Alright! So… as you may know, one of my goals for this year (sewing year, not calendar year) :) is to develop my me-made work wardrobe. But I’d like to take it a step further. Instead of making random pieces that are work appropriate that I may or may not actually wear, I’d like to assess my current wardrobe and choose to make a few key pieces that I actually need and will get a lot of use out of. Enter my 2016 Workday Wardrobe Project!
Here’s my dilemma: Whenever I try to find inspiration for a business casual wardrobe, all I see are adorable outfits with blazers, cardigans, heels, layers, purses, etc. etc. Well, none of this works for my workplace. It’s flats, pants, top, and white coat. Rinse and repeat. Maybe that’s normal for most people. Even if you’re in an office you likely are not carrying your statement purse around with you to complete your outfit wherever you go. But I came out of the military last year back to a wardrobe that was leftover from my time in school. And that’s what I’ve been wearing for the past year, plus a few random extras I’ve thrown in.
Maybe it’s silly to put this much thought into it at all. But I want to incorporate more me-made items into my work wardrobe. And I don’t like how random that wardrobe is right now. And I like to plan. So here we are!
Here’s my plan:
STEP 1: Clothing purge.
STEP 2: Figure out what works and what doesn’t in my work wardrobe (general styles; not specific items).
STEP 3: Figure out what I already have.
STEP 4: Figure out what I need and create a sewing plan.
STEP 5: SEW! And put together outfit combinations.
This may or may not turn into an actual capsule wardrobe (depending on what I have, need, have time to sew, etc.). In case it does, I’m hoping for STEP 1-4 in Jan/Feb so that I have Feb/Mar for sewing to get ready for a Spring (Apr-Jun) wardrobe. But that may all change. We’ll see :)
Thoughts? Do you sew for work? Any tips for an un-boring work wardrobe?
Until next time,