Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Making the Most of your Wardrobe

As I posted a few weeks ago, I recently accepted a dream job offer!
Woo woo!

One of the best things about working for my new company is the trendy environment. Even when I was interviewing, I was worried my houndstooth pencil skirt would be a too bold, only to be greeted by a warm smile wearing an ivory blazer, floral top, and fuchsia cap toe pumps.

The only downside to a trendy office is the fear of wearing the same look twice. I know that can sound silly and even the biggest fashion moguls have a favorite, foolproof go-to. However, it is important to mix and match your trendy pieces in new ways in order to get the most use out of them! 

This can easily be done in three steps: inspiration, planning, execution.

Step One: Inspiration

Think of those favorite trendy pieces in your wardrobe that you know you cannot wait to wear again! Make a list of these items. For me, this current list includes cobalt ankle pants, fur vest, navy striped Cassie Slub from LP, and my army jacket. This list changes from week to week, depending on my mood!

This is also a good time to think about things you have going on in the upcoming week! For example, next Friday we have a Josh Groban concert going on at work, so I am going to want to dress accordingly! 

Step Two: Planning
This is my favorite because we get to use Pinterest! Yay! 

Now, using the search function, find some ways to wear the inspiration item. For example, I searched "blue ankle pant" and "cobalt pants"  on Pinterest to find ideas for my cobalt blue ankle pants.

Here are some of my pins.

I like a lot of these looks, but I know I have a tendency to pair a white top with the pants, so that is something I want to avoid this time around!

During my pinning spree for the pants, I found this gem!

While these pants are more of a wide leg trouser, I really like the black tunic tucked into the pant, the thin black belt, and the black heels.

And what do you know, one of my other inspiration items for the week is my favorite black tunic! I now have a planned look for that inspiration item, as well.

I then continue doing this for each item until all of my work days are taken care of. I also use pinterest as inspiration. The outfit below is a great example of this.

While the idea of using my mustard colored cardigan or rolled up boyfriend jeans might never be an inspiration, this ensemble is super cute! I also love the hair with the outfit--I love easy updos on a Monday!   Now I have an outfit for another day just by replicating a pin using items in my closet! 

Step Three: Execution

I then use folders on my computer in order to avoid the "staring at my closet and  forgot what to wear because I am a zombie" issue. I simply have a folder labeled "What to Wear" on my desktop. each Sunday, I copy my inspiration looks over into the folder and label them for each day of the week. I also put notes next to them to remind me of things.

This is my desktop! 

An example of a note can be seen on Tuesday's photo. Instead of wearing the chevron dress (which I do not have!) I am going to wear my navy striped Cassie dress from Lilly and my army jacket. On Thursday's look, you can't seen the bottom half of the inspiration, so I might question which pant/ skirt/ etc. to wear! Thus, I made a note that I was going to wear my striped dress under the fur vest this week. 

See where I am going with this? 

There you have it! This has made my mornings so much easier and I feel like I look so much trendier when I walk into the office each day. A little planning before the week starts can really save you time and make you look better throughout the week.

Which pieces in your wardrobe do you want use as inspiration?

Today's Pickins:


  1. Ohmygoodness. You are AMAZING, and SO ORGANIZED. i LOVE it. (I guess that's pretty obvious from all my capital letters). I used to do the non-tech savvy version in Middle and High School on a legal pad and plan my weekly outfits. Nerdy, I know. But I love everything about this post. oxo

  2. I love using Pinterest for outfit ideas. I have been trying to "shop" my closet more and it's been such a huge help!

  3. Great post! I use to work for an extremely trendy retail company as a store designer and I can sympathize with your fear of wearing the same thing twice. Lucky for me I got great deals on clothing, but I also used my fellow employees for fashion inspiration. Good luck with your fashion dilemma and new job!

  4. Congrats on the new job! It sounds amazing! I love these tips and I'm definitely a fan of using Pinterest to get inspiration, trendy magazines are my "old school" way of finding inspiration for clothes too :)

  5. Super cute ideas. I have always pinned outfits to Pinterest but never thought about placing them on my Desktop as outfit reminders. Great tip!

  6. This is pure brilliancy! Great idea, girl! :)

  7. Great post! I have such a hard time figuring out what to wear every day and usually end up being Lizzie McGuire, the outfit repeater. I love that you keep everything organized on your computer! I'll definitely be taking inventory and exploring Pinterest this weekend :)

  8. I love this!!! I have just recently started getting into meal planning (which makes me actually cook during the week instead of getting Chipotle). I love the idea of planning out outfits for the week!