Work Clothes and Banishing the Blues

When I look in my closet to find a shirt to wear for work, my color choices mostly consist of royal blue, light blue, sky blue, and cobalt blue.  At the beginning of both of my part-time jobs, the managers gave me blue t-shirts for my uniforms, which made my day because blue is my favorite color.  As difficult as it is to believe, though, there actually can be such a thing as too much blue.  Sue learned this in Sue Likes Blue, one of my favorite books when I was a kid.  Apparently, living in a blue room and eating only blue food induces the same desire for other colors as staring at a closet full of blue t-shirts.

Tee: License Juniors Owl Graphic Tee: Blue

Tee: License Juniors Owl Graphic Tee: Blue

I  joyously welcomed the email informing me that my work was ordering me FIVE new shirts!  I ecstatically visited the website to select my preferred COLORS!  Consistent with my passion for blue, I ordered one sky blue shirt, but soon I’ll also get to wear azalea, cherry red, kiwi, and dark chocolate.

Tee: License Juniors Anchor Graphic Tee: Aqua

Tee: License Juniors Anchor Graphic Tee: Aqua

If you need to banish the work wardrobe blues, whether or not you wear a uniform, let me suggest two tips:

1. Personalize whenever possible.  Stay within the dress code, but wear items that represent your personal style.  A couple of days ago, I wore silver dangle earrings with my blue t-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, and tennis shoes.  Of course the earrings contrasted with my casual work wear, but they looked pretty and made me smile when I looked in the mirror.  At my restaurant job, earrings are one of the few ways to personalize the uniform.  Because the ball cap, t-shirt, and jeans make me feel out of my fashion element, I like to wear flower earrings that hint at my romantic fashion style.

2. Add variety.  Try wearing a color that you like but don’t wear very often.  Trade flats for heels, or vice versa.  Mix in a recent trend that catches your eye.

You have the ability to make changes to your work wardrobe and enjoy putting your outfits together everyday!

Tee: Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Scoop Neck Graphic Tee: Zephyr Blue

Tee: Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Scoop Neck Graphic Tee: Zephyr Blue

What strategies help you banish the work wardobe blues?


  1. Robyn

    You know what? I think I only own one blue shirt. And I like that color! I need to work on acquiring some blue shirts, apparently. Thanks for being my fashion conscience and also a very pleasant distraction from paper-writing. 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      I’ll keep that in mind the next time I buy a gift for you 🙂

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