At the start of the year, I thought about my wardrobe and style a whole lot and stayed guided by the book that I received for Christmas last year (The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees). It really broadened my perspective as I was getting bored with my wardrobe and desperately wanted to change things up. It was also a journey I wanted to take. While I’ve kinda decided on a style, (injecting more pastel/single coloured garments into my closet), it is evolving and I’m excited to see what that brings.
I was further inspired when we traveled to Korea in the earlier part of the year because shops there were basically selling stuff that fitted my theme. Besides purchasing, I’m excited to see how I can translate these ideas into my handmade wardrobe.
My wardrobe is made up of 2 parts – a work part and a play part. They are pretty segregated in that the work part should consist of items that are professional and suitable for an office setting whereas everything else falls under play. Play is for the weekends where things are a lot more casual.
Since the style inception, I’ve decluttered the work side of the wardrobe and added new things (think pants and pastel coloured tops). And it has been a while since I’ve sewn some work appropriate pieces.
So here are my top 5 picks of work appropriate patterns that I wish to get down on tackling.
Sew Over It
If you are a follower of this blog, you will know how much I adore Lisa Comfort for her style as well as the patterns she has released. They are often right up my alley and if given a choice I’ll gladly purchase all of her patterns.
I definitely want to give priority to the Pussy Bow blouse and Ultimate Trousers. The Pussy Bow blouse is stylish and versatile and perfect for the office. Moreover, it is supposed to be made in drapey fabrics which is in-line with my desire to experiment with different fabrics.
The Ultimate Trousers is high-waisted, slim fitting and ankle grazing. Lisa also mentioned that this pattern will be flattering for so many figures and already with that I’m sold. What can I say, this is one of those items that can be a staple in the wardrobe with so many different pairing options.
Tilly and the buttons
I’ve followed Tilly’s blog for such a long time and was extremely thrilled when she decided to start her own patterns line. And truth is, I bought the pattern for the Arielle skirt the moment it was released because pencil skirts just screams work and the office and really, you can’t go wrong with this one.
By Hand London
Honestly, I was iffy about the Sophia dress because it was too work-like for me. While I had to maintain a professional decorum in my day job, I wanted something fun for the work place as well. But after seeing the many different variations of the Sophia dress, I think it has the potential to be fun, I just need to be bold in experimenting it with the different fabrics and colours. So yes, I’m going to add this in the mix and see how that turns out.
Many would think that the Ailakki Cross Front Jumpsuit should be part of the play side of my wardrobe. However, I think one can look extremely chic in a structured jumpsuit and with the right fabric and colour mix, it can look really professional and classy. So I’m excited to see how I can make this pattern a staple in the work side of my wardrobe.
I would love to swap notes with those of you who are having the same thoughts as me and definitely keen to receive any recommendations on what else can be fitted into my work wardrobe.