Once upon a time there lived a woman. She worked in a fairy-tale land know as the “city”. Everyday she would put on her corporate clothes and head into the city. The people would bustle with self-importance and she would bustle along with them in her high, high heels. In the city she was able to drink hot coffee and have long conversations with adults.
Then the woman had children. Her wardrobe full of suits, pencil skirts, sharply-cut jackets, tailored shirts and cute blouses languished. Instead, she donned jeans and shorts and clothes suitable for playing with two young boys. Then the woman realised, she could still wear so many of her corporate things in her new life. She just had to put a different spin on them. Alas, the woman has yet to figure to how to drink her coffee hot or have long and meaningful conversations with her two year old (that aren’t entirely one-sided).
Do you have a wardrobe full of corporate clothes that no longer suit your lifestyle? Don’t ditch them just yet. There are plenty of ways to twist your previous work wardrobe into more casual options.
Here are a few ideas on how you can re-purpose corporate clothes …
- Throw a t-shirt over a work dress
Popping a t-shirt over a more formal dress tones it right down and opens up more casual dressing.
- The tops you wore under suits can work with shorts
Sometimes you just need a casual co-worker to bring things down a notch (and elevate shorts at the same time).
- Suit jackets can look sporty and cute with pushed up sleeves and worn with something a bit preppy.
By keeping your kicks casual, you can tone done the corporate vibe.
- That black pencil skirt can work double duty as evening wear.
Paired with something sparkly and some killer shoes, your humble pencil skirt can be a viable evening option. You know for all of those date nights (see fairy-tale above).
- Wrap your tailored shirting, push up the sleeves and you have a cute option to wear with shorts.
This works equally well with a man’s shirt – which will be larger and allow for a more exaggerated wrap.
Have a play in your own wardrobe and see what you can re-purpose to a more casual vibe. If there are things that you really aren’t going to wear again and they are still in great condition, why not donate them to dressed for success? Your old corporate uniform could help another woman achieve economic independence. How cool is that for re-purposing?