What I Wore Last Week

Welcome to Week 4 of what I wore while sheltering in place.  How are you all doing? Have you noticed a shift in what you're choosing to wear each day?  Does it have more to do with comfort, with what is clean, with your mood?  I find each day seems to be different and my clothes express my mood (or how I hope the day to go) more than ever before.  And no shock to any, the silver Birkenstocks have a role in almost every look.  I have no idea how my feet will fit back into pumps once this is over!

overalls| sweatshirt (not available due to the shutdown, shop other items for Joshua Tree or donate to Joshua Tree NPS) | boots | sunglasses

Kicking it quarantine style.  We really haven't left the house at all in the past few weeks.  We went to the grocery store once, and we go to check on, harvest, and work on our plots at the community garden a couple of blocks away. This is what I wore to head to the garden last Sunday.  I got the sweatshirt when I visited Joshua Tree; my sister got the same sweatshirt and I got the same one for my husband, daughter, and our mom.  Don't be surprised if this year's holiday card is us rocking the Joshua Tree National Park hoodies.  Now THAT would be a good representation of our personal style since sheltering in place!

Once it warmed up at the garden, I peeled off the hoodie and just wore the white tank (now-discontinued style from Universal Standard, size XS petite) with the overalls. The BOGS boots are now one of the only three pairs of shoes I wear out of the house: I have sneakers if I choose to run or walk, EVA Birks for being in the yard, and the BOGS for the garden and muddy hikes!

jacket | similar t-shirt | pants | shoes

This is a given look at least one day a week. I raved about this wrap/jacket thingie from Soma last Monday and I continue to love it.  It's just the right amount of warmth and the addition of two secure pockets.  The t-shirt you've seen before as well, but it is old and no longer available.  The pants are also from Soma; the tie at the waist I know is polarizing, but I like the contrast (and like that it is silky but also stretchy so I can tie them snug but not have to untie to slip the pants off).  And here's the Birkenstocks!

I can't recall if this look is the same day but later, or another day.  So goes sheltering in place, amirite?  The sweatshirt is the same one from Beyond Yoga I wore in this outfit recap post, this time styled with the Soma Sunday Pants and a cami from cabi.

similar overalls (petite option) | t-shirt | cardigan | sandals

I call this… hippie grandpa farmer chic.  It's the look when I am slammed from sunrise to sunset and purely dress for comfort and practicality. This is the vintage v-neck from J. Crew; a lot of people find this t-shirt cheap but I like that it's thin and fitted and a bit stretched out for certain looks like under overalls.  Speaking of overalls, you've seen these before and do know you'll see them again.  The cardigan is from cabi; it's aptly named the Comfort Cardigan and I do like that it's thick but not hot, soft but not slouchy, has functional good-sized pockets, and sturdy snap closure.  

t-shirt | joggers | shoes | ring

I've been playing with accessories, having fun with some of the items in my wardrobe because as I mentioned Saturday, why not?  And if not now, when?  So here I am wearing two earrings: one from ASOS that is five years old and lost its mate, and one from Jenny Bird that is a couple of years old in one ear and no earrings in the other.  I liked how it made the same J.Crew Vintage t-shirt from above and my Soma joggers look… purposeful.

And when the sun set and it got a bit chilly, I added this Ann Taylor cardigan (several years old; you can see it in this post from 2010) and some Lands' End Thermaskin marl socks for warmth.

similar sweater | similar scarf | similar skirt | shoes

Easter Sunday, we usually host brunch for our family and friends.  Clearly, this year was different but I still felt like dressing up.  I worked all weekend on my closet (details in tomorrow's blog post) and it made me notice pieces I had sort of forgotten and combinations I hadn't before considered.  And from that this look was born.  I wore the skirt for Thanksgiving and in this blog post.  The sweater is the one I wore with overalls last week, and in this outfit post.  The scarf is one of the only designer things I own, it's from Hermès.  I got it from the now-defunct site MYHABIT and with it being on clearance and having referral credits I didn't end up spending much on it.  You can see it in this post.  I hardly wore it because while I love the colors, combined with the print it always felt too garish.  So when Hermès had a pop-up in DC where you could get your Hermès official scarves dyed, I took mine for a makeover.  You can see the result in this post!

I also added this Baublebar necklace, a pair of Jenny Bird hoops, and a big gold cuff from cabi (seen in this post).  And on my feet?  My orange EVA Birkenstocks!

The whole family ended up taking Easter afternoon naps; when I woke I put on something more casual, but still springy.  This is the Relax Game Day Sweatshirt from cabi which is a confusing name because it's actually this lovely rayon/spandex blend that is silky and drapey with a very fine French terry looped interior that keeps you cozy without being too heavy or hot. It's like a Breton top, a poet's blouse, and a sweatshirt joined forces and I love the result.  And with it the Lido Crop also from cabi (please note I had them shortened by my tailor back in February). These are some of the only non-knit pants I wear while at home because they stretch and are comfy but don't stretch out and have lots of great pockets. 

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9 Comments

  1. margiemi
    April 15, 2020 / 10:41 pm

    I’m thinking of purchasing the Soma Sunday pants which are on sale…are they too “silky” to wear every day at home? Do they have a shine? I noticed they are rayon and spandex. Still undecided.

    • April 16, 2020 / 8:42 am

      Nope, they’re like a super-soft knit t-shirt in regard to the fabric.

  2. judy
    April 13, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    Love your post today…especially backyard fashion. You always keep it real, thats why i always come back to you. Polka dots and pups, what else could we possibly need!

  3. Lisa
    April 13, 2020 / 10:16 am

    I love the striped sweatshirt from Cabi! Looks great on you and probably oh so comfy!

    I find my stay-in outfits are more for comfort these days. Wearing denim once a week is needed to make
    sure everything is ok!!!

  4. Heather
    April 13, 2020 / 10:00 am

    Hi Alison:) I just checked in to see if you had posted your closet edit that I had missed. Would love to see and maybe gain some inspiration. Haha – I see Sheila above was hoping too. The timing would certainly be great. Thanks – I enjoy your posts and am gonna get back and read Fran Lebowitz:)

  5. Krista
    April 13, 2020 / 9:31 am

    I love that polka dot skirt. It’s so fun. I’m definitely dressing differently these days. But I did try to add things that I know I’ll use after all this is over. While cleaning out my closet I found a bag that I’d forgotten about. I’ll be changing over to it when I find I need a purse again. I’m determined to stop carrying all the “mom essentials” in my purse and go to just my personal necessities. This bag will be perfect for that adventure.

  6. Linda B
    April 13, 2020 / 9:28 am

    I do love seeing your sheltering-at-home time outfits. . . Very nice that you dressed up yesterday; I wish I could motivate myself to do that one of these days, “just because”. . . As in just because I am getting tired of super casual dressing. Maybe I will try harder today than I have been to create a perky outfit!

    Yesterday I was feeling more discouraged than I have most of this time at home, and stayed in my slippers much of the day. I have been trying to wear shoes in the house, as it makes me feel more put together both internally and outwardly. The slippers yesterday did not help my mood, in the end. Not sure which was the chicken or the egg here–my mood or the slippers!

    In the desert southwest, we are in our brief period of spring that heads quickly into hot weather. Some years it is very fast indeed (as in we could have already hit 100!) and others, we make it to the end of May without hitting the century mark. I am dreading the return of high heat, especially as we will be stuck inside at home so much–it is the opposite of when we lived in Minnesota and got cabin fever in winter. At least now, I can putter in my little backyard garden any time I want during the day. . .Dressing in minimal clothing to keep cool gets old really fast; it is hard to be creative, even in normal times. . . I am starting to seriously wonder what it will be like this year!

  7. April 13, 2020 / 9:05 am

    Morning! Just wondering if you were able to record your closet edit and/or will you be blogging about it? This blog is a treat I start the day with. thanks!

  8. RoseAG
    April 13, 2020 / 7:46 am

    I’m trying to rotate through my closet while I’m home. Why can’t a sweatshirt have a little bandana tied at the neckline?
    I try to make it fun. I didn’t acquire all this stuff to just let it sit idly.

    With all the things you and I have stashed away in our closets I’m still taken with how good the black pants and white t-shirts look. It’s clean, it’ simple. The silver sandals give it pop.

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