With the release of new silk colours and styles from Grana, and Everlane opening up international shipping for a month, I decided it was time to update my work capsule wardrobe.
Back in this post I showed you how to start off your own work wear capsule. Until now though, I haven’t been actively maintaining my own office wardrobe.
I did this purposely to find out if I was comfortable enough to wear my everyday clothes to work. My current workplace is very casual and there isn’t any formal structure or hierarchy in place so it’s quite a departure from the inside of law firms where I worked for 6 years.
I’ve found that while you can take the girl out of the office, you can’t take the office out of the girl. Despite there being no dress code, I started to baulk at getting dressed in the morning. To me, wearing jeans didn’t seem appropriate on a regular basis and I just wanted to dress with a little more purpose to fulfil my role.
The overall structure of my work wardrobe has not changed and all I’m doing is swapping out what I currently own with items made of natural fibres instead, and adding a few easy wear silk tops that I can wear in summer and layer with jumpers and cardigans in winter.
Grana silk classic shirt in off white
Woolovers merino wool pencil skirt
Grana silk ankle pants in mulberry
Grana cotton poplin boyfriend shirt in gingham
Grana silk sleeveless shirt in honeycomb
Grana silk tee shirt in dusty orchid
I tend not to maintain any particular colour palette with my office wardrobe, and a lot of tee shirts or jumpers from whatever capsule I am wearing will inevitably be used anyway. However it’s always good to put aside one or two tops that are really office orientated so if you find yourself tumbling out of bed way past your alarm, all you need to do is chuck those designated pieces on and it’ll look like you put some thought into your clothes that morning.
Silk is actually really great for those chaotic mornings because it drapes well, looks elegant, and will be complimentary to nearly everything that you pair it with, meaning minimal brain power required when you’re bleary eyed and needing caffeine.
What better way to test run my capsule-within-a-capsule than by doing a 10×10 challenge. Not a highly original idea I realise, but you already know by now that I’m a highly suggestible individual anyway. This is a great opportunity for you to challenge your own creativity, or to test run whether you like the overall concept of a capsule in general.
My friends at Grana (can I say we’re friends now? I’m going to say we are!) have recently launched some new colours and styles in their silk range so I thought I’d incorporate some of their silk into my work capsule and have fun creating outfits with them.
The guidelines are simple:
- choose 10 items to wear for work
- style those items into 10 different outfits
- wear an outfit a day for 10 days
Accessories are up to you. Some people choose to include shoes in the count, but I’m not a shoes person and I usually only ever wear one pair exclusively depending on the season, so I haven’t included shoes in this challenge. You might like to though.
Here are my picks for this challenge –
|Cotton poplin gingham shirt (gifted by Grana)
Silk sleeveless shirt in honeycomb (gifted by Grana)
Silk shirt in cream
Silk tee in dusty orchid
Cotton tee/tank in grey
Merino cardigan in grey
Silk trousers in mulberry (gifted by Grana)
|Sleeveless linen shirt dress in blue|
I’ll share an outfit a day for the next 10 days. If you want to participate, take a pic, share it on Instagram, and tag it #office10x10 !
Don’t forget if you’re interested in any of Grana’s silk, or really anything else of Grana’s, use code ‘cindyxgrana’ at checkout for a 10% discount and free shipping 🙂
This post features gifted items from Grana.