We’ve done it! 10 outfits in roughly speaking, 10 days.
I feel like each outfit was different enough to the next, even though the main difference between some was just the addition of the grey wool cardigan, or a change in shirt.
The elastic waisted silk pants, while comfortable, need a bit more working with when it comes to pairing with the right top. I could have opted for a more basic colour, but the challenge in this situation is not so much the colour (which I am happy to wear) but more the vibe the swing of the silk gives.
So what has this challenge taught me about my office style?
I’m ok with the conservative, the matronly, the bordering-on-English-village-primary-school-teacher. I can’t imagine Miranda Priestly would even grant me an interview because her assistant would hear the frump oozing out of my clothes over the phone line.
Are 10 items enough?
When they finally arrived, the addition of the navy wool trousers really rounded out my wardrobe. Before then everything was adequate, but there was that final, chic, structured piece that was lacking.
Considering that I only work part time, I could probably get away with maintaining just these 10 pieces to last me over 2 seasons if I really wanted to.
If I were back in full time mode again though, these 10 wouldn’t be enough for me; I’d want another skirt, another dress, another pair of trousers, another cardigan, and access to the rest of the tops in my usual capsule wardrobe to switch up with.
The honeycomb sleeveless shirt, the gingham shirt, and the navy trousers are immediate stand outs. I feel really put together if I’m wearing any of those items. Again, it’s all about the structure when you consider each of those and what their main feature is.
In the end nothing really. Obviously I had to dress according to the weather, and we’ve been having such an odd mix of days that everything got at least a turn and more.
So my very first remix experiment is done!
More than anything it confirmed for me what my actual style is when it comes to work wear (UN-glamorous, no wonder I never got chatted up back in the day) but this mini-experience also gave me confidence to just wear the conservative and be all right with that.
I think I subconsciously battled in the past to ‘look the part’, but the part I was trying to imitate was something more akin to what would appear in a magazine shoot.
An old boss once told me that regardless of how long we have been working, we are always ‘playing’ that part and aspiring to convince others that we are that which we are trying to portray.
Now though I don’t feel like I have to play act anymore, because I’m ok with being merely Miss Lemon (“‘Unbelievably ugly and incredibly efficient…”) instead of Pepper Potts.