Let’s throw it back to 2019, when I wrote a post that is 2020 in a nutshell if I’ve ever seen one. (Updated with brand-new outfit suggestions.)
Today’s post is a twofer, inspired by a couple of reader questions I received via Insta.
- Does comfort and style exist? Can you wear yoga pants but still be stylish? and
- I need a Mom Uniform for fall; help me.
The answer to the first question is a resounding “yes,” and am certain that it is so, because otherwise I would be naked. There is just no power on earth (except for, perhaps, the possibility of a date with Jason Momoa) that could get me out of the house attired in clothing that makes me feel restricted in any way.
I try, I do: I put on something fabulous and uncomfortable…and then I change, and end up in a sweatshirt and jeans. And I’m okay with that, because it’s my belief that 90% of looking good is feeling good – and so that’s what I wear: what feels good.
The answer to the second question is “I got you, girl,” because if there is one thing I am good at it is lazy dressing.
If you want to wear your leggings as your actual outfit – which, I mean, of course – here is what you do: You own a pair of amazing over-the-knee leather boots, and a couple of great sweaters that go down past your butt. Even if your favorite leggings have actual holes in them, as do mine, you will look completely put-together and adorable.
The Mom Uniform (Autumn Edition)
Now, let’s talk Mom Uniforms. I’ve been writing about this for years – the concept of finding what I call your “Happy Place Silhouette,” and then sticking to it. Here’s how you find yours (it’s very scientific and complex): Picture yourself going on a first date, or going to the first day at a new school or job – somewhere you’d be particularly concerned with feeling comfortable and confident. What are you wearing?
…There you go. That’s your Happy Place Silhouette.
Oh, look! It’s me, looking how I look every. freaking. day! (Except slightly better because I brushed my hair before taking this photo. #glam)
Mine is a loose, lightweight top and something slim-fitting on the bottom – jeans or denim shorts. Obviously. And right now, here are the pieces I have in constant rotation as a part of said Mom Uniform (Autumn Edition):
TOPS: A handful of really good, lightweight, loose neutrals.
- Loose grey cashmere sweater (mine is ancient and from TJ Maxx, but this one is similar)
- White knit sweater (similar to this)
- Everlane white button-down
- Brown and white striped blouse (similar in vibe to this)
- Tweed blazer (ooooh)
Felt fancy; added a blazer.
BOTTOMS: Black and blue.
- High-waist dark grey stretch jeans (from Mott & Bow; I’ve written about these before and they’re PERFECTION)
- Zara stretch jeans in a medium wash
- Black leather pants (mine are Rag & Bone and were an investment, but they’re going to last forever and ever)
SHOES: Sneakers, flats, OTK boots, a pair of heels that go with everything, the end.
- Converse Shoreline sneakers
- Jenni Kayne D’Orsay flats (via TheRealReal)
- Stuart Weitzman 5050 boots
- Nude heels (these are perfect)
ACCESSORIES: Flair…but keep it simple.
- Vintage bangle bracelets
- Au/Rate gold hoops
- Brown suede backpack
- Adorable tiny going-out bag
- Red purse ’cause sure
And for proof of just how consistent I am with this, look! It’s me. Five years ago. Wearing more or less the exact. same. thing.