my winter uniform

Since I started working from home again, I’ve been asked what I wear in the confines of my home office. Do I really sit around in my sweats until the afternoon? Have I splurged on stylish yet comfy loungewear? Neither, really.

I have to admit, I’m not the most adventurous when it comes to clothing, whether or not I’m spending the day at home—or out and about. I prefer to have fewer and simpler pieces in my closet—it makes getting dressed in the morning less stressful and I’ve grown to recognize what I like and what works for me.

When Andrew isn’t traveling for work, he drops Avi off at daycare in the morning and I pick him up in the evening. As soon as they are out the door, I spend about fifteen minutes tidying up the apartment; then quickly I shower and get dressed. I don’t like to spend more than twenty minutes on this part, so I’ve put together a streamlined approach to clothing. By the way, this is pretty much the way I dressed when I had to go into an actual office.

Since our apartment is quite chilly this time of year, I am all about comfy, soft basics…

  • Soft long-sleeve tees: I like these and these.
  • Jeans: A former colleague turned me onto Madewell, and I found a style that fits me well. Since I hate trying on jeans more than anything, I’ve stuck with them for the last several years. The price point is decent, the jeans last a long time, and if you bring Madewell an old pair of jeans you can no longer wear (doesn’t matter the brand or the condition), they’ll knock $20 off a pair you buy from them. For the curious, they recycle the old jeans—I think it’s marvelous.
  • Warm, soft sweaters: I’m a big ninny when it comes to scratchiness, so I stick to a few cashmere sweaters, which I wear over and over. One is a zip-up hoodie, like a version above, made by Vince, that I inherited from Andrew’s cousin about five years ago. It has a hole in the pocket, which I’ll mend, and it’s soft and durable. I also have a couple of J Crew waffle knit cashmere sweaters (courtesy of my mother-in-law), which were on a huge (!) sale. The version I have is sold out, sadly.
  • Socks with cool patterns: These look fun.
  • Fuzzy slippers: I’m an unabashed fan of these LL Bean slippers and it’s basically all I wear at home from November through April.

I’m curious, do any of you have a uniform and if you do, what is it?


  • Kasey

    Yay! Nice to have you back :) Since I work remotely (both from home and a shared studio space), I do have the luxury of just dressing comfortably every day. That said, for winter, I have a few comfortable (and stylish) sweaters on rotation, a couple of pairs of jeans, and a collection of cozy socks. :) I’m really into throwing on a beanie, esp. on 2nd day hair. Everlane and Madewell increasingly make up 90% of my wardrobe. And I reserve yoga pants for yoga :)

  • olga

    Louise – these looks fabulously comfy; sadly i am married to denim — lame!

    Kasey – as I type this, I have my beanie on (no shower this am!). I need more Everlane in my life I think.

  • ashley

    I had no idea you could return jeans to madewell! I loved their jeans for a time, then they up and completely changed the fabric and fit of the style I was used to wearing. Womp Womp. So now I’m a Levi’s girl! Cheap and comfy, and I’m not *so* worried that they’re going to “innovate” the fit.

    As I write this, I will admit I’m working from home in LulaRoe leggings because

  • olga

    ashley – I wonder when Madewell made that change. I haven’t needed to buy new jeans in almost 3 years, but am coming up on that time… I’m going to wait til spring or fall though and then buy a few pairs as it’s literally all I wear for 3 seasons.

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