The other day, I did something amazing.
I put on jeans.
No one was coming over. I wasn’t leaving the house. No photographs were being taken. And I still put on jeans.
Okay, they were jeggings. But the fact that they are skin tight and have three buttons and zip makes it more than count.
Of course, I had to take to Twitter to rejoice in my achievement.
The thing is, from November 2019 until May 2020, I have been on maternity leave. Nothing says maternity leave like stretchy sweatpants to hide your newfound mum bod and hoodies covered in vomit and other unmentionables. When I started back at work in May, we were still – sort of – in lock down, so I wasn’t expected to visit the office. I switched the hoodies for cute sweaters for my Zoom calls to make it seem like I might have my life together.
When the office reopened and I was cleared to go back a couple of days per week, I dressed up. I’d bought new shoes, I felt cute and it was so refreshing to dress for a purpose for four whole days. Then, my city was declared a hotspot and I was back in my sweats, cosy socks and slippers.
For almost a year, I’ve been mostly at home. This doesn’t bother me so much because I’m a total homebody. The first few weeks we were in lockdown, I didn’t even notice. It could have been because of my lack of sleep (honestly, four consecutive hours would be nice), but I think it was partially because I was almost relieved that I didn’t have to leave the house with a cranky baby.
When I started working from home, I read so many articles about the need to get dressed to differentiate between bed/home and work. I made an effort at first. I did my hair, put on makeup and chose my sweaters purposefully. But I could never put on pants that would be acceptable to leave the house in because I was so darn comfy with my legs curled underneath me at my dining room table.
Then, I thought about what I wear when I write. Before Baby (BB) I was a morning writer. I would get out of bed, make a cup of tea and write at my desk for an hour or two in my pyjamas. Then, of course, I’d flounce off willy-nilly to do whatever I liked because I didn’t have a small human on my hip.
Now, After Baby (AB), I write whenever I get the chance and usually, I’m wearing sweats because that’s what I’m wearing all day long. I really don’t feel the need to put on ‘normal’ clothes to get work done. In fact, if I’m wearing anything that hinders the way I can put my legs while I’m writing, it will distract and annoy me. Turns out the Writing Community are also big on comfort.
In the spirit of getting to know me, here are some of my favourite get ups that I’m usually spotted in when I’m writing.
You will probably find me in something oversized and more often than not, it’s from my husband’s wardrobe. Industrie t-shirts and Bonds pullovers are my particular favourites. There’s a reason I’ve been buying him clothes as gifts lately.
Socks are a must have item for me. I like to keep my feet snug and I love a funky pattern. My favourite socks are from Dotti.
And you can’t forget the most important item of writing/working from home comfort: a snuggly blanket (providing the weather is right for it). My favourite blanket to curl up in is this pink faux fur throw that is the perfect size for one.
Now that I’ve let you into my home (and my working wardrobe), tell me about your getup when you’re writing or working from home.