This post is written in collaboration with my pals over at Tradlands
The wardrobe change from summer to autumn is my absolute favorite. I hate shorts and absolutely can’t stand sweating. I’m not one of those blessed ladies who “glisten”. I’m a self admitted, full on sweater (as in I perspire a lot- not to be confused with a soft, cozy sweater which I do in fact love) and therefore, am a little heartbroken all summer long. Once the first whiff of crisp weather is on the air, I can be found rummaging through my closet pulling out all of my favorites. The feeling I get is like old friends coming home. It’s simply the best.
This fall found me in a new vocation. While I’ve been freelancing the last few years, I had a full time schedule this fall shooting weddings with Autumn Kern Photo. I’ll be honest, I’ve never really taken my work clothes so seriously. When I was in an office, the work was so mundane I let myself slump through the days in almost anything. I road that dresscode line as close as humanly possible. Working as a freelancer, I became even lazier and spent a lot of time in sweatpants which was a comfort in the moment but brought about an inevitable attitude of laziness. When you work from home and work in sweats, what’s the difference between that and staying in your jammies all day? That’s a quick downward spiral.
Working as a wedding photographer rattled up all this thinking for me. It was a job that was both passionate and nervous about. I love photography, but the pressure of documenting someone’s once in a lifetime day has always seemed intimidating to me. So going into it, I hit the ground running with a different mindset. Through my time shooting I found what worked and what didn’t when it came to my wardrobe and I came up with the following list of must haves for fall wedding day outfits:
- They have to be comfortable. These are long days that include lots of hours on your feet and moving around. So having clothes that work with me rather than against me is a must. That also includes having pieces that are easily layered. Temperatures change while you’re in and out of buildings and the sun is setting so having pieces that can be quickly put on and taken off is a plus.
- They have to be professional. I realized that the more professional I look, the more confident I feel. So while I tie in some of my quirk with unique pieces like neck scarves and my trusty Warby Parker glasses, as a whole I want to keep the look streamlined.
- They have to blend in. Capturing candid moments is one of the best parts of shooting weddings so I want to be sure that what I’m wearing isn’t calling too much attention in my general direction. Neutral colors are my go-to to avoid this.
- They have to fit well. This seems obvious, but we all have clothes in our closet that are a little more high maintenance than others. On a wedding day I don’t want to be worried about pants riding down, shirts cutting too low or shoes pinching my toes. I need each piece to work together in a cohesive look.
- POCKETS. Um, hello. Gear bags are great, but when I’m chasing around brides and trying to corral Aunt Matilda for family photos, I need to be able to have mobility and not be tied down by bags. So having giant pockets with room for extra camera cards, batteries, lenses and HI, SNACKS is really important.
This look that I put together features some of my favorites pieces from my pals over at Tradlands. When it comes to comfort and quality, these guys have it down. Their long sleeve button-up has been a favorite of mine for years and pairs perfectly with their brand new women’s chino pants that they released this fall. Pair those with their Chore Coat, and you have the perfect wedding day outfit. I know that I can always count on all my pieces from Tradlands to last for years to come when it comes to both quality and style. The pieces mix and match well together but also with other staples in my wardrobe. They work hand and hand with my classic favorites while also pairing well with more trendier pieces that will come and go a lot faster.
Even if you’re not a photographer, these rules can be applied to any professional role! It’s really easy to fall into a rhythm of not caring about what you’re wearing at work. I know the idea of dressing professional seems antiquated, but I am a firm believer in the importance of dressing the part. While outward appearance isn’t everything, it is the first thing that people see. Making sure that what is on our exterior is matching the interior goes a long way in people taking your seriously in any work environment. Plus, it gives you confidence to show up to a job and know that you’ll be taken seriously. The confidence that your clients have in you will translate into your own confidence.
The overall goal for your work wardrobe should be to find pieces that work well paired together in a professional outfits that can also be deconstructed and paired with our more casual, at home pieces when we’re off duty. That’s what I love the most about Tradlands. All of my pieces from them can be transitioned to both contexts which is ideal in my mind.
Until next time!