Three Wardrobe Personalities


Step inside my closet! Now that it’s (finally) spring, does anyone else feeling like going through their closet? I had the spring cleaning bug one night last weekend, and I found myself in my closet with a glass of wine taking a hard look at my wardrobe, re-evaluating my clothes, organizing and storing away those sweaters I won’t be needing for awhile - let’s hope. It also had me thinking about what I really reach for everyday and how my wardrobe suits my current lifestyle needs.

Lately, with the way my life and career have been going, I feel like I have three distinct roles that I need to dress for that divide my closet: work, fitness + fun!

If you know me, you’ll know that I always keep it pretty basic when it comes to what I wear. I love clothes and dressing well, but I’m also practical and live for pieces that can work for multiple situations and roles in a generally neutral colour palette that’s convertible.

Here’s what I’ll be reaching for this spring in each category:

WORK

No two work days are really the same for me. Working as an associate with the team at Charles Real Estate, I find myself either in the office working on a deal, meeting with a client or running off to showings, so I have to be able to look professional and polished, but it’s so not me to be stuffy or in a suit. Although the real estate biz has definitely become more casual, I still like to look polished but comfortable. My go-to pieces for work this spring will be:

  • A simple sleeveless white blouse like this Aiken blouse or a lightweight button up shirt, Gap always has great (and affordable) picks like this one.

  • In my office or car, I’ll keep a basic black blazer (I have a couple like this one from Zara) and a pair of heels and flats, just in case I need to transition quickly to a more tailored look. You know my love affair with Poppy Barley, their footwear is my go-to favourite. Their products are extremely comfortable! And I can’t forget my black Poppy Barley backpack that fits my laptop and everything I need.

FITNESS

No surprise here, this is probably my favourite portion of my closet. I’m so happy the athleisure trend has stuck around, I love being able to pull on my favourite pair of black tights and a basic tee or tank and go. Plus with two boys, it’s nice to be ready to play with them or get messy making dinner and not worry about what I have on.

Even with my fitness wear, I tend to stick to black, white and grey (boring, I know) but that way no matter what I grab it all goes together. I can run to spin class or bootcamp, then throw on my trusty leather jacket or a bomber overtop and grab coffee or groceries without looking too dishevelled.

My go-to athleisure faves:

  • There’s an awesome activewear/lifestyle shop right near my office in Britannia called Hemm! If you haven’t been, they carry over 30 different brands, all really cool and on-trend. Sometimes I’ll stop in for a little something to add into the mix, I love their pieces by Michi.

  • I love a cool pair of Nikes to throw on to pull my athleisure look together. For spring and summer, I’m definitely looking to add a more lightweight, knit pair of Nike Air Max Theas to the mix. What do you think of these cool nude + gold kicks?

FUN

Now for the fun part: I keep a smaller section of my wardrobe reserved for pieces that are just for date nights, girls weekends, Stampede parties and anything in between where I get to dress up a bit. This is the area of my closet that I get to play with a bit, and although I’m not a big shopper, I’ll usually buy a few new seasonal or on-trend pieces each spring and summer. Here’s what I’m considering for this season:

  • I always make sure I have few good maxi dresses for the spring and summer. I live in these, they’re so easy to throw on for a BBQ or birthday party with the kids, or when we go to the Okanagan they’re comfortable and cute for a wine tasting. I’ll always keep a simple black maxi dress and then a fun patterned or floral one in the wardrobe, too. The Bay is awesome for a wide variety, I like their Free People dresses for something more fun.

  • I often get asked what I wear for the rare date nights that Jason and I get! It depends on where we’re going, but if it’s a dinner date, I’ll keep it simple with some skinny jeans, a nice black top and some heels. I invested in these Citizens of Humanity Rocket Hi-Rise Skinny and they’re a long-time favourite. Jason is a pretty simple guy and likes when I keep it natural, especially when it’s our chance to catch up and reconnect outside of the house.


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