When it comes to how you dress, there are very few things more important than how it makes you feel. If you feel confident and comfortable in your clothes, you have the world in your hands. However, it’s been easy to have gotten into a rut during quarantine. To an extent, all of us have. If pajamas or sweat suits are all you have the energy to wear, so be it! We’re all still in the middle of a pandemic, it’s perfectly fine to dress purely for your comfort.
Throughout quarantine, I can count on both hands how many garments I’ve bought (and I can count on one hand how many times I’ve actually worn them!). But for the stuff I have bought, I’ve focused on quality. I have heaps of comfortable, casual clothes, so I tried to focus more on pieces that could transition to professional-wear as well.
I’ve compiled a small list of “professional” staples in every woman's wardrobe. In this type of setting, there’s a list of must-haves that you can style in your own way. These are:
Little Black Dress
These are all classic items that have stood the test of time. With these ingredients, so-to-speak, you can create different outfits in varying styles that make you look and feel great.
It’s important to add your own unique flavour, otherwise this way of dressing can get boring very quickly. You can do this by:
Wearing your favourite colours
Wearing bold patterns
Getting ill-fitting clothes tailored
Venturing out of your comfort zone
If you have a hard time finding style inspiration, Pinterest and Instagram are your best friends! There are so many different types of people from all over the world who post their outfits, link where they buy their clothing, give style tips, and have a beautiful online presence.
For Instagram, I have a “Saved” album just for outfits, garments, and shoes that I love. On Pinterest, I have several different boards where I compile my inspiration. I keep both these apps handy when I’m shopping for clothing so I can stay on track and not overspend on things I don’t really want or need.
Dressing well doesn’t have to mean dressing expensive. There are so many great stores at a cheaper price point. For example: Uniqlo, H&M, Oak + Fort, Zara, or even thrift shops! As long as you take good care of your clothing, they can last for a long time. Wash with cold and hang to dry when you can.
Ultimately, it’s important to have a wardrobe that you love, and has what you need. When you buy quality garments that have the ability to be diverse, the need for excessive buying “just in case,” goes away.
If you have enough clothing to feel confident in a casual and workplace setting, invest in some cute pajamas! Nothing is better than a good night's rest to make you feel confident and ready to take on the day.
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