February 06, 2012

Wardrobe Rotations

J. Crew Factory Rosette cardi
Kate Spade Calista dress
Spanx tights
Nine West mary jane pumps
MBMJ Softy Max Satchel
Vintage necklace and gifted amber pendant

I wore this ensemble to teach and to attend some committee meetings on campus. Last April, I gravitated toward this dress because of the styling possibilities it could yield. But when I reached for it this week, I didn't experiment too much from my most recent pairing.

I've written before about how one of my favorite mundane aspects of my job is that you teach a new crop of people every term, giving your wardrobe the chance to debut to a fresh audience with a fair amount of frequency. Perhaps this is a silly thing to value and of course, you still see the same faculty and staff regardless. I also realize that many profs will likely encounter the same students multiple terms if they teach on a small campus or in a smaller department.

Still, I enjoy organizing a work wardrobe rotation structured around both the seasonal changes and the semester length. At the moment, I am teaching only two days a week so my wardrobe can stretch pretty far in this particular schema. On the days when I'm not in the classroom but still on campus, I tend to lean in the direction of casual comfort. And I usually forget to document those. But most of them are repeats you've already seen in various dressing room photos. They involve cords, sweaters, blouses, and flats/boots. Unfussy, boring, and just pulled together enough to pass muster.

How do you organize a wardrobe rotation for the workplace?

As an aside, this winter has been so mild that I've noticed my warmest options aren't necessary. I've only worn my warmest winter boots once. And it hasn't been too cold to need more than just tights with a dress/skirt. I feel like I'm waiting for the other snowshoe to drop!


Terri said...

I only need to dress for a trip to campus three days a week, and can quite easily make it through an entire semester without any repeats.  However, during 2011 enough of my colleagues were reading my blog that they commented on my color-of-the-month and suddenly began to feel that things were being policed.  Weird.  In any case, I can see multiple styling possibilities for this beautiful dress.

A Stylized Hysteria said...

Weather-wise, this has been the best winter in a long, long time. I've only had to break out my long-johns a few times! 

I make a conscious effort to not wear the same exact outfit, simply because someone told me ages ago that she never sees me wear the same thing in the same way and I took it as a challenge to keep it up. Makes getting a dressed an exercise in creativity (and sometimes frustration)!


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