Friday, October 15, 2010

Guest Post: Money Smart Fashion - From Work to Weekend

While I am away on my wonderful (and much needed) vacation I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to step in and write guest posts. I asked each of them to come up with their own topic and post that they felt fit with what I am doing here over at 260 Days, No Repeats. I am loving what they have come up with! Today I am pleased to have Grace Croshaw from Money Smart Fashion give you some tips on making your wardrobe do double duty for work and weekends. I will be back to regular blogging on October 19th, 'till then...

You thought I was going to say summer to fall! Muha tricked you! Hehe Anyway, Greetings 260 Days, No Repeats readers, I'm Grace! You can normally find me over at my blog, Money Smart Fashion, but I was beyond excited when Iris asked me to fill in for her while she was away. I love how Iris's goal is to look great at work every day within the confines of a professional dress code and without spending tons of cash. Because let's face it, not all of us can stay home and blog for a living, myself included.

Currently I am blessed with a pretty liberal dress code however my first job out of college was a different story. I too was bound by a professional dress code that frowned upon individual creativity. The first couple months I was actually excited by it. The thought of wearing heels and blazers, and suits was thrilling. I felt like I had finally made it to adulthood, I realized quickly the grass is always greener. The dress code had such an effect on me that I started subconsciously dividing my closet into two mutually exclusive categories-work and weekend. The items in my closet were in one category or the other, never both, which was draining me mentally and financially. I was ultimately buying twice the clothes to satiate my two needs, when really all I needed was a lot of items that could do double duty.

So in the spirit of having fun and saving money, here are some tips on how to make your work clothes "work" for you:
  • Use a button-down to layer up on weekends.
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  • Dress a lightweight cotton blazer up or down
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  • Add a animal-print shoe for visual interest
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  • Wear relaxed trousers as an alternative to jeans on the weekend
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  • Keep remixing and reinventing
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Well, that’s all I’ve got. You guys have been awesome. I hope you didn’t mind me filling in for Iris and if you like what you saw (insert shameless plug here), come visit me on my blog!

4 comments:

  1. Love this! I totally employ some of these tips, but I haven't thought of layering a button up shirt in a long time.

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  2. This was such a fun post! I'll be working in a more businessy environment so will have to stick to a stricter dress code. This was very helpful. Thanks so much!!!

    CLOTHED MUCH, a modest fashion blog

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  3. Great guest post! I just love Grace.

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