This morning I am sitting cozily in the recliner dressed in new fluffy Christmas pants and wrapped in my new cozy throw. The house is quiet and everybody is back to their normal routine including me.
My recovery is progressing and I should be able to return to work the middle of January. That brings both happiness and sheer terror. At that point I will have been off for 5 months. That's 5 months of watching the world dance by through my family room windows. My family has been wonderful in so many ways including sheltering me and watching over my every move. I know this has been done with love and I'm so very happy to have them. The downside of this secluded love is knowing that when I return to work it will be very difficult. I will go back full time and will be expected to resume responsibilities as if I am returning from a normal vacation. Terrified is to put it lightly. I know I will be physically and mentally drained and the less time I have to focus on apparel the better.
I am trying to do things now that will ease my rentry in to the work force, like learning the new computer system and communicating with co-workers to try to stay in the loop. One of the things I need to start working on today is putting together easy to wear outfits. I still have physical challenges. The biggest style issue being no heels and that means that the great majority of my past outfits will not work. Pants are to long and skirts just don't look right with my limited selection of flats. I should have purchased a couple of pairs of stylish flats but I think my mind just wouldn't let me. Maybe it's denial or simply my stubborn nature. I might take advantage of the Christmas sales to finally fill that need.
The outfits will need to be easy assembly and easy wear as my days are long with a longer than I prefer commute. I know the first month or so will physically and mentally exhaust me so the less brain power I have to use on apparel the better.
My plan is to take my normal routine of selecting a couple of outfits in advance to a work capsule.
Yes, I am going to look at it like I'm packing for a trip. My sense of style as changed dramatically during this recovery time and, for the most part I think I like the new me. Comfort takes top priority with casual coziness and of course some bling or flair added like the icing on a cupcake.
Here is the plan.
1. Create a work ready section in my closet.
2. Go through closet from hell and select skirts and slacks that fit well and will wear well with flats.
3. Select Tops, sweaters and scarves that match and add variety to base piece.
4. Lay all items on freshly made bed (That hasn't happened recently)
5. Assemble outfits.
6. Pick out jewelry and accessories to add what will probably be a much needed punch of individually.
7. Wear each outfit and tweak as necessary.
8. Take picture and file in the "work ready" section.
9. Stick to the plan!
What do you think of my plan? How do you prepare your outfits for work? If you have anything to add please feel free to do so. I have a feeling I'm going to need all of the help I can get.
Hope everybody had a great holiday! I know I did.