Now that 2017 is in full swing, it’s time to get serious about my work wardrobe. My New Year’s resolution is to slowly come to terms with the fact that I am a real adult and should probably start dressing like one. I say slowly because I just read this article today about changing your habits in baby steps, and I’ll take any excuse to prolong the inevitable.
In my case, daily life simply doesn’t call for graphic tees and flannel, despite how depressing that realization is. Of course I’ll never stop buying them, but every now and then it pays to invest in some good work basics that can be mixed and matched.
Let’s take a look at how a basic blouse can be incorporated into outfits that you might not entirely hate.
Add a Ribbed Skirt
I like this outfit because ribbed skirts are approximately 400x more comfortable than any skirt with a zipper and clasp. I realize that they wouldn’t be appropriate for every workplace, but I’ve said before and I’ll say again that if you work somewhere that requires you to dress like an extra on Suits every day of the week, you’ve made a serious miscalculation and that’s really beyond my control.
That being said, you obviously COULD exchange the skirt for any other type of black mid-length skirt if it feels too casual. But the aforementioned article, in my opinion, was essentially advocating not to force the transition from leggings to pantsuit. Baby steps are always better.
Add Skinny Jeans
As much as I hate skinny jeans, they DO come in handy when you want to look appropriate for the office but also not like you’re running for Congress. I can’t be the only one who feels out of place and awkward when I’m dressed too professionally–it makes me feel like a child playing dress up in her mom’s closet. This outfit strikes a nice balance between professional, and also something you would actually wear.
As an added bonus, this jacket looks somewhat like a loose blazer, but is actually fleece. In the reviews someone wrote that she bought it as a bathrobe–I think that’s a bit of a stretch, but I also wouldn’t complain about wearing what is essentially a cropped bathrobe out and about. Baby steps, as I said.
Add a Sweater Dress
In the interest of truly getting your money’s worth out of this $17.99 blouse from H&M and avoiding work trousers at all costs, this is a third way to incorporate the basic blouse into your wardrobe. The bonus is that you can wear a sweater dress to work, which–considering my obsession with sweaters–sounds absolutely ideal.
In case anyone is interested, I did also see SWEATER OVERALLS on American Eagle’s website, which once again solidifies AE’s place near and dear to my heart, but also immediately provokes the question of how to wear them to work. Where there’s a will there’s a way. Stay tuned for the future of casual workwear.