What to wear at home? I've stuggled for years to upgrade the clothing
I wear at home. I even created a wardrobe challenge for myself.
I think this section of the wardrobe is difficult for many women, myself included. Home clothing is something of a lost, vague, undescribed category. It seems most women view it as unimportant.
However, it matters! What you wear at home has a direct effect on how you feel when you're at home. When we look great we tend to feel more positive and be more productive.
Here’s what I've taken away from numerous conversations with clients and friends…
Stay at home moms usually figure ‘why bother’…I’m just in my house with my kids all day. Who really cares?
Women with jobs outside the home are always ‘dressed for success’ in their work roles, but want to slip into the most comfortable option once they are finished at the office. Even if that option isn't the most attractive.
Women who work from home often feel it’s a luxury to take a conference call in their pjs, so they do. This can be the beginning of a habit that's difficult to break.
Yet, I think if we are honest…we’d all like to look better when we hang out at home for the day. Wouldn’t it be nice when the doorbell rings… to swing the door open with pride, knowing that you look put together and presentable?
If your son forgets his lunch and you need to run to school, how great would it be to dash out of the house already looking and feeling good? No stressing about putting on ‘real clothes’ or fixing yourself up before leaving.
It’s possible to look nice while spending the day at home…it only takes a bit of preparation and effort. Not much, I promise. You just need the right pieces in your wardrobe and maybe a slight change in mindset.
Think about the goal for your home clothes. What are the most important qualities?
Comfort- pick items that are loose enough to feel good in all day, yet still flattering. This is not the time for your most gigantic sweatpants. Fabrics should feel good against your skin. Nothing scratchy or itchy.
Cost- I hesitate to say this, because some garments should really be tossed…but I’m okay with sometimes downgrading pieces to wear in this category. Let's say that you have a few t-shirts, sweaters or pants that you love and they still look good, but aren’t what you would wear to work or out to lunch anymore. By all means turn them into ‘home clothes’. What you want to avoid is holding onto clothing that is past its prime and calling those garments ‘home clothes’. The goal is to feel fabulous when you are at home…those old, worn-out items won’t do it!
If you’ll be shopping for a few new things…check out Target, Old Navy, Forever 21…even Goodwill. You don't need to invest a huge amount in these outfits. The idea is to have a few reliable combinations that you can easily put on when you are spending time at home.
Easy care- It’s best if these garments can be tossd into the washing machine. Home tasks are often messy, like cooking, cleaning, planting, etc., so these clothes need to be easy to wash. Exception: a great cashmere hoodie or sweater that you wear many, many times before it needs to be cleaned.
Warmth- Heading into winter, you’ll need some layers in order to keep warm. Instead of turning up the heat, add a camisole or a scarf to your home outfits. Stylish and energy efficient.
Picture your ideal home outfit. Create one or two outfits in your mind that you would feel great wearing when you're hanging out at home. If you can’t visualize them…hop onto Pinterest and start searching.
If it helps, my home clothes ‘dream’ outfits look like this…
Soft comfortable jeans, simple t-shirt (clean and flattering) and a generously cut, super-snuggly cardigan sweater.
Easy-fitting black leggings with a very comfortable waistband, t-shirt
and a long, fluffy pull-over sweater.
Black socks – I only wear black socks. I buy them by the bag at Target.
No confusion on laundry day. I always have a matching pair. This step simplifies my routine.
Slippers- I buy the same pair of shearling slippers at Target every year. They are under $25, comfortable and nice looking…for slippers.
If you are a fan of The Fly Lady, you know that she suggests that you
'get dressed to shoes'. I find I’m good with slippers. While we aren’t a
‘no shoes’ household, I don’t love wearing my shoes my home. If you’d rather wear a pair of shoes, go for it! Do whatever works best for you
when creating your home style.
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
As a personal stylist,