On the one hand, I really like the idea - in theory, at least - of a uniform. Even in business, it is possible to garner respect in such a simplistic wardrobe. For most of the past few years I've tended, semi-intentionally, towards a uniform of sorts: black slacks, black heels or flats, v-neck sweater, silver necklace. That can also get a bit boring, and though I don't think it will hurt my chances of continuing to move up the ladder at work, I would imagine that dressing in a manner that appears more intentional and thoughtful might be helpful.
I've been putting more creativity in my clothes for the last month or so, but it will be harder to devote energy and thought into that as stress and anxiety from busy season builds up. Enter: the Putting Me Together style challenge. I'm by no means planning to overhaul or expand my wardrobe* to participate in this; I just want to find more creative ways to mix my clothes, and also feel more comfortable wearing outfits that feel a bit "out there" to me.
*My wardrobe is currently probably closer to a minimalist or capsule wardrobe than the average person. I might not be quite down to 33 items (for work; I keep work and casual wardrobes separate for the most part), but I would be shocked if it's more than 50, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's closer to 40. Basically I own:
- 2 pairs of slacks
- 2 skirts
- 2 - 3 dresses (depending on how I style it, one is iffy on work-appropriateness)
- 2 blazers
- 3 - 4 cardigans
- 3 - 4 v-neck sweaters
- 2 - 3 blouses
- 6 - 8 tops/tanks that are worn under other things
- 5 silver necklaces
- 1 pair of flats (I buy cheap flats that wear out quickly, during the summer I own more)
- 1 pair of heels
- 3 pairs of boots
I'm not 100% positive on the tops count, but I guess that is pretty close to 33. Honestly, that is plenty of mix and match and come up with different variations. I used to have about this number of items, but almost entirely sweaters for the tops, which I got tired of. I'm not necessarily trying to change the basic formula, but have more variety within the formula.
Background on my work environment: Officially the dress code is "business attire" (except for Fridays, which is business casual and allows jeans); though suits are often expected when meeting with clients, most people don't wear suits on a regular basis. Men are usually in slacks, button-ups, plus likely either a tie, jacket, and/or sweater. Women's attire is more varied; generally slacks, skirts, button-ups, sweaters, blouses, etc. Some seem to cross the line, in my opinion, with leggings and other more trendy items, which I think need to be included very carefully to be appropriate!