Photo by Alex Senekin.
Getting dressed for work can be a daunting task for those of us just entering the “real world,” especially as we are still growing our collection of professional attire. As someone with more limited options who hates to be an outfit repeater, I developed a “formula,” if you will, for selecting my outfits each week. This method has successfully simplified the process of getting dressed each morning while ensuring that my outfits stay on a proper rotation.
My work wardrobe formula looks something like this:
- Twice a week: skirt
- Once a week: slacks
- Once a week: dress
- Once a week: jeans
The numbers are based on the quantities of each item that I have, so you may find that your work wardrobe formula is slightly different. (Also, my office does casual Fridays which I know is not the case for everyone.) Make adjustments to the formula according to what you have available. The base objective is to make getting dressed less of a headache for you. Plus, it will keep you stylin’.
Look for a future post with more specific styling suggestions for your office attire.
Are you working at your desk but dreaming of a glamorous summer getaway? Create one for yourself without taking time off by following these four simple tips.
Set your morning mood with summery tunes. Start with a good morning, and you’ll have a great day. Create a playlist on your iPod for the drive to work and get yourself pumped up before arriving at the office. If you need to ease into the jam session, start with Seal & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze” or 311’s “Love Song” before breaking out Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams Come True” or Bon Jovi’s “Summertime.” For more inspiration, you can check out Billboard’s Top 30 Summer Songs here.
Dress in brightly-colored clothes. From reading one of my more recent posts, you know that I am all about the brights this summer. When wearing eye-catching colors to work, be sure to stick to one pop of color in your ensemble. Try a hot pink pencil skirt with a lightweight white blouse or go for a lemony yellow cardigan over your classic LBD. Either look is sure to leave you feeling perfectly sunny.
Pack a seasonally inspired lunch. Take advantage of ripe fruits and pack a fruit salad to pair with a delectable cold cut wrap like this or this, both shared on Kraft’s website. You’ll save money not eating out, and the meal isn’t heavy on the calories either! (Just don’t forget the strawberries!)
Have some fun in the sun. While you can’t frolic at the beach or lounge at the pool during your lunch break, you can get outside for a 15 minute stroll. It will elevate your heart rate and help burn some extra calories (because let’s face it, sitting at a desk for eight hours a day doesn’t exactly do the body good). Plus, whether or not research confirms it, doesn’t sunshine just make you happy?