I’ve been thinking a lot about spending more time (and money…) into curating a carefully chosen wardrobe, thanks to the capsule wardrobe concept and my experience with my winter capsule. Specifically, I want to upgrade my everyday wardrobe with pieces that I won’t tire of after a season, and to put more thought and care into the clothes I wear for work and formal occasions. I’ve finally managed to nail down my personal style, which is an awesome feat. Now, I feel like it’s time to acquire some professional items of clothing for work because I’m a ~professional young lady~ and I really need to sort this out. (I’ll get to the formal stuff last. Since I already have the bulk of what I need for that and rarely use it, I’m not particularly concerned.)
I’m supposed to switch to a spring capsule wardrobe in March, so I’m looking at what suitable wardrobe items I already have and what I need to buy to fill in the gaps. (Honestly, though, it’s hard to wrap my head around spring fashion when it’s snowing outside!) Which then led me to realize that I built my winter capsule with the idea that the items in it could work for work and casual wear, and that maybe it was time to experiment with two separate capsules come spring.
And that’s how I spent the weekend dropping a bunch of money on starting to build my professional capsule wardrobe. I worked out that I basically need everything, because the few dress pants and work appropriate tops I own only make up two or three presentable outfits at most. Ideally, I’d like to follow Unfancy’s 37 piece capsule wardrobe concept when building my professional capsule, and ensure that there’s enough variety among the 37 pieces for the one capsule to be appropriate for all four seasons. I’m thankful that I already have the shoes I want to put in my professional capsule, and that there’s no need to buy specific outwear for the office. I “just” need the tops, pants, skirts, and dresses!
I snagged a bunch of good deals online (free shipping and free returns too!) but man, even good deals add up when you’re starting a professional wardrobe from scratch and have a lot of things to buy. However, I’m happy to build my professional capsule slowly, with care and thought going into each piece I select to ensure that it’ll mix and match well with my other choices. The fact that I can’t afford to rush out and buy everything at once is forcing me to slow down and really think about what I want to put in it, which is definitely not a bad thing.
Plus, starting my professional capsule from the beginning means that if I do it right this time ’round, I’ll never have to build another one again! That is something I can totally get behind and serves as motivation to do this thing as mindfully as possible. I’ll share my completed professional capsule when it’s done, but unfortunately I’m not sure how long it’ll take for me to complete it. In the meantime, though, I’ll also be working on my spring capsule, and hope to share that in the coming weeks.
For my fellow young professional ladies, where do you go to buy professional attire? So far I’ve mainly stuck with Ann Taylor and LOFT because their sizing fits me well and I’ve never really known anything else. Plus, there’s always some sort of sale going on at either store, which helps!