Casual Stay-at-Home Style

The following post is from Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife:

source: Jo-lynne

On my last post, several commenters expressed interest in a post about what to wear when you stay home most of the time that you aren’t embarrassed to be seen in by the postman.

Catherine’s comment was, to be exact:

I am a stay at home Mum and I spend my day cleaning, cooking, doing DIY projects and generally schlepping about. I really have no idea what to wear on a day to day basis so I don’t have to change every time I leave the house. I know how to dress myself well to go out but, honestly, I am not wearing a blazer and wedge heels on a day to day basis in my home. I would love to see a feature on clothes to wear at home that you aren’t embarrassed about opening the door in and could even possibly pop out to the bus stop and shops in.

I thought this sounded like a great post topic, and I’m in the same boat so I can definitely speak to this issue. My goal when I’m at home all day, and just running out to the bus stop or maybe the grocery store, is to be comfortable yet presentable. There is certainly no need to be dressed to the nines in heels and blazers to hang out at home, but your schlumpy sweats from 1992 are probably not your best choice either.

In the collage above, I gathered several photos from throughout the summer of my daily stay-at-home outfits. I actually post outfit pictures every week on my personal blog. I’m not at home all day, every day, so my outfits vary from casual to dressy to everything in between.

I think the key to good style, no matter if you’re dressing for home or to go out on the town, is good fit and modern styling. Everyone has to figure out what works for them, but my typical summer uniform is shorts or a casual skirt with a tank top.

One tip is to find tops with some interest — not just a plain ole ribbed tank. Most of my tops came from Gap or Old Navy. There’s no need to spend a lot to look cute.

For the wintertime? Its often jeans and a sweater or tank/cardi combo. I’d even go so far as to say that there’s nothing wrong with wearing yoga pants as long as they are in good condition and fit well. I often pair yoga pants with a tank and casual cardigan sweater for around-the-house in the wintertime.

Fit and style are key. You can be ultra casual and still look put together if your clothes fit and are current. There’s no need to frighten the mailman!

What is your go to outfit for a stay-at-home day?

Jo-Lynne is a Christ follower, mom blogger, barefoot runner, style watcher, reluctant chauffeur, amateur photographer and aspiring locavore. She writes the award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, and facilitates the social networking group, Philly Social Media Moms.