As I’ve mentioned on occasion, I mostly work from home. This is something that developed slowly over time at my job to where, several years later, we work remotely 99% of the time. The few of us from my department that are actually located in the same city sometimes pop into the office to be reminded what each other look like, for the Christmas party, etc. So I went from thinking a lot about business-very-casual clothes to rarely thinking about it.
People who both really enjoy style and also work from home, are stay-at-home parents, or for other reasons don’t have much reason to leave the house that often during the week all have one thing in common: trying to overcome the idea that it doesn’t really matter one iota what you wear during the day. If you’re someone who doesn’t give two figs about clothing anyway, not a big deal. But when you do? Man oh man. It’s easy to fall into the trap of wearing the same old thing, and that’s especially bad in winter, I find. It’s compounded if you love to shop, or sew, or knit, or thrift, or any combination of those kinds of things. Why do I need to knit more sweaters? I can just wear the same ones all winter. Why do I need another color pair of trousers, when the ones I wear all the time are just fine? Why am I looking at purses, when I don’t even need to carry one 7 days a week? And so it can go.
I’m not here to complain about my wardrobe or working from home—it’s a perk of my job that, despite the downsides, I love. When it’s warm, it always feels a lot easier to dress cute and casual at home. Throw on a cotton day dress or a skirt and knit tee and some sandals. But in the season of wool and boots and long underwear, it starts to feel like drudgery after awhile. And thus this winter, I’ve really been trying to remember to just pop on an accessory or two to brighten up my outfit and my attitude.
So what you’re seeing today is a pretty typical look for me on an average day in winter. You can’t see all the warm layers underneath (trust me, they’re there), but what you can see is a pair of corduroy trousers (from tweaked Butterick B5895 but never blogged), loafers, argyle socks, and a 49er style jacket over a cardigan. Switch out one or two components and this is pretty much my daily winter look. I can’t even fake warm weather attire at home because it’s too cold inside, much as I’d desperately love to be walking around in summer clothes in the house right about now! But nope, it’s still all layers and wool.
I actually bought this jacket last weekend at a large vintage clothing expo we went to with friends (alas, no photos even though we were all dressed to the 9s, we were too busy shopping!), from a shop called Go Vintage. I swore up and down at least twice that I had no business even looking at 49er jackets because I own several, even though they’re like a vintage beacon to me—I can spot them in any clothing rack!
But then I saw this one, and it was such a beautiful shade of periwinkle blue, and it matched the slightly unusual shade of the sapphire in my engagement ring… and well, a few minutes later I was confessing to our friends what I’d done.
But hey, it’s a slimmer fit than most of mine, which makes it perfect as a topper around the house when it’s chilly but I’m not in the mood to wear a heavy pullover. It’s not actually a Pendleton, but a brand called “Your Kasual Koat”. Purposeful misspellings even for great vintage labels still make my teeth itch a bit, I must admit.
I’ve been trying to take the time to throw on some earrings, or a brooch, or a hair flower… or you know, all three! I’ve been really enjoying wearing dangly earrings lately, and I have some fun crafty plans to try my hand at making myself a few pairs soon, too!
Since my hair has finally grown a bit I can wear it up off my face now, which is particularly great when I’m feeling lazy. But I think it’ll be fun to sport this when it warms up, too. Ironically it takes longer to style this messy updo than it does to brush out my hair when it’s set, but I’m happy I can add this back into my hairstyle rotation again.
So this is pretty typical winter day-to-day me. Minus the lipstick, of course, but hey, allow me to perk my face up a bit for photos, okay. 😉
Nothing flashy, but a casual vintage style with a few small things to pep me up a bit when I glance in the mirror. Lately I’ve found that’s enough to help put a smile on my face and keep me from feeling like I’m wearing the same ol’ humdrum thing every day, even when I basically am.
That being said… BRING ON SPRING, PLEASE! I’m sick of wearing outfits like this! 🙂
vintage 49er style jacket – Go Vintage, purchased at Cat’s Pajamas show
corduroy trousers – made by me
earrings- Poison of Choice
hair flower – Ruth Nore Designs
vintage brooch – Mr. Filthy Rotten
vintage cardigan – misc.
socks – Target
shoes – Bass