Filling out my winter wardrobe with Gordmans

Although I have had my “new job” for almost three years now, I am still fine-tuning my work wardrobe. It takes a lot to transition from “mommy wardrobe” to office wardrobe.

I have taken baby steps and feel like I am finally coming into a sense of style. We are so fortunate to be living in an Information Age with Pinterest and Instagram to help us hone our sense of style.

Gordmans was kind enough to send me a gift card in the new year to take a little shopping trip to add another sweater to my wardrobe. I have leaned heavily on cardigans these past few years, but I am trying to branch out.

I have neither a large clothing budget nor a large closet. (My bedroom closet is smaller than some coat closets.) Because of this I have developed a few rules for my clothing purchases. I used to be the queen of clearance, and, I arguably picked up some great deals. However, all of my “deals” left my closet a mis-mash of pieces that did not work together.

I’ve explored the concept of a capsule wardrobe, and in a sense, I work within this framework. I went through my closet and dresser and took out anything worn-out, dated, ill-fitting, and uncomfortable. Then I looked at what was left and worked on setting up outfits. Everything had to go with at least three different clothing pieces. And then I cleared out duplicates as well. I only need one pair of black jeans and only one pair of black dress pants. So I picked my favorite of each. I narrowed down to one pair of skinny jeans, one bootcut dark wash denim, etc.

Now when I look at my seasonal closet I can see the gaps.

I went into my shopping trip looking for a neutral colored poncho (preferably camel). I looked and looked, and while I found several ponchos that I liked, they were going to duplicate too much in my wardrobe. The pretty grey, cable knit poncho was too close to my grey cable-knit tunic sweater and my grey long cardigan. There was a pretty black poncho with red and grey stripes, but it was going to be too limited style-wise. So I began looking for poncho style sweaters and came across this buttery-soft camel cowl neck poncho sweater. Since I am plus-sized, I benefit from a more fitted sweater rather than a straight poncho. I still am showing more gut than I would like (thank you holidays!) but I really feel good in this sweater. It also is so neutral that it goes with almost anything.

Yes, a wintertime office selfie–keeping it real!

I really wanted to style it with my plaid blanket scarf, but that scarf is so bulky I may just have to use it as a blanket. Instead, I styled it with a lightweight plaid infinity scarf.

All in all, this was a fun purchase, and I feel pretty good about the hole it is filling in my winter wardrobe. A quick glance at Pinterest showed me some fun ways to style this sweater. I look forward to trying it with my red ankle pants and I love being a rebel and pulling my white jeans out in winter as well!


  
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How I Re-Entered the Workforce

Reentering workforce A friend recently messaged me, asking how I re-entered the workforce after being a mostly stay at home mom for sixteen years. I was reminded that I’ve been meaning to share this information for a while.

Soon after re-branding the blog, I wrote about lessons I learned since going back to work, but I never really wrote about how I got back to work in the first place.

Going back to work for me had everything to do with timing.

I knew that I was going to look for a new job once the youngest went to school full time. But, when our youngest was entering kindergarten, I was not quite ready to get a full-time job–and, I learned that he was not my youngest child! In January of his kindergarten year we welcomed a set of twins into our already bustling family. Those twins (and their dad and brothers) were my full-time job for the next three years.

When the girls turned three, I began to get restless. Three may be my husband’s favorite age, but it is not mine. The three-year old demands, times two was threatening to push me over the proverbial edge. Meanwhile, my oldest was a Junior in High School. . .college, and the expenses that go with it was sneaking up on me. Continue reading “How I Re-Entered the Workforce”