|An example item from my SAHM wardrobe.|
So I bought some clothes, but I went about it in a stupid way and now I am going to show you some of my silly purchases and explain why they don't work in a professional wardrobe.
What's wrong with this skirt? For one thing, the stiff fabric and the pleats are unflattering. This skirt looks terrible with any top that's not tucked in. If I wear it with a sweater, I look like a walking version of the Charlottesville coal tower. It isn't easy to mix and match, and it's only suitable for fall and winter. I wear this skirt, at most, three times a year. I'm going to keep it, because it has its uses, but it's not practical.
|Cville coal tower or Patience in her brown skirt?|
Friends don't let friends buy clothes from Boden. Seriously, Boden's clothes are often disappointing. This looked fantastic in the catalog. A skater skirt? What was I thinking? I wore it to work once, and regretted it the whole day.
Weird, uncomfortable fabric that is neither warm enough for cold weather, nor cool enough for warm weather. The back zip, which I thought was a neat style feature, just catches my hair. Goes well with some of my trousers, so I'm keeping it for now, but I hardly ever wear it.
I bought these shoes (Keen) thinking they'd be a good alternative to the Dansko clogs I usually wear. It IS useful to have a pair of comfortable non-clog walking shoes, but these stumpify my legs and also flayed all the skin off the back of my ankles.
I learned that buying clothes without a plan left me left me in a position of having to buy even more clothes because I owned a closetful of disparate items that didn't work together. In general, clothes that don't work are those that can't be worn through at least three seasons and don't work as mix and match with multiple items. (An exception to the mix and match rule is dresses. A basic dress that you can throw on and maybe add a scarf or cardigan is invaluable.)
Now you've had a tour of the more shameful items in my closet. I hope to write again soon about basics that I've bought that have helped me put together a more cohesive work wardrobe. What about you? Any mistakes in your work wardrobe?