Women have a lot of roles. Mom, wife, boss, bus driver, party planner and on and on.
A couple of my roles are stay-at-home mom and occasional freelancer. I’m blessed that my former full-time employer still highly values me and asks me to come back and help from time to time. That means changing from my Florida mom wardrobe… casual dresses and flip-flops.. to my boss lady uniform.. suits and heels.
But I’ve learned that doesn’t have to cost a lot -or any- extra money if you know how to leverage one wardrobe in multiple ways for work and play.
Keys To Converting Your Wardrobe
The 3 things that help me transition my clothes from casual and corporate life are:
1- Basic, comfortable, versatile dresses *You can get a lot of these at Target and Old Navy and sometimes outlet stores. And once I find one I love, you better believe I get it in multiple colors!
2- Statement necklaces *I’ve picked mine up at clearance sales here and there over the years. I’ve gotten several at Macy’s because they always have great coupons for card members.
3- Stylish heels *I got these awesome camel colored cutout booties (in the pic below) for Christmas from my Amazon wish list. Click here to check them out! TJ Maxx & Marshalls are also great places to snag designer heels at huge discounts.
Here are some recent examples of how I used the same basic dresses for two roles.
When I was working full-time it was a good bet that I would wear black to work at least 3 days out of the week. It’s easy, chic and goes with everything. And this simple, black, Old Navy sleeveless dress can really go with everything. My Florida beach life calls for flip-flops and a big floppy hat. To use it for corporate life I added a smart jacket, heels and a statement necklace.
If this dress looks familiar, it’s because it’s exactly the same as the black dress above, in a vibrant blue color. Hey, when something works, buy it in every color! Especially when it’s as cute, affordable and versatile as this dress from Old Navy. And I got it at a time when all their dresses were 50% off! #winning
To take this one from beach life to boardroom, I added a jacket, chunky black beaded necklace and strappy black heels.
This conversion is one of my favorites. This black & white striped dress from the clearance rack at the Ann Taylor Loft outlet is so comfy I could wear it everyday. For work I added the same smart black jacket from the first example, a different statement necklace and open-toe booties.
This grey dress was also a great find at Old Navy, and I have more in different colors. (No shame in my game.) For play it looks so casual, but for work it looks completely different with this cropped denim jacket, statement necklace and those awesome camel cut-out booties.
And you don’t always need to use jackets. This pretty pink cardigan was the perfect piece to pair with this basic black dress, yes from Old Navy, along with a bright necklace and this time, smart black flats. Sometimes you just need a break from heels, right?
LuLaRoe Your Life
I get some of my double-duty wardrobe inspiration from my good friend Jackie, a LuLaRoe consultant. If you haven’t tried LuLaRoe, you should know that it’s some of the most comfortable clothing on the planet. And the unique prints are amazing.
Here’s Jackie wearing a LuLaRoe Carly dress at work (on the left) and the same Carly dress on top of LuLaRoe’s signature leggings (on the right) for a fun day out with her kids.
And here are a few more examples of LuLaRoe’s versatility. These dresses are perfect for work, then dressed down for play.
I will be honest, LuLaRoe is not cheap. And that’s a good thing. It’s great quality clothing that you can wear all the time, in many different ways for many different occasions. And that’s what makes it frugal.
I’m very excited to be hosting a LuLaRoe Facebook pop-up sale next Monday, February 20th so you can try some of these awesome clothes yourself. And for those of you already familiar with the brand, maybe you’ll find your unicorn!
Just check out Jackie’s LuLaRoe Facebook group and watch for an invite to my pop-up in the next few days.
Good luck & happy frugal shopping!
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