Week of requests: a work-at-home uniform

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Welcome to the week of requests, which will probably—like it always does—turn into the fortnight of requests, because you all came up with so many good ones. I’m starting out with a  question that a few of you wrote in about: a commenter named Kimbersam said she was looking for work-from-home outfits “that aren’t yoga pants/jeans/band Tshirt/cashmere hoodie/fun sneakers. This has been my uniform for the past 4 years and I am actively avoiding mirrors because I can’t stand myself!” And Aaryn wrote, “I feel like I’ve lost the game since I started gigging full-time. Rarely do I feel comfortable and casual-chic enough to step out the door. Schlumpy is a real struggle.” As  a person who calls her kitchen table her office, I can concur and relate: I refuse to give up comfort, but want to look at least a little put-together when I’m called upon to walk out the door. Here are some items I rely on, starting with a big, huggy sweater like this alpaca crewneck from Everlane, which is quite well-priced, especially for alpaca, and comes in a wide range of colors.

I know Kimbersam specified she didn’t want to see them, but I couldn’t exist without my cashmere hoodie (this one also comes in a few good colors).

Aside from the old going-to-the-bathroom issue, you can’t beat a jumpsuit for comfort and ease of wear.

A pair of jeans with a nice amount of stretch (that doesn’t look like it’s got a lot of stretch) is essential. I bought these a while back, and they’re on very high weekday rotation.

I’m quite intrigued by these pull-on trousers from Madewell—they look really chic and relaxed, and put-together enough to wear if you’re meeting someone for lunch.

And these silk georgette pants are like dressed-up pajama bottoms.

it’s a neat trick, how these sweatpants have such a trouser-ish cut.

I live in button-downs, usually sized up for comfort, and love them in intense colors like this.

A striped tee is a forever piece for the at-home worker: polished but still nicely casual.

This might seem a little dressed-up for a day spent at home, but I really like working in silk shirts, because they feel so good on, and make a light layer. I don’t dry clean them after each wear (instead I steam them, let them air out, then hang them back in the closet) but if that grosses you out, and the idea of your dry cleaning bill going through the roof does not appeal, maybe try one of Everlane’s washable silk pieces.

As my recent post attests: I like a popover. And this one would look pretty cute with that striped tee layered under it.

As far as footwear goes, this time of year I tend to putter around the house in Birkenstocks and socks, which is not an outdoor look. If I have to leave the house, I’ll most likely throw on a pair of clogs.

And I’m crazy for these moc clogs from Jenni Kayne, and want them bad: they’re as cozy as slippers, but are made for outdoor wear.

These slip-on sneakers are just a bit more dressed-up than the lace-up kind.

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    c.w.
    11 Nov 2019
    4:25pm

    Loving the Everlane Alpaca and the Madewell stripe tee is perfect.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    11 Nov 2019
    5:35pm

    Stellar! And I would expect no less. ❤️

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    Aaryn
    11 Nov 2019
    5:36pm

    Dang, woman. Thanks to your excellent listening skills, I the soon-to-be owner a new Emerson silk button down and a mock-neck flannel shirt I spied on my way to checkout. Also, my main squeeze is on notice to put a cashmere hoodie under the Christmas tree. Now: If you have any suggestions to get me into the shower each day, I might just be able to pass as home-office chic. (You, btw, are the bee’s knees; the dog’s woof. A million thank yous to you for this site. xo.)

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    Ann
    11 Nov 2019
    12:43pm

    This is so me today. love those moc clogs, but so out of my price range.

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    Kiki
    11 Nov 2019
    11:22am

    I can really recommend the pull-up EZY pants by Uniqlo (I know, the name sounds very Golden Girls-ish). They come in a variety of colors, don’t winkle, look smart enough so I can wear them as part of a suit (I even wear them with a tux jacket for black tie events), but they still feel like stealth PJs.

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    CR
    11 Nov 2019
    11:08am

    The sneakers are amazing, I have 3 pairs of these in rotation. The back will fold down so that you can wear them as slip ons if needed. They also come with a slightly higher sole, that will give you some height too!

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    Diana
    16 Nov 2019
    1:10am

    Thank you so much for the great ideas!

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    Kimbersam
    11 Nov 2019
    9:15am

    I feel SO seen! OMG thank you, Kim!!! I’m going to pick up the alpaca sweater (that blue is so deep and delicious). And that stripey T with the blue around the neck is SO me. Grazie Grazie Grazie!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      11 Nov 2019
      5:37pm

      And, girl, I’ve gotta say…you can do a lot worse than a cashmere hoodie! 😉 (Pajamas, anyone?)

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    Elle
    11 Nov 2019
    9:30am

    Love that Everlane sweater! I have not seen that before, great cut and love the blue. Buying!

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    Christina
    11 Nov 2019
    8:57am

    I always pick up a pair of JCrew’s Pull-on pants in velvet. They feel delightful on and look very polished. On the downside, they don’t have any stretch and don’t last more than a season. Around the house, I wear an ancient pair of Stubs and Wooten shoes. They are pretend slippers for me – I need to get my cost per wear out of these before I die. Next time I’ll just get a pair of Birdies.

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    MinB
    11 Nov 2019
    8:58am

    The link to CoH jeans does work – which ones are these? Thanks!

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      Kim France
      11 Nov 2019
      9:58am

      It’s the same pair of jeans. Shopbop was sold out in too many sizes of it, so I linked to the CoH site but used the Shopbop picture because I thought it was nicer. I do that occasionally.

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      Eloise
      11 Nov 2019
      9:41am

      Emerson slim boyfriend in Blue Ridge wash……ask me how I know? (Hint: Thanks, Kim! (Buy one size down.)

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    Jb
    11 Nov 2019
    7:25am

    This is great thx

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