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.


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  1. 8.22.15

    I Loved the shoes ! I’m new to blogging would you mind having a look ? Thank you E

  2. 7.14.15

    I really liked your suggested item! 😍

  3. 6.30.15

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  4. 6.28.15
    prokath93 said:

    I’ve got the same problem. It’s either too casual or too formal. I can never get that perfect middle ground outfit.

  5. 6.28.15

    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

  6. 6.25.15

    Love this post! Except, I have the opposite problem…waaaaay too many day dresses lol!

  7. 6.25.15

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  8. 6.25.15

    Have this problem myself, I have so many casual clothes and no professional attire.

  9. 6.24.15
    Carolina E. said:

    I think you look nice in anything that you put on!!!

  10. 6.24.15

    Great tips and awesome shoes(: xx


  11. 6.24.15
    kcl106 said:

    This is the story of my life. I have a major gap in my wardrobe!

    • 7.14.15

      YES!! No matter what I purchase, I always feel like there’s a clothing gap in my closet!!

  12. 6.24.15

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  13. 6.24.15

    good luck filling the holes in your closet.

  14. 6.24.15

    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!

  15. 6.24.15

    this was great help as i recently started a volunteering program and was scared that I am out of clothes but seems like I am not!

  16. 6.24.15

    such great ideas!

  17. 6.23.15

    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!

  18. 6.23.15

    I have this problem constantly; too casual or too fancy! Love this post, so many great tips to pick up!

  19. 6.23.15

    Reblogged this on Make-Up Reverence and commented:
    I’m having the same problem right now with a new need for trendy business attire. Anyone else?

  20. 6.23.15
    ladibekky said:

    Reblogged this on queenofpeace2015.

  21. 6.23.15

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  22. 6.23.15

    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!

  23. 6.23.15

    it looks very attractive with a cocktail dress ..
    operating a business may add smoothly