My third appointment with Sue was the “biggest” one in my mind: shopping for clothes to fill out my rather sparse professional wardrobe. The goal for the day was to find some classic, basic pieces and then add some color with various tops.
On the morning of April 23rd, I met Sue at Channer’s – a local business apparel store. She had pulled about 20 items, and explained how they could all work with one another. The core colors she chose were navy and olive, which I immediately loved. These colors portray trustworthiness and approachability, which are two traits necessary for my new position.

I tried all the pieces in various combinations (a surprisingly amazing array, actually!), and we whittled the selection down to 12 pieces: two camisoles (olive and black), two patterned blouses (with much color!), two cardigans (one navy, the other khaki with a floral print), two pant suits (one olive, one navy pin-stripe), one pair of jeans, and one denim skirt. Unfortunately, because of my budget, I had to leave about half of these behind and I ended up buying the two camisoles, one patterned blouse, the navy cardigan, the olive pants, and the jeans. The other items are on layaway and I intend to buy them later in May.

The second store we went to was La Jolie Jupe, a very cute women’s wear store that I never even knew existed. This portion of the shopping trip was all about the tops and getting much needed punches of color into my wardrobe. I tried probably about 20 tops on, most of them t-shirts that are easily layered. Again, we whittled away until we had just a few key pieces left that I adored. I came away with a white 3/4-sleeve t-shirt, a fuchsia 3/4-sleeve t-shirt, a thin purple 3/4-sleeve shirt, a blue patterned cap-sleeve shirt, a black cap-sleeve shirt with a large floral pattern on one side, and a light blue button-up blouse. Unfortunately, I had to leave behind a khaki shirt-dress because I reached my budget limit!

Fig. 1: The items I bought (12 pieces total).

All in all, I was really happy with what I bought. Though, to be honest, I was disappointed about having to leave the other pieces I loved at the stores. If only I were rich, right? In any case, those will come with time, and we had lots to work with for the wadrobing session – coming up next!

Fig. 2: All the clothing we will have to work with in the wardrobing session.

Comments on: "Style Series, Part III: Clothes Shopping" (7)

  1. Wow, you did well. It's frustrating, isn't it, how so few things can so quickly add up to so many $$'s but at least now you know where to go when you are ready to buy more. Can't wait to see you modeling your new looks!


  2. So awesome! I swear more people would do this if they knew about it. Would you care if I promoted the idea on FB with a link to your post?


  3. Wool Free – yes, it is kind of sad 😦 But at least this time I'm getting more bang for my dollar since I'm able to mix and match a ton more!

    Adrienne – my blog posts are automatically put on FB. If they're not coming up on your news feed then you'd have to look in your settings. Try checking my profile to see if you can see them there.


  4. Great posts Alyssa! Really enjoying all your shopping!
    I always feel most people are wearing way too much black (and other non-colours) probably because it is “easy”. But colours make you so much more happy! I think you picked really nice ones.


  5. I'm vicariously living through your experience right now 🙂


  6. awww.. I would like my wardrobe to look like that (as in neat and tidy with professional clothes). I really need to weed out the clothes I can't wear anymore and do an inventory.

    Thanks for the posts! Been very inspirational. Now, it's only (?!) to execute 😉


  7. Nina – I agree that people equate basic/neutral with black. It's too bad, because there are so many more interesting colors out there, and black actually doesn't look good on that many people!

    Micro Dr. O – 🙂 It has been fun!

    chall – Do it! Take one day on a weekend and do it, then it gives you an excuse to go shopping after 😉


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