When you think of someone working from home I bet you think of them working in their pajamas. I know I did! However when you’re a parent and you’ve got to be up and out for the school run you have to be ready to face the world first thing. Not to mention the fact that I don’t think my daughter’s would ever speak to me again if I rocked up at the school gate with bed hair and ‘jamas on.
In all honesty, I feel more focused when I’m dressed and ready for the day. Now, don’t get me wrong I don’t wear office wear sat all by myself in my home office, but I do wear clothes that are comfortable and that get me in ‘work mode’ so to speak.
I’ve mentioned in earlier blog post that I’m keen to simplify this year and this covers my wardrobe too. I’m not the worst offender when it comes to buying and hoarding clothes but there’s a definite room for improvement. I need a wardrobe of clothes that work for me as I work from home. Simple, stylish, comfortable clothes that lend themselves to working at home, the school run and meetings.
Over the past couple of years I’ve really tried to experiment with colour and print. It looked so good on everyone else, however these choices just led to a wardrobe half full of clothing I’d never wear. I didn’t instinctively reach for the floral dress or the red cardigan, so they’d stare at me making me feel guilty for the money I spent on them and the space they then took up! I’ve faced facts – I just love black and grey, I love having clothes that compliment each other that are easy to mix and match in the morning. I hate standing in front of a muddled wardrobe first thing in the morning trying to figure out what to wear!
Embracing the black, white and grey
Before you either fall down in shock or give me a round of applause the featured photo is not my pared down wardrobe, it’s just a few of my favourite pieces. I’ve a long way to go before I have a minimal, capsule wardrobe! I am really inspired by those that have got a capsule wardrobe and I’m keen to work towards it. For now, I’m fully embracing the black, white and grey and not feeling guilty that I’m not more into colour and bold print, well, unless you count leopard as colour and print? If you do then I’m all over that! Having a clear ideas of what I like and what suits me makes shopping so much easier. Of course, it’s fun to experiment with trends, and I for one am loving the 90s grunge revival going on right now, but using them within your own style is key.
For now I’ll be continuing to work through my wardrobe, popping things on ebay and Facebook selling pages to try and pare down what I already have.
Make sure the clothes that I already have work for me, and for my working lifestyle.
If having a huge clear out is far too daunting for you why not try a one in, one out policy. I’ve done this before and it really makes me think about my purchases, basically whenever you buy something you have to give another item away (clothing, bags, shoes).
Have a play around on Pinterest, what looks do you like, what colours are you drawn to. Take a look at your wardrobe and see if there’s a similarity.
Get rid of clothes that you haven’t worn in years. Seriously, those cargo pants and bootcut jeans from ten years ago, they are too small and you are never going to wear them!
If you’ve been inspired by the need to simplify I recommend you check out these bloggers and posts
Jessica Rose Williams – A Minimalist Capsule Winter Wardrobe
All That Is She – How To Build A Capsule Wardrobe
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Morgana is a social media coach for small businesses and entrepreneurs, specialising in Instagram and Pinterest. Based in the North West of the UK, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She particularly enjoys a Netflix binge watch and cannot function without black coffee and dark chocolate digestives.