Closet Chronicals

Life’s Little Happenstance: I Developed a Work Uniform Schedule, Despite Myself

In a few very short weeks I will be returning to the classroom, and will be leaving my jeans and t-shirt behind in favor of more polished looks. Excluding workout gear, accessories, and my lounge t-shirts, I only have 30 items of clothing for summer and fall, so I wasn’t surprised when I noticed that my closet seemed a little skinny once I unpacked it all upon returning from Italy.

I really wasn’t too concerned, though, about what I will wear to work on a daily basis. That is until I took inventory and realized I only have 10 shirts. And of those, I have doubles. Two striped 3/4 shirts from Small Trades. Two silk tops from Cuyana. Two button ups (one from Tradlands, and a super old one from J.Crew). Four t-shirts (two white, two black). Ok. Well, I also have three dresses, five black pants, and three cashmere cardigans. Then an interesting realization set in. I can literally plan out what I will wear each day until winter rolls around because, hey, I have multiples and not that many clothes overall, and I would like to avoid wearing the same exact outfit in a different color every day.

This is what I’ve come up with: to rotate my wardrobe, I settled on a schedule:


  • Dress


  • Striped shirt + black pants


  • Silk top + jacket + black pants


  • Button up + black pants

[Casual] Friday:

  • T-shirt + cardigan + jeans


This is it. I guess. See, I didn’t set out to create this uniform or wardrobe schedule. I didn’t set out to over-simplify my collection. I didn’t want to pretty much look the same every day, every week. More than anything, I am seriously not interested in starting some sort of a one year experiment/challenge, I just wanted to make my life easier. One would argue, I accidentally did.

So what is a girl to do? As I see it, I have a few options. I can work against this happenstance and shop for totally different items or I can lean into it and add a few more pieces that match the overall style I already have. I am choosing the latter, because… Well…

I had some free time, and a burning question. What is my personal style anyway? What do I like? I’m turing 32 this week, so I thought this wouldn’t be such an existential questions having managed to dress myself up for the last 20 some years. I decided the easiest way to define my style would be to create a  digital picture board (Pintesting, not withstanding). So, I did that. It turns out I just love button up shirts, jackets, and stripes a little too much.

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So, my choice isn’t made because of some nobel wish to challenge myself to be better. It mainly was borne out of failure to find anything else to wear (rant, coming to a blog post near you very soon) and due to loving just very specific things. I don’t want it to sound like I am sad about it, but I must admit I am somewhat apprehensive about it. Will it be just too dull? Will it drive me nuts by being too repetitive? Time will tell. I’ll let you know.


2 thoughts on “Life’s Little Happenstance: I Developed a Work Uniform Schedule, Despite Myself

  1. Funny, I just turned 32! Thank you for the birthday wishes 🙂 Yeah, I always wonder if a personal style really ends up meaning that you wear that which you truly like on repeat. I feel like when you look at people who are considered quite fashionable, like Anna Wintour, they also have a certain unifying theme to what they choose to wear.


  2. If it makes you feel any better, I’m 32 and still working on figuring out my personal style as well. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with liking certain styles too much, if anything it makes it easier to put together a cohesive wardrobe.

    Hope you have/had a happy birthday!


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