As women we inevitably have several “roles” in our lives. Having a workable wardrobe for all the different heads you wear isn’t easy and can put us into a flat spin when we get invited to a wedding or black tie event, or have an important presentation at work. Add to that those purchases you made in the sale or to cheer yourself up and your wardrobe starts to bulge but when the occasion comes you still don’t have the perfect outfit. I am a great believer in having a wardrobe full of clothes you love that make you feel fabulous, so wouldn’t suggest that you fill it with basics and never have any fun. However, you still can make your wardrobe work for a variety of occasions as well as having pieces you cherish. It’s all about clever accessorising and not saving items for “best”. For a start best may never come and an expensive piece will sit in your wardrobe unworn, and secondly I believe we deserve to look our best every day.
As an example of how a versatile wardrobe can work, a week in my life might include:
Majority of work time spent at my home studio
Coffee catch up with an existing client
Meeting a new client
Shopping trip with a friend
Household errands and chores
Dinner at a friends
I don’t need traditional Office Wear however, I do need to look professional when meeting new clients. When I am working at home my key requirements are style and comfort. My wardrobe has gradually relaxed, but because of my personal style preferences I still like to feel that should someone turn up on the doorstep I wouldn’t be embarrassed to open the door.
These key capsule wardrobe pieces work for me all the time:
A great pair of smart jeans (Dress down with a T and flats or up with heels and a necklace)
Black jersey trousers or leggings (good quality that won’t bag at the knees or bottom)
Long cardigan (a neutral and a bright or fun colour)
Loose tunic tops/dresses (great for layering under cardigans, over jeans and leggings and T-shirts, or worn alone with tights and boots, heels or flats)
Breton stripe T-shirt (a staple all year round layering piece and more interesting than a plain T)
Flat Pumps (comfort for running around, but in a metallic great to dress up for evening, summer or winter)
A pair of heels (for dressing up jeans and tunic tops/dresses)
Smart Tote (in a neutral that goes with everything, big enough for all essentials)
Every day Tote (again a metallic is great summer and winter and goes with everything)
Scarves & necklaces (my signature finishing touch – one or the other, adds colour near the face and draws the eye up)
Fourteen pieces make numerous outfits and by adding a few more tops/tunics, another cardigan or jacket, a scarf in a print, the possibilities become endless.
Need to be smarter?
If the majority of your time is spent in an office, swap the leggings for tailored trousers and a skirt, add a jacket and a few more smart T-shirts possibly in silk. The cardigans become more formal with the trousers or skirts and if the jeans are a dark wash they can be worn on dress down days with cardigans or jacket.
Below from left to right:
Cosy work at home layering, Meeting a new client, Shopping and errands.
Below left to right: Shopping and lunch with a friend, Coffee meeting with existing client, Dinner at friends
More possibilities for comfort at home, lunch with a friend, and running errands.
Finally add a Little Black (or darkest of your best neutrals) Dress, for evening pile on jewellery and add heels. For a smart work meeting add a jacket, necklace or scarf and heels.