It is very easy to fall into uninspiring style patterns. When life gets busy, the default is to your most basic outfits, so the key to staying stylish is to plan ahead. Take a few moments before the start of a busy week and plan it out.
This fictional schedule is packed with activities that require clothes that work as hard as you do. Choosing pieces that transition from work to evening to weekend can help add more spark to your outfit rotation and make sure that you always love what you wear.
The best part of the weekend is that you can dress up in fun pieces that might get the side-eye at the office, like this fantastically bright pencil skirt. But this is perfect for a mimosa filled Sunday brunch and an afternoon at the symphony. Dressed up, but not dowdy. If you live in a cold climate like I do, simply add black tights to minimize the wind chill and then the electric blue will really pop.
The first day of the week is notoriously hard, so I like to put extra effort into looking & feeling cheerful. A bright cardigan set against a soft pattern is a sure way to smile when you catch your reflection. Although work appropriate, this outfit will not look out of place when you swing by the bookstore for a reading by your favorite author after work.
Don't forget that you can add and subtract layers throughout the day to match all your dress codes. For your work day, just wear the sheath dress, belt & scarf for simple lines with a few fun details.
After work, head to the art museum for a preview of the new exhibit & throw on the moto-jacket for chic costume change.
Some days the only way to go is a traditional suit, like for the monthly board meeting. But when you go out for sushi with your coworkers at lunchtime to celebrate a job well done, don't be afraid to take off the jacket and roll up those cuffs. You'll be surprised how refreshed and relaxed you feel.
This week Thursday is Valentine's Day, so of course this outfit is themed. After all, with such a busy schedule, chances are you are heading straight from the office to dinner at a restaurant that doesn't hold your reservation. Just switch to a small evening clutch and add a couple sparkly bangles for an easy evening look.
Casual Friday is no excuse to look schlumpy. The only thing that should change from your daily wear is that you can exchange your trousers and skirts for a pair of dark, crisp denim. Plus, comfortable pants have magic restorative properties, so you'll have plenty of energy to stop by the grocery store to pick up fixings for homemade pizza and then settle down for a game night with your friends and family.
What are your biggest style challenges? Post them in the comments!
Just because it is the weekend, doesn't mean you won't run into your boss or clients while running errands. However, since it is your off day, pull out your favorite, worn-in jeans and a soft tee, just make sure to layer with a cardigan or blazer. It is amazing how much a third piece can polish up even your most comfortable pieces. It also gives you the option to try out the new wine bar around the corner without feeling under-dressed.