Before the pandemic, I used to have a certain work ‘look’:
- Slim-legged black trousers with zip and button fastenings
- Pencil skirts in black
- Long wrap dresses
- Button-up shirts in all colours
- Fitted blouses in different patterns
- Flat black shoes – loafers or lace-ups
- Jewellery in silver or gold in similar tones to my shirt
- Large heavy handbags in neutral colours
I used to switch out my jewellery and handbags to match my outfit, and plan outfits for the week on a Sunday.
Working from hime, things changed a great deal. I wore:
- black or white short-sleeved t shirts
- tracksuit pants
- no shoes or handbags
- simple classic gold jewellery – gold chain around my neck, gold studs in my ears, plain gold rings
Now that things are going back to normal I have stuck to more comfortable clothing:
- stretchy black, houndstooth, or dark tartan trousers with flat elastic waistband
- t shirts or pull-on blouses in colours like black, white, pale pink, yellow
- slip-on shoes
- small handbags
I was speaking about this to a client who is the same age as I am. She felt the same but said it could be due to us growing older and seeking more comfortable clothing. Or maybe it could be a combination of both? I am at my pre-pandemic weight so it cannot be that my tighter clothes don’t fit me anymore, or are more uncomfortable. Whatever it is, I have found that I hate a fitted waistband and lace-up shoes these days.
Below are my favourite jeans of the moment by Marta du Chateau. They are slim-fitting, soft, and so comfortable. I have another wonderful bootcut pair of jeans by Busnel that have a zip and button, but are soft and stretchy.