Off To Work We Go
October is such a busy month that celebrates a number of worthy national causes. Breast Cancer, Bullying Prevention, Depression Education, AIDS, and, Down Syndrome are just a few of the many initiatives to raise awareness and understanding of key health issues.
Today is World Sight Day “an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment.” This year the theme for the day is ‘No more avoidable blindness’.
In yesterday’s Wellness Wednesdays I talked a little about October also being National Disability Employment Awareness Month and I thought today would be a good time to put together some reasonably priced work outfit ideas. So it was off to the virtual world of TJ Maxx to find a couple of outfits.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but just in case I haven’t I love separates. Early on I realized that with just a few key pieces I could create remarkably different ensembles as the mood inspired me. Looking back I think not having much spurred my creativity because I had to work with what I had.
$35 is the dollar amount I chose to work with today and I was able to put together a neutral palette with pieces that could easily be interchanged with existing apparel. To give you an idea of what I mean following are the items I found ranging from $19.99 to $34.99.
- Ivanka Trump Lucy Blouse
- Multi colored (gold & cream floral-like print) is hip length, sleeveless, lightweight knit button up with tie.
- Philosophy Open Front Jacket
- Ivory lightweight, hip length, polyester lined open front collarless blazer.
- Carmen Marc Valvo Hi Lo Fish Tail Skirt
- Camel colored high-low or asymmetrical flouncy skirt is higher in the front than the back. The flounce on this skirt has a separate piece of material that forms the large (high-low) ruffle at the hem.
- Zac & Rachel Cotton Blend Slim Ankle Pant
- Wine colored slim fitting, ankle length pants with quarter pockets (the front pocket seam is slanted slightly forward of the side seam at the point where it meets the waistband).
- Gabby Skye Stretch Gathered Waist Dress
- Black & white houndstooth print with cap sleeves, round neck and back zipper. The gathered waist along with the houndstooth print work together to give the illusion of a slim waistline.
- Nila Anthony Bar With Hardware Tote
- Taupe, (the site said the color of this bag was grey but it looked taupe to me but if I were buying it I would call to confirm the color) faux leather, roomy 12 & one half inches wide by 13 & one half inches high tote with top handles and adjustable shoulder strap. Has striking, golden accents, interior fabric pockets and metal feet.
Outfit Combination Ideas:
- Blouse, Pants, Jacket, Tote
- Blouse, Pants, Tote
- Blouse, Skirt, Jacket, Tote
- Blouse, Skirt, Tote
- Dress, Jacket, Tote
- Dress, Tote
Here’s what I mean on interchanging the pieces referenced above with existing clothing: Let’s say you have a cami or tank and a cardigan sweater. Instead of wearing the above blouse with the skirt or pants you could wear the cami or tank then pair it with the cardigan sweater for a completely different look. Likewise you could wear the cami or tank with the above jacket, skirt or pants. Switching out handbags, shoes, and blazers can take your outfit to a new level. Changing accessories like scarves or tights can also give you a different look.
Of course, when buying clothing for work you have to keep in mind the dreaded dress-code policy although it seems more and more employers are opting for a more business-casual approach. Until I got the “lay of the land” wherever I worked, I always erred on the side of caution.
I hope you found these combinations helpful. One of the things I like about TJ Maxx is they offer brand name and designer items at a fraction of the cost at department stores.
Do you have any combination faves you’d like to share? You can leave a message in the comments or send me an email at email@example.com
“I’ve been shopping all my life and still have nothing to wear.” ~Author Unknown
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