According to a study outlining how much time women spend on getting ready, it was determined that a woman will spend an average of four months over the course of her professional life on deciding what to wear. Pair that with the fact that most of us only wear ~20% of the clothes we own, and we can start seeing why we spend so much time deciding just what to wear every morning.
Decision fatigue is real. This is why the likes of Steve Jobs and Barack Obama opt to have a very limited wardrobe. In fact, helping women have a wardrobe that they'll actually wear is what we strive for here at Encircled. This is why we create pieces that are perfect for what's called a Capsule Wardrobe.
A capsule wardrobe essentially contains several staple pieces that mix and match to make a vast array of outfit options — thus making it easier for women to plan their outfits while also being gentler on the planet. Today, we are showing you not 5, not 10, but 20 different work outfits for a myriad of office settings from just a few essential pieces!
10 ESSENTIAL BASICS IN A WORK CAPSULE
All we did was pair five of our most dynamic, and well-loved, Encircled pieces, with five essentials that most likely exist in your wardrobe already (yaaas!). We used the same ten pieces for every typical office occurrence, so if you work across a multitude of settings then you’re really in luck.
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General Styling Tips:
When creating our capsule wardrobes, we try to keep the majority of our clothing neutral so that we’re not limited by the seasons. If you’re a colour aficionado, though, try adding that to your outfit through your accessories instead! Since spring is on the horizon, you can try adding some lighter toned coloured accessories (think sage, dusty rose, or a powder blue) to give your outfit a pop of colour. Finally, layering is an underrated way to transform an outwardly simple outfit into something that’s both memorable, visually interesting and practical (you’re never too hot or too cold - perfect for this wild weather we’ve been having!).
EVERYDAY GO-TO OUTFITS
Outfits for your run-of-the-mill workday. They’re stylish enough to be office appropriate but also comfortable enough to let you work with ease. Style Tip: pair outfits with a flat or a low heel for ultimate all-day comfort.
For the day that never ends, these outfits will take you from work and straight to the office party. Style Tip: bring a shoe change or switch your purse to a power clutch to keep going on into the night.
Finally, it’s Friday - dress down without compromising on style with these five outfits. Style Tip: go a bit over-sized but still remain polished by choosing cozy, yet structured pieces.
Wardrobe Essentials: neutral denim, tailored blazer, loose blouse, and a knit cardigan.
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