Sometimes it’s the things that seem simple that actually trip us up. And when it comes to what to wear at home during the summer, I think that’s exactly why I receive so many questions from readers on this very topic. We know this shouldn’t be difficult. But for some reason it’s almost easier to dress for an event or outing than it is a simple day at home. Are we making a mountain out of a mole hill? No, I think we just care. And that’s a good thing, in a day when so many people don’t seem to. So we’re not making a big fuss here, but I am sharing how I dress at home during the summer, along with a few guiding factors.
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I’m sharing one pair of casual linen pants with a couple of different tops today. And these items are available. (And I love them!) But I won’t focus too much on the individual pieces here. Instead, let’s talk about some guiding factors that can help us get dressed for our day…at home.
The title of my website alone ought to signal loud and clear that I think it’s important for us to get dressed for our day…most every day. Akin to making my bed, brushing my teeth and cleaning up after myself in the kitchen, getting dressed for my day helps put me in the right frame of mind for daily life. This simple act helps keep me mindful that I have a purpose, that I need to take care of myself and that I need to put my best foot forward whether I’m getting out and about or just puttering around in my home.
I think that putting on something fresh and visually appealing also motivates me to engage with the world more. Whether that means I get out into my community or work from my office or play board games with my family or do chores around the house, putting together a true outfit rather than throwing on mismatched separates helps me feel more like my best self. And then I’m more prone to really show up.
For me the minimum is looking presentable enough to answer the door if the delivery person brings a package I need to sign for. But I don’t settle for the minimum very often because I want my days to count for more than that. So I generally put together a pretty top and pants, skirt or shorts in a way that feels and looks pretty. Honestly, I have a real aversion to wearing things that don’t match…or go together. Know what I mean? I just feel icky. Well I would feel icky. But I absolutely never wear something that is ill-matched. It’s just how I’m wired.
If you’ve been around here long, you know I love wearing a blend of neutrals. That combination makes me feel peaceful and pretty. And even when I’m home that’s what I gravitate to. But sometimes I do get a real hankering for some color. I think adding a splash of color with a pretty top can lift your spirits when you’ve gotten into the doldrums.
But don’t get the wrong idea. While I’m not averse to occasionally putting on a pretty dress or even wearing some heels for a day of working in my home office, I generally dress at home for comfort. I don’t have to go to an office and wear an uncomfortable blouse and suit, so why should I?
I think that’s why I love wearing linen in the summer. Not only is it cool and breathable, but it’s soft and comfortable, light on my skin. My Frank & Eileen linen pants just feel like home to me. These linen pants have quite the cult following for their ultra relaxed vibe and amazingly soft fabric. They run true to size.
Do I wear jewelry at home? Yeah, I usually do. I just seem to automatically put some on. I keep it simple and I wear pieces that won’t get in my way for whatever I may be doing that day. So even though I love bracelets (and have one on in the top of the post) I often end up taking it off while I’m working at my computer. Which explains why there’s always a collection of them on my desk. Ha!
Do I wear makeup every day at home? Hmm, I try to. But honestly I go without at least one or two days a week. I do feel more outward focused, surprisingly, when I wear makeup. When I don’t have it on I actually feel more self-conscious and, therefore, more self-absorbed and a little pathetic. That’s just me though. Don’t let that rub off on you.
And finally, I do wear shoes at home. I don’t know why; I just do. True, some days they’re just house shoes. Ha! But I almost always have shoes on my feet.
I’d love to hear from you today. This is a judgment-free zone here, though. I’ve shared with you the reality of how I dress at home, and I welcome you to do the same. But let’s understand that in the privacy of our homes we definitely have the freedom to do what works best for us. I’ll be sharing another “suitable for home” outfit later this week. So stay tuned!
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Blessed for My Day
Take a look at Proverbs 27:8 below. I don’t think the writer of Proverbs (probably Solomon) intended to say that we should never leave our homes or that if we do it’s a sign of some character flaw. But I do think his message is important for us to ponder. Why does a bird wander from its nest? To get food and bring it back to its babies? Maybe also to explore the area for predators? And maybe a bird leaves its nest simply to enjoy the surroundings, visit with other birds and stretch its wings.
But in the end the bird always returns to its nest. Home is sweet. And that’s why I believe this proverb is reminding us to make our homes a place of respite and peace. Home should be a place of comfort and rest and joy, a place we enjoy being and a place where we thrive. Getting dressed for your day…even at home…can make life there more enjoyable and productive. And it also makes my home a place where I can invite in others and share generously and easily.
Like a bird that wanders from its nest,
So is a person who wanders from his home. ~ Proverbs 27:8