Now & Later: Repurposing Office Clothes for Work From Home

Welcome back to another week of challenging myself to wear my work clothes, even if only to get on Zoom. I asked some friends what clothing items are getting the least love in their closets right now and blazers were at the top of the list (maybe right under my entire shoe collection). So here’s how I’m wearing my blazer now to work from home!

Any old blazer can be fine for working from home but I really love softer sweater-blazers for this. However, the blazer I chose today is just my regular oversized suit blazer. It’s relaxed enough to type in, plus in between meetings I tend to hang it off the back of my chair anyway.

WFH. Bloggers are always wearing their blazers with denim shorts and I have never understood who can get away with that (people who don’t work in offices, that’s who) but now is the perfect time to feel a little more street style in your own home! With flip flops and a tank top, this outfit is perfectly ready to run errands as well. Tank/Shorts/Flip flops (old Old Navy–yes really hahah)

Later. I just got some espadrilles and am excited to wear them in the fall with my favorite shirtdress! Shirtdress (old, similar), espadrilles

What should I style next? What things in your closet need a little more love lately?

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Now & Later: Repurposing Office Clothes for Work From Home

Welcome back to another attempt to repurpose clothes for my work from home life. Today: a floral maxi dress for working from home OR fancy events later!

This dress is a happy accident–Rent the Runway wouldn’t refund my next rental (engagement picture outfits, RIP) so I got stuck with some credit and decided to browse their online clearance. I justified this prairie-chic dress by picking it for a fall wedding we might attend. But then it was just too comfy to stay in my closet until then.

WFH. Ok full disclosure this dress has more cleavage than I anticipated, so I knotted a white t shirt over the top (easiest way to make it appear as if you have more skirts than you do!) and added sneakers.

Later. I’ll put it with the only heels I wear. I was going to go straw bag but for a fall wedding I tried to pull it more toward fall colors with olive and some berry lipstick.

What should I style next? What things in your closet need a little more love lately?

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Now & Later: Repurposing Office Clothes for Work From Home

Lately my urge to do a huge closet cleanout has been creeping back. I LOVE getting rid of things, but sometimes it’s a thinly veiled excuse to keep buying more things. It doesn’t help that half of my closet is just sitting there because I’m working from home now. I sort of miss my office clothes, but I also want to be comfortable, so starting this week I am challenging myself to style more office and going out clothes for my life right now. So here’s my first restyle: a midi skirt.

I love my skirt collection but anything too rigid is staying on its hanger. This softer midi skirt is from the Rent the Runway clearance and I was immediately drawn to it because it would match so many things (black, cream, navy, and yellow) and I liked the sporty drawstring.

WFH. For midi skirts at home I’ve just been grabbing a tank top and sneakers for my walks around the block. This outfit was pleasantly comfortable!

Later. I can’t wait to layer this skirt in the fall with a black blazer (sold out but still in white) and wedges (mine are still in my office at school because I just throw them on at the office).

What should I style next? What things in your closet need a little more love lately?

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What do I even do with dad jeans?

The question of how to style dad jeans (in this case, vintage Levis) has probably been answered a million times on the internet, but that didn’t stop me from putting them on multiple mornings, getting stuck, staring at tops, and finally chickening out and putting them away. So this week I made three combos that I know for sure I like with light wash jeans. Here they are, if dad jeans (or mom jeans…is there a difference?) vex you as well.

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Last minute graduation dresses

Oh, graduation is next week and I haven’t looked for any commencement dress ideas for graduate students. Which means…I don’t really have “the dress” for my own graduation. I am probably just going to wear an old favorite (which I was also supposed to take to get hemmed, oops), but if you’re on the hunt for a grad school appropriate graduation dress that you can get fast, here are some options…

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How I buy business clothes on Poshmark

It all started with a suit. I stumbled onto the Poshmark site late last summer, thought, “huh, like Ebay, but only clothes,” and probably would have just left…but then I found it. A gently used J. Crew suit, in tall sizes, for $40. Could this site be for real?? I weighed my options. I figured if I lost $40 in some scam, I would be a little sad. But not as sad as I would be buying a $200+ suit for my impending time on the academic job market. I got out my credit card.

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The 8 pieces you need to start teaching

Hi friends! This post is all about what I bought to get started teaching as a grad student. This was my big question after I accepted my offer to start my MA (yeah I know, I should have been looking for apartments and registering for classes). I think with 8 pieces or so, you have a good start that can make lots of outfits, whether you are TA-ing once a week or teaching your own class several times a week.

I suggest a nice work bag, 2 work shirts, a dress, a blazer, a pencil skirt, dress pants, and one pair of extremely comfortable work shoes. Sources here.

To extend these pieces, I mix my casual wear in with a couple of dressier pieces. I think t shirts and jeans can look classy, especially with a blazer.

I also tend to add in my more casual shoes, like sandals and boots. Though if you’re in the market for several pairs of teaching shoes, I think oxfords are so geeky and perfect for grad school.

If you’re getting ready to make the move to start teaching, I hope this list helps you start to make a workable wardrobe ❤

How to avoid looking like an undergrad in grad school

 

Is this a common grad school anxiety? I think it is. If you’ve come straight out of your undergrad, you probably want to look older so that you don’t get hit on by some guy in the dining hall line who asks, “so, are you a freshman?” (#truestory). Some ideas:

-Messenger bag or tote>backpack. Some suggestions.

-Mix one business casual piece in with your casual wear (in this case, oxfords).

-Sweat pants/workout clothes are awesome and you have every right to wear them but they may increase the risk of the aforementioned junior-guy-hits-on-you scenario.

-Glasses have been shown to boost your perceived credibility.

You could also just decide you don’t care if someone mistakes you for an undergrad! But on days when you do care, the above can be helpful.