Basics Series: Wool Sweater

Back to Basics is a weekly series focused on how to wear and where to buy the 50 most important – and perhaps only – items you need in your wardrobe. 

When you work from home it's tempting to become slack on style, particularly when you have no incentive to go outside and brave the winter cold. Here's a simple look I put together for feeling comfy, cozy, but also chic even if no one's looking but you.

The simplest approach to creating a winter work from home uniform is to choose no more than three items in fabrications that keep you warm and feel good to be in for long periods of time. For me that's a sweater, jeans, and pair of sneakers.  

In this particular look I'm wearing a Muji 100% wool knit sweater in taupe, Genetic Denim stretch skinny jeans in light gray, and New Balance sneakers in gray. It's super casual but if I have to hop on a quick video chat, run an unexpected work errand, or take an impromptu lunch meeting, I feel pulled together enough to go out in public. 

In terms of accessories, I like to occasionally wear the Michele Diamond Deco watch that I've had for years. It offers a nice touch of decorative luxury. I also keep my Warby Parker Haskell frames on hand in case my eyes need a break from contacts after staring at screens for so long.  

There's always going to be at least one day out of the week where I end up working in sweats. It's one of the benefits of having the flexibility to work wherever, however I want! However, as a design curator and content creator I'd feel hypocritical if I made a habit out of not being pulled together.

Even if no one is looking, your personal style is an expression of self and something you should embrace for yourself. You can do this simply by creating easy uniforms that are functional but still aesthetically pleasing. 

MUJI 100% WOOL KNIT SWEATER

Comparable looks in color, material, and style by A.P.C., Chloe, Pierre Cardin, Stella McCartney, and Toteme

GENETIC LIGHT GRAY SKINNY JEANS 

Comparable looks in color and style by Current/Elliot here, here, here, and here, and by Frame

NEW BALANCE GRAY SUEDE SNEAKERS

Comparable looks in color and style by New Balance here, here, here, here, and here

WARBY PARKER HASKELL FRAMES

In crystal and maple found here

MICHELE DECO WATCH 

With diamond outline found here

THE GENTLEWOMAN MAGAZINE

Featured in editorial, found here

HAY DESK ACCESSORIES 

Stainless steel tray and edge notebooks