Fashionable February: How to choose double-duty outfits
I mentioned in an earlier post that one of my resolutions this year is to make smarter clothing choices. I want to try harder to look my best. This can be a challenge considering the type of work I do – kid wrangling, cooking, cleaning, organizing (some scary areas, I might add), DIY projects, office paperwork, online business and military duty.
Making smarter clothing choices in my world means wearing something cute yet totally comfortable. I need to be equipped to take on manual tasks without tearing seams or falling off of heels. I also need to be able to go from home to town and vice versa without making major adjustments to my outfit.
Finding pieces that can be dressed up or down is important, too, because I’m always looking to save money, reduce my closet clutter and keep my choices simple. With my crazy life, anything simple is good! Today I thought I’d share how I’m trying to choose double-duty outfits that meet my goal of looking fashionable and non-frumpy.
Lately I’ve been stacking comfy shirts to create a more put-together look for around the house. Here, I’m wearing the Duluth Trading Co. Longtail T Long Sleeve Henley (in natural heather stripe) layered over a Longtail T Long Sleeve Shirt (in turquoise heather). The clothes from Duluth Trading Co. are some of my favorites because they’re made specifically for DIYers, which gives me that extra boost of mental mojo when I’m tackling a tough project (insert Tim “the Tool Man” Taylor grunt here).
The shirts pictured above are two inches longer than average tees; have built-in UPF 35 protection; and are pre-washed and heat-treated for shrink resistance. They are also fade and pill-resistant and have a no-itch, tag-less label.
This “shirt-stacking” method also works great with flannel or chambray shirts layered over (or even under) fitted tees.
The jeans in the photo are from JCPenney and the boots are from Gabriel Brothers. I only paid $30 for those suede boots. Score!
If I need to leave the house to run errands or do casual business, I can quickly dress up this outfit with some jewelry, a handbag and scarf.
The scarf is from a mall kiosk and the handbag was on clearance at JCPenney (I think).
If I need to take it up another notch, I can add a jacket and heels, and swap the jeans for dress pants.
The jacket and pants were purchased years ago from Kmart. Shoes are from Payless Shoesource.
The goal, again, is to choose pieces that are stylish, yet durable (aka work and kid-friendly), and that can easily be dressed up or down. I need simple and quick outfits to choose from when I stagger into the closet in the early morning. 😉
In next week’s Fashionable February post, I’ll be sharing some grooming tips for
lazy busy ladies like me who need to get going quickly in the morning. So keep an eye out for that.
Do you have any tips for dressing comfortably and stylishly at the same time?
Disclosure: At my request, Duluth Trading Co. provided me with the shirts highlighted in this post. As always, all text and opinions are 100 percent mine.