You have to look the part to work the part, but it’s not always as easy as it seems.
What is it about having a closet full of clothing and nothing to wear?
Every morning I wake up and go through my normal weekday routine. I wipe the sleep from my eyes, brush my teeth, take a shower. Everything seems to go smoothly until my morning routine reaches the dreadful part that is my closet. As I cautiously open the door to my closet, I rummage through every piece hanging there with my eyes. I move from the dresses, to the skirts and jeans, all of which I have carefully organized according to color (yes, I color-code my clothes). Although I made it almost impossible to skip over an item, I never find the most suitable option for work.
I have to admit, I got pretty lucky in the professional department, meaning that my uniform is fairly casual compared to people working in finance. But even with that being said, there are still some challenges. I’m not in finance, but I am in journalism, fashion journalism specifically. And with that being the case, casual doesn’t mean a tee-shirt and jeans, it simply means the blending of a tulle skirt with edgy sneakers, or something of the sort.
So imagine the stress that overwhelms me every morning. Did I wear this shirt already? Do those shoes go with the season? I ask myself these questions, usually out loud. And although I’ve made it a point to have a very trendy wardrobe filled with things that scream fashionable and my personal style, I still have the hardest time finding clothes to wear each morning.
Dressing for a night out with friends is hard, but dressing for work is even harder. You have to look the part to work the part, but that doesn’t mean you have the budget to do so. I’m constantly burdened with the idea of spending tons of money on work clothes. It’s a constant tug-o-war between spending money and looking flawless. My mom always reminds me that you have to spend money on work clothes because no one wants a shirt that wrinkles right after you sit down or a skirt that rips when you stand up. For the first time in a while, I have to admit that my mom is right. But while that may still be hard to say, where exactly to I get these invincible work clothes from?
Banana Republic doesn’t wreak fashion forward, but its clothes are durable. H&M has some great items, but I’m not sure how long that shirt lasts. Although, I’m a freshly-digested college graduate and it wouldn’t be the end of the world to have my mom contribute to my work-clothes budget, I’m against the idea. I also have no interest in putting $75 down towards 2 items.
But where does that leave me in my morning routine? Probably hopeless and confused in front of my closet, that’s where. And until I figure out how to form a closet of day and night- appropriate wears, I guess I’ll just have to make due with mix-matching thrifted finds with old, but pricy individual pieces.
A Girl With Nothing To Wear