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Evolving wardrobes

May 30, 2013

Well … it’s been quite awhile.

What have I been up to in the almost two years it’s been since I last checked in here?

I won’t bore you with details, but I will say that I have a new job and I get paid to think about makeup (and social media) all day.  It’s kind of awesome, but doesn’t necessarily lend itself to actively blogging off the clock.

I was going to write about my new skin care and makeup routine, but that seemed a bit self-serving. So I’ll spare you the details and write about clothes instead.

Although my new job is crazy/awesome, the environment is definitely much more corporate than any other office I’ve ever worked in. (Jeans are essentially not an option.) It’s fun looking a bit nicer every day, but it was a bit of a challenge for the first few weeks since the majority of my wardrobe was so casual.

I’m also at a point in my life where I’m willing to pay a little more for good staples, such as dresses and shoes for work. I’ll be re-wearing them often, so they need to be able to hold up through multiple cycles in the washing machine, but also look nice enough to wear to the office.

With the above in mind, I set out in March and April to get my wardrobe in shape. While I love thrifting, it wasn’t really an option because I needed a good amount of new clothes, fast, and I had a very specific style in mind.

I ended up getting a great selection of clothes and shoes from Gap, Macy’s, H&M, Ann Taylor and calvinklein.com. Everything I bought was on sale (in most cases, 50% off!) and are classic pieces that will last a long time.

Below are some of my new favorites. (Please forgive my lazy copy/paste job; I haven’t blogged in awhile so I need to ease back into it…) I think it’s pretty clear the style I gravitate toward – somewhat fitted sheath dresses with good structures, and of course, fun shoes to jazz things up.

My biggest advice when looking for nice staples outside of thrift stores?

Be patient. Department stores have sales all the time, but the nicer designers typically only go on sale a few times a year and you can usually score major deals then. I only shop during big sales and it’s definitely paid off.

Check designers’ websites. They often have random sales during the week and that’s how I scored 50% off of sale items at both anntaylor.com and calvinklein.com. Email notifications can be annoying, but if it’s a brand or designer you love, you’ll welcome that special sale email in your inbox.

Buy only things you love. I know this is common advice, but in the four years I’ve been working, I’ve purchased a lot  of duds. Before my recent work-related shopping spree, I donated four huge bags of clothes to the Housing Works Thrift Shop because I just wasn’t wearing what was in my closet. (…Although somehow my closet is still full.)

Stick to classic styles you love, that you know you’ll wear often and won’t go out of style. Then, be patient and wait for the sales!

How has your work wardrobe evolved over the years?

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