with Susan Wagner
The Working Closet is your source for the best of what's hip and fresh in fashion and beauty. Susan Wagner keeps you up-to-date on trends and offers tips and tricks for making everything in your closet truly work for you.
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I’ve spent a lot of time over the past two weeks getting my sons ready for their first day of school (which is TOMORROW, don’t hate me please). This year, my seven-year-old will wear a uniform for the first time, so his closet is currently neatly hung with white polo shirts and navy chinos and shorts. He also has to wear a dress shirt and tie to Mass on Thursdays, which is simultaneously the cutest thing EVER and a little bit heartbreaking.
My baby! In a TIE! Thank god it’s a clip on.
Back-to-school shopping was always one of my favorite things as a child, and even now, the start of school gets me thinking about what I need for my own fall closet. This fall, I am coveting a few things: a swingy trapeze jacket, an everyday black dress, and a bright cheery tote. But before I bring any of those things home, I need to clean out my closet and assess what I already have. I try to adhere to a strict one in, one (or two) out policy, both to keep my clothes from overwhelming me and to prevent my wardrobe from looking dated.
So this week, after the kids go back to school, I will be emptying the closet and trying everything on. And photographing it for your entertainment.
Which brings me to The Working Closet Flickr pool. Starting September 1, I challenge you (yes, all of you! including you in the back there) to share photos of what you are wearing every day. Or every weekday or work day or every day that you can find the camera and get someone to take your picture. Tell us whatever seems relevant about your outfit–where you got it, why you chose it, what you like (or don’t like) about it. Photograph your clothes on you or on the hanger; shoot your entire outfit or just a specific item or detail. Share as much or as little of YOUR working closet as you like.
The rationale is simple: seeing what other women are wearing to work (even if your office doubles as your kitchen table and your boss is still wearing diapers or napping every day) can inspire our own wardrobe choices. Fashion magazines are a wonderful source of information, but only if you’re planning to replace your entire closet every season. Seeing what other working moms are doing with that black skirt from five years ago and the ubiquitous jean jacket can actually be far more useful.
I promise to post a photo every day in September; after all, as a freelance writer, every day is pretty much a work day for me. Take some time in the next couple of weeks and get your closet ready. And then, for one month, show us what you’re wearing to work. And yes, I mean YOU in the back. Come on–you know you want to.
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