Super Casual Friday

woman in a denim jacket and black knit joggers crossing the street

I know I don't work in an office, but I do believe in getting dressed every day.  I've had days where I've sat in sweaty gym clothes for too long, or showered and threw on the equivalent of pajamas and the days are never as productive and seem to drag on longer.  When I worked outside the home I had a capsule of pieces I could grab literally in the dark (even now I wake hours before my husband) and get dressed without much thought.  I've built a work from home capsule in the same manner and these are some of the pieces.  In fact, this is what I wore last Friday!

woman in a denim jacket and black knit joggers crossing the street while walking a dog

jacket | t-shirt | pants | sneakers | bag | earrings 

woman in a denim jacket and black knit joggers crossing the street

Jacket: Levi's (XL; thrifted; similar at the lowest price I found online; same jacket in plus sizes) | T-Shirt: Christian Siriano for J.Jill Compassion tee c/o J.Jill (L) | Pants: Pivot Jogger c/o cabi (L) | Shoes: Adidas | Bag: Clare V. (color sold out; same bag in other colors) | Earrings: Kendra Scott via Rent the Runway Unlimited (use RTRDC22F051 at signup to get $100 off new subscribers’ 60-Day Trial of Unlimited ($50 off each month)

Leggings seem to be the most popular choice for those who work from home, but I actually find many leggings either too thin to look polished or restrictive.  I love a pant of a heavyweight knit or ponte knit that has some volume so I am comfortable sitting or standing at my desk but still look pulled together if I run to the post office or meet a friend for coffee.  I got these pants from cabi to do this capsule wardrobe for their blog.  I liked them so much I now have two pairs. I am not sure the laundry instructions but I wash them inside out with other dark knits and throw them in the dryer and they still look new.  I like that they are higher waisted, they stay in place when I sit, my lower back isn't exposed.  They also have pockets deep enough to hold my large iPhone.

woman in a denim jacket and black knit joggers crossing the street

I like a looser t-shirt so it's not clingy, but left untucked it can look sloppy.  My latest favorite way to style them is by knotting them at the waist, which you saw last week.  If the shirt is looser and longer, you can knot it without worrying about any tummy showing.  This tee is from J.Jill; it's super silky nice fabric (cotton/modal blend) and has vents at the hem.  It ties really easily and once it's out of the washer and dryer looks crisp and new again.  It comes in Misses, Petite, Tall, and Women sizes. I have on a Large Regular. On top of this 100% of the proceeds from this shirt go to the J.Jill Compassion Fund to support women in need.

woman in a denim jacket and black knit joggers crossing the street

In the house, I don't wear a denim jacket.  I had on a knit soft jacket/cardigan I've owned for years but the switch to a denim jacket elevates the look from loungewear to streetwear. I found this Levi's denim jacket at a thrift store years ago, it was like new and a men's XL. I got it for my husband but the sleeves were too short. I meant to Poshmark it but never got around to it.  This year the look for denim jackets is more oversized and relaxed, and the classic blue stonewashed color has returned.  I pulled out this jacket from the closet, rolled the sleeves and loved the effect.  I've worn it several times this season; it's nice to have a denim jacket so roomy I can throw it over a sweatshirt or sweater! I've linked above and below to what looks like a darn similar shape currently available from Levi's.  It's good to have a more polished jacket, whether it's a blazer or a denim jacket, at the ready when you have to leave the house.  It's an instant way to make your look street-ready.

woman in denim jacket smiling and looking to her right

And finally, a finishing touch.  This may not go on unless you have a video call or are leaving the house, but it's the cherry on top that completes your look.  For some, it's a scarf.  For others, it's red lipstick.  For me, it's a badass pair of earrings.  I saw these at Nordstrom and loved them but didn't love the price.  I was excited to see them available through Rent the Runway Unlimited and added them to my delivery.  I've had them for over a month and they are just so cool and make such a statement. The perfect thing to throw on before heading out the door!  They're sold out at Nordstrom, but I've linked directly to Kendra Scott which still has them in stock and on sale. 

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23 Comments

  1. Nikki K
    October 22, 2019 / 9:43 am

    Can you share details on your pup’s outfit? 🙂

    • October 22, 2019 / 9:45 am

      LOL my friend Dana had a dog around Oscar’s size that passed away earlier this year. When we adopted Oscar she gave us some of her dog’s clothes and accessories. Not sure where she got the denim vest with the plaid flannel hood but it’s just adorable!

      • Nikki K
        October 22, 2019 / 9:46 am

        It really is!

  2. Téa
    October 18, 2019 / 12:05 pm

    I, too , am confounded by joggers so I basically would swap them out for a ponte pant that hits at the ankle…I get “dressed” every day because I want to be “ready” for impromptu adventures! A scarf is always a part of my outfit!! LOVE your blog – you give me so much inspiration!!

  3. Kat
    October 18, 2019 / 11:48 am

    I’m a worker-from-home too and I struggle with finding things to wear that are comfortable like pajamas, yet tell me and the hypothetical outside world, “I’m working, not lounging. I am relevant and have my shyte together.” You look intentionally put-together, yet comfy. Love this.

  4. Maggie Morris
    October 18, 2019 / 11:36 am

    Hi Alison,

    I love your blog! I work at home several days of the week and I feel you when you say sometimes you’re still in you gym clothes for a while! I fall into that trap as well. I just found some pull on jeans from QVC; not sure I would wear them out to lunch but they are super comfy for sitting at my desk, no hardware to stick into my tummy. They have tons of spandex so they retain their shape. They may skew a bit “old” but I think they look better than boyfriend jeans, my previous go to.

    Maggie

    • October 22, 2019 / 9:19 am

      It’s funny how I felt boyfriend jeans were such a great look and so classic and now they look so dated! Oh how trends change! And here’s to super stretchy jeans!

  5. Melissa
    October 18, 2019 / 10:22 am

    I just bought two pair of Ponte leggings from JCPenney, brand a.n.a High Waisted Slender Ponte Legging, and they are FABULOUS. $29.98, but got them for $20 each with whatever promo they had going on, which they almost always do. Such good quality, the fit was amazing (I bought xl) and I could not be happier and the price point was exactly up my alley

      • Melissa
        October 22, 2019 / 10:36 am

        Update: I have washed them successfully, a few times now, no problems at all. I don’t put my leggings in the dryer, so I can’t comment on that. Love them!
        PS. Your blog always my go-to, every day. You are great with coffee

        • October 22, 2019 / 10:50 am

          Thank you for both the update on the leggings and the compliment! I can’t think of anything better than being great with coffee! <3

  6. Grace
    October 18, 2019 / 8:43 am

    This is precisely what I am going for, and yet I look like I just got out of bed. Joggers continue to confound me.

    • October 22, 2019 / 9:21 am

      Some joggers are terrible on me, others work really well. These are my favorite right now.

  7. L H Carter
    October 18, 2019 / 8:41 am

    You look comfortable and fashionable as usual even in casual clothes. But you cannot outshine your doggie.
    He’s a star and I say that though I am a cat person.

  8. Krista
    October 18, 2019 / 8:34 am

    I WAYS like life egging/joggers always look sloppy on me. So igo more to jogging instead. But maybe it’s the quality. I might need to try a brand out of my wheelhouse. This is a great look.

    • October 22, 2019 / 9:21 am

      I find the weight makes a difference. Lightweight joggers look TERRIBLE on me!

  9. Jane Steiger
    October 18, 2019 / 8:10 am

    Aren’t those cabi joggers super comfortable!

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