While I’m still in love with the capsule wardrobe concept, I chose not to work with a strictly outlined wardrobe this spring and summer. Life just seemed a little too uncertain for me to commit to only wearing pre-selected pieces for three months. Between moving home to Portland and starting a new internship, I didn’t have a clear picture of what I needed in a capsule wardrobe.
Instead, I loosely gathered the items that were either part of my fall or winter capsules, a few pieces I frequently wore during past spring seasons and a handful of new pieces. I didn’t have any rules regarding the number of items and I didn’t restrict myself from accessing the rest of my closet. Although I mostly wore the pieces I initially picked out, having the freedom to grab other items gave me some piece of mind as the weather shifted and I navigated a new office culture. Neutral pieces like this olive anorak and lace top allowed me to play with a bit of style without standing out too much as the new intern.
Starting a new internship this spring came with its own set of challenges: balancing a new workload, acclimating to the office culture, and, of course, figuring out what to wear. I had a pretty traditional idea of what postgrad fashion in a PR agency would look like, and it wasn’t the laid-back, casual environment I was met with. I had spent the last six months investing in a few pencil skirts, blouses and office-appropriate dresses, but those pieces suddenly seemed way too formal.
Instead, I found a way to blend my new pieces into my existing campus style to create professional looks that were a natural extension of my style. This mint sweater was one of those pieces. Paired with a staple black skirt or skinny jeans, it looks polished but is totally comfortable for a day at the office.
It’s safe to say the blog took a bit of a backseat this year. Between my campus job, internship, extracurriculars and classes, there was little time or creative energy left over to sit down and write a post. The good news? This afternoon, I checked off my very last to do before I graduate with my public relations degree. I can’t wait to get back to blogging now that I have some free time on my hands.
Since disappearing from the blog, I’ve moved out of my college apartment to spend spring term interning at a marketing agency in Portland and finishing up my last class. While it was hard to close my chapter on campus, it was so worth it to move closer to Eric and gain some valuable experience before I graduate.
Since being back in Portland, I’ve been exploring restaurants, coffee shops and happy hour spots, all while catching up with good friends. Blue Star Donuts has definitely become a new favorite!
Stumptown Coffee Roasters has become my new hangout for getting work done in between my internship and class, especially since I’ve been working to wrap up my senior thesis. That was one project I was relieved to finally get off my plate this week!If you’re looking to keep up with me apart from the blog, be sure to follow me on Instagram!