The problem with Pinterest is that it makes you covet what you don't have (and often can't afford). That's why I try really hard to glean from the outfits I see, and us them as more of an inspiration to look at my closet differently. I can be a lot more creative in my casual looks, but I am hoping to be back to working full-time very soon. This creates a whole new wardrobe challenge.
The environment I will be going into is not extremely dressy, so I don't have to wear button-down shirts or suits each day (whew!). However, I know how easily it is to slip into the "I don't have anything to wear" frustration. I also know I have a TON of clothes acquired at crazy low prices, and I want to make the most out of my wardrobe. I don't want to feel like I'm wearing the same look all the time, and I want to make the transition back to work as easy as possible.
I took one morning and dragged out all possible clothing options. Then I paired as many as I could stand to change in and out of, and took pictures. I don't have a full length mirror (crazy!), and I feel you get a better sense of the outfit on camera. You know, with that 10 extra pounds added : )
I managed to come up with a schedule of 12 weeks of outfits. Yes, some of them repeat towards the last part of the "schedule", but it really keeps everything feeling fresh.
Here's a taste of the first two weeks:
My goal is to have all of the pieces for the week pulled together and ready to go by the beginning of the week. I may not wear them in the order, but they will be organized for a quick grab.
Also, you'll notice I didn't put any jewelry with the outfits yet. I don't like to commit to jewelry until I get a feel for the day. Some days I like big earrings, some days tons of stacked bracelets. I already feel more prepared!
(I also do something similar with my boys' clothes. Not pictures, but having outfits put together ahead of time for them to choose from without having to look for a match in the early morning.)