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 I wore for a week of virtual job interviews, plus resources for talking about race with family

It’s Friday and I have just finished teaching my 3-week summer course on job interviewing. It was a strange time to teach the class with many students out of work due to coronavirus shutdowns, and then a sad time to teach the class with the country mourning George Floyd and rallying for racial justice, but we made it and I am SO PROUD of my students! I loved hearing about their career goals, talking cover letters, and practicing interviewing with them. I did, however, have to interview all 25 of them this week. Which was a lot of video conferencing. Don’t worry, I decided to change outfits like twice a day to deal with having to sit for so long. Here’s what I wore…

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May 30×30: Week 4 of my summer work from home capsule wardrobe

easy summer capsule wardrobe for hot weather

Welcome to the end of May! I would like the rest of my closet back now, please. No really, doing a 30 piece summer capsule wardrobe has been nice. I tend to think less about clothes in the summer because it’s way too hot–this made me attempt more creativity but also helped me to think about what items I really like to wear in the summer and what is just not practical enough for southwestern weather! Here’s what I wore for the last week of May (and here are all my capsule items if you want a refresh).

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May 30×30 Week 3: The 30 piece mix and match capsule continues

30 day summer capsule wardrobe

We’re in week 3 of the May 30×30 challenge and that’s a lot of threes! I’m still wearing the same 30 items for the month. I have been enjoying the simplicity, the permission to repeat outfits, and the easy decisions I get to make every morning. Plus, it’s really hot out here, so this has been a great way to get reacquainted with my summer clothes in capsule form. Here’s what I wore this week!

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My 30 piece summer capsule wardrobe: Week 2 of the 30×30

Welcome back to week 2 of my 30 piece summer capsule wardrobe. Here are all my items if you would like to see, and here’s what I wore this week for over 100 degree temperatures here in the southwest (eek).

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30 pieces for 30 days: Week 1 of Summer Outfits

It’s the end of week 1 of the May 30×30 capsule wardrobe challenge! I’ve had fun mixing and matching my items this week to make colorful and easy summer outfits. I was pleased with the light and warm colors and kind of retro vibe of my outfits this week that made my normal black and white wardrobe a bit more fun. Here’s what I wore this week!

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Virtual coffee: Looks as all over the place as my mood and funny women on the internet

Hello, it’s me, Rebecca, and I’m wearing bike shorts. I wanted to hate bike shorts. I was committed to hating bike shorts. I love bike shorts. Here are some more things I wore this week and some other things I’ve generally appreciated and consumed on the internet.

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Virtual coffee: Surprising work from home outfits and easy clothing projects

Greetings from week 3. I am sipping my coffee and basking in the relief of being done recording video lectures for the week. And you know what? I kind of like working from home. I imagine it would be far more peaceful if I was, uh, not doing so during a time of existential dread, but not having to go anywhere to start work has been pretty nice. I wore some clothes this week and read some stuff this week and even attempted a few verrrrry minimally involved clothing DIYs, so let’s get to them!

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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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