{dress: loft, gifted; jeans: gap; belt: forever21; heels: target; necklace: thrifted}
Outfit 2 of the 30 for 30 remix. It’s actually kind of hard even though I created a spreadsheet of outfit ideas. That’s right a spreadsheet. Call me a nerd, a dweeb, an idiot — just don’t call me Candy or Cindy. I really hate when people get my name wrong.
So Sara, a sweet reader, wrote me to ask about the wardrobe transition from college to workplace. She asked about work vs. play and how to find the happy medium. Well after 2 years of consistently buying the wrong thing for both workplace and play time (I used to wear suits to parties — it was awkward), I have finally found the sweet spot. About 60% of my wardrobe is for the office. I tend to spend more on staples like pencil skirts, dress pants, a-line skirts, blazers, etc. Since I know that I will wear these items at least 1x a week, I need them to be substantial and last through many seasons.
So first it’s business, then it’s party time. About 30% of my wardrobe is both appropriate for work and for play. A cute tank when paired with jeans can be a great date night outfit, but paired with a pencil skirt and cardigan, it’s completely appropriate for work. If I can’t think of 3 things in my closet to pair with play time purchases, I do not buy them because this means I won’t wear them.
The rest of my wardrobe is filled with play-only clothes. A girl can not live by pencil skirt alone. This is where the tu-tu fits in. It’s always nice to have a few pieces that work solely for a date night or for going out with your girlfriends. Plus, a girl always needs an excuse for a tu-tu. You can just blame it on Kendi’s 10% rule.
Coincidentally, my outfit yesterday worked out perfectly with her question. I went from casual Friday at work to date night in Austin. Bada-bing bada-boom — it’s a whole new outfit. Well, almost.
(PS I’m taking a break from my regular labeling of words and arrows during the 30 for 30 remix. You can find my outfit details underneath the last photo.)

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15 Responses

  1. I love how you styled both outfits. This project is going to be fun to keep up with because I definitely need to figure out how to remix things I already have (and not just dresses). 🙂

  2. I love the 30 for 30 remix idea! My closet breaks down pretty similar to what you described. At least 60% of my wardrobe is devoted to wear-to-work and the majority of the rest is hybrid pieces that can go both ways. I'm looking forward to keeping up with this project and getting some ideas from you 🙂

  3. I love how you transitioned the top – both outfits are great – and nothing wrong with creating a spreadsheet of your monthly outfits!

  4. What's up Candy?
    Did you drop trou in the middle of the road for this photoshoot? scandalous…. but whatever. You look great in both takes!

  5. Haha I love the transition from work to play clothes (and vice versa)! Oh that's such a genius idea, to make a spreadsheet of daily outfits. I totally would do that if I could plan that far into the future 🙂

  6. i have been following your blog for awhile now & i love your style. i must say, I am very impressed with how you can bend your leg like that…in the first pic. pretty awesome.

    thanks for being an inspiration to be hip & cool. i love your sense of humor!

  7. For what it's worth i really like the way you usually label your photos. It sets you apart.

    Wishing spring weather (or at least what we had in February) would arrive in Vancouver…


  8. I'm loving this challenge and admire you for doing it. I think it would be very difficult for me. I can't wait to see what cool outfits you come up with.

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