So Erin gave me permission to do a post about her situation and come up with some easy, budget-friendly changes she could make. Of all the outfits she's posted on Instagram, I've never gotten a waitress vibe from her, so I asked her to send me some samples of her work outfits. Here are three examples of what she typically wears to work:
I also needed a little clarification on what changes she could or couldn't make, so here are some background details about her job, dress code, and budget:
- Erin works at a chemical plant in a quality control lab.
- The Dress Code is business casual with close-toed shoes only. She is allowed to wear a slight heel so sometimes she will wear booties, but flats are more practical.
- The following items are not allowed: high heels, tank tops, denim, leggings, sneakers.
- Budget: No more than $50 per item.
When I saw Erin's outfits, the first thing that came to my mind for an easy change was adding a colored shoe. Especially red since I love the way red looks with a black/white outfit. I browsed around for four different shoe options under $50. Mostly flats, but one with a low wedge heel if she wants to venture into that territory.
For me, it can be hard to just imagine how something will look on an outfit, so for more visual help, I browsed Pinterest for some outfits that used similar black and white pieces but had the red shoe element instead of black. Of course, these are mostly high heels but it still gives a good feel for how a red shoe would look on her outfits:
I wanted to get another set of eyes on this project to give Erin a few more options, so I asked Carylee for her take on this. I also had a feeling she would come up with something completely different than I did, and sure enough, she did.
Carylee recommended a change of one item per outfit, and again each of these pieces have a price point of $50 or under. (Depending on current promotion!)
I found three more outfits that resemble Erin's but with the changes Carylee suggested:
And for a final virtual before and after, I put Erin's actual outfit in between our two suggested alternatives:
Outfit One: Switch to red shoes or olive pants.
Outfit Two: Switch to red shoes or add a leopard scarf.
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I tackled some of my own outfits just like this in my Outfit Rehab post, but it was a fun and unique challenge to take this on with someone else's wardrobe and situation. Hopefully between the two sets of suggestions Erin will find something that works for her!
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