized gal. The thing that always trips me up when I am purchasing clothes is the arms! God bless my grandma, but I inherited her “bat wings” as we used to call them. I love all my curves but these arm flaps are just too much sometimes, especially when it comes to finding flattering tops, t-shirts, and sweaters. I cannot tell you how many items I have tried on and then put back on the rack because they were too tight around my arms. Now that I have started to rely on online shopping for additions to my wardrobe, I am still encountering the same issue. However, I have also mistakenly just kept some of these items, and never worn them. That clutter is mentally draining, and it also reminds me of what I dislike most about my body, I know it’s time to embrace the comfort of the items I most enjoy wearing while streamlining the offerings in my closet.
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