What I Wear to Work from Home | Summer Outfit
A few weeks ago, Dorothy Perkins asked me to style an outfit to show them what I’d wear to work during the summer months, and to demonstrate my summer workwear “personality” (if you’re wondering what that is, you can take the quiz to find yours here…).
“Why did they ask YOU?” I hear you cry. “You don’t even HAVE a job – or not one that you have to actually get dressed for, anyway!”
First of all, ouch that hurt, dude: I DO TOO have a job – I’m a full-time blogger, and these days there are quite a lot of us, as it happens, which is one of the reasons Dorothy Perkins asked me to be involved in this project – to represent the growing number of people who work from home in some capacity, whether as bloggers or something else. You’re right about your second point, though – one of the great thing about working from home is that you don’t have a dress code to stick to: you can literally wear anything you want, from PJs to prom dress, and everything in between.
I think most people tend to assume that people who work from home will almost always go for the first option, and that we spend our days in our dressing gowns – or maybe a pair of nice pyjamas, if we’re feeling fancy. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee that any time I tell someone I work from home, one of the first words out of their mouth will be “pyjamas”, along with something about how awesome it must be to get to wear them ALL DAY LONG. (And then I’ll be all, “Do you even KNOW me? Do I LOOK like someone who gets excited at the prospect of wearing pyjamas to work?!)” It’s a bit like how teachers always get comments about the lovely long holidays, and politicians always get… well, maybe best not to think about the kinds of things people say about politicians, actually.
The thing is, though, the idea of wearing pyjamas all day really isn’t all that appealing to me. I mean, I write about fashion (or shopping, rather) for a living: I’m going to want to actually WEAR all those clothes I buy, aren’t I? It’s the idea of dressing up that’s exciting to me, not the opportunity to wear an adult onesie (or whatever it is people imagine home workers wearing) every day, so while, I do spent the occasional Saturday morning working on my laptop in bed (I was about to write “from the comfort of my bed”, but it’s actually not that comfortable, as anyone who’s tried to do it for any length of time will testify…), during the week I work at a desk in my home office, and I wear REAL clothes to do it. It might take me a little longer to get there, mind you – I put on my workout gear as soon as I get out of bed, and there are some days I’m still wearing it at lunchtime, having got caught up in an idea for a new post or something – but I DO always get dressed at some point – promise!
As for what I get dressed IN, well, it depends on the time of year. During the summer, for instance, when it’s warm enough for bare legs, my work-from-home uniform won’t be too different from the outfits you see me wear on the blog. I wear a lot of midi-length skirts and cotton dresses, and while I know a lot of people think that ANY kind of skirt or dress is automatically “dressy”, and say they “couldn’t be bothered” with them, I actually find them just as comfortable (or more so, actually) than something like jeans, say, and they’re not any more difficult to throw on, either. In terms of the Dorothy Perkins workwear personality question, though, I chose ‘Casual Meets Cute’ – I mean, I don’t actually sit around the house in a 50s-style prom dress from day-to-day, but I’m not reaching for the PJs either: there has to be a happy medium, and this outfit is just one example of it.
The outfit itself consists of a comfortable floral skirt, plus a simple shell top: it’s the kind of easy, no-fuss look that requires the minimum of thought to pull together, but which still looks like you might have made a bit of an effort. It’s also comfortable enough for sitting at my desk all day, which is the most important thing for me – I like to look presentable, but I have to be comfortable, too, and this skirt doesn’t crease AT ALL, which another essential element of the perfect work-from-home outfit for me. The comfort factor is also why I’m not wearing any jewellery here, not even my wedding ring – the first thing I do when I get home is take off my shoes and any jewellery, and I don’t put it back on until I’m planning to go out again, so most days I won’t be wearing any accessories at all.
Speaking of leaving the house, I obviously don’t wear the shoes and jacket at my desk, because not even I like to “dress up” to THAT extent, so they’re just for those times when I’m going out for something. (I have a sneaking suspicion that most of the bloggers who took part in this collaboration will be talking about how to “beat the heat” in their office wear, but, well, that’s not really a problem we Scots have to deal with very often, so for us a jacket really IS a ‘summer essential’…) If I’m going somewhere even vaguely “smart”, I’ll always wear heels rather than flats, but for day-to-day stuff, I’ll normally just throw on a pair of flats. Well, you know me: always thinking of the practicalities. Ahem.
As for what I wear in the winter, meanwhile – well, that’s another story, for another day. And let’s just say there are a few less florals involved…
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