On the morning of April 23rd, I met Sue at Channer's - a local business apparel store. She had pulled about 20 items, and explained how they could all work with one another. The core colors she chose were navy and olive, which I immediately loved. These colors portray trustworthiness and approachability, which are two traits necessary for my new position.
I tried all the pieces in various combinations (a surprisingly amazing array, actually!), and we whittled the selection down to 12 pieces: two camisoles (olive and black), two patterned blouses (with much color!), two cardigans (one navy, the other khaki with a floral print), two pant suits (one olive, one navy pin-stripe), one pair of jeans, and one denim skirt. Unfortunately, because of my budget, I had to leave about half of these behind and I ended up buying the two camisoles, one patterned blouse, the navy cardigan, the olive pants, and the jeans. The other items are on layaway and I intend to buy them later in May.
The second store we went to was La Jolie Jupe, a very cute women's wear store that I never even knew existed. This portion of the shopping trip was all about the tops and getting much needed punches of color into my wardrobe. I tried probably about 20 tops on, most of them t-shirts that are easily layered. Again, we whittled away until we had just a few key pieces left that I adored. I came away with a white 3/4-sleeve t-shirt, a fuchsia 3/4-sleeve t-shirt, a thin purple 3/4-sleeve shirt, a blue patterned cap-sleeve shirt, a black cap-sleeve shirt with a large floral pattern on one side, and a light blue button-up blouse. Unfortunately, I had to leave behind a khaki shirt-dress because I reached my budget limit!