Style File – Weekend Wear

For the past few years I’ve tried to make my wardrobe multitask. I would buy clothing with the idea that I could wear it both at work and during my leisure time. But recently I’ve realized this doesn’t work.

Most mornings I look in my closet and all I see are things I’ve worn on the weekend, and, in my groggy mind, it doesn’t feel right putting on the same outfits I wore when I was off the clock. I would think, shouldn’t I be a little more formal when I’m at work? A little structure and constriction to my work wear isn’t a bad thing. So it would be a struggle to figure out what to put on.

And then on the weekend, I’d look at that same wardrobe and see it full of things I wore to work. Even with clothing I love, when I wear something during long work days, the last thing I want to do is put on those same things during my off time. I need a change of pace. And something more comfortable.

So I’ve arrived at the conclusion I need to stop trying to force my clothing to do double duty. I’m allowed to embrace a work wardrobe and a casual wardrobe. And since I’ve started dividing my clothes into the two categories, it’s actually easier to get dressed in the morning. I don’t stare at my closet with confusion. I know which pieces are for work, and which ones are for the weekend. My clothes now have assigned functions so that it speeds up putting together ensembles.

So with all that in mind, I realized I needed a new pair of casual pants. I found a cute pair of blueberry skinnies at the Gap that I really liked. Somewhat on trend with an unusual color, but not so wild I’ll be sick of them next week.

Over the weekend I paired them with a black mini-pocket T-shirt from Target, a camel cardigan with directional knitting from Target, my Laura Lombardi Scale Necklace, and a new pair of Loeffler Randall Rain Slip-On in Mini Lynx. My purse was a Christmas gift from a few years back.

A little about the rain boots — for years I bought cheap ones that would wear out quickly and start leaking. And I am sick of it. So this fall I decided to pony up and go for a pair of good quality rain boots. And it doesn’t hurt that they are super cute too.

all photos by Travis Haughton – Wasabi Photography


  1. I love the LR rain boots, I wish they were more easily available over here. I have a question though – does the rain not seep through the elasticated sides? This is the kind of question that keeps me awake at night.

  2. Maggie says:

    Ooh. I’m really liking the color combo here; it feels very fresh. And now I sort of want a pair of blueberry skinnies… also that necklace, still (looked good in person, too!).

  3. Jo says:

    I love the combo!!

    I’ve been thinking about the business capsule, the casual capsule, the exercise capsule, and the lounge capsule. I think that’s where I’ll have to go if I want to have any hope of putting together outfits.

    • jacqueline says:

      I know a lot of fashion advice out there says that one should buy clothing that can all be mixed and matched regardless of place, time, function, but I feel like that creates too much choice. Sometimes having things narrowly defined helps a lot.

  4. Bridget says:

    Thanks for another great post! I really love this blog. You help me feel less guilty for being so obsessed with clothes. :-)
    You’ve also inspired me to embrace a work/play wardrobe split as well. I’ve tried this before but always got lazy and allowed things to degenerate into bland sameness again. Now that I am over 40, I see all of the time and money I’ve wasted on inferior garments and following trends that don’t suit me.
    I am working on building a wardrobe of good quality yet versatile garments that actually fit and wear well. It’s not easy, though, since the brands I’ve always trusted are using cheaper and cheaper materials (yet charging more!).

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