Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

FINAL UPDATE: The Next 5 Days (Days 24-31): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days and the conclusion of my August signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

Day 25-26:

  • It’s the weekend, baaby!

Day 27 (August 27):

  •  Today I actually took a personal day from work to attend a family function. However, I used this time to refresh my clothing after completing laundry and steamed my tops the night before.

Day 28 (August 28):

  • OMG it’s been so humid lately around here! Its the end of August which means that it’s prime swamp weather here in D.C.- THANK goodness I have my lightweight cotton blouse to keep me cool! I paired my outfit with my long sleeveless vest and accessorizing it with a gold double tier tassel necklace. I’ve been loving this combo and has been my go -to the last few weeks!

Day 29 (August 29):

  • Another day, another dollar and a day in my work uniform.

Day 30 (August 30):

  • It’s been so hot that my last couple shirts were beyond repairable with some simple dabs of lemon juice and water lol I had to go through my other shirts because when you’re a sweaty girl, these things happen! Thankfully, today was the last day!

Day 31 (August 31):

  • T E L E W O R K    D A Y!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Phew! I made it to the end of the month and to the end of my work wardrobe challenge! If I’m being honest, I really did not expect much from this challenge in terms of making it through the entire month while wearing the same  two main articles of clothing to work without :

A. Getting bored of the concept

B. Being exposed  by co-workers that I was wearing the same clothes for 30 days lol

To my surprise, neither of those happened! Besides my co-workers who I told that I would be conducting this challenge everyone else hasn’t noticed or given me so much of a side-eye. Which makes me wonder if I’m really that impressionable, or people HAVE noticed and aren’t willing to speak up.

My original goal of this challenge was to minimize my stress levels that were within my control throughout the day by eliminating possibly one of the most ridiculous decisions that lead me to stress in the morning; choosing what to wear to work. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I walked into my closet with an outfit I PICKED THE NIGHT BEFORE (I was prepared) put it on, and moments before I was ready to leave I CHANGED MY CLOTHES (WHAT?!)

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How many times I swipped through my closet, totally making a disaster of it and ended up wearing the same top/pants that I wore the week before. It was a vicious cycle that included no creativity, no change, but ultimately no gain (besides stress).

So what are my plans after this month? Well- comparing this month to just the month prior, I would say that this challenge has been beneficial to me and has saved me so much time in the a.m.  I think instead of sticking to the same outfit, I think that I am going to create a work capsule for myself that includes 5-7 items (tops & bottoms) that are appropriate to the season within a complimentary color palate. Since fall is my FAVORITE season, I am so excited to see what I can combine in my closet and from the thrift stores [of course] into a chic work attire capsule wardrobe. I hope to post a blog detailing what I choose as well as outfit combinations! (stay tuned).

I am happy to say that this experience has improved my conscience decisions when I am allowed the extra time to select different pieces to accessories and make use of my creativity with what I wear; and the ability it has allowed me to carry that momentum through the rest of my day.

The bigger question is, has my work performance improved? I can confidently say yes! While my job does not involve hella amounts of creativity I am finding ways to navigate old habits of completing my work into more stimulating routines! It’s been a great experience; I can’t wait to do it again!

 

Would you consider doing a work uniform challenge? What are your thoughts about creating a work wardrobe capsule? Leave your thoughts below!

xo,

Danielle

 

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Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

The Next 5 Days (Days 20-24): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days of my August signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

Day 18-19:

  • It’s the weekend, baaby!

Day 20 (August 20):

  • I took a metal heath day today and took the opportunity to catch up on some work around the house.

Day 21 (August 21):

  • Back at it! Today was minimal. I wore my metal wrapped marble triangle earrings and my thrifted black watch. I remember to carry a black blazer with me to work in case it was chilly in the offi…who am I kidding? it totally was, as usual!

Day 22 (August 22):

  • I paired my uniform with my long black vest and ran out of the house. I spent a little too much time meditation as soon as I woke up and was crunched for time (lol). The way that I seemed to get ready was almost instinctual. They say after 21 days, habits are formed— Guess I’m already there!

Day 23 (August 23):

  • Last day in the office this week! I’m kind of getting bored with the solid black pants, which I didn’t think would be possible. So I decided to pair them with a bold white belt. I was a bit hesitant as it gave me cowgirl vibes, but it still worked out!

Day 24 (August24):

  • T E L E W O R K    D A Y!

 

Next week is the final week of my work uniform challenge! I’m excited that I have made it this far without giving up! When things have been so hectic in my regular life it was nice to have this one thing, as tiny as it was here to keep some normalcy. I think this challenge is a unique one that I have a desire to do as soon as next month. But alternate it to be a capsule of items of about 4-5 that I change up and wear for the entire month.

Stay tuned for my next update and the final week of the challenge!

 

xo,

Danielle

 

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Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

The Next 5 Days (Days 11-16): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days of my August signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

Day 12 (August 12): It’s the weekend!

Day 13 (August 13): Happy Monday all! I had a late night last night as I stayed up way past my bedtime to watch the Insecure season premiere! But, it was well worth the bags I currently have under my eyes.

Reaching for my work uniform, today I decided to pair it with a solid black vest, 3 tassels tier necklace and matching studs. Monday’s are pretty quiet around the office considering many people telework  on this day and are just collectively tired AF.

Day 14 (August 14): It was a chilly morning outside …and in the office (as usual) so I decided to layer on my waffle texture cotton sweater over my uniform. I was comfy and might I add chic all in one go.

Keeping with rotating 2 shirts throughout the week, I again took a combination of lemon juice and water and dabbed the armpits to release bacteria buildup and let them air dry for about an hour. I decided to hand dry them in the shower since it was very muggy after a summer’s rain outside.

Day 15 (August 15):  Today I paired  my uniform with a grey tweed Brooks Brother’s blazer that I scored at the thrift store for $7! I got several compliments on the color and cut of the blazer as it accentuated my curves and gave amnesty to my tall figure by sitting just perfectly at my waist.

Day 16 (August 16): I loved how my Brooks Brother’s blazer felt, I decided to wear it again today! 🙂

Day 17 (August 17): Another comfy telework day from my apartment. Now, to get ahead on laundry in preparation for week 3 of this challenge.

 

Now with 2 weeks down, and 2 to go I have gotten into a rhythm of wearing my work uniform, and realizing that August has 5 weeks in it (he he). And while at this point I thought that I would be bored and just simply over the outfit, I’m surprised at just how very comfortable I feel. As someone who regularly changes their hairstyle every 2 weeks (just to switch it up) I thought those same feelings would translate into this wardrobe challenge; I must say with a couple of weeks to go I am feeling content, and for me that is surprising!

Waking up and having the relief from searching what to wear that day is an experience I’ve been missing out on lol. There’s so much to do within a day that worrying about getting dressed, shouldn’t be at the top of that list.

See you next week with with another update!

 

xo,

Danielle

 

 

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Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

The Next 5 Days (Days 6-11): Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People,

Here is a review of the next 5 days of my august signature work wardrobe! Enjoy!

 

Day 6 (August 6):

It’s Monday! Usually, I am not as enthusiastic about Monday’s but lately, I have been trying to maintain a positive perspective for Monday’s as being the perfect day to plan and be productive.

I woke up this morning feeling exhausted. I had a very busy Sunday that involved catching up on housework, meal prepping, editing photos and videos for content and doing a photo shoot for a DIY project a friend and I have been working on. My day started around 9 am and lasted until about 11pm. My 5:45 am call time the next morning came super early (of course). As I stumbled my way about it in the bathroom, I was relieved that I didn’t have to do the same in my closet to choose what I would wear that day.  One less decision to make before I starting my day! [happy dance]

Accessories were minimal as I paired my uniform with gold geometric shaped earrings with eyelet detail. I rolled up my sleeves for comfort as it was already 75 degrees at 7 am and drove into work.

Day 7 (August 7):

“I could get used to this”. I’ve realized just how much I have settled into a nightly routine in regards to what I do to prepare for work the next day. Pack lunch, shower, gather bags, lay out outfit. It’s nice to not have that last worry anymore!

Today’s uniform pairing included a white waterfall cotton cardigan with 3/4 sleeves coupled with teardrop triangle/metal marble earrings.

Day 8 (August 8):

“I don’t think people are noticing” is what I exclaimed to my boyfriend that morning.

As he looked at me and asked, “are you wearing the same outfit as yesterday”? Even he just noticed what I was up to, which made me smirk a little bit.

I paired the outfit with a solid black vest that elongated by top half. Accessories included a black watch, hoop earrings, and a double tier tassel necklace.

Day 9 (August 9):

I made it to the end of the week!” Another effortless day included wearing a black blazer with faux leather sleeves. My accessories were simple yet glam with the items I received from Glamour Box Jewelry with silver stud earrings and a delicate long bobbin necklace.

Day 10 (August 10):

My office today is from my warm cozy bed ❤

Day 11 (August 11):

Laundry day! Throughout the week I decided to do myself a favor and spread out laundry that needed to be done by rotating 2 of the 4 shirts throughout the week. After day 1 & 2, I took both shirts and dabbed a combination of lemon juice and water onto the armpit area to eliminate any bacteria that may have accumulated – set them out to dry for about and hour and they were ready to be worn again for days 3&4!

 

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Fashion, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

The First 5 Days: Creating a Signature Work Uniform [August Challenge]

Hello Beautiful People!

This is my first check in post to follow-up on my progress after creating a signature work uniform for the month of August. Please read my previous post here, for the reasons why I chose to challenge my personal wardrobe and self-confidence.

The outfit that I chose was relatively simple, versatile, and comfortable. I went to my favorite place to shop online that I knew would work for my body shape and height; Old Navy and purchased their signature full length black Pixie pants and the perfect striped popover cotton blouse. I choose to purchase 1 pair of pants (I currently have the same pair already in my wardrobe to serve as a back up  in case of emergency) and 4 blouses since I am technically in the office Monday-Thursday. As you can see here I already made a killer savings with shipping and the automatic store discount!

wardrobe uniform

Day 1: (August 1) *Eye-roll* My items have not arrived and while I place this order on July 26, it did not ship from the facility until July 31st, making this 30 day challenge a start a bit later than anticipated. BUT I am hopeful that my items will ship in the next few days, and hopefully arrive by early next week so I can get this ball rollin’! I thought about McGyver (ing) my wardrobe to create a uniform of my own, but realized my wardrobe isn’t as synced to pull off the concept of a uniform (womp, womp).

Day 2: (August 2) My items are in route to arrive by FRIDAY! Yes!!

Day 3: (August 3) My items have arrived and they fit perfectly (as expected). I pulled some accessories from my closet, belts, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, scarfs as added flair to my uniform. I also created an un-boxing video on my Instagram stories so you can see exactly what I got and my first impressions! Check out that video on my channel  @thread.lift

or follow the link here to watch:

https://www.instagram.com/tv/BmCezSkAmbR/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=8yhz6dzfiicm

 

Day 4: (August 4) Weekend

Day 5: (August 5) This day is usually filled with feelings of nostalgia for the weekend past as I prep for the morning. Typically I gather my bag with my planner, keys, wallet, computer, notebook, lunch and then make my way to my closet to pick out an outfit for work. But this Sunday was different. This Sunday, I didn’t have to worry about what I wanted to wear. I didn’t have to swipe left in my closet and struggle to find an outfit— as I remembered that I’ve already prepped for the entire month! (YAS).

With that worry out the window, I felt the weight of anxiety that builds up within me suddenly release as I went back to the living room and put on another episode of Orange is the New Black.

I will check in with a review of the next 5 days to let you know things are going!

xo,

Danielle

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Work Uniform Challenge Aug 2018

Why Creating a Signature Work Uniform Can Increase Your Self Esteem (August Challenge

If you were ever part of a club or team for your extracurricular activities while growing up than you might remember the importance of unity in the sense of working together. The idea of community taught us the importance of caring for humankind as well as the basics of tying a spider knot into a piece of rope. For a good chunk of my childhood, I was in Girl Scouts. From what I remember of that time is that community was represented through small acts of compassion that was the metaphorical glue that held our society together; and that was represented all the way down to the green vest & hat I wore.

Thinking back on that as an adult, has me questioning if those silly uniforms actually carried a cognitive benefit in the effort to build confidence by placing less importance on what I looked like on the outside versus who I illustrated myself to be. This made me think- should I consider creating a work uniform as an effort to improve my performance at the office? Is it really possible to remain confident in oneself by wearing the same outfit every day, week after  week? A bit of background, I work as a government contractor as an data analysts, so my work involves a lot of data mining while in the setting of a cube farm (think beige color walls and floors).

The challenge I am creating for myself during the month of August is to create a personal work uniform to wear to the office for the full 31 days. Now, let me tell you, there is no greater fear than looking at your closet and saying, “Why can’t I find anything to wear?” Or preparing your outfits the night before just to change it completely the next morning. So I am excited to leave that worry behind.

My choice in styling the uniform will be versatile enough that it will fit the office’s business casual environment, while also providing me warmth throughout the day (the office can be an ice box). The pieces will be transitional in case special occasions after work arise where I need to attend that I can quickly pair with a few accessories. My goal is to eliminate the daily (routine) anxiety of pulling something to wear and wondering “does this match?” Choosing a style that flatters me will ease any other doubts in my head that people might notice my outfits and think that I’m lazy, but if you think about it; creating a work uniform will put me in the ranks of some of the most successful people including, Barack Obama, Mark Zutherburg, and Steve Jobs!

With that in mind, I hopped over to my favorite store, Old Navy  where I was sure to find items that fit my tall physic and would get me an incredible sale. What I found was a lightweight popover cotton striped tunic and my favorite skinny leg Pixie pants. This challenge is only lasting for the month, one pair of pants and 4 tops would do the trick since I am technically in the office Monday-Thursday (I tel-work from home on Friday’s). As you can see from image below, I am already off to a good start with my wardrobe with a savings of $72.03 dollars! That’s about an average of $2.30 per day over the span of 31 days for my work attire. I plan to wear my favorite black loafers from Crown Vintage and a simple black blazer from my closet to keep me warm.

wardrobe uniform

Might I add, that I will still have the benefit of retaining the rest of my wardrobe and allowing creative expression on the weekends, because a girl’s gotta show off her ass-sets!

“The whole idea of uniformity is adopting a uniform for yourself, as it keeps things very simple”, said Thom Browne, Fashion Designer. I am excited to adventure to a new level of self-confidence and truly owning my sense of style and project that image to those around me by shifting the focus on what I’m saying and not what I’m wearing. Following the steps of a local DC women in my area, Renata Briggman who effortlessly wore the same blazer, slacks, top, shoes every.single.day for an entire year, I think this should be an exciting month!

I will be sure to document this series for you all during the month of August and will do a recap post in September!

What would your summer work uniform look like? Comment below your thoughts and if you’re willing to join me this month for the challenge!

xoxo,

Danielle

 

 

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