Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Fashion Challenge

I previously wrote about a sorority who sent out dress code regulations, such as no American Apparel denim leggings. While the concept was initially horrifying to me, I admit I do sometimes need a Mean Girl to force me to step up wardrobe choices and tell me I can't sit at their table during lunch.
So in order to rejuvenate my style and force me to be a little more fashion forward in my day to day life, I've come up with the following rules:

  • Do not wear the same pair of trousers to work twice a week
  • Before you leave the house put ON one accessory
  • Wear non-black shoes at least once per week
  • Wear color and/or print top & bottom combo at least once per week
  • Wear a skirt or dress at least once per week
  • Wear a multi-layered ensemble (not just top and cardigan!) once every other week
  • Try dressing down a cocktail dress at least once a month
  • Planning your outfits the night before is better than pretending you don't sleep in and throwing on whatever's closest each morning
  • Don't be afraid to stand out!!
The will be surprisingly difficult for me, particularly at work! Most people here (here is both DC AND my office) dress tres conservatively, you pretty much can't buy anything at Banana Republic or J. Crew without five others wearing the same thing. But looking fashionable does not mean you look unprofessional, and I need to get that through my head!

So I plan to start posting my outfits on Lucky Style Spotter and occasionally here too - you all have to hold me accountable! Any of you have your own rules to suggest or plan to follow yourself?


DWJ said...

You can do it! DC can be drab. I own 1 pair of black pants and since I've lost weight they don't fit, so my everyday is full of color. That's why I'm focusing on the beauty but I can't wait to see your outfits!

WendyB said...

Oh my God...I'm so glad these rules apply to you and not to me. At first, when I was reading them, I thought, "I have to do all this?! I can't!!!"

Vyque said...

:O I refuse to believe that, every time I see you you look so impossibly chic!

amandalee said...

I love this post. I was recently writing about how I hate the restrictions of having a dress code in my office - your rules have given me new inspiration. :-)

InnyVinny said...

You know, that's a cool way to stay out of a possibe style rut. I may have to implement one of my own.

Ashe Mischief said...

This is a great post, Vyque! Definitely something for all women struggling with a dress code in the work place...

Jessica said...

Giving yourself style rules to break out of a rut is a fantastic idea.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Oh, I absolutely adore this post! I believe that we all allow ourselves to fall into a fashion rut at times. A list like this is the perfect way to combat such a problem!! :)

Kim Jackson said...

I love this post! Your rules sound like they're going to be so much fun to implement. I haven't formalized a plan like yours, but I definitely try to dress up and stay fashionable at work. It's an environment where most don't really care much about what they wear as long as it's the consumate "business" attire which for most includes slacks and a sweater. I get teased sometimes for dressing up but I love it! It makes me feel great to look great every day. Good luck!