southwest cardigan: winter 2016 capsule

All dressed up with no place to go? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

I’m one of those people that doesn’t like to waste a good outfit on a day where no one is going to see me. But those days are few and far between, if I’m honest with myself. Even though I might work from home, on any given day I’m still out in public at least 3 or 4 times (school pick up, post office, grocery store – see, three already), not to mention the occasional run in with a neighbor or someone dropping off a package. Realistically, not having plans is not the same as being legitimately locked up out of sight for the day. Still, I’m not going to put on my best duds for a weekday of working at home. There is a happy medium between pajamas bottoms and business attire, and I think I’ve found it in comfy cardigans.

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old Paige denim; similar here | Ugg Cambridge

I notice a very positive change in my behavior when I dress in clothes that wouldn’t make me embarrassed to be seen in the grocery store. I am a more productive person when I feel presentable. Of course, if I was in a ball gown, I wouldn’t feel like reconciling accounts or loading the dishwasher, so you have to be practical. I’m not going to be running around in heels at home any time soon (if you want to, rock it!), but I am making so much more of an effort to stay out of loungewear and in regular clothes on a somewhat daily basis.

Right now, my winter go-to combo for being at home most of the day includes:

  • Comfortable jeans
  • Soft 3/4 or short sleeve cotton tee
  • Cardigan
  • Comfortable shoes

I like still having layers, even when I’m at home. My house may be nice and toasty, but having a cardigan set out to throw on if I need to run outside is really handy. And by planning one in to my outfit, I’m less likely to reach for the comfortable but questionable hoodie in the hall closet (maybe it belongs to me, maybe it’s my husbands… maybe it’s my Dad’s… why are you judging me?)

Makeup and hair, now, is a completely different story. But I’m working on that, too 😉

p.s. helpful tip

When choosing items for my capsule wardrobe, I was focused on items with versatility, which often meant a lot of neutrals. Still, I didn’t want to become bored with my wardrobe, so I looked for ways to incorporate some color. So far, I have found that by making my base layers mostly neutral and allowing some of my “second layer” pieces to be more colorful, I can make many, many outfit combinations without them all looking the same. I think key pieces (a trench, a dress, a cable-knit sweater) are best left neutral, and more “accessory” type pieces (a scarf, a hat, a cardigan, jewelry) are great for adding color.

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southwest Cardigan by Selfie Couture; similar for under $10 here | Tee Madewell

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