I’d be lying if I said my weekday uniform hasn’t changed much since I swapped my office job for the freelance lifestyle. Blazers, tailored pants and blouses were quickly replaced by my comfiest joggers, large sweaters and pyjama sets. It wasn’t until I was two months into my new routine that I realized the toll this ‘relaxed’ (or simply lazy) style was taking on me. The days started blurring together, as did my pyjamas. I was wearing the same sweat pants every day while swapping out oversized sweaters and t-shirts.
At noon one day, while writing from bed, I realized the culprit of my sudden mood changes. I had gone from from happy and bubbly to repressed and argumentative in just a matter of a few months. While it seemed like such a simple change, I discovered that by not leaving bed until noon, I was actually further slipping into a depressed, lonely state. They say you can’t have too much of a good thing, but in my case, too much time in bed was making me feel less like a human and more like a lump of flannel and fleece.
While I still don’t get dressed up like I did when I worked in an office Monday to Friday, I make sure to take the time to get dressed each day. Most days I don’t hit the gym until late morning (once all of my writing is done), but once I return to the apartment, I make sure to change out of my gym gear and into something casual – that still makes me feel good.
Currently the temperatures are rising in Chicago but we’re definitely still in winter so I’ve found this outfit to be the perfect work-from-home combo. It’s cozy, cute and can be dressed up or down.
This Zara sweater is the first ever turtle neck sweater that I think actually suits me. As a cozy-connoisseur I’ve often felt like an imposter for never owning a single, proper turtle neck. In fact, I loved this sweater so much that during Zara’s end of season sale, I bought it in both the dark grey and light heather. Both look fantastic half-tucked into a pair of light wash (or dark wash, really) denim.
As for jeans, I prefer a light wash – and really like the juxtaposition of distressed jeans with cozy, oversized sweaters. When it comes to distressed jeans, I find my short frame – and, I’ll admit, my butt – looks best in pants that are slightly stretchy. When it comes to affordable denim with a bit of a stretch element, I reach for my Old Navy Rockstar jeans. My other favourite pair of non-distressed jeans, are my step-hem denim pair from J Crew (no longer available, but these are similar!).
I like to pair my jeans with booties this time of year – and my two favourite pairs are my patent Michael Kors chelsea boots in burgundy – for a pop of colour with the neutral tones of this outfit. These boots are a couple of years old so they’re no longer available, but these are similar. My other favourite pairing are my black, mixed-media booties from Spring (I love the gold zipper detail on these!).
If you wanted to make this outfit mild-weather ready, ditch your jacket (these sweaters are SO warm) and pair with your favourite trainers. I am still just as obsessed with my Comme des Garçons x Converse sneakers as the day I got them – and I think they’d look great with this outfit. If you want to dress-up your look, swap out the jeans for tailored, tapered trousers or a high-waist skirt and pumps.
But luckily for me, more often than not my writing location is in my apartment or posted-up in a nearby coffee shop, and both of those environments are entirely acceptable for this work-day look. Honestly, I think we can all agree that anything is better than my previous still-in-bed pyjama trend.