Monday, October 20, 2014

outfit post: october 2014 fall shopping wishlist



Even though I'm currently trying to limit my shopping to only necessary maternity items - that doesn't mean I can't go window/online wishlist shopping for all the cute fall fashions. The items above are are all great fall closet staples that I would be currently in the market for if I wasn't temporarily shaped like humpty dumpty. :)

Versatile fall dress
  • I love a heavier material jeweled toned dress for fall. So many cute ways to wear it. Blazer and pumps for work, cozy cardigan, tights and booties for movie night with your guy or over a chambray shirt with flats for brunch with the girls. Love. 

Patterned Chambray Shirt
  • I've worn my dark and light chambray shirts to death. They seem to magically go with everything. I love the idea of another one with a slight pattern (polka-dots!) to my closet. I would love to layer one under sweaters or wear it along with skinny jeans & booties.

Plaid Scarf
  • I love how much a scarf can add interest & complete a basic outfit. The scarf pictured above from Target has been popping up on every single blog I read. Super cute plaid. And there are a zillion other options that are just as cute.

Booties
  • I struggle a bit with booties. It has taken me a bunch of tries to find the right pair that don't make my legs look stumpy. But once you do find a pair that work for you shape - I think they are super cute and stylish.

Sweater Dress
  • I love love love a good sweater dress. Giant cozy sack that hides Halloween/Thanksgiving over indulging while still being stylish? Sign me up.

Black Skinny Jeans
  • I have an old pair of black skinny jeans from Target that I have worn to death. Need to replace my pair. (I don't know why but I prefer wearing skinny jeans to leggings.) Great in fall for tunic shirts, sweaters layered with button ups and tanks with cozy flowy cardigans. Cute with riding boots, ankle boot or flats.

Cable Knit Sweater
  • Love a really soft pretty ivory cable knit sweater. It's the fall/winter equivalent of the t-shirt. You can throw it on all the time with everything.

Tweed Pencil Skirt
  • I have a pink tweed pencil skirt that I love but being that it's pink - I don't feel like I can wear it all the time because it's a little too distinctive. I'd love to find a deep burgundy, brown or other jeweled tone skirt that could be worn weekly during fall/winter.

Open Drapey Cardigan
  • I love a cozy cardigan for fall. Florida temperatures can swing 20-30 degrees from morning commute to lunch break and an easy layer like a cardigan is great for adjusting to the swinging temps.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

starter business casual capsule wardrobe checklist

This checklist is a good template for a basic starter work wardrobe. (Even though I created this for my maternity capsule wardrobe it works just as well for anyone with regard to mixing & matching.) I had a few requests to update the header on this checklist so people could pin it as a starter capsule wardrobe without looking like they were expecting - so here's the updated graphic. :)

For previous checklists I've put together: click here
 

Here's how I put together my starter business capsule wardrobe -

The method:
  1. Basics - First step was putting together the basics pieces to lay the foundation for the wardrobe. I tried to choose very basic, very re-wearable clothes. Clothes that I knew I would be wearing over and over so they would need to be simple enough that they coordinated with everything else in the capsule and I didn't get bored if I wore them multiple times a week for weeks on end.

    For the basics in this capsule wardrobe I chose two pairs of  pants (bootcut & ankle), two simple tanks, a pencil skirt and a simple black suit jacket.








  • Interest - Second, I added interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics in a mix of styles. I looked for pops of color or fun patterns or even texture that would make the basic pieces more exciting. I tried to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For this capsule I tried to stick to pinks, purples & teals in what I hoped were sophisticated prints.

    For this set of interest pieces I picked three dresses, a striped skirt, three cardigans and three fun blouses.



  • Accessories & Shoes - Finally, I added some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. For shoes in this capsule I just went easy and chose my super comfortable black wedges.

    For this capsule wardrobe I chose three necklaces, one scarf and one gold watch.  For shoes I picked a basic pair of black wedges.  

  •  Hope you enjoyed!

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    maternity capsule wardrobe: business casual


    10/10 - I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant and as a full time Project Manager I've had to figure out how to dress my ever-changing body for the office each day. As I've gotten bigger over the past months I have tried to apply the remixing principles I use to pack for long business trips in my approach to buying new maternity clothes. I tried to focus on the balance between figuring out what I already owned that could be re-used and supplementing those items with smart, basic, versatile pieces of clothing that could be mixed and matched into a large number of work outfit options.

    In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:
    Here is a checklist graphic of all of the pieces in this capsule (this would also be a good checklist for a starter work wardrobe too!):


    And finally, here's how I put together my maternity business capsule wardrobe -

    The method:
    1. Basics - First step was putting together the basics pieces to lay the foundation for the wardrobe. I tried to choose very basic, very re-wearable clothes. Clothes that I knew I would be wearing over and over so they would need to be simple enough that they coordinated with everything else in the capsule and I didn't get bored if I wore them multiple times a week for weeks on end.

      For the basics in this capsule wardrobe I chose two pairs of maternity pants (bootcut & ankle), two simple tanks, a stretchy pencil skirt and a simple black (non-maternity) suit jacket.




  • Interest - Second, I added interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics in a mix of maternity (dresses & tops) and non-maternity (tops & cardigans) styles. I looked for pops of color or fun patterns or even texture that would make the basic pieces more exciting. I tried to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For this capsule I tried to stick to pinks, purples & teals in what I hoped were sophisticated prints.

    For this set of interest pieces I picked three maternity dresses, a striped stretchy non-maternity skirt, three non-maternity cardigans, two maternity blouses and one non-maternity blouse.


  • Accessories & Shoes - Finally, I added some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves can be worn after pregnancy and can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. For shoes in this capsule I just went easy and chose my super comfortable black wedges.

    For this capsule wardrobe I chose three necklaces, one scarf and one gold watch.  For shoes I picked a basic pair of black wedges.  


  • Hope you enjoyed!! 

    (outfits 36-40) maternity capsule wardrobe: business casual


    9/10 - I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant and as a full time Project Manager I've had to figure out how to dress my ever-changing body for the office each day. As I've gotten bigger over the past months I have tried to apply the remixing principles I use to pack for long business trips in my approach to buying new maternity clothes. I tried to focus on the balance between figuring out what I already owned that could be re-used and supplementing those items with smart, basic, versatile pieces of clothing that could be mixed and matched into a large number of work outfit options.

    In case you missed - it the previous posts in the series can be found here:
    Here are the next 5 outfits for my Maternity Business Casual Wardrobe made from the clothing pieces listed here:


    Outfit 36:
    Top:
      Bottom:
      Shoes:
      Accessories:

      Outfit 37:
      Top:
      Bottom:
          Shoes:
          Accessories:

          Outfit 38:
            Top:

            Dress:
            Shoes:
            Accessories:

            Outfit 39:

              Top:
                Dress:
                Shoes:
                Accessories:

                Outfit 40:
                Top:
                    Bottom:
                      Shoes:
                      Accessories:

                      **The last day of this series of posts has a very tall downloadable image with the 16 clothing pieces and all 40 outfits for easy reference.**

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