Seven-plus years ago when I kissed my former career and a Monday-Friday office gig goodbye, I was initially excited at the prospect of not necessarily having to get dressed up to do work.
I say initially because, honestly, I was quickly at a bit of a wardrobe loss. Going from one wardrobe extreme to the other will do that.
Suddenly the Saturday and Sunday section of my wardrobe was my every day.
Yes, there were times – and there still are – where I have to step it up a notch because I’m going to a meeting or event but generally it’s all about the casual.
I talked summer office wear in this post, so in this post I’m balancing things out for women, like me, who are home based – the freelancers, consultants, small business owners, stay-home-mums and retirees.
It’s for those in more relaxed work places, casual Friday fans and women looking for weekend wear inspiration
This is also a post I hope will help new school mums feel a little more confident tackling the school run for the first time next week.
Of course, if you’re heading to the office after the school run, you’ll be in workwear. If you’re heading home, then keeping it comfortable and casual is the go. It’s a topic I get asked about every year – and it’s a topic that I cop criticism about ever year. My tips for what to wear on the school run are listed here.
As I say in that post, I don’t care what anyone wears for the school run – or on any day, for any occasion or any task. What I care about is helping women feel more confident in any situation and if the school run is new to you then you may be feeling far from confident.
Ok, so back to the summer casual capsule wardrobe. The principles behind creating this are the same as with the workwear capsule.
Make sure your wardrobe is edited and that the clothes you wear MOST of the week are front and centre, then plan your wardrobe week in advance to save valuable morning time.
The 15-pieces below are a starting guide for you. You may have similar pieces in your wardrobe. You may prefer a different neutral colour base. You may only like wearing pants – or dresses.
Use this guide as inspiration to create a capsule that’s matched to your lifestyle, personality and budget.
Comfort is king for my work-from-home wardrobe. That starts from the feet up with shoes that I can walk in all day.
I start with a base piece for at home and, should I leave the house, add on wedges, a light blazer or kimono and accessories to dress up an otherwise casual outfit.
To keep things fresh, I try to mix it up each day, opting for a dress one day, shorts or pants the next; neutrals one day, a pop of colour the next.
I also use the whole getting dressed and putting on a face routine as a way to get motivated and stay focussed on the day’s work tasks. This might not be a motivation for everyone but it definitely is for me.
1. Surafina tee $49
2. Witchery shirt $129.95
3. Katies tank $14.95
4. Target shorts $29
5. Country Road skirt $79.95
6. Bohemian Traders pants $129
7. Betty Basics maxi dress $29.95 @ Birdsnest (on sale)
8. Metalicus dress $139.95
9. Katies kimono $79.95
10. Bird Keepers blazer $89.95
11. Surafina cross-body bag $169
12. JJ Sisters scarf $39.95 @ Birdsnest
13. FRANKiE4 Footwear sandals $209.95
14. FRANKiE4 Footwear wedges $239.95
15. Uberkate necklace $145
Just a few possible outfit combinations
1 + 4 + 13 + 12 + 11
1 + 4 + 10 + 14 + 15
2 + 4 + 13 + 11
2 + 5 + 14 + 15
2 + 7 + 13 + 11
3 + 5 + 10 + 14 + 15
3 + 6 + 9 + 14 + 12
3 + 4 + 10 + 14 + 15
8 + 11 + 13 + 15
8 + 10 + 14 + 15
Just the same as this post, my number one rule still applies:
Don’t buy it unless you LOVE it.
Are you more casual, Monday-Friday? Heading off on the school run for the first time? New to working from home? Share your tips for how you take the stress out of what to wear below.
Tomorrow, we’re talking back-to-school wardrobes for teachers with Alex from What The Teacher Wears.
For some real-life casual wear inspiration, check out the #everydaystyle Instagram feed.
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