By Holly Reisem Hanna
The other day I was cleaning out my closet, and as I sifted through the trouser pants, button down shirts, and heels, I realized that I no longer needed these items. As a work-at-home woman I have the luxury of a casual and comfy dress code.
But as your image is one of the main ways people perceive you – you don’t want to take this casualness to opposite extreme of sweat pants, your husband’s old ratty t-shirts, and flannel pajama bottoms.
On the other hand, as work-at-home women we’re busy – REAL BUSY. We have the cooking, the cleaning, the taking care of the children and pets, and did I mention running a business? So we don’t want to waste precious time on deciding what to wear, not to mention ironing and making extra trips to the dry cleaner.
As a work-at-home woman you need to get into a “fashion routine” where you have your classic go-to pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down. Pieces that will match and complement your other clothes. To achieve this, versatility and function will be key to your “fashion routine”.
Here’s how I create a functional, yet fashionable routine for myself.
Jeans are one of those items I’m willing to splurge on; I swear if you buy a good pair they will last forever. My current faves are a pair of trouser jeans from Banana Republic – they are perfect for dressing up, yet causal enough to be worn daily. My other fave pair is my Joe’s Cigarette Jeans – perfect to wear with heels or over some boots. I like to get all of my denim in the darkest wash possible, it’s slimming, looks more refined, and they tend to last longer than lighter shades. For my trouser jeans, I purchased those in a dark greyish black color – so you can't even tell they are denim.
I wear these even more than I wear my long jeans, (probably because it’s always hot in Texas and I’m pretty short (5’ 3”) and shorts tend to look silly on me). I have many pairs of Capri pants, but the two brands that I always wear are my Citizens of Humanity and my David Kahn Capri Pants. I have them in dark blue and white and honestly these are great for all occasions. Dress them down with a scoop neck tee and flip flops, or dress them up with some wedges and cute breezy top.
Here in Texas you learn to layer your clothes very early on; even though it’s 100 degrees outside it’s 68 degrees inside with the air conditioning on. Not only is layering functional, it’s flattering and easily extends your wardrobe. I have cardigans in almost every color imaginable, pink, beige, white, brown, black … and I love to layer them with embellished tank tops, scoop neck tees, and three-quarter sleeve tops.
I like to stock up on shirts from CAbi, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Gap and Nordstrom – I also like to check out the discount store like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Ross Dress for Less. What I look for in my shirts is basic colors and fabrics that don’t require dry cleaning. I don’t want to have to spend extra time hand washing, ironing, or bringing clothes to the dry cleaner.
Matching Yoga Sets
When I really want to get comfy, I rely on my yoga pants and tanks. Ultra comfortable, yet put together enough to go to the grocery store or meet a good friend for coffee. I have numerous yoga sets from Old Navy and Target, but you can also splurge on fancier digs from Lulu Lemon or Athleta.
I do love how heels look, but they’re just not practical for running after a four-year-old. Now my life is all about flats, from my flip flops and boots to my ballet flats. My go-to flip flops are my Reefs – so comfy, I have them in black, brown, and pink. My next go to shoes are my ballet flats, I have numerous pairs in beige and black and I recently received a pair from Johnston & Murphy – they are so soft and comfortable, it’s like wearing moccasins.
Need some fashion ideas and inspiration? Nicole over at Mom Trends, does a weekly post called, “What I Wore Wednesday”. Here it shows you what she wore and where to buy the pieces. Nicole, having worked at Ralph Lauren and being a work-at-home woman herself – knows how to combine fashion along with functionality.
What are your go-to brands and pieces for functional, yet stylish fashion?
Johnston & Murphy was kind enough to give me a free pair of Claire Studded Kiltie Drivers. All opinions are my own. This page includes affiliate links. Please be aware that we only promote advertising from companies that we feel we can legitimately recommend to our readers. Please see our disclosure policy for further information.