Rainy day work style

Rainy day work style with sweater blazer and Hunter boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Heather grey sweater blazer outfit with red navy striped tee — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Work outfit with sweater blazer, striped tee, Hunter boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey sweater blazer casual work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Heather grey sweater blazer winter work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Hunter navy glossy chelsea boots rainy day outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Well, we had a few days that started off as winter with morning snow showers blanketing the road just enough to slow everyone down for the commute but that ended in melted snow or rain. After that, winter disappeared for a couple of days and we got slammed with rain in the valley (well, relatively speaking, haha; we don’t get a lot of rain at once usually) while the mountains got a mountain of snow. The 100% chance of rain in the forecast for those days led me to wear a pair of rain boots to work.

I’m not typically the type of person to wear one pair of shoes to/from work and a different pair of shoes once inside. I’ve done it before with snow boots, but it doesn’t happen that often because I’m lazy and don’t want to lug another bag with the other pair of shoes. Yes, my feet sweat a little bit during the day, especially in the rubber boots, but wool socks help to wick the moisture away. (My favorites are pretty much anything by Smartwool.)

I dressed up this rainy day outfit for work by adding the sweater blazer instead of something slightly more casual like a thick cardigan. I make one small cuff on my sweater blazers because the sleeves hit at kind of an awkward length on me, and I love that they allow for a fun long-sleeved top to peek out from underneath. FYI: J.Crew extended their Presidents’ Day sale and you can get this sweater blazer for only $75! That’s almost 50% off the regular price of $138. (I bought mine at 40% off!)


OUTFIT DETAILS

J.Crew blazer / exact
Uniqlo tee / old; similar from Amazon
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Hunter boots / exact style
Smartwool socks / exact style
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact

2019 Wardrobe Planning

2019 Wardrobe Planning — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Last year was the first year I put together a wardrobe plan to evaluate my closet and guide my clothing-related purchases. My plan was always in the back of my mind whenever I thought about adding new things to my closet, and I really think it helped me keep the impulse purchases to a minimum. Here’s what my plan consisted of last year:

  • Get rid of itchy/ill-fitting garments / I pared my closet down quite a bit for these reasons, so I count this as a success! I have a few more items that I’m likely getting rid of this year due to fit.

  • Repair/replace closet staples / I didn’t really need to do this, as most of my staples are still holding up well, but it’s definitely something I’m keeping in mind going forward. I did buy a new pair of black skinny jeans.

  • Focus on machine-washable materials / I bought more dry-clean-only items than I would have preferred.

  • Refresh my denim collection / I added five new pairs of jeans last year in three different styles (skinny jeans with a fun curved hem, boyfriend jeans, cropped flare jeans, olive green skinny jeans, and a replacement pair of black skinny jeans).

  • Figure out my dress style / Well…I bought three new dresses, but only one was in a new style (shift). I love the long-sleeve sheath-like dress I bought, but I just don’t wear dresses that much anymore! I'll probably pare down my dress collection more this year.

  • Add work-appropriate garments / I specifically wanted to focus on adding more sleeveless tops and tops for layering, cardigans and/or blazers, longer skirts and dresses, and summer-weight pants. Looking back through my 2018 wardrobe additions, I added a couple of tops that can be layered, but only one nicer sleeveless top for work. It’s so hard for me to find sleeveless tops I love. I also added two sweater blazers—my new favorite style of blazer since they’re more casual—and one new cardigan. I want to like cardigans, but I really only like to wear the longer/more casual versions (I’m sensing a theme here…). I did pick up three midi skirts and a couple of wide-leg pants to mix things up at work.

My wardrobe plan this year looks a lot like it did last year with a few modifications.

Kate Spade satchel, Everlane cashmere sweater, Madewell striped flannel shirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

DON’T FEEL THE NEED TO SHOP EVERY SALE

Do you get anxious when a sale email pops into your inbox? I do. If it’s a really good sale, I usually head over to the site to browse if I don’t already have an item in mind to buy just because the sale happens to be really good. This year, I want to avoid those emails and temptations as much as possible. I don’t need to browse every sale that happens to come my way just because it’s a good deal. This is when a lot of impulse purchases end up happening, and I’d like to continue to minimize those. (So far this year, I’ve actually done a pretty good job at avoiding those emails! Woo! Hope I can keep it up.)

SHOP MORE SECONDHAND

If I do want to add something new to my wardrobe, I plan to look more at secondhand websites and platforms like Poshmark to see what’s available. I tend to only search secondhand sites when I’m looking for a specific garment that sold out or that is past season. There are so many hidden gems and items that are like new, new, and even new with tags available on those platforms! I want to try to minimize shopping “new” as much as I can.

CONSIDER TAILORING

I tend to hold onto my garments that maybe don’t fit quite right but that I love otherwise (but then not wear because of the fit), and I want to think more about tailoring those items so I will wear them. (There are a number of items that have fit issues but that I don’t love to wear regardless, and those I will continue to purge as usual.) I also sometimes order new garments that I would love if, for example, the hem or sleeves were slightly shorter…and I’d like to maybe give those a chance with tailoring. Fit is truly so important, and it would be so nice to have a wardrobe tailored just for me!

Wardrobe planning: A few of my favorite garments — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

SEEK OUT MORE SMALL MAKERS/ETHICAL RETAILERS

I’m starting to get into a place with my financial security where I can stand to spend a little more on new pieces every once in a while. I really want to buy more from small makers and/or ethical retailers. I placed an order for a new bag at the end of December from a small maker, and I cannot wait to receive it! It’s literally being handmade. I love being able to support small businesses in this way. I also really want to check out the boutiques we have here in Boise. I don’t like that I don’t know what’s available right in my backyard. There might even be local small makers that I don’t know about.

FOCUS ON MACHINE-WASHABLE MATERIALS

I pulled this directly from my wardrobe plan from last year! I’m still lazy but also still bought a few too many items last year that are too delicate to be machine washed (or that I’m too scared to try to machine wash, haha). It’s so hard to find nice garments that aren’t silk or that don’t require extra care, like wool or cashmere. I also would like to avoid polyester, acrylic, and nylon if I can. I’m loving that one of my favorite retailers, Amour Vert, is releasing more cotton/cotton-blend garments and even released their own signature modal beechwood fabric. I’ll be keeping my eyes on their new releases this year.

REFINE MY SUMMER WORK STYLE

This is similar to the “add work-appropriate garments” goal I had last year. I feel really solid about my fall/winter wardrobe. Even though I get tired of the same sweaters and jeans by this time of year, I’m not struggling to put together outfits that feel like me and that I generally enjoy wearing. I struggle more with my spring/summer wardrobe, and it’s mostly because of the temperature difference between my office and the outdoors. I’m not sure what this will look like just yet, but I’m thinking I’ll want to focus my purchases on the items I wanted to focus on last year: layering tops, third pieces (cardigans? blazers? others?), midi skirts, lightweight pants. I should probably also pinpoint exactly why I don’t feel as comfortable dressing myself in the summer… Maybe summer clothes just bore me in general?

Charlotte Olympia 'Kitty' flats, Madewell 'Regan' ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

ITEMS FEATURED

Madewell flannel Sunday shirt / Everlane cashmere sweater / J.Crew sweater blazer / Amour Vert long-sleeved tie-waist dress / Everlane wide leg crop pants / Madewell olive green skinny jeans (no longer available) / Everlane black skinny jeans / Charlotte Olympia ‘Kitty’ flats / Madewell ankle boots / Kate Spade satchel (no longer available)

Songmics bamboo garment rack / Ikea dressing table / Ikea upholstered chair

Comfort classics

Casual winter outfit with waffle knit cashmere, olive green jeans, black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
J.Crew pom-pom beanie and cashmere scarf winter outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black beanie, tan scarf, ivory sweater, olive green jeans, black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Winter outfit with black beanie, cashmere scarf, ivory sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Casual winter outfit with cashmere sweater, olive jeans, black ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

This outfit is in the running for my favorite outfit of this winter! It’s made up of so many favorite items: a fun pom-pom beanie (black goes with everything so I wear it all of the time), a cashmere waffle knit sweater (forever a fan of Everlane’s cashmere—especially when it’s textured), olive green skinny jeans (I knew I would like them but I didn’t realize just how much I would enjoy wearing them), and, of course, a pair of ankle boots (I opted for the pair with the wood heel so they wouldn’t look too heavy with the rest of the outfit). I hadn’t yet blogged the cashmere scarf, but I love how it goes with the pom-pom and offers a tonal element when paired with the ivory sweater.

Not only is each item one of my favorites, this color combination also happens to be one I love, and I’ve talked about it before (mostly recently when I wore it during my style sudoku with the same beanie and jeans). I think I love it so much because it’s classic yet earthy and mimics what nature looks like at this time of year (I’m thinking of snow-covered pine trees). Wearing an outfit with so many elements that I love gives me not only comfort but also confidence. Now I just need to figure out how to feel this way about all of my outfits!


OUTFIT DETAILS

Everlane sweater / exact (review here)
Madewell jeans / similar by Old Navy
Madewell boots / old; similar
J.Crew beanie / exact
J.Crew scarf / exact
Dior Addict Lip Glow in pink / exact