I'm headed back to work full-time now that my kids are older, and I work in a pretty conservative field. I've bought a few basics, but am at a loss now that it's (slightly) warmer and I'll have to pack away my black boots, tights and sweater dresses!I'm a size 4 (which I've worked hard for post-babies!) but so many of my old clothes look frumpy. While I'm over 40, I don't look it and don't want to! Could you give me some tips to use what I've got to be stylin' in the office and budget-friendly?I went out and bought a black skirt suit with a pencil skirt, some stretchy black belts for the pencil skirt and sweater dresses, two camis - white & black, and a no-wrinkle crisp fitted white shirt. I have a few cardigans (a bit dated and baggy) but one classic charcoal cashmere sweater set that still works, kind of. I also have three pairs of dress khakis and a pair of dressy washable black slacks. And I have one cute silky scarf in neutrals.A lot of my friends are in the same boat - starting over with a closet full of jeans, t-necks & tees, and no idea where to start. Can you show us a few looks that could build on the basics for spring but would work for .... well, work?Thanks! I love your blog and read it daily. I love when you feature other blogs too - I'm starting to follow a few more but yours is the most fun (and fashion-forward).Julia
Julia, thanks for writing in! What a fun question - and I love that you gave us an idea of what you already have in your closet. Your basics are very relatable...I'm willing to bet that most mamas have some version of what you described. So how to perk up a fairly dark and and basic wardrobe for Spring?
Here's a sample of the types of items Julia has in her closet:
To perk these pieces up....we need to inject a little color, and some patterns. My recommended shopping list is actually pretty short. Ready?