- Posted by K.M. Sutton
“Whether I’m in a ball gown or a pair of jeans, it’s not about me or what I’m wearing; it’s about what I can be doing to support and empower others going forward.” ~ Louise Linton
There is a meme going around that said writers have prepared for social distancing and self isolation for years. As memes go, it isn’t to far off the mark. I have been doing the majority of my work off of my laptop and good WiFi for years, and the Work From Home Life (or Work From a Coffee Shop WFCS) played an even MORE crucial part when I came back to New Hampshire last year, and unexpectedly stayed way longer then I had planned and with all the craziness going on, I don’t know when I will be able to head yonder, though let me tell you, I am feeling that wanderlust something fierce!
Honestly, I never actively sought NOT to be around people. With my work, it is just the nature of the business. In fact I get asked all the time if I work in my PJ’s or from my bed. No to both questions. Working from home requires a lot of diligence and routine. I always get up and make my bed in the morning. And even though in New York it doubled as a couch that I would sit on, I still made my bed each and every morning, even when I would then have to burrow under the covers because it was so dang cold. I know I have said it before, but making your bed, makes for a productive bed, and I hold on to that belief firmly.
Not only do I make my bed, but I always get dressed. Just because you are working from home does not mean you should lounge around in your
PJ’s yoga wear, since I don’t own PJ’s. (fun fact) I actually know a couple WFH employees who will put on suits. Yes, SUITS, to work from home. Work attire isn’t just for those who love clothes, but a way to get your brain in work mode. There is a method to the madness, I swear, and I aways, ALWAYS get dressed. It does help that I frequent coffee shops, so street clothes are kinda needed.
Admittedly, I do a lot of my work in coffee shops. After all, I always joke that they are my home away from home. It is important to be caffeinated, and what better place then a coffee house, and I was grateful New York had an abundance of them to pick from. I am not sure if a coffee house truly counts as being anti-social, after all I would chat with my baristas, I would occasionally ask a fellow WFCS cohort for the WiFi password, and if I was really daring (or maybe bored and procrastinating) I would strike up a conversation with someone. But it was STILL much more conducive to working then from my apartment where I would be distracted by all that needed to get done.
Unfortunately, because of the virus, everything is shut down, including the coffee shops and it is back home I go to try to focus on work instead of piles of laundry. Not sure if it follows social distancing guide lines, but I do have three assistants, who are more concerned with their Lego building then helping their
auntie boss with editing. It also means I have to be a little more business casual then fashionable, since my “coffee” breaks are usually spent being tackled, running around in the mud, and having food or art supplies spilled on me, and I don’t want that pile of laundry to come after me.
That said, you don’t always have to be practical when getting dressed. In fact I get asked all the time if I am going somewhere in my hometown for the simple fact I am wearing heels. I love fashion and it is, and always will be a way to express myself. My friends joke they know something is wrong when I am wearing yoga clothes. Just because we are quarantining and social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up. If anything it gives you even more of an opportunity! No one is going to judge you for a gazillion outfit changes and you can even feel like royalty!
When I lived in New York, my friends and I would do Fancy Friday. We would dress up in our Oscar worthy best, and sometimes we would go out, and yes perhaps look out of place, but we didn’t care. We were having fun. Other times we would stay in at one of our apartments, catching up, sipping some fancy cocktail and pretending to be bougie, yet totally relaxed and having fun in ways you can’t really be at a real black tie event. It was utterly ridiculous, but also insanely fun, and some of my favorite memories of my time in the city.
In anticipation for them shutting the state down and knowing I probably wouldn’t see a beach for quite some time, as well as needing to shoot a ton of content, I escaped to Maine for the day. Don’t worry, I observed all Social Distancing rules, in fact I didn’t see a single soul, probably because it was so cold. I also didn’t have a single drop of coffee, though I had them as props because I was NOT going to stop and use a restroom. But anyway I digress. Amongst, all the rompers, sundresses, and accessories, (did I mention it was thirty degrees out?) I had several gowns I was shooting. Changing in your car is not for the faint of heart, and my parent’s car even has a higher roof, so when I shot the last outfit which happened to be the gown, I decided I would just drive the hour and fifteen back in it.
I am SO happy I did. When I got home, I decided to do my own Fancy Friday, albite a couple days early, because why the heck not? This dress from Lulus is insanely comfortable and makes me feel ultra glamorous which is always a good thing. I had nothing else to do and currently no where to wear it too so why not rock it while sipping on some coffee, doing some work, and yes even taking pictures. Now is the time to think outside the box. To do AND wear what YOU want to do and wear. The only one who is judging you, is yourself, so dust off that tux, iron (or not, sorry Mom) that gown and have your own quarantine glam party for one. Who knows, maybe when this is all over you just might want to have your own Fancy Friday with friends.
Have you been getting dressed for work or putting on “Street Clothes” or are you just hanging out in your PJ’s?
I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!