30 piece capsule wardrobe: My May 30×30 picks

The bigger my closet gets, the less outfit ideas I seem to have. So I’m excited to be joining an instagram challenge this month to create a 30 piece capsule wardrobe and wear it for the whole month of May. This capsule would be perfect as a minimalist summer wardrobe or even a summer packing list for an extended trip to anywhere with hot weather (Vegas is already over 90 degrees!). I included mostly casual items but also some work appropriate dresses and pants for office wear. Here are my picks for the month of May!

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The search for reasonable clothes to work from home in: My virtual work uniform flowchart

I wrote this post in December after a solid semester of working from home every Thursday and Friday. I didn’t hit publish on it at the time, but given world events I am now getting even more familiar with my work from home wardrobe. Even better, I’ve narrowed my work-from-home getting dressed approach down to a simple decision tree. Consider this my flow chart of what to wear in the morning…

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Five Early Spring Work Outfits

I think I have season amnesia…it’s suddenly 65 degrees out and I’ve entirely forgotten what to wear to work in the spring. To ease the transition, I decided to play dress up a bit and find some spring outfits for when it’s still cold in the morning, a little breezy in the afternoon, and not quite sandal weather. The window to wear spring dresses with sweaters is small, after all, so might as well embrace it!

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Everlane reviews–what I’ve bought lately

More Everlane has been quietly creeping into my closet lately. I say quietly because I haven’t reviewed any of it. Heck, some of it doesn’t get photographed. Not because I don’t think it’s blog-worthy, but because the best Everlane items, in my opinion, feel like I’ve owned them for years and become part of my instant closet rotation. So, here are reviews of those MVPs–including the women’s skinny stretch denim, the Tread trainer, the reknit glove boot, and the Alpaca crew!

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4 things I thought about buying during Everlane’s 2 day shipping sale

Everlane has free 2 day shipping today and as a Very Impatient Person I was pretty excited to see this news. Everlane shipping is just not Amazon Prime fast! And I have had some things on my wishlist for a while and that’s how I justified falling down a browsing rabbit hole. Here are four things I added to my cart today, plus the one I finally went with…

Three things I had in my cart are things I already own and just wanted to double up on:

Clean Silk Relaxed Shirt

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Everlane Straight Leg Crop Pant, Straight Leg Pant & Utility Barrel Pant Review: How they compare

I found this pair of pants at Buffalo Exchange several weeks ago and I instantly LOVED them–after some googling I found out that they are the Everlane Straight Leg Crop and sell for $72. Here’s why I’ve found them to be delightful for work outfits, plus how the straight leg crop pant and straight leg pant (Everlane’s new, longer version) and the newly released Utility Barrel Pant compare!

Everlane straight leg crop pant
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Everlane The Denim Short Review plus outfit ideas

When did shorts go from fine to bad? For me, it was the summer after college. Nothing in particular happened, I just saw myself in a picture of denim shorts and thought “whoa, those are so short.” As I recently complained about in an instagram comment, why is it so hard for women’s clothing designers to get that I want a 5″ inseam, loose leg, and medium wash with no distressing? Where is the happy medium between seductive camp counselor and mom picking kid up from camp?! Anyway, I finally found shorts I feel ok in, and they’re the Everlane Denim Short. Here’s my review and some summer denim shorts styling inspiration.

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Teaching when it’s hot out, part 3

You know when you have to walk to campus because the university has disabled your bus pass because they are evil fee collectors, but when you get to your classroom it’s a little chilly?

Or perhaps you are opting to walk to campus all summer because all winter you put on a lot of stress weight?

My outfit solution to this is a sundress + blazer. I put the blazer in my bag or leave it (along with all my high heels, deodorant, dry shampoo, a desk sweater…) in my office to put on when i get to campus. Instant professionalism!

One more outfit idea to come, then maybe I’m joining the Summer 10×10 challenge! What are your go-to “it’s way too hot” outfit combos? I’ve been enjoying making these outfit plans in between studying for my Fall comprehensive exams.

Teaching when it’s hot out, pt. 2

Happy almost July! I start teaching in 12 days so I’m obviously gearing up by planning my first week of outfits instead of the first day of class (#syllabusday).

The joys of teaching 5 days a week in July are…none. It’s really hot out. I usually teach 3 days a week. Now I can’t repeat outfits as frequently. But I can repeat outfit formulas over and over again, and that’s exactly what I plan to do by doing vest + sundress combos.

Vests are so magical. I didn’t own any until last year when I realized that they make everything look somehow pulled together without causing me to overheat. Now I’m a vest enthusiast. Here I’ve picked out one of my many Old Navy sundresses (so cheap! so plentiful! come in tall sizes when you’re trying to look professional!) and paired it with a vest from Target.

I hope your summers are the perfect combination of productive and unproductive so far!