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 the 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 that I purchased from Stitch Fix called JustBlack – they are a dark navy blue wash, (almost black) and they're perfect for dressing up, yet casual enough to be worn daily. My other fave pair is from Kut from the Kloth – 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.
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 brands that I always wear are Citizens of Humanity, David Kahn, cabi, Loft, and again Kut from the Kloth. I have them in the dark blue and white, and honestly these are great for all occasions. Dress them down with a scoop neck tee and sandals, or dress them up with some wedges and cute tunic.
Cardigans and Jackets
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, but it’s also flattering and easily extends your wardrobe. I have cardigans and jackets/casual blazers in almost every color imaginable, pink, beige, white, navy, gray, and black… and I love to layer them with tank tops, camis, and blouses.
I like to stock up on tops from cabi, Loft, Banana Republic, Stitch Fix, Dillards, 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 are 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.
Athleisure is all the rage right now – sleek athletic wear that can be worn anywhere. Since I try to work out five days a week, this is my typically daily outfit. Yoga pants, a tank, and either a sweatshirt or wrap. Ultra-comfortable, yet put together enough to go to the grocery store or meet a good friend for coffee. I have numerous pieces from Old Navy, Target, and Nike, but you can also splurge on fancier digs from Lulu Lemon, Athleta, or the direct sales company Peach.
I do love how heels look, but they’re just not practical for running after kids or running errands around town. My life is all about flats, from flip flops, sandals and ballet flats, to boots! My go-to flip flops are my Sanuks – so comfy; I have multiple pairs.
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.
During the winter I like to wear my UGGs, I'm always cold and these keep my feet warm I can I wear them with yoga pants or jeans. If I'm going to dress up, I usually wear sandals or wedges; right no my favorite wedges are from cabi and UGG — comfy, yet dressy enough to look put together.
Along with your shoes, accessories like belts, jewelry, watches, glasses, sunglasses, hats, handbags, and scarves make all the difference in how you appear. They take your outfit from average to wow! I love jewelry and accessories from cabi, Stella & Dot and Alexi and Ani. Handbags they are so many great brands to choose from; of course in a wide variety of price points. If you're looking for inspiration, Style of Sam always has great accessories!
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? Drop us a note; we'd love to hear from you! If you enjoyed this post — please share it in your favorite social media site.
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Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she's been able to figure out how to find a career path that you're truly passionate about. Holly's had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
Johnston & Murphy was kind enough to give me a free pair of Claire Studded Kiltie Drivers. All opinions are my own.
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