This week in the Site Spotlight is Susan Wagner of The Working Closet. When I first came across Susan’s blog I was an instant fan because she often writes about the same topics I do: fashion and style for busy women. And we’re both big believers in a well-edited wardrobe!
Here’s Susan to tell us more about herself and The Working Closet.
About Susan Wagner
I’m a freelance writer and editor, specializing in fashion and parenting. I started my first blog, Friday Playdate, in 2005; in January of 2011, I relaunched that site as The Working Closet, a fashion and style blog.
I freelanced for AOL for five years, writing for ParentDish, Holidash, AisleDash, and AOL Travel; I also served as the site lead at AisleDash, as the associate editor at both ParentDish and Holidash, and as an editor with AOL’s Seed content platform. I spent two years as the managing editor for fashion and style at BlogHer.com. Currently, I write the Working Closet blog at Work It, Mom and am a contributor to TLC’s Parentables blog. Offline, my work has appeared in the anthologies “Sleep is for the Weak” and “Kirtsy Takes a Bow.” I am also an occasional contributor to Oklahoma Magazine.
About The Working Closet
I like to think of The Working Closet as a pragmatic fashion blog; I write about things real women could really wear. My readers are primarily moms, mostly in their 30s and 40s; they are juggling jobs and groceries and carpool, and they’re looking for clothes that are equally appropriate at the office and the soccer fields. They’re also typically shopping on a budget. You know, just like me.
I’m a big believer in the carefully edited closet; I think a smaller wardrobe of well-chosen, meticulously cared-for pieces works better than a gigantic Kimora Lee Simmons style closet with 600 pairs of jeans. I’m an advocate of mixing investment pieces with budget buys, but I don’t believe in saving things for a special occasion. I think your wardrobe should consist only of things you can and will wear, and that you should wear all of it. This means no pants that will fit once you lose five pounds, and no dresses that are just waiting for a special occasion.
What I write about
I only write about things I love; every product or piece I recommend is one that I would happily have in my own closet. I think carefully about price point as well — a beautiful piece that is completely unaffordable isn’t a must-have for me. I look for clothes that are well-made; I also look for pieces that are easily accessible. A beautiful blouse that’s only available from one small boutique in Austin doesn’t do my readers much good. Or me either for that matter.
I try to think about the various sizes and shapes of my readers, but I will admit that my picks are heavily influenced by my own style (which is very J. Crew meets Audrey Hepburn). I’m always happy to hear from readers, especially with questions — there’s nothing I like more than telling you what to buy!
Thanks again to Susan for being in the Site Spotlight this week! Now it’s your turn to dish.
- What questions do you have about building a working woman’s closet?
- What are your favorite fashion and style blogs?
[Site Spotlight is an occasional feature that brings you a new or noteworthy style and fashion blog or site.]
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