Thursday, 18 February 2016

What I actually wear to work from home

Cardigan: American Vintage (sold out but buy similar here). T-shirt: Ba&sh. Wool joggers, £14.99 in the sale, Gap
It's a strange world, this Instagram parallel universe, where everyone looks impeccable all the time - running around Paris or London on their way to meetings in heels and walking the dog in skinny jeans and 4 inch heels. Obviously, I'm a culprit as I only ever show the glossy part of my work, so thought I'd show a few pictures of what I actually wear when I work from home.



It is actually rare that I work from home, and a total luxury when it does happen. To get the most relevant and interesting inspiration for my site, I have to meet with PRs and go to press days to find exclusive content. However, at some point I have to take photos and actually upload content - and to do that, I like to be as comfy as possible without looking like a slob. As you can imagine, I never sit at my desk in jeans and heels, and with the rising costs of gas we rarely have the heating on so warmth is also key. I swear by cashmere and oversized knits - cashmere, for me, really is such a worthwhile investment. 

I have about 7 grey and navy cashmere crew-necks (from Gap, Boden, M&S) which are generally on rotation worn with my Gap Brooklyn Joggers and my recent Wyse cashmere tracksuit pants - cashmere AND on trend for S/S - perfection).

If I need to pop out quickly, I don't panic too much - a pair of Stan Smiths and I'm ready to go. In the spring, I'll wear a classic slouchy shirt with my joggers (half tucked, obviously, to look as J Crew as possible in my 2 bedroom maisonette). I love Splendid's khaki shirt, which I'm hoping to wear all summer.


Believe it or not, this is the size of my wardrobe. YES. That's why I am always doing carboots or selling clothes through Tictail. 

Khaki shirt: £155, Splendid. 'Cato' desk, £125, Habitat 
100% cashmere jumper: £69.99, Gap. Cashmere tracksuit pants, coming soon, Wyse London. Tumbler: £6, Falcon Enamelware
And those still-life images you see on my instagram? Yes, I do spend ages on them - and I look like some sort of comedy sketch where my husband walks in and just rolls his eyes.



Tumbler: £6, Falcon Enamelware. Candle: part of a set, Bella Freud. Highlight stick: £8, Soap & Glory. 'Spark Joy' by Marie Kondo, £9.09, The Book Depository
So the moral of this blogpost is: if you see me looking all glammed up on Instagram before 8am...chances are that photo was taken yesterday and I'm uploading the pic whilst sitting in some track pants. Just remember that and all will be fine.

31 comments :

  1. Ha ha, love the final sentence of this!! As I read this I Am wearing the same grey joggers from Gap (except mine went in the dryer so they're more like grey woollen cropped joggers, sad times!)

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    1. Oh no! Glad you're still making use of them, though!

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  2. I just absolutely love this post! As usual your great sense of humour underlies all your writing, but so fun to see behind the scenes...LOVE ❤️💕

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    1. we love reading your blog here at GreatTransfomations, if you are ever in the Bounemouth area give us a shout and we would love to do a makeover photoshoot for you.

      Regards
      The Great Transformations Team

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  3. Love this post - I always love seeing more behind the scenes things and if I worked from home I'd definitely be in the same sitch x

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    1. Ha! I think people love seeing behind the scenes when it's less glamorous, then when I'm shooting in Barbados!:) xx

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  4. "to look as J Crew as possible in my 2 bedroom maisonette" - I love this! Totally my goal:)

    Alex, can you recommend a hairdresser in SW London? I am looking for a new one and live close to you, in Southfields, and I thought you might have the inside scoop of a good one round there. Or in the City? x

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    1. Hi, I go to Lockonego on King;s Road, it's not fancy but not too pricey either and I love the staff. Andrew does my hair colour (seeing him this afternoon for a pre fashion week hit!) - I often think if you find somewhere you like, stick to it. Plus I can get a bus all the way home after ;) xx

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    2. Thanks so much for the recommendation - I'll be sure to check them out! Enjoy your visit this afternoon, and fashion week! xx

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  5. I work at home as you and I always looking for confortable looks!
    xoxo
    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/donkeycool-4487669

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    1. I think that's why all my 'comfy' and cosy posts do so well. It's important to feel comfy but also not feel like a slob x

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    1. Thank you! Who knew it would do so well!

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  7. Really love those cashmere track pants !! Will be keeping my eye out for these !!

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    1. So excited that joggers are in style this season!

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  8. Another massive fan of nice joggers and a bit of cashmere for home days. Great blog as always Alex x

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  9. I'm impressed with the size of your wardrobe - can't wait to find the time to properly sort mine out and back to clothes that actually fit

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    1. I know, when we moved into our loft I purposely didn't put another wardrobe up there, as otherwise I won't wear what I have and just 'hoard' stuff x

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  10. A really great post - so nice to see the normality behind a fashion blog. Love the pink american vintage cardi, such a gorgeous colour and looks so cosy. I have a similar style one from Oliver Bonas that i love to wear when working at home.
    www.theglitterfashionista.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I think that's they key for a blog - a bit of aspiration, a bit of real life ;) x

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  11. No link for pink cardigan:( btw, love your blog!

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    1. Sorry - it sold out after my instagrams about it :( xx

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  12. Love this post - I also get changed the moment I step in the door but my loungewear isn't as glamorous as yours - I must up my game. However do you really wear a £155 dry-clean only blouse to work at home? Very interested to see you take photos with your iPhone - I'm about to upgrade to a 6S so hopefully my Instagram pictures will be nearer your quality. xx

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    1. I would. To feel a bit less slobby I find it helps to wear something you love. I am also taking this shirt on holiday, I wore it on my work trip in Barbados too. And I put them in 30 degrees. I have a Margaret Howell shirt which cost a lot at the time but it's my all time favourite shirt, and still looks fresh whether I'm wearing it at home, to work or on the beach x

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  13. http://www.wdwtouringradio.com
    Those photos are stunning! This is an awesome post!

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  14. Love this down-to-earth post, love your genuine smile & love that, in true frugal style, you have a Wallis clothes hanger. Only downside is now you've encouraged me to spend more money on a Gap jumper ;-)

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    1. Haha! I stole all those hangers when I used to work there years ago ;) so all my hangers match! x

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  15. Love this. Finally bought the Gap cashmere jumper in the sale - sold out online but still lots of colours and sizes in the Oxford Circus store!

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