1.08.2009

Weekday | Weekend: The Debut

Shopping is supposed to be fun, but it can be quite agonizing for many professional women. Committing to buy anything for "play" is never easy, particularly because spending money on something that won't be worn much (due to the lack of "play" time) is never a good thing.

I decided to start a new semi-regular feature called Weekday Weekend as a way to challenge myself to make as much use of all my clothing as I can. Whenever I shop these days, I ask myself a couple of questions: 1) How can I style this for work, where I spend most of my time? 2) Is it something I can wear when I go out? I generally don't have a whole lot of trouble turning weekend items into workwear, but it is a lot harder to turn some decidedly professional items (like blazers and suit skirts) into something more relaxed. Perhaps this might also serve as a lookbook for someone struggling with the same problems, or trying to make decisions about purchasing a particular item of clothing.

Today's edition features the rolled-sleeve shirt. This Converse One Star for Target shirt has the perfect fit and look--the sillouette is sharp, the fit is excellent (particularly given the price, which was well under $20 on clearance), and the rolled sleeves are neat with a bit of a safari vibe. The bottoned tabs on the sides keep the sleeves rolled up, but I think this look can be achieved with any other dress shirt as long as the cuffs are neat.

Weekday: Converse One Star for Target shirt, Forever 21 light fleece jacket, vintage lucite necklace made by me, synthetic chalcedony wire ring in seafoam green (also made by me), vintage pencil skirt, Max Studio shoes (no one wanted this at Loehmann's when it was on clearance some months ago, so naturally, they became mine for about $20).






Weekend: Converse One Star for Target shirt, Goldsign "Envy" jeans, Gryson for Target bag, Bloch London flats


7 comments:

michelle said...

LOVE the shoes. This is a great idea for regular posts. I am struggling with the same issue. I find weekend clothes more fun than work clothes, but can't really justify spending money on them.

By the way, I was wondering whether you'd be willing to comment on how you balance paying off student loans with still managing to have a bit of fun? I'm trying to pay off as much debt as I can, but now that I'm earning a regular salary, I'd also like to enjoy not feeling so pinched financially...

Sales Rack Raider said...

Michelle--Thanks! Hope you'll enjoy the continuing series.

With the student loan topic, I'd be happy to do a post on it at some point. Not sure when that will be, since I'm fairly preoccupied at this time, but it's definitely something that I want to comment on eventually.

Chimera said...

guess what! only today I did something I have never done before, wore my casual weekend outfit to work with formal trousers.i am looking forward to more of your posts on the maximum utilization of multiple pieces in the wardrobe.

michelle said...

Thanks, SRR - I really appreciate it!

The Clothes Horse said...

Very nice. This is one of the reasons I love wardrobe_remix on flickr--it's all about repeating items, not buying everything new and flashy!

Sales Rack Raider said...

Chimera--Goodo for you!

The Clothes Horse--Thanks! The wardrobe remix folks always look so stylish. It's all about figuring out new combinations, not new wardrobes.

ambika said...

Wow, it looks awesome both ways (and I'm really loving that skirt.) I should try this since I definitely have a few 'dressier' items I always have a hard time incorporating into weekend wear.