Filling the {Closet} Gaps

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Last week, while getting ready for a ‘business casual’ event, I realized there’s a problem with my closet…

It’s filled with casual work/weekend clothes, and cocktail dresses. There’s no middle ground.

Rewind to my days of corporate dress codes: I had outfits for every imaginable business occasion, but nothing to wear to a Sunday BBQ.

Shouldn’t I have this figured out by now?

My girlfriends have similar issues. Despite our best intentions to shop for well-rounded wardrobes, we tend to gravitate to clothes that offer the most mileage for our varying jobs and lifestyles. I find myself buying stacks of jeans and tees in every shape and color. My friend has a stockpile of pencil skirts and silk button-downs for her 9-5. Ask us to dress for something ‘dressy casual’ and our heads might explode.

So we, a.) panic when we’re invited to an event outside our wardrobe’s resources, and/or b.) buy something we’ll probably wear once for the occasion and forget.

I think there are a few key pieces that are missing from my closet that could go a long way in filling the gap between a day at the flower shop and a black tie gala:

Pencil Skirts & Trousers – I know, this is such a no-brainer, but after years of a strict corporate dress code (we’re talking pantyhose, peeps) I couldn’t wait to ditch my pencil skirts and Express Editor pants. I donated them several years ago and never looked back, but it’s time to bring them back into the fold. A simple black pencil skirt and a pair of high-rise trousers would really come in handy. I always loved my denim trousers from Express, and think I’ll order this pair.

Black Midi Skirt – There’s something so feminine and pretty about an A-line skirt in a slightly longer length, and you can dress it up or down with shoes and accessories. I don’t know how I’ve made it this long without one. I’d go for something like this ASOS midi skirt in scuba fabric.

‘Day Dresses’ – I can’t think of a better name for them, but I’m referring to the kinds of dresses you wear to a business networking event or Sunday brunch; not formal, not casual, but just right. I used to have them in spades, in every color and pattern, but they went the way of the trousers when I became self-employed. I’m thinking something solid and versatile, like this Tahari A-line dress.

 

24 thoughts on “Filling the {Closet} Gaps

  1. Love this post! I have the opposite problem, I have so many dresses and only a few skirts or trousers. Maybe we should switch clothes from time to time, haha! ;) Great tips though!

    The fashion veggie

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  2. Banana Republic also has some amazing work pants that aren’t too office-esque. I wear them all the time for work/play so I’d definitely check them out if you get a chance!

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  3. Same! I don’t have a strict dress-code for work, but I do have events from time to time that require fancier attire than jeans and that’s when I’m left scrambling to find something to wear. Great tips!

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  4. YES I have the same issue every day. After starting an internship I found that I have very few clothes that work in a “business” atmosphere. You’ve pointed me toward staples that I can add to my wardrobe. Thanks for the great post!

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