With Fall around the corner, back to school trends are in stores, Fall/Winter runway looks are emerging and clothing is starting to make the transition from bright and breezy to more muted colors and heavier fabrics. Meanwhile, none of this affects me in the slightest. As an author, I work from home, and while I may not wear mascara, heels or lip gloss every day, I still bring my personal style to the table (or laptop as the case may be). You’ll find me carrying out a crucial daily beauty regiment consisting of splashing cold water on my face, and looking divinely disheveled during my grueling commute, a shuffle from bed to the computer, coffee in hand and a patch of dog hair fastened securely somewhere on my person. It may seem challenging to pull all of this together, so, as the new season approaches, I thought I would share with you my must-haves for the work-at-home woman. While fashions may change, certain staples will always work for sitting on various surfaces around the house and answering the door for deliveries and the occasional plumber or handyman.
First and foremost, one cannot launch oneself into a day not-at-the-office without an ever-flattering yoga pant, which can be in differing shades of black (from washing and wearing over a period of time) and vary in length from ankle to half an inch above the ankle, and, on casual Friday, a fun version that comes up mid-calf.
You may not have co-workers, but you could have a faithful friend nearby, your beloved pet, who sheds a tremendous volume of hair on your clothes and furniture. Your favorite accessory, an incredibly unappealing pair of shoes, might be too horrid even for your typically easy going associate. But rest assured that it won’t affect your working environment, a comfortable place for him or her to curl up will go a surprisingly long way in smoothing over these disagreements.
When the day calls for an even more formless look, reach for a pair of track pants. Ideally, you should be unsure of how exactly you came upon them and what size or shape they were meant to accommodate. You may be tempted to rush out and purchase this staple, but resist. The right pair will mysteriously appear alongside your yoga pants.
The right footwear is a must, and here I am referring not to the afore-mentioned atrocity, or a pair of rabbit slippers (or unicorns, flamingos, whatever you’re into, feel free to have fun here), but to a mind-blowing number of mis-matched socks, in an array of colors and styles, forever destined to wander the earth (or your living room) in search of its lost counterpart. Recycle and reuse, give the homeless sock a purpose.
On day-long shopping excursions, you may find unique vintage pieces or wardrobe gems that might be pricey, but work flawlessly with any outfit. That has absolutely nothing to do with this next garment, a T-shirt that nobody could be bothered to claim after it went in the wash or somehow otherwise made it’s way into your house, but owes its charm to being ridiculously comfortable.
You may think you’ve nailed your outfit of a track pant well-tied at the hip and a novelty shirt, but it’s all for naught without the right undergarment, a really, really comfortable bra that you’ve had for so long you can’t recall if you purchased it to pair with a very old, tattered shirt you’ve worn for 3 days in a row or for a special evening on the couch in a cardigan, also quite old and no longer holding it’s original shape.
It may not surprise you to know, that one piece you absolutely cannot live without, as an author who can go days without walking outside, is a fluffy bathrobe, preferably well-worn, shapeless and in a drab color, so as not to detract from the accidental t-shirt.
Is it a day when you can’t be bothered to change out of what you were sleeping in last night? With the right accessories, your pajamas can be the perfect ensemble in which to battle writer’s block, or procrastinate on social media when you have a massive amount of editing to work on. They transition easily from bed to desk to couch.
Of course, no outfit is complete without accessories, most of which are completely and unquestionably functional, such as your reading glasses, and the rest of which you bought with the best intentions but have been laying in wait, unused, for such a length of time you probably decided the statute of limitations had run out on them, such as your Fitbit, in mint condition, still in its packaging. If you don’t need reading glasses, you might consider purchasing a clear glass pair. Nothing adds to your intelligent wordsmith persona like a pair of glasses.
I hope you’ve found this helpful in planning your fall (or year-round) wardrobe, express yourself, have fun, and remember that no coffee stain is too bold when you’ve got the confidence to pull it off!