23.1.10

Dressing Down (& other Disasters)

Psynopsis Vanessa Bruno Wool Top Costume National Satin Trousers
Psynopsis Vanessa Bruno Wool Top
Clothes-wise I vacillate between being a real 'dress-upper' (or is it 'up-dresser') and a total slob. To me going to work means dressing the part – no matter if I rot away in my office and no one ever sees me. It’s high heels, tight skirts, blouses… you get the picture. But as soon as I hit the house I throw everything off me and slip into trackies, Uggs a threadbare t-shirt or an old cashmere sweater. (In a moment of weakness, it must have been a Sunday evening, I started wondering if I couldn’t bridge this fashion gap by wearing tracksuit bottoms to work; but never put the idea into action.)

Recently, I started working more from home and this opens a whole new can of fashion worms…* It’s not off-time, I’m working and this calls for a certain inner poise trackies can’t provide; but I would feel rather silly wearing high heels and a costume at home. So being more a tights than a jeans girl I thought 'What about the good old wool dress?' Comfy, but not sloppy, wearable indoors and outdoors… and I started my new dress code with this grey Vanesso Bruno dress.

I know some women wouldn’t even take out the garbage without wearing lipstick and manolos… Home-wear, work-wear – Does it make a difference to you?

*And let me tell you, not only fashion worms… Less time at work also gives me the chance to do other things, like picking up daughter from school. Having always been a working girl I find motherly activities rather exciting, so while I’m sitting innocently in the reception area, feeling all smug for being a 'real mum', a girl walks up to me, bends over…. and throws up. If these are the joys of motherly activities I don't think I've missed much.

P.S. Sorry for looking so grumpy. It’s the first time I’ve worked with self-timer and I have the tendency to scowl at the camera wondering if it will do as told (still
figuring it out).

dress: vanessa bruno, trousers: c’n’c costume national, boots: fendi

40 comments:

Couture Carrie said...

You look gorgeous, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Rock N Revolution said...

You look fabulous! So pretty!

Steffi said...

You look amazing! Love the dress!

I work at home, too. I use the time to break in new shoes. :D

Pia said...

you look so beautiful. simple and chic! that first picture is mesmerizing!

thatsorad said...

Wow, first off you have a body I could only dream of. Secondly to work from home would be a dream of mine that life has not granted me as of yet...

I dress how I feel, meaning it is my expression of the day. A small nitch of how I feel. So I think I would dress the same no matter where I worked.

Zenobie said...

This is a lovely casual yet chic look. Sorry to say but as soon as I’m home it’s on with drawstring jogging bottoms!

Corrine/Frock And Roll said...

Oh, yes. I'm exactly the same! It doesn't matter WHERE I'm going, but I won't leave the house without a full face of make-up and always attempt to dress up as much as possible. But when I'm at home?! It couldn't be a more different story! It's ALL about the hair everywhere and daggy pyjamas!

fayeee said...

home wear , i usually just stay in my pjs if i dont go out!
So it definatly makes such a big difference for me :)
I think it does for everyone tbh.
Love this whole debatable thing on your blog
Speak to you soon
FAYE
X

S.Elisabeth said...

Lovely, you have such a modelesque frame, I'm jealous! Perfect solution to "work" and "home" wear. I too dress for school and as soon as I get home it's sweats and hoodies and slippers!

MissKellie said...

I love this outfit, you look great! :)
I dress like such a slob at home, and sometimes I feel like getting dressed up just for fun when I'm just sitting around. But in the end, my ratty old tshirts always win!

http://playingdressupwithkellie.blogspot.com/

Indy said...

Yes! The moment I get home I throw on sweats. I like being comfortable in my own home and when I'm dressed up I can't be comfortable. Plus I would get dog hair all over my outfits.

I love the detailing in your dress!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Home-wear and work-wear definitely makes a difference to me - I don't mind wearing sweats at time around the house; yet I refuse to so much as go out for gas or coffee without being appropriately attired. Loving your look here darling!! :)

Sher said...

Haha, when I'm at home, I'm usually in shorts and tanks. Comfort is most important:)

I love your dress, I'm in love with anything that comes in pleats!

xx

indigotangerine said...

I love this look. The dress is really perfect, chic and elegant.
-indigo

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi there-this is a really gorgeous dress, very stylish and casual chic and very inspirational!!

Sabine said...

Thanks so much for the kind comments. I think there is something rather flattering about the cut and pleating of the dress. fayee - Ms. Discussion, yes, that's me.

LACY said...

wow you look absolutely beautiful and so chic :)

lacysmess.blogspot.com

Carmen said...

I love the dress on you, looks great.

Carmen.xx.

Jen said...

Ah, I'd like you to teach me how to dress up! I'm such a casual dresser, I find it impossible to pull of that high-glamour, high-maintenance look. And I can't walk in heels over 3in, for a start! :)

ElodieVeryPetit said...

i really like this dress, it has something of issey miyake in it !

Fashion Pix said...

The dress is beautiful, I love the pleats.

Anna Jane said...

I think you've hit the nail on the head with the whole casual-but-not-too-casual look. And I just love the soft pleats in the dress. It reminds me of something you'd see on a mannequin in a Zara window (and that's a compliment, because I consider Zara very classy!)

- Anna Jane xxx
(PixelatedBlonde.com)

meraldia said...

You look great in this outfit!

Cindy Whitehead said...

You look great. I too work from home when I am not on shoots and you are right, I sometimes think "no one is seeing me so why bother" but I do feel better when I have something on I love - getting dressed (even a casual yet stylish look) is great - you found the perfect balance here. Thanks for your nice comment - yes, I am SO gald the warning sign is off my blog. 9-:

bryna said...

i love your dress.

Pia said...

just to let you know, i left you an award from my blog :)

WM said...

THE PHOTO SHOOTS ARE AMAZING! LOVE THEM! AND THE OUTFIT IS GORGEOUS! LOVE THE STYLE! WM.

WWW.WASHMACH.COM

Winnie said...

Wow, what gorgeous photos!

clarewbrown said...

Lol I love this title! You look amazing! I tend to dress up usually all of the time. Even when I think I am "dressed down" people are like "why are you so dressed up?" lol I just can't get a firm grasp of dressing down

M. said...

that dress is gorgeous!

lovelove, M.
http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

Imogen said...

I really like the dress and I think it is a very appropriate outfit. I have different dress codes for home and going to university and since I do a lot of study at home I see that in a way as working at home and I definately dress a lot more casual for that. Also I gave you an award on my blog,please check it out.

Kallie said...

I feel like I need to get dressed every day, no matter what. I have an awful job and I need to wear crap clothes there. So when I'm home I like to wear comfy dresses or go out in something pretty. Sweatpants are strictly for sleeping/sick days/working out for me.

fadetoblack said...

hmmm i dress up for work..l. i think nearly everything i post i wear to work... then if i go out after i get a bit more dressy... but as soon as i get home its pjs and slippers all the way :)

Kazuko said...

this is exactly the way i like to dress - comfy with an edge. the vanessa bruno dress looks fantastic on you. i prefer the look with the belt. :)

KIRAFASHION said...

You look so great!
I love the dress with the pants and boots! such a great style!!!!

kpeach said...

love this look esp the pants xx

Lottie said...

the dress.....is stunning!

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

Love the pleats in that dress. Its gorgeous.

UnoCosa said...

haha - seriously, i can go all night on this - but i will save it for one of the more intimate post one day! for now, let's say - i love what what you wore - perfect bridge between "put-together" and casual chic!

btw: have you ever heard an expression of "homeless" style?? that's how I dress when i want to get real dose of down-and-dirty comfortability, lol! enjoy rest of your week, xx

Lenka James said...

Nice dress I like it