The youngest is back at school next week. It’s been great relaxing the routine a little but when you run your own business from home, the whole work/life juggle gets a little testing.
Mother guilt kicks in about just how much time he’s spent on PlayStation. Work guilt kicks in because you know you’re only ticking off the essentials and not really getting down to the nitty gritty of the year ahead.
Despite this push-pull of family versus work, I’d still rather have that happening from my home office base. A big motivation for me starting my own business was to create a flexible working situation around my family after many years of doing employee/employer/kids tug-of-war. Hats off to all those parents juggling vacation care and relative stays to get through the school break. Four weeks’ annual leave only goes so far!
But here we are, the second last day of eight weeks’ school holidays and it’s time to swing back into the structure of the school year.
Maybe you work from home too? Or have a goal to do the same? Maybe you’re a mum at home with kids? Maybe you’re retired? Maybe you work in a casual workplace?
If you said yes to one or two of the above then this post is for you.
Creating a work-from-home capsule wardrobe might seem like a simple exercise. I mean how many people will you actually see in a day? Why not wear the same thing over and over again?
True. Totally cool with that if it works for you.
What happened with me – and why I started the #everydaystyle movement – was that I did wear the same thing over and over again.
In short, was bored with what I was wearing. It was convenient and comfortable but it didn’t give me any spark or motivation to get on with my day.
Not to mention, it left a perfectly wonderful wardrobe sitting there unloved.
So I started planning my outfits in advance (get our free planner to help you do that too) and put photographs of me in those outfits on Instagram – EVERY DAY.
I quickly discovered that you didn’t have to sacrifice comfort and convenience to achieve that daily spark and motivation.
AND I found and created combinations of clothes that I hadn’t tried before.
Now, this planning is very much a habit – as is getting dressed for the day ahead and putting on a (simple) face of makeup. It’s a ritual that sets me on track to stay focussed for the day ahead.
I’m easily distracted so having morning rituals like these really works. Maybe it could work for you?
15-piece work-from-home summer capsule wardrobe
Creating a capsule wardrobe for yourself is a great exercise to do. It’s something that I’ve worked closely on with the members in my Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe style challenge group. (This online program will open up again for autumn-winter late March.)
At a base level, I start with 15 pieces: two dresses; three tops; three bottoms; one jacket; three pairs of shoes; four accessories. I work from a base of neutrals and add one, maybe two accent colours. The key is having the majority of pieces work with the majority of other pieces in the capsule. From those 15 pieces you can add more but this disciplines you to only add pieces that work with existing pieces.
Putting together a capsule wardrobe is never about buying everything new. It’s about working with pieces from your wardrobe and only adding in any gaps that might become evident.
For this work from home capsule wardrobe, I’ve included comfortable heels and a tote bag. These two pieces can instantly transform a casual outfit into business casual for a meeting out.
Stay at home mums … the heels wouldn’t be a day-to-day need but having a pair of go-to heels on hand for a kids-free invite to lunch or dinner is a great idea for transforming a casual outfit.
1. Bird Keepers dress $69.95 @ Birdsnest
2. Trenery dress $179
3. Sportscraft top $79 (on sale)
4. Seed top $119.95
5. Katies tee $13.97 (on sale)
6. Sportscraft shorts $99.99
7. Katies skirt $27.97 (on sale)
8. Country Road pants $119
9. FRANKiE4 Footwear sneakers $229.95
10. FRANKiE4 Footwear sandals $199.95
11. FRANKiE4 Footwear heels $220
12. Manzoni bag $165 @ Birdsnest
13. Trenery necklace $129
14. Oroton tote $148.50 (on sale)
15. Witchery earrings $39.95
So over to you? Have you got any work from home wardrobe suggestions to add?
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