I’ve always been a bit of a slob when I‘m working at home, but it’s been getting a little out of hand lately. So one of my New Year’s Resolutions was not to be so manky that you have to pretend you’re not at home if someone calls to the door. Yes, I have done that!
Let’s be real here, the greatest advantage of working from home, is no boring suits and best of all, no tights. Or to be totally honest, not having to get properly dressed at all. You can just slob out in any old thing. And I have been totally embracing that advantage.
Now, to explain myself – I have the dressing up to go out bit sorted. I usually decide what to wear the night before and I do make an effort. But at home I’ve been starting to look like a homeless person (the irony), albeit a clean one. Doing my housework and trying to get some writing done in between school runs, I just didn’t see the sense in getting ‘dressed up’. Throw on the grey tracksuit and bring on the day.
I actually thought I had a casual but reasonably stylish look for days at home, clothes I’d bought specifically for working at home. I didn’t ever wear baggy bottoms or the boy’s sports jerseys. And I was aware that pajamas are only for the bed. I bought nice tracksuits and tee-shirts and fleeces and they were always clean and never worn out. I wore all grey, so everything always matched. To my horror I now realise that it probably looked like I never changed my clothes. Ever. Oh the shame.
I thought nothing of getting out of the car to post a letter – dressed like that! Then I was stopping for diesel and maybe getting milk in the shop and then the next thing you know I was running around the supermarket! But it took a reflection of me in a supermarket mirror to make me realise what a wreck I was! This must stop!
So here I am, writing this, properly dressed. Jeggings from Vero Moda, tee-shirt from Penneys, a knitted DKNY hoodie and ankle boots.
I was late to the jeggings party as I didn’t like skinny jeans either, but now that I adore both, I’m loving jeggings at home. They come in so many colours and I can match them with all sorts of coloured tops and knits. Find it hard not to resort to the hoodie – so comfy – but now I wear all sorts of colours and none of them are fleece. Or grey.
I save the tracksuits for the gym as you want to feel comfortable, but you don’t want to be tempted to curl up and take a nap. And I’m wearing shoes. It had previously been either Ugg style slippers or bare feet. Having shoes on my feet makes me feel as if I’m out and about, rather than taking a break at home. So get yourself a comfy pair that can take you to the shop if you have to.
I still draw the line at wearing makeup, unless I’m going somewhere, but I make sure after I’ve showered, to do some grooming. I fix my hair and a little bb cream is really handy if you don’t want to do full makeup.
And I’m happy to answer the door now!
What do you wear at home? Are you a slob too?