Wednesday, October 16, 2013

one suitcase: business casual - checklist graphic

After many requests to create checklists for the other One Suitcase features - I spent last night catching up with my good friend Tivo (Project Runway & Grey's Anatomy!) while polyvoring a checklist graphic for the One Suitcase Business Casual! Without further ado -

One Suitcase Business Casual Checklist:



 If you'd like to visit the original posts with me wearing the outfits:

And finally how I constructed the checklist & individual pieces with links:

The method:  
1. Basics - First I pick some basics pieces to lay the foundation for the trip. I try to pick my favorite go-to clothes. Clothes I know I wear over and over. The ones that go with almost everything. For me, this usually involves  laying out my black work pants, my favorite jeans and a pair of super comfy flats.  
For this capsule wardrobe I have chosen my black three piece suit (skirt, pants & jacket), grey sheath dress, favorite dark jeans, white button down shirt and a black ruffled tank top.

2. Interest - Second, I add a few interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics. I look for pops of color or fun patterns that will make the basic pieces more exciting. I try to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For me, I'd usually go for a striped top, a dress, few colored cardigans and an interesting blouse that would go with both cardigans.
For this capsule wardrobe I chose a print wrap dress, polka-dot pencil skirt, tie-neck blouse, pink t-shirt, striped shirt and two colored cardigans.


3. Accessories & Shoes - Finally, I add some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves take up very little room and can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. Unfortunately, shoes is the area I still struggle with. I always want to bring just one more pair. But I've learned to limit myself to only either blacks or browns (depending on my clothes) and then nude/beige shoes go with everything.  
For this capsule wardrobe I chose three necklaces, one gold watch, black belt, black pumps and nude flats.


9 comments:

  1. Hi MK, the grey sheath dress in the info graphic is different from the one you listed below, but it love it! Do you know where it was from?

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    1. I found the dress on Polyvore and it's -
      Ralph Lauren Black Label Clicked on it and it's on super sale - $1475 marked down to $737... doh. :/

      CapHillStyle.com frequently has great sheath dress options. :)

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    2. No wonder I loved it so much! Lol. Thanks for the heads up though. We have a store in canada that has one similar, I was hoping it was from there (Jacob.ca I think)

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  2. Your blog is my absolute favourite!

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  3. Girlfriend where have you been all my life?! As a busy mom, I have most of the basic pieces but kept wearing them the same boring way. You've really given my old wardrobe some new life. Thank You!!!

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