A Monochrome Closet and my Fav Fall Workwear from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Let's talk workwear. I work in a very conservative industry - the legal field. To add even more conservatism, I litigate, so I appear in court before Judges on a daily basis and argue with people. To add insult to injury, I practice law in Virginia, where the Bar Association still requires applicants to take the Bar Exam in a suit. As in a business suit, not a jogging suit. So, I have limited options when it comes to being fashionable at work.
When I first started practicing, I purchased some colorful tops, some cute suits, some dresses, etc. There was no rhyme or rhythm to my work wardrobe. This resulted in a daily morning melt down in which I had to figure out which blouse I felt worked best with which suit and which shoes not only worked with the outfit but could meet my needs for the day. And then, after I finally picked an outfit - how would this outfit impact my client or how how would this outfit cause others to perceive me? Often times I was back to the closet to find some other combo.
That's a rough start to one's day. I had to change something and I had to do it fast. I looked at Mike's work wardrobe with envy - he wore a blue or black suit, every single day. That's it. He picked a suit, he picked a white or blue shirt, and he picked a tie. Everything matched each other, so he didn't have to worry about whether what he was picking worked well together.
I thought to myself, jealously, I wish women's workwear was that easy. After brainstorming how I was going to fix my morning routine I decided I would take a play from Mike's playbook - in order to simplify my morning, I needed to simplify my closet. Commence wardrobe overhaul.
I decided I would only wear black and white to work anymore. That's it. Black and white always go with each other, so, regardless of what I picked, it would always match. I also decided that, when I could, I would opt for and purchase one piece workwear - i.e. dresses. So that's what I've done and it has changed my life. Since implementing this rule, I have added grey and navy into my color options, but I do not see any other color additions in the future.
In light of my wardrobe rules, I have rounded up my favorite workwear pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that are under $100.00 and would mesh seamlessly into any work wardrobe. Each dress below is linked to Nordstrom for easy shopping. Nordstrom is constantly restocking so if your size isn't available check back for restocks. Sale ends August 7!