My friend Andrea and I were recently discussing our lack of motivation to get dressed and she hatched a brilliant idea to start sharing looks from the work at home mom frontlines. There are many days when you work at home where you turn to workout gear (without going to the gym), yoga pants, or something simple. You’re dressed, but you’re not dressed up. It’s one of the benefits of working from home, but it’s also one of the downfalls. She decided to try ramping up her game, and I was so in!
We’re not talking power suits or button downs, but a step up from whatever I can throw on to make it to the bus stop on time. If you want truth, this is truth. I often don’t get dressed until the kids are all off to school. Even on the rare occasions I drive them you’ll see me in a messy bun, sunglasses (year-round of course), flats I can throw on, and anything that reasonably covers my body. If I could wear a snuggie I would.
Keeping it real. Morning drive to school because the littlest dude was running late. Plaid pajama pants, bright pink rain jacket, and the flats I had by the door. Not shown: no bra. Hair in a messy bun. You can easily achieve this classic mom look by throwing on whatever is closest to you and rushing out the door. It takes talent to look so put together so early in the morning. ? #ootd #notfashion
But now I’ve started actually getting dressed when they leave…well, most days. Instead of only getting spiffed up when I have someplace to be I take 20 minutes and put on actual clothes. I know what you’re thinking…groundbreaking!
It makes a huge difference in my mood, my productivity, and when I have to inevitably answer the door for a solicitor or the FedEx guy I don’t feel like a total slacker.
Here are a few looks I’ve worn recently with some links to things I love. (Also I need to get a photographer boyfriend stat)
What I’m wearing:
If you want to know more about anything in particular let me know in the comments, but you can find links and lists below. While I don’t officially have a fashion capsule I rarely have more pieces in my closet than 35 or so. I have a handful of dresses for special occasions/work events, but those usually just sit there. Additionally, I have a drawer of about a dozen or so branded tees from various companies. Those are my go-to for most days. Most are super comfy American Apparel tees. (see the FinCon shirt above)
Keep in mind I buy my clothes and keep them until they can’t be used anymore (or until they don’t fit), so some of the items I’m sharing are substitutes. The links below are affiliate links which means I may earn some coffee money if you purchase using my link.
Most of my tees are American Giant. They are US made and I scored a big bunch of them when they discontinued colors for a steal. They have a full money back guarantee ANYTIME. They’re soft, well-made, and I just love the way the V necks fit me. Throw in some free tees from FinCon, and a few USA made layers like this slubby textured sweater and a comfy cardigan (similar) from StitchFix and I’m set.
I have a stable of jeans and pants I wear throughout the winter and I’m happy to say that pairs of skinny corduroys I had put away 3 years ago finally fit me again! Hallelujah! I rotate between these:
- the 5 pairs of BR corduroys (I got them all on super discount years back, so you can find similar here)
- a pair of Old Navy jeans
- this pair of Lee jeans (c/o)
- this pair of cropped jeans (gift from my friend, Melanie, when she cleaned closet)
- this pair of distressed jeans (from Melanie, too)
I am currently ALL in on boots. My favorite pair of boots is made by Matisse, so I scooped up two more pairs when I found them at DSW at a discount. Similar to these chesnut riding boots, and these black boots. They aren’t trendy or super cool, but they will work for years to come. I’m also eagerly awaiting these Hunter rain boots. I heard from a friend they have them at Costco for $79.99, so I asked for a price adjustment and Nordstrom gave it to me! Gotta love a deal.
Rocksbox: Most of my jewelry comes from Rocksbox. They’re a jewelry subscription service that sends you three unique pieces picked for your personally. The cost is typically $19 per month and you can decide to buy the pieces at discounted rates or send them back. You can get a free month using code CentsibleLifeXOXO. Let me know what you think,
StudioJewel: StudioJewel is handcrafted jewelry made by my beautiful friend, Lisa Lehmann. Her work is simple incredible! I love the heart necklace because it reminds me of my dear friend Amanda, and that copper and silver piece? STUNNING.
My go to bag is my Banana Republic tote (here’s a similar one). It fits everything from my wallet and pouch with all my essentials to my laptop and charging cables.
Keep following the #WAHStyle hashtag on Instagram for more posts, follow Andrea and I, and look out for another fun fashion hashtag on my account soon…(details to come!).