Over the past couple of weeks (read months), I have talked a lot about our sweet love story. From our not so cute “meet cute,” to our falling in love, to each of us figuring out the other was their one, to the day he got down on one knee. I love our love story, it is my favorite one by far and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with my sweet man. But before I can do that, we have to plan that wedding thing. Lol.
Happy Friday everyone! Are you excited for the weekend? I know I am. I have a lot of great posts planned for the next couple of weeks, but I kept thinking of these little random things that I wanted to share. They didn’t really have a place in any of my other posts and couldn’t really stand alone as their own posts. Then I realized, I have these little random thoughts pretty frequently. My brain is filled with little thoughts that could be parts of different blog posts.
A couple weeks ago I talked about my favorite places to shop affordably in this post. Having go-to pieces from those places to wear to work quickly became a necessity to me. It was also necessary that these items all worked together to make getting dresses easy. So here we go, here are my five go-to work items.
One of the biggest transitions for me when I started my new job was getting dressed every day. Now I know that probably sounds silly, but I am being 110% serious. In college my uniform was leggings, a tee-shirt and a ball cap. Then I got my first post-grad job on a college campus and mastered what I call casual-cute (basically I could still wear jeans every day). So I went from that, to having to dress business-casual (a.k.a. no jeans and a tee-shirt) every day. Big change.
Actually having to put thought into what I wore was a much bigger adjustment than I ever thought it would be, both mentally and financially. Luckily, I was able to find a few basics (that didn’t cost me a fortune) that allow me to get dressed, feel confident and not think too much. Most of my shopping is done at three stores: Old Navy, Express and J.Crew Factory. Before I moved to Memphis, Nordstrom was also a staple. Unfortunately, the closest Nordstrom is now three hours from me which made it drop off the list.
Fast and affordable fashion. I hate spending a lot of money on items that I feel like won’t be in style in a year. This is where Old Navy (and a couple other places) come in. While Old Navy is by no means the trendiest store, it does have good pieces that will last you a year or two. Most recently, I am obsessed with their Pintuck Swing Dresses. I think I own this dress in five different patterns. I also love their pixie pants and fashion tops.
Professional, simple basics. This is where I go when I need basic items for work, but want them to have a bit of a twist. Because I do not have to wear a suit to work, I stay away from stiff collared shirts and slacks. Express has great blouses that look professional, but are more stylish than the traditional collared shirt. A couple of my favorites are here and here.
J. Crew Factory
Higher quality and simple basics. I love J. Crew Factory because it offers the same style as J. Crew, but at a fraction of the cost. The pieces are good quality and last a long time. I love their classic pieces that never go out of style. They have great suiting pieces like this, this and this, that can be used as a suit or mixed with other, more casual, pieces. I also love their skirts; they have a great selection at a great price.
Next week I am going to talk more about my five go to pieces (four of which are from the above stores) that I wear to work. Until next time… CB