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*I’ve put a filter ‘gingham’ on these photos. I was today years old when I realised you can add filters to your WordPress photos. What a life hack though! The original photos were a little too dark and I didn’t want to re-edit them so I did this (hence why this post has been in my drafts for so long). Hopefully they don’t look that bad. Anyway- back to the outfit ideas.
Coronavirus has made that many of us have had to adjust our lifestyles and the way we work. I often think I am good with adapting to new circumstances and whilst this time has been challenging, it also has been really rewarding. Surprisedly, my mental health has never been better and I feel happy and motivated and excited that I’m able to pursue more time into passions and things outside of work- hello blogging.
The pandemic has meant that I have spent the majority of my week working from home. Whilst I miss the office, the endless banter and lunch walks to run away from responsibilities and fresh ground coffees, working from home has been amazing for me.
I get to wake up at 8:30 AM and walk a short trip to my kitchen to set up for my day. I don’t have an office space but my parents decided to get a table that you can fold up if required thus creating space. IKEA with the goods once again but this table is amazing (not sponsored but recommend). It’s actually a beaut and it comes with drawers which is where I keep my handy snacks for easy access lmao – always about the food for me. I have the birch colour and I can’t recommend it enough.
Anyway, back to the outfit ideas. You can definitely see I am inspired by neutral tones this winter. I live in midi skirts. I find them really comfortable to wear. I’ve learnt that despite living in 2020, office and corporate dressing is quite conservative – at least where I work. It sucks but it’s a dress code you have to adhere to.
Enjoy the outfit ideas and inspo.
All About the Midi Skirts
As I mentioned before, I love wearing skirts. During this autumn and winter, I’ve really been into animal prints- particularly leopard. This silky satin midi slip skirt from Seed is to die for and is probably my favourite. It feels really high end despite paying maybe around $50-60? for it. I also really like the high slit on the side and I think it’s a great skirt to wear for both day and night if you want an extra bit of elegance.
Princess Polly (not an affiliate link – I wish) do amazing slip skirts and this satin black one (middle) is such a staple in my wardrobe. It pairs with absolutely everything!
To be honest, Princess Polly is one of the few Australian stores I will shop at. It’s usually a hit and miss mainly because of the sizing. It’s ridiculously small so I basically order a size 16 in everything (most things will actually come quite short – I’m usually a size 12-14). But I’ve had many gems from there. This skirt cost like $30 on sale. What a bargain!
I also really love these midi skirts as well. Overall, they are incredibly flattering and super versatile and work with most jumpers and tops. I love the midi skirt because of its modest length which is perfect for work or that classy touch to a day or night outfit.
Pair it with a shoulder bag and you have yourself a LOOK!
Re-Evaluating and Organising Your Clothes Wardrobe
With the pandemic changing the way we work and live and also forcing us to critically think and re-evaluate our lives, it’s important to assess our financial situation. I know money isn’t everything but money is important. In its basic form, it’s a currency for survival and living. Have you spent more than usual? Have you saved more than usual?
Ask yourself these questions. If you are spending more than usual (I am lol- online shopping is not a cure for boredom folks), ask yourself do you need more clothes. Search for sales. Don’t be afraid to find a lower price. Or better yet- don’t buy anything. Look at what you already have in your wardrobe and play around. For me, fashion is all about experimenting, adding personality and character into what you wear and I love styling.
The lovely Anna from The Anna Edit has this really useful (and free) guide that helps you organise your wardrobe. The best way to organise is by seasons (you’re not going to wear a thick coat in the summer duh). This helps you get more wear out of clothes whilst also allowing you to assess what items you wear the most (keep) and what items you are missing.
This will limit your future purchases to what you need as opposed to what you want. Save $$$ whilst still having a well-rounded wardrobe for all occasions.
For me, I realised I didn’t have a good leather jacket. I purchased one on ASOS because I knew that was a staple in my collection that I needed for winter.
Dressing up for home is not pointless | Managing your mental health during the pandemic
Whilst most of us are working from home, it may seem a bit pointless to dress up for work because who’s going to see you anyway? I’ve stopped wearing makeup which has been so good for me cutting time but increasing confidence.
However, I’ve made the conscious effort to dress up as I work from home on some days just because it makes me feel good. You’ll be surprised to realise there is a positive correlation with dressing up and a positive mental state.
Wearing something nice is going to have a positive effect on how you feel as opposed to wearing the same crusty outfit 5 days in a row (which I have done – not proud).
Wearing pajamas for work and not getting dressed is likely going to make you deprived of energy and motivation. Even just taking a shower or putting on new pants will make you feel so much better.
So get dressed!