Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wardrobe Updates: Reorganizing and Removing

interviews
1st and 2nd interview
I don't think I announced it properly here, but I started a new job earlier this month in HR/healthcare! While I'm proud to say that I interviewed in all "old clothes," which included my 11 year old black suit from Express; now that I'm in the job, I can see the need for updates. My goal is to look neat and professional, considering I'm in a front facing role and report to a Chief Officer.

First necessary update is reorganizing my closet. In general my closet is such a disaster zone right now with my crap all over the place. As mentioned in a prior post, I organize my closet by work vs not for work. There are some pieces that need to be relocated to the not for work side. Off the top of my head: tuxedo jackets, infamous shirt dresses, and my black drapey pants. I decided to keep my white linen pants on the work side because when looking through my outfit and polyvore posts, they dress up beautifully with my navy blazers. I already further categorized my work pants by flats vs heels. I may also re-sort my tees back to work vs not for work, right now its divided by darks vs lights. I also should regroup my handbags by size, so that all my large totes are together (most work friendly). I probably need to rethink my scarf drawer too.

Second update is removing. I can think of 2 pairs of pants that I will remove from my wardrobe entirely. My beige that shrunk in length and most likely my light grey Express editors that are too big and have those unflattering front slit pockets that make it not worth altering. Also my casual wardrobe could/may? get downsized since despite being on the hunt for work wear I own/buy a disproportionate amount of casual/"fun" wear.

Third update is re-activations and additions. But I'll save the fun part for another post. Stay tuned...

Have you made any wardrobe updates lately?

15 comments:

  1. Congratulations Pret and happy organizing. It's neat that your suit withstood the test of time and evolving style :)

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    1. yup they don't make Express like they used to.

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  2. Congratulations, dear PaPP, on this front role new job! I know you'll be the most elegant person reporting to the Chief Officer, and I look forward to seeing what additions come into your work wardrobe. I'll be intrigued to learn what scarves make it into which category (work/non-work), so I hope you'll keep us posted on that as well.

    I hope that beautiful black belt makes it to the work side of the closet—it's impossibly chic (must imitate!).

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    1. My silk scarves mainly (printed pucci, leopard, black/white print, and white/navy print). Yes the black belt makes the cut. I'm undecided whether I can sneak in my two-tone studded one...I miss wearing that thing.

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  3. Congratulations on the new job! Having two separate wardrobe types makes perfect sense, love your ideas. I do something similar which made me realise how many imaginary lifestyle clothes I I used to have.

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    1. I've always been that way about having separate work vs. "play" clothes. I've gotten better about buying clothes for my real life. Rick Owens nails it with clothes that are edgy & cool, but still really practical to wear (and maintain!).

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  4. Congratulations on the job! I really like the idea of physically organizing one's closet by work versus not-work items. For me, there used to be a lot of overlap between the clothes I would or could wear to work (though "work" was just summer internships) and clothes I wore casually, though in the last few months I've started to prefer significantly more casual "fun" clothes.

    Your closet is so spacious!

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  5. Congrats on the new job! I know you'll be phenomenal! And you'll certainly be the chicest person in your office.
    I've made a lot of major wardrobe updates recently. It's been liberating but frustrating and strange. Basically, I had a few epiphanies too numerous to mention here. But I will say this: I realized, much to my initial regret (I'm mostly over it now after a mourning period) that my petite gamine frame looks MUCH better in tailored garments rather than Rick's drapey Lilies line. Also the all-black-everything was getting trickier to pull off without my looking like death warmed over. Yes, the cold hard truth hurts sometimes but.... Onward! And hey, I might even embrace prints again. ;)

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    1. no Rick Owens?!! whaaaatt???! ;P I've noticed a subtle difference in your style.
      I know what you mean about looking like death warmed over, either that or bathroom lighting in the workplace tends to suck in general. I'll blame it on the lighting!

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  6. Congrats on your new job! I've been also reorganizing my closet, too. I found this site's post quite helpful http://into-mind.com/2014/09/16/building-the-perfect-wardrobe-for-work/

    I also try to have separation between work and off-work outfit, while I somewhat try to make new purchases as ones that can go both ways (like the Steven Alan clancey top which can be casual but also tucked in pants or pencil skirt). I sent off a lot of items for consignment in the past few months, it's been a lot of lesson learning.

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  7. Congrats! That's so exciting! I love what you wore for your interviews, especially that blazer!

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  8. Congrats on the new job :) And my brother has the same thing with his wardrobe - the work section, and the not-work section. It's quite funny seeing suits and a row of white shirts on the one side....and then baggy black Yohji on the other. He always complains that he doesn't have enough to wear on his off time, but I guess if you're in the office 5 days a week, then spending on the suits and ties has to take priority.

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  9. Congratulations on the new job! Hope everything is going well! Unlike you, I don't have enough space to do the work/non work closet separation very strictly, plus I'd find it too frustrating... so lots of my clothes intersect. No real updates so far but on the top of my head shoes and pants will be the most important additions in the near future.

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  10. Congrats on the new job! You sound extremely organized with your closet! I wish I had space to do that, but at least I can see all my clothes which helps a lot.

    Good luck with work!

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