An Interchangeable Work Capsule Wardrobe – A Month of Outfits

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Black T-shirt • H&M | Pink Graphic T-shirt • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Striped Shirt • H&M | White Blouse • H&M  | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • & Other Stories | Brown Striped Sweater • Zara | Black Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Black Polka Dot Dress • & Other Stories | Red Print Dress • H&M | Jacket • H&M | Skull Print Scarf • Azalea | Black + White Scarf • H&M | Black Purse • Fiorelli | Boots • DKNY | Brown Flats • Zara | Black Flats • Soludos | Red Purse • Zara |


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When I was 17 I read the book Outlander for the first time. Over the years I have read it many more, along with each and every book that followed in the series over the last 20+ years. When I heard they were making a television show out of it I was excited and scared. Too many times I have seen books ruined when put to tv or film and this is a series that could have been so easy to get wrong. They not only surpassed my expectations but seriously hit it out of the park. I think this is probably one of the best book to screen interpretations that I have seen, so I just wanted to say how excited I am that season 3 starts on Sunday. I have rewatched and am skimming/rereading the books in preparation. Is anyone else super stoked for Sunday?

I just had to get that out before continuing this post. Some like Game of Thrones but I prefer historical time travel ;)

On Wednesday I posted an interchangeable capsule wardrobe for when your work, and personal wardrobe are combined. It was requested with a specific style in mind; a “librarian who likes metal” with many pieces picked from both H&M and Zara which are her favourite places to shop. In this post I put together a month worth of outfits from the pieces in the original post. You can refer to the original to see all the pieces that were used to make these outfits but I will also give a general breakdown of what and/or why I chose them.

I have provided enough outfits to get through 30 days but really there are many more that could be made.

*the list is for a woman in Los Angeles so if you are from a city that experiences all four season then your jacket and shoe choices might include something a bit more hardy ;)

Now off to my Outlander countdown.

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Personal and Work Capsule Wardrobe Outfit Options 16-30 via livelovesaraBlack T-shirt • H&M | Pink Graphic T-shirt • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Striped Shirt • H&M | White Blouse • H&M  | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • & Other Stories | Brown Striped Sweater • Zara | Black Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Black Polka Dot Dress • & Other Stories | Red Print Dress • H&M | Jacket • H&M | Skull Print Scarf • Azalea | Black + White Scarf • H&M | Black Purse • Fiorelli | Boots • DKNY | Brown Flats • Zara | Black Flats • Soludos | Red Purse • Zara |


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When Work and Home Collide – An Interchangeable Work Capsule Wardrobe

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Black T-shirt • H&M | Pink Graphic T-shirt • H&M | White T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Striped Shirt • H&M | White Blouse • H&M  | Grey Pullover • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • & Other Stories | Brown Striped Sweater • Zara | Black Cardigan • Mango | Blazer • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Black Jeans • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Black Polka Dot Dress • & Other Stories | Red Print Dress • H&M | Jacket • H&M | Skull Print Scarf • Azalea | Black + White Scarf • H&M | Black Purse • Fiorelli | Boots • DKNY | Brown Flats • Zara | Black Flats • Soludos | Red Purse • Zara |


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Many of us have a separate work and home wardrobe. The clothes you wear to work during the week are not the same pieces that you wear on weekends or when going out. Sometimes it’s a uniform, sometimes it’s a suit, and sometimes it’s clothes from the store you work at even though it’s not your style (ahem, been there). I’ve worked all three. Then there are the lucky ones who work in a somewhat casual/business casual atmosphere where your work and personal wardrobe are seemingly interchangeable  (obviously to a certain degree) and this is who this capsule is for.

I have a work/personal capsule for a librarian today who lives in California. So note that some different choices might need to be made or things added if you live in a place that experiences all seasons. She is a new mom, loves mostly H&M and Zara clothes, and wears mostly dresses but is looking to branch out in to dark denim/pants.

Style: black on black, edgy, and a mix of rock ie: librarian who likes metal :) I feel that I channeled that, and this capsule will be extremely versatile. I plan on putting together a bunch of different outfit options featuring the pieces to show its versatility for the next post.

In the meantime let me know how you like this capsule and check this post to see what I came up with for outfits.

Side note: I am super digging that skirt from Zara, and the more I see it the more I can envision how I would wear it. I do have the brown striped sweater and brown shoes, both are true to size and great pieces (the sweater is not long, it hits perfectly at the low waist/mid hip level. And the H&M Shaping Jeans are a godsend. I have two pairs, one in greyish black and one blue. I would like to buy more but my local store sells out of my size fast and I prefer to try them on vs buying them online because you need to size up in them. They are kind of like spanx and that makes the fit smaller.

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A Starter Work Capsule Wardrobe

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White T-shirt • & Other Stories | Striped Shirt • & Other Stories | Black Silk Blouse • & Other Stories | Green Long Sleeve • Mango | Floral Print Top • Mango | Pink Sweater • & Other Stories | Classic White Blouse • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • Mango | White Sweater • & Other Stories | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories | Blazer • H&M | Dress Pants • & Other Stories | Grey Slacks • Topshop | Wide Leg Pants • H&M | Skirt • & Other Stories | Dress • Mango | Trench Coat • & Other Stories | Leopard Scarf • Nordstrom | Black Floral Scarf • Echo | Skinny Scarf • Nordstrom | Leopard Belt • Ann Taylor | Black Purse • Cynthia Rowley | Boots • & Other Stories | Leopard Flats • Ann Taylor | Black. Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Brown Purse • Madewell |

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When it comes to work, capsule wardrobes are your friend. It helps you to have a nice, curated collection of work appropriate pieces that streamline everything and makes getting ready for work easy.  When you are coming out of school and starting your first job one of the top things that come to mind are “what am I going to wear”, and the next is “how am I going to afford it?” Because let’s be honest, most of us who are starting our careers don’t have a lot of money to be spending on a brand new work wardrobe. This is why a while back I made a blog post titled A Simple Teacher Capsule Wardrobe Built from Your Closet in Steps. In that post I laid out 5 steps that would help you to build a work wardrobe out of many pieces that you already own. These steps don’t just apply to teacher wardrobe which can lean on the more casual side of business casual work attire but will also work for any new job.

Building a work wardrobe doesn’t have to be expensive because what you are doing is integrating as many pieces as you can from what you already own and then filling in any holes as inexpensively as you can (until you can afford more expensive if you wish to).

My personal wardrobe is quite casual and even I could put together a basic work wardrobe using the above suggested pieces as a guide. Off the top of my head I have 12 out of 16 pieces of the above clothing. I also have all of the scarves, accessories, and shoes that would work as well. That means if I wanted to copy the above list to perfection I would only really need 4 pieces which isn’t bad in the grand scheme of things, especially if you look at sales or second-hand stores.

To show you the variety you can get from a wardrobe of this size I put together 30 outfits below that could be worn. There are so many other combinations that could be made as well so you could easily go over a whole month without repeating an outfit. This list also will easily transition through the seasons without much alterations. If you noticed I stuck to a basic neutral palette of black, white, and grey, and then sprinkled in some colour with pink, green, and a camel trench. I played up the neutral with adding some leopard accessories and a ballet flat (leopard is a neutral) to add some cohesiveness.

Every once and a while I like to redo previous wardrobes because styles and trends change constantly. There is also the issue of many of the pieces I list sell out and people ask me for updated versions.

I hope this helps you to realize that you can start a new job with a great look without breaking the bank. 30 Outfit options are below. Have a great weekend!  

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White T-shirt • & Other Stories | Striped Shirt • & Other Stories | Black Silk Blouse • & Other Stories | Green Long Sleeve • Mango | Floral Print Top • Mango | Pink Sweater • & Other Stories | Classic White Blouse • & Other Stories | Black Sweater • Mango | White Sweater • & Other Stories | Grey Cardigan • & Other Stories | Blazer • H&M | Dress Pants • & Other Stories | Grey Slacks • Topshop | Wide Leg Pants • H&M | Skirt • & Other Stories | Dress • Mango | Trench Coat • & Other Stories | Leopard Scarf • Nordstrom | Black Floral Scarf • Echo | Skinny Scarf • Nordstrom | Leopard Belt • Ann Taylor | Black Purse • Cynthia Rowley | Boots • & Other Stories | Leopard Flats • Ann Taylor | Black. Flats • Jeffrey Campbell | Brown Purse • Madewell |

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Back to Basics Starter Work Capsule Outfit Options

Back to Basics Starter Work Capsule for under $250 Outfit Options #capsule #workwardrobe #capsulewardrobe #staples #basics #livelovesara

Striped Sweater • Gap | Black Sweater • Mango | Green Sweater • Mango | White Blouse • H&M |
Black Blouse • Mango | Pencil Skirt • Stefanel | Dress Pants • Uniqlo | Blazer • Mango Outlet |
Trench • H&MLeopard Flats • Sole Society | Heels • Michael Kors | Boots • Sole Society |
Black Purse • Sole Society | Blue Purse • Guess

I probably should have included these outfits with the original post of The Back to Basics Work Capsule for Under $250 but I honestly had not finished them when I posted it, so you may want to look back at the original to get the background of this. In that post I discussed taking your wardrobe down to its bones so you can see how many items that you already own could be brought forth and used in your work wardrobe. After you finish that I showed you a small little collection of items that when added to pieces that you already own can give you a very versatile and well-rounded work wardrobe.

I put together 12 outfits from that small collection which will turn in to an innumerable amount of options once you integrate your other pieces. If I added those to what I currently have in my wardrobe that could be brought forth I could easily put together 2 months worth of work outfits without repeating a day sand I don’t have a lot of “workish” pieces. That is a lot of options for only spending an extra $250. Now, to a lot of people $250 may seem like a huge expense which is why I am a huge advocate for finding things in thrift/second-hand stores, Ebay, and thredup. This will give you the same options for a fraction of the price, and really, who doesn’t like to save money?

I really wish that I had a setup here in the apartment that would allow me to photograph me wearing some of these outfits vs the collages to give you a better visual of how they look once you add accessories. Kind of like a store mannequin. But I don’t have a DSLR camera, ample lighting, or a proper white background so the collages will have to do for the time being. I know they can be a bit impersonal and it is something that I am looking to change so I can to give alternate visuals.

I hope that these two last posts allow you to see that you do not have to spend a lot of money to freshen up your work wardrobe, you just need a little ingenuity.

Have a great weekend guys!

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Back to Basics Starter Work Capsule for under $250

Back to Basics Starter Work Capsule for under $250 #capsule #workwardrobe #capsulewardrobe #staples #basics #livelovesara

 

Scenario: You are starting a new job which has a more professional dress code than your closet is equipped for. You have pieces that you can use and get away with but you need to up your game and build a work capsule for under $250.

First: I suggest stripping your current wardrobe down to the bones and bring forward anything that you can use for your new work wardrobe. Try things on in a more formal way, like adding a blazer or slipping on some heels and see if that moves it from casual wardrobe to work.

I give five simple steps for building a work wardrobe in this post that will help you get an idea of where you stand, and what you may need.

Next: Once you have gone through those steps I suggest looking for your pieces at thredup, ebay, or used/consignment stores. That are so many treasures and deals that you can find there and many times you can find things that look like they have never been worn and even still have tags. This will save you tons and allow you to get some extra pieces if you wish.

I’ve put together some suggestions that start with a small collection of pieces that most women already have in their closets. There is no point in buying something when you have pieces that will work.

In my experience most women have at least one of the of the following in their wardrobes:

Most women also have at least a small collection of accessories like jewellery and scarves which can completely change and dress up and outfit.

The pieces that I have selected to add I picked for their cohesiveness. That is important when you want to make as many outfits as possible with as little pieces as possible.

The new addition pieces I have selected are:

Grand Total: $226.85 
(which can be made way lower if you find these pieces second-hand)

In the next post I am going to show a bunch of outfit combinations from these pieces so you can see how they can all be paired.

I hope that this gives you a start on your new work wardrobe.

Do you have a favourite second-hand retailer for finding great pieces?

 

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