What to Wear When You Can’t Be Bothered.
Welcome to a new week! Is yours a week full of possibilities or perhaps a Monday morning when you can hardly drag your self out of bed, let alone pull together a decent outfit? Yep; I have those days too. At the moment I’ve been having quite a few as I work later and the days get busier. But how do you cope with the clothing crisis this presents, choosing something simple, easy and comfortable? Many of you have emailed me to ask just what I do in these situations. Do I have a go to outfit or do I have a sneaky pair of flannelet pajamas hidden away for those days? While I don’t keep a single pair of “flannies” (the slippery slope to hell for me), I do have some basic outfits that get me through the tough days. So I’ve put together a little guide for you to my “At Home – Style Survival Basics”.
It is cold. It is raining, and your bed looks just so good. But if you have to drag yourself out for a day of homework or housework, you want to be warm and comfortable. Inevitably, it is these days that you want to see no one, but you still end up having to race to the supermarket for milk. This outfit is as close to going out in pajamas for me as you’d ever see. Comfortable yoga pants, cool t-shirt and a long warm cardigan. All it takes it picking the right pieces when you shop for these items in the first place. Pick a t-shirt with a print or colour that makes you smile and a cardigan with shape and good detail. Anything that is baggy and oversized will make you feel like a Sasquatch – and that isn’t good for anyone’s self esteem! I keep arm warmers on hand (ha ha ) for the extra cold days, and especially if I am typing for a long time, as it seems my hands are prone to turning blue in those conditions! A pair of comfortable ballet flats will get you through all these casual outfits, but keep a pair of warm, stylish boots of hand for outdoor activities. I love these wedge boots for their stability as well as the fact that they look sleek rather than chunky as many boots do.
It may be grocery shopping, catching a train, returning library books… whatever. This outfit is the perfect foil when you have serious errands to run, but are in no mood for getting super fancy. You can pop of a great beret and skip the sleek hair, as well as keeping the whole feel soft and comfortable with wide leg pants, a shaped but voluminous knit, as well as a bright coat to top it off. I stick to the ballet flats once again as fighting with a full shopping trolley in heels is likely to put you in hospital for a knee reconstruction! Adding a great spiky cuff and a pair of wicked eyed skull earrings should be just enough of a subtle warning for any other shoppers who feel the need to get chatty with you in your antisocial mood.
Last, but by no means least, is the outfit you will most commonly see me in on those well earned winter weekends off. I like to call this one “Princess Cranky Pants”. It manages to be comfortable, stylish and yet all the while says, “Back away from the chocolate and no one gets hurt!” I keep two knitted black cashmere dresses. One long and one short. Pairing them with thick opaque stockings, a band to keep my hair out of my face, dark glasses to face the consequences of my actions and one statement accessory. The statement of this accessory is a particular favorite I came across putting this together for you and is now top of my Christmas list. Thanks Santa- I never said I’d be nice!
So there you have it. Simple, stylish and surprisingly easy. I’m sure you can find your own version of these basics in your own wardrobe. It just takes a little thought to create your own go to casual look, but once you have it sorted it becomes a mater of grab and go. If you have even only one of these outfits, you need never have a badly dressed day again- and you won’t even have to think about it!