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Filling the {Closet} Gaps

A Pretty Penny Pointy Toe Flats with Skinny Jeans Personal Style Kenneth Cole Dover Bucket Bag

Last week, while getting ready for a ‘business casual’ event, I realized there’s a problem with my closet…

It’s filled with casual work/weekend clothes, and cocktail dresses. There’s no middle ground.

Rewind to my days of corporate dress codes: I had outfits for every imaginable business occasion, but nothing to wear to a Sunday BBQ.

Shouldn’t I have this figured out by now?

My girlfriends have similar issues. Despite our best intentions to shop for well-rounded wardrobes, we tend to gravitate to clothes that offer the most mileage for our varying jobs and lifestyles. I find myself buying stacks of jeans and tees in every shape and color. My friend has a stockpile of pencil skirts and silk button-downs for her 9-5. Ask us to dress for something ‘dressy casual’ and our heads might explode.

So we, a.) panic when we’re invited to an event outside our wardrobe’s resources, and/or b.) buy something we’ll probably wear once for the occasion and forget.

I think there are a few key pieces that are missing from my closet that could go a long way in filling the gap between a day at the flower shop and a black tie gala:

Pencil Skirts & Trousers – I know, this is such a no-brainer, but after years of a strict corporate dress code (we’re talking pantyhose, peeps) I couldn’t wait to ditch my pencil skirts and Express Editor pants. I donated them several years ago and never looked back, but it’s time to bring them back into the fold. A simple black pencil skirt and a pair of high-rise trousers would really come in handy. I always loved my denim trousers from Express, and think I’ll order this pair.

Black Midi Skirt – There’s something so feminine and pretty about an A-line skirt in a slightly longer length, and you can dress it up or down with shoes and accessories. I don’t know how I’ve made it this long without one. I’d go for something like this ASOS midi skirt in scuba fabric.

‘Day Dresses’ – I can’t think of a better name for them, but I’m referring to the kinds of dresses you wear to a business networking event or Sunday brunch; not formal, not casual, but just right. I used to have them in spades, in every color and pattern, but they went the way of the trousers when I became self-employed. I’m thinking something solid and versatile, like this Tahari A-line dress.

 

Buy these J.Crew pants before it’s too late!

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A Pretty Penny OOTD J.Crew Turner Pant Target Tank

{ Pants: J.Crew ‘Turner'; Tank: Target; Bag: Hautelook; Flips: LC Lauren Conrad }

To file under ‘Ways I’m Becoming My Mother.’

I buy stuff I love in bulk. If Costco sold high-rise skinny jeans and boxy cotton tees in assorted 12-packs, I’d be all over it.

Some things I purchased in triplicate — or more, don’t judge me —  within the last two years: LC Lauren Conrad ‘Valencia’ skinny flip flops in black and tan (a cheaper alternative of my beloved leather TKEES); Old Navy boyfriend fit button-downs; American Eagle hi-rise skinny jeggings; and Free People ‘free falling’ tees.

I need backups. And in some cases, my backups need backups. Because I just don’t have the time or energy to marathon shop anymore; so when I find something I feel good wearing, I buy it in every color. See: My Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials.

Now, with all that said, get ye to jcrew.com and order the ‘Turner’ pant, on final sale, before they run out of all the sizes and you miss the opportunity to indulge in this magic for less than $20:

We took a classic lounge pant (think an elastic waist and ankle cuffs) and dressed it up for work (and cocktails after) with heavy matte crepe. So it’s like you’re wearing pj’s to the office, but not.

{I ordered them in 3 colors.}