It’s feels a bit weird to be talking fashion in times like these, but it’s occurred to me of late that how I feel is very much dictated by how comfortable I am in what I’m wearing.
I’ve spent most of the last four weeks working full time during the week, where I’ve been sitting at my computer for hours every day and going for the odd walk or doing the occasional yoga class in between. Weekends have involved walks around the neighbourhood with the fam, baking, domestic chores and a family movie. Other than that, I’ve put on a pair of jeans once in a while, usually to make my weekly pilgrimage to the supermarket.
Living this slow life has called for a new approach. Comfort, warmth, practicality and flexibility are at the top of my priority list along with a no ironing policy at the best of times, let alone now. The difference is that this isn’t broken up with the odd work outfit, getting dressed up to go out or any of the usual social occasions (birthdays, footy and so on) at this time of year which involve a completely different look and effort.
So, if it’s of interest to you and you’re spending much of your week working from home, homeschooling or a combo of both, here’s what I’ve been loving and wearing during these #ISO times.
ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
Knitted Wool Hooded Coat, $59.90 from Uniqlo;
Washed tee, $41.97 from Sportsgirl;
Crew Tail T-shirt, $39 from Witchery;
Lambswool crew neck sweater, $49.90 from Uniqlo;
Evie distressed denim jeans, $99.95 from Decjuba;
Fleece tracksuit pants, $20 from Target;
Wild Bloom leggings, $119 from Spell & the Gypsy Collective;
Paris Pants by Betty Basics, $29.95 from at Birdsnest.
Tops and knits
I’ve been loving these pieces for every day wear:
- Crew Tail T-shirt, $39 from Witchery (pictured above). This is soft tee for everyday and is great to wear under oversized cardies. This style comes in several neutral colours and there are also long sleeved versions.
- Washed tees from Sportsgirl, for everyday paired with leggings for walking around the ‘hood. They’re soft and a longer length which I like for all day wear.
- Knitted Wool Hooded Coat, $59.90 from Uniqlo (pictured above). I bought two of these well priced knits a couple of months ago and I’ve been getting loads of wear from them. They are particularly awesome for throwing over a tee and leggings for the coffee run.
- Longline Waterfall Cardigan, $149.90 from Witchery. I picked this up in a spend and save promotion in black and I love it. It’s a dressier long line style for leaving the house i.e. the supermarket shop. Or, when things go back to normal, this is perfect with jeans for the school run or with a top, pants and brogues for work.
- Lambswool crew neck sweater, $49.90 from Uniqlo (pictured above). Made from 100% wool, this well priced knit is available in ten colours and is great to wear with jeans and a tee when you feel like mixing things up.
As the weeks roll by, I’m leaning into Soft Pant Life life never before and also beginning my search for the perfect pair of Winter jeans. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
- Spell leggings (see the range here; one style is also pictured above). I’ve bought three pairs of the 7/8s leggings over the last twelve months or so and they’re awesome. They sit at the perfect height on my waist, wash and wear well and come in some fun prints.
- Paris Pants by Betty Basics, at Birdsnest, $29.95 (pictured above). These are a lightweight, soft pant and good for milder days.
- Evie distressed denim jeans, $99.95 from Decjuba (pictured above). These are super cool threads which I’ll wear all Winter long and beyond. I’m wearing them in the photo at the end of this post too.
I’ve also found the following great, budget friendly pieces from Target which I’d highly recommend:
- Sophie high rise, ankle length skinny jeans, $39 (available in sizes 6 – 20). These jeans are available in a variety of colours and styles (including bikers). Featuring elastane and a great shape and colour, these are the perfect length jeans on me (I’m 175cm with a long torso, short legs) to wear with derbys, brogues and other stylish flats. It’s hard to argue with the price too.
- DENIM Shape your Body, high rise, full length skinny jeans, $49 (available in sizes 6-20). Available in three colours. I’ve got the dark wash but they look more like the mid wash denim photos. These are a full length jean with plenty of stretch but a decent weight, so more substantial than the usual pair of jeggings, making them perfect for Melbourne’s Winter. They sit at the perfect waist height to avoid post Easter muffin situations too.
- Fleece core tracksuit pants, $20. These are more of a traditional, ’90s straight leg style and are ideal for lazy weekends at home;
- Fleece tracksuit pants, $20. This style has an ankle cuff and a more tapered shape and might eventually make the cut for the school run.
I haven’t been frocking up or getting dressed up of late and I haven’t had the time or head space to embrace Formal Friday or even a costume for a Bin Isolation outing. I did pop on this easy wearing Seashell boho dress from Spell for Easter Sunday though.
I also popped on an old Mister Zimi top and jeans for a trip to the supermarket and Zoom drinks, but that’s about as adventurous as things have gotten around here. I’m wearing the Evie distressed denim jeans here too with these Rollie Nation derbys.
I have bought a couple of dressier or more Winter appropriate pieces which I’m busting to wear as soon as the circumstances and weather co-operate too:
- Danielle Technical Shirt Dress in raspberry from Styling You The Label – I bought a size 12 which is a generous cut. I am mad for this bold pink. This dress comes in sizes 8 – 18;
- This magnificent quilted coat from Gorman and swing jersey dress from Gorman’s latest collab with artist Rebekah Callaghan, both picked up on sale.
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So over to you – what’s your #ISO uniform? Please tell us where you found your favourites!