Capsule Wardrobe List: Wool Sweater
Back to Basics is a personal style series centered around the capsule wardrobe list. It is focused on how to wear and where to buy the most important items you need in your closet.
CAPSULE WARDROBE LIST
In each post I style one item from the capsule wardrobe list in various ways and provide recommendations on where to buy it, what to look for (especially fit, fabrication, and color), and how to care for it. In this post I discuss the wool sweater.
100% wool knit sweater.
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. So it's important to have simple outfits you can pull 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.
Warby Parker Frames — In crystal and maple found here.
Michele Deco Watch — With diamond outline found here.
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 an aesthete 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 daily uniforms that are functional but still aesthetically pleasing.