Back to School Uniform: How to create a 6-piece capsule work wardrobe

Back to School Uniform: How to create a 6-piece capsule work wardrobe

You know the Cat in the Hat's favorite game, Up-Up-Up with a Fish?  That's me getting dressed for work in the morning.  The rake, the ball, the cake, the books, those are all my kids.  The fish is my coffee... which does not like this, not ONE LITTLE BIT!  And that is not all!  I'm supposed to get dressed while Thing 1 and Thing 2 run around at warp speed.  

Somehow, I'm able to throw on some things, but I leave my bedroom like a disaster area.   

Well, way back in April 2015, art director Matilda Kahl wrote "Why I Wear the Exact Same Thing to Work Every Day" and it was an internet sensation!  You probably read about it, mom.  

 Matilda Kahl's work uniform

Matilda Kahl's work uniform

Here's why she did it:

1.  Ease (less time hemming and hawing in front of the mirror)

2.  Professionalism (she looks, like, flawless every day)

3.  Guys do it  

4. $$$$$$ (she bought quality stuff but has saved lots of cash on impulse buys)

5.  Confidence (Never showing up to work and having that all-too-familiar thought, "Why did I wear this?")

My sister Maggie (aka Ms. Cramer, a super cool high school English teacher) was inspired and decided to give it a go.  She brainstormed and concluded that wearing the same thing every day was too severe (especially when you have tons o' teens giving you the stare down all day).  Instead, she decided to drastically limit her wardrobe, in line with the concept of a capsule wardrobe (more about this in a later post!).    

She let me in on it and here's what we figured.

The rules are simple:  333 (we stole this from Project 333, more about this greatness in another post)

1. 3 tops

2. 3 bottoms

3.  for 3 months

(UNLIMITED ACCESSORIES!)

We started with items she loves and wears frequently.  We also thought about practicality.  They needed to be simple enough to be worn regularly, but can be easily jazzed up with accessories.  

The final choices:

Then, we came up with 5 outfits (although 9 are possible, more if you factor in accessories) to repeat weekly or whenever the heck she feels like it.  

Check out how we styled 'em up:

 This skirt is from Everlane.   Find it here

This skirt is from Everlane.  Find it here

 This skirt is discontinued from Ann Taylor, boo. 

This skirt is discontinued from Ann Taylor, boo. 

 The black hairband was NOT intentional, but she's never seen without it.

The black hairband was NOT intentional, but she's never seen without it.

What do you think?  I say Ms. Cramer is going to KILL IT this year.  All the teens'll be talking.  

Coupla notes:

1. You can still have fun "dressing up"!  Do like Latonya Yvette and wear orange nail polish and bold lipstick.  Or check out Bando and Mango for wild n' crazy accessories.  

2.  Sub boots and closed-toed shoes when appropriate.  

3.  Yes, she'll repeat outfits frequently but, that's what too-cool-for-school French women do!

Here's to looking good and no stress! Let's minimize the closet acrobatics and go for it!  I'm in.  How about you?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and see the pics of your work capsules!  Comment below or email me @staycoolmom1@gmail.com

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