So you've been working on your capsule wardrobe, and your work style, but now it's July and the weather has ruined all your progress! We feel ya! When it's grey and cold there is nothing more tempting than curling up at home in a jumper and thick socks. While that's fine for the weekend, it's not going to fly for that important client meeting. Unfortunately, the weather won't delay your upcoming performance review either. We thought it might be helpful to share our tips on weather-proofing your capsule wardrobe. Consider these tips and ensure comfort and style ALL winter long...
1. Carry a water resistant coat
Mornings can be a nightmare... so don't expect you'll always have time to dress perfectly in preparation for the "chance of thunderstorms" at 2pm. Just have a work appropriate, water resistant coat handy for any surprises. Keep it in your car, or by your desk so it's an easy grab when the occasion requires it. We recommend something like our Manhattan Trench, both a practical and stylish, water resistant option.
2. Consider your footwear
Boots are always a good choice this time of the year. Make sure they're waterproofed and kept clean and tidy. Polish and/or a damp rag should be kept handy so you can keep them looking good. There are many styles that work for the office but it's important to have a good go-to pair. Consider a black or grey in a matte-finish leather. Keep the "over the knee" and patent styles for your weekend shenanigans... unless you have a more lax office dress policy.
3. Layer on your tops
Office temperatures can be about as varied as the outside weather, so if you know your office can be stuffy in the morning and somehow freezing cold after lunch, dress in layers. Consider a shirt or top, light blazer, then outer coat, that way you have options to remove and add as the office weather changes.
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4. Just add tights
Wear your favourite skirts and dresses all year long by adding tights! This tip is not rocket science but many (including us!) forget this is a really good option. Embrace the retro look and add these to your shopping list (choose black and skin toned options for maximum versatility). That $5-$10 expense might give you double the work options! Now that's a GOOD investment!
5. Check your weather app & plan ahead
It's not always possible but if you can check the weather and plan accordingly, you'll always be better off. We are big proponents of planning your outfit the night before, just so you don't have to think about it in the morning, but we know that's not always a realistic option.
Choosing to build a Capsule Wardrobe makes it simpler to dress each morning regardless of the season (or other limitations in your life.) If you're yet to start the Capsule Wardrobe journey be sure to check out our Capsule Wardrobe Planning Guide or explore our blog for more style ideas and capsule wardrobe tips.