Planning a “work uniform” for the Fall Semester…

As part of my ready to wear fast with Goodbye Valentino, I joined Colette Patterns’ Wardrobe Architect Challenge. As for the challenge steps in the blog, I must confess, I almost immediately didn’t do my homework. I swear, teachers make the worst students!

Teacher Outfits on a Teacher's Budget 24: Turquoise Cardigan by allij28 on Polyvore featuring Oasis, H&M, VILA, Dorothy Perkins, French Connection, Charlotte Russe, Old Navy, Wet Seal, Butter London and Essiephoto courtesy of

Here’s what I did: January really blended with my Silhouette Project, so I skimmed and didn’t do more than pin tons of stuff to my Pinterest Boards. My core style tends towards classic/romantic shapes (a touch of girly with the chic), a little dramatic with bold color and animal prints, and practical (as in I can move!).

I did start cleaning out my closet in fits and bits from February to June. I made a huge dent. I plan to finish up the reorganization part when I get home. I did a travel capsule rather than Spring/Summer capsule pieces in May/June. I focused primarily on tops as you may have noticed in my past few posts.

Now, July is planning a Fall Wardrobe. I am actually doing my homework on time! If you’ve noticed a trend on my Pinterest boards, I love skirts with cute tops layered with classic cardigans. I have pinned tons of variations on this classic combo. I am thinking about making it my go-to mix-and-match “work uniform.”

"Black & white polka dot dress" by lisariverarph on Polyvore

See? This photo from really sets the stage. Just swap the heels for flats and this teacher is good to go!

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Or this lovely pussy bow blouse? I already made one of these way back here for the mini-wardrobe. I like it better than traditional collared button-ups! This look is an easy feminine solution for the cotton work blouse.

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Here’s another mix of the same idea for work, only in a softer color palette. I love the textured fabric with the simple pencil skirt. I could see this in a darker color palette and it would work as a soft two piece suit with a shell.

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This one tosses in great trousers, a simple shell, and a great scarf, while still using the flats and cardigan. I love the animal prints!

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This combination manages to squeeze in denim for a professional look!

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I pinned a ton of sheath dresses as well, some in knits with interesting drapes, but most in simple solids with basic princess seams. I think one of Simplicity’s Amazing fit dresses in my stash has this square armhole style. I’ll have to check! I want this in dark brown denim with in-seam pockets!

Now to finish the wardrobe architect project, I get to spend August stash busting and planning. Then Sept/Oct. is sewing the Fall/Winter Collection. Then November is finishing and December is sharing. We’ll see if I follow the schedule. What do you think of this “work uniform” idea?