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The Emergency Outfit: The First Aid Kit of Office Attire

The Emergency Outfit: The First Aid Kit of Office Attire

Molly Nox


Sometimes life can throw curveballs. Sometimes you stay up too late and sleep through the alarm, and that’s on you. Other times, budget can get in the way of cleaning things on time. If you’re a single parent, you may have completely forgotten to do a load of laundry so you would have something to wear—and you don’t realize until 7 a.m. the following morning it’s just too late to make up for this oversight. And then there are natural disasters, lost clothes at the cleaners, freak accidents with pets deciding your clothes are a bed or a bathroom, and on the list goes. Regardless of what the issue is, it is always smart to have an emergency outfit (or two) on hand.


Just like you keep Band-Aids, a fire extinguisher, or aloe vera sunburn gel around, an emergency work ensemble can put out a fire that could have otherwise had you calling in sick. So what should you do? Well to begin, you obviously don’t want to pack away your favorite gear, but conversely, you don’t want to throw a heap of “this will kind of get the job done” into a grocery bag and toss it into the trunk of your car. Your list of goodies doesn’t have to be top of the line, but it needs to be good enough that no one at work asks any questions.


Your essentials should include a nice button-down shirt or blouse, a decent pair of slacks (perhaps your favorite work pants from the days of yore that you have just taken out of rotation because you have purchased new ones?), and on the off chance that you endured a flood or something that would otherwise disable you from reach your bureau, a pair of work socks is a good call.

pair of work socks


Here’s the an important note: Once you have picked out your emergency outfit, you don’t just want to toss it into your gym bag next to your workout clothes or into a Trader Joe’s bag you happen to have hanging out in the back of your car. In order to keep your emergency wardrobe stash intact, you will want to use a garment bag. You can get a garment bag on the cheap from Wal-Mart and most other mass retailers. It doesn’t have to be a leather bag or anything special—it just needs to be able to store clothing on hangers, fold in the middle, and be storable wherever you deem is the most appropriate for your potential workplace wardrobe emergency situation.

garment bag @Walmart


The bottom line is, you will want to be able to reach into that garment back if the occasion arises and dress from head to toe with as little stress as possible. If that also means you have to throw a pair of simple flats into the bottom of the bag, all the better. In this way, you can ensure that if you happened to be wearing stilettos the night before, you won’t have to awkwardly saunter into the office wearing them the next day with an outfit they are completely mismatched with.


Do you have an emergency work ensemble in the event of a housing emergency, a late night out, or any other random reason? If not, put one together—better safe than sorry when it comes to your career!

WIWW – ShapeFX Pencil Skirt

Hello Friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

Last month I ordered two pencil skirts which were on clearance for $5.00 each from the Ultimate Outlet catalog.   This was the first time I’ve ever worn anything with a built in Bodyshaper, and must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort and fit.

ootd 9 19 13 013 This ShapeFX skirt was very comfortable and the bodyshaper lining did not ride up thanks to the elasticity in the band.  It gripped my thighs tightly and didn’t show any lines.

ootd 9 19 13 014 The skirt is a neutral color which works well with practically everything in my closet.  I am already thinking about wearing it again this winter with an over-sized sweater and my brown knee-high suede boots.

ootd 9 19 13 012 I chose to wear this multi-color, bat-wing sleeve  top that I had purchased from Boscov’s and carried my Cognac Tote which was purchased as part of that large shoe haul at Target, remember?

This pencil skirt had a nice fit, it hugged where it needed and was loose where it counted which is always a consideration when choosing clothes to wear to work.

ootd 9 19 13 023

ootd 9 19 13 018 I will definitely be online looking for more $5.00 clearance skirts from Spiegel’s Ultimate Outlet online catalog.  What do you think?

Hope you are having a fantabulous day – Smooches!


This was an unsolicited review and no compensation was received – opinion is 100% my own

GW Boutique 50% Off Sale

Hello friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday, I hope you are having a productive and stress free day.  Last Saturday at GW Boutique aka Goodwill there was a 50% off all clothing sale.  I had thrifted the day before on Black Friday and saw a jacket that I liked, however, didn’t want to pay $8.00.  I decided to wait and if it was there the next day it was meant to be, it was as well as a few other items that are perfect to wear to work.

Cyber Generation Pleather Studded Jacket – $4.00

Jones New York blouse – white with gold thread, Chinese collar – $1.88

blurry pic of Alyn Paige Skirt – Oxblood, new with tags – $1.88

$3.76 outfit

now it’s a $7.76 outfit

Jones New York Oxblood (Burgundy) Blazer – $1.88

Dressbarn Pink Blouse with Chinese collar – $1.88

$3.76 outfit

Just added a scarf from my closet


Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!