Do you ever miss those days when you could throw on anything for work and it really didn’t matter what outfit you wore? I know I do! But unfortunately, as we get older and gain more responsibilities, it can be harder to get dressed quick and still look great and feel comfortable.
This is especially true when you work at a company that allows for “business casual” but your wardrobe is mostly “business” and pajamas. Those two don’t really mix!
Most employees are taking the “casual” part pretty seriously! It is not uncommon to see coworkers wearing yoga pants and sneakers. But that is just not me. I tend to overdress.
I love business attire and it’s so easy to quickly dress in a matching suit. There’s not a lot of thinking or planning involved and you look great.
However, I wasn’t feeling comfortable wearing a business suit when my colleges are so causal. I knew that I had to find some middle ground (that didn’t include pajamas). So I turned to Pinterest for some help.
I started out by doing a search for “casual work outfits” and it brought up some great ideas. As I was scrolling through the results, I noticed an outfit where I had a similar blouse or sweater or shoes.
That got me to thinking that I could re-create some of these looks with things I already had in my closet. I copied a few photos here and there and made notes on what I had to match and what I would substitute.
Here is an example of my “business casual” look:
When I came across this outfit, I realized that I have some similar items. I have a checked blouse in pink, jeans, a coordinating sweater, brown boots and a similar necklace.
Here is my version of this outfit:
So how do you think my version of this outfit turned out? It does look put together and it feels comfortable. It is totally appropriate for the “business casual” environment I work in; and I don’t feel overdressed.
Since this went so well, I spent a little more time on Pinterest. I went back and searched “causal outfits for work spring” and “casual weekend outfits”. There were a lot of great ideas. I was able to come up with several more cute outfit ideas. Again, usually with similar items that I already had in my closet.
Now I have a quick list of “business casual” as well as “weekend” outfits put together and ready to go. To get ready in the morning, I first check the weather and then select an outfit from my list. It is so easy!
If you also struggle with having outfits where you feel put together – but comfortable – then I encourage you to give this a try. Having a plan and a list of options will help save time, too. And you can be sure that you can now get dressed just as fast as when putting on a suit!
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