Beginning October 1, I'm going to participate in "Mission: Put Together." For one month, weekends included, you make an effort to be put together in your appearance. You post pictures of your different outfits, and get to see how others have put themselves together. You can get fashion tips and see how ladies from other parts of the US are wearing the current trends. You don't have to post a picture every day, just when you feel put together. I have a feeling that once you start, you'll want to do it every day. My mom always said, no matter how bad you feel, wash your face and brush your hair. It's amazing how much better you'll feel after that.
This also is a chance for you to clean out your closets and help others. Give your gently used clothing to Dress for Success, a great organization that provides professional clothing to disadvantaged women so they can find jobs and stay employed. Donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, your church, or Donatemydress.org, which takes donations of formal wear. I wish I'd know about them last week when I got rid of a couple of long dresses.
It's not about buying all new things (which isn't forbidden!), but also taking what you have already and mixing it up. Take the skirt from a suit you don't wear, and add a new top. Or take the jacket and pair it with jeans, a cami, and heels. Sometimes even a simple accessory, like a bold necklace or scarf, can really up the fashion quotient on a simple skirt and blouse ensemble.
I buy separates so I can mix and match. I do get in ruts, buying only certain colors. Jessica bought me three bright-colored turtlenecks one year for Christmas because all I wore were black pants and skirts with white shirts. She said I needed COLOR!
My office doesn't have a dress code, so I can wear jeans every day. Sometimes, I'm tired of wearing jeans, and want to glam it up a bit more. For this fall, I'm looking at trousers in blacks and greys that I can pair up with my existing wardrobe of tops.
I'm going to try to include Maddy in my postings, too. We cleaned out her closet and organized what I'd already bought her this year. The child is not lacking in the wardrobe department. For example, today she is wearing one of my favorite outfits.
Join us on the quest to be put together!