Thursday, 4 July 2013

Work vs Play: How do you decide?

Since I started working I have often debated over which clothes in my wardrobe should be for work and which should be for play. Every morning I look at my options and ask that question. I've also noticed that this has got worse since I started sewing. For some reason, in my head, there needs to be this distinction. I'm not really sure why, it is just there. Yet the reality is different. I noticed when I reviewed my wardrobe a few months back that a lot of my clothes fall into both camps. 

Obviously there are items that do fall into only one camp. I have an outward facing office job which means I need to look to smart. There is no way that I would wear the short blue lace dress I own or the shorts that I am about to make in the office. Jeans sometimes sneak in (like today, when I can get away with it!). Similarly, I am unlikely to wear the trousers I have for work at the weekends.

However, the majority of my wardrobe falls into both camps. Practically everything I have made has been seen at work unless it was for a specific occasion. This morning I left the house in a rtw jacket (which I dearly love) and while I was waiting for the bus I realised that my Anise would have looked better and yet I'm not sure I want to taint it with the "you've been worn at work" thoughts that circulate every morning.

Perhaps I should just make some items for work. Perhaps I should make more items for home and move some of the loved items to the work camp. Perhaps it doesn't matter at all, and it shows that I have a wardrobe that I love and want to want to wear whatever the situation. It is strange - I don't have the same thoughts about shoes or bags. 

Anyone else have similar thoughts? How do you decide to split your wardrobe? I'd love to know. 

17 comments:

  1. Interesting point. I do sometimes have the same thought about "tainting" things by wearing them to work. Having said that, my home life clothes tend to need to be more practical, which is why I pretty much live in jeans and converse there - the result of having a 3 year old boy who wants lifted up to walk on walls, to push cars around on the floor and to run - all with me! So most of my me-made items end up being worn to work because they are things like blouses, skirts and dresses and don't naturally lend themselves to my home life these days.

    In honesty though, I don't have a clear distinction and even wear clothes to work that I would also wear out for drinks or dinner (like my Mathilde).

    I guess it really depends on what your home and work life require.

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    1. I think you're right, it does depend on what the different parts of life require. I'm also often seen wearing items to dinner/drinks that are the same as I wear to work.

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  2. This is a really interesting topic Claire. I'm lucky in that I have a job that doesn't require me to wear a suit, but I have certain things that I would only ever wear to work (smart black trousers for example) and certain things that I can't wear to work (jeans). A lot of my clothes can be and are worn in work and outside work. For example I might pair a pretty blouse with smart trousers or a skirt for work, then wear it at the weekend with jeans and a cardi.

    I've also got a few dresses that I only think of as "work" dresses, and obviously anything very casual can't be worn to work, but I'm very much governed by what I fancy wearing each day and then trying to make it work appropriate or weekend appropriate as necessary.

    I also might buy or make a new garment and find it too "nice" to wear to work initially, but after a few months find it's creeping into my work wardrobe!

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    1. I can relate to the too nice falling into the work wardrobe after a short while. The problem for me is weeks, not months!

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  3. Interesting what you say about wearing clothes to work taints them. I used to work in an office and definitely felt that. And if something crossed the divide between home and work, it didn't go back! I work from home now and there is no distinction, which I love.

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    1. How I envy the no distinction!

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  4. I'm a bit of the opposite. I really like my work clothes and don't want to wear them at home because I'm afraid they will be ruined. I love wearing dresses and skirts but home life just doesn't support that lifestyle. I have three dogs and a cat climbing all over me when I am home (which I don't mind) I do a lot of yard work and cleaning. I like the ability to be able to hop in the truck at help my husband with a project without having to change clothes. A lot of my shirts do double duty because they work with jeans as well as slacks and skirts.

    I know some people associate experiences they had with their clothes, like a bad day at work, but for me that really isn't a problem. If it is a good color and fit it makes me feel like I can take on the world even if I got stomped on last time I wore it......not that that happens to me....... haha

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    1. I think you've hit upon it! I'm in a different mentality at work than at home and perhaps this is why I don't like wearing items across both parts of my life - it reminds me too much of work when I want to relax.

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  5. I think I kind of feel a bit the opposite about wearing things to work - probably just over half the times I leave the house are to go to work, of the remainder, about half of those are going out to do some kind of sport, so nice clothes not suitable. And of the remaining 25% of times I leave the house, some will be pulling on. The nearest jeans and t-shirt to go to Tescos! So I wear most of my nicest clothes to work, and I enjoy having the opportunity to do so! If I'm just at home then I'm normally wearing comfy bumming around the house trousers and a t-shirt, so that if I'm cooking/tidying/kneeling on the floor taping together pattern pieces I don't ruin nice clothes! I even find that I like some of my work clothes so much that I wish I could wear them elsewhere! I have a lovely, smart tailored dress (definitely office wear, despite being bright pink) and I deliberately wore it the day my mum came to meet me for lunch as I know it looks good, and she'd never see it otherwise!

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  6. I do sometimes feel bad that my colleagues get to see me in my nice clothes, and my boyfriend gets me in lazy trousers and t-shirt most of the time! I think that most things I have lined up to make are suitable for both and and play...

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    1. I often get asked why I'm wearing something more comfortable when we go for drinks etc "instead of a pretty dress"! So you're not alone.

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  7. I have a similar problem Claire - I think that work clothes sort of belong there - I do sometimes mix the garments, but I think because I used to wear uniforms, I still have that sort of mentality.

    I've got an additional problem now - I've "gone back to work" only this time it's for my husband. I refuse to do front desk reception, but don't want to look like the office girl either. Need a whole new wardrobe for elegant lady who runs the show!

    We'll have to both make new clothes for work Claire :). Something that feels "work", and something that feels "play". I do like the distinction myself - I prefer jeans and casual on the weekend.

    There is no way I would wear jeans to work - except when I am cleaning out the archives.

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    1. I think we'll both be making work specific clothes in the future although that will have to wait until after the summer I think. I've been enjoying your recent series of getting ready for restyling. Good luck!

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  8. I am still at Uni, so luckily I can wear what I want - which probably will change next year! And as I have just started to sew, I do not have many me-made garments in my wardrobe. But the ones I have I can wear for play and work. Some might actually be a bit overdressed for work - but I don't care :) I just love to show off my creations at work and to be a little bit proud. As for the weekends, I used to wear baggy clothes, but then at some point my boyfriend complained - so I am trying to dress up at least a little bit :)

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    1. I was the same at University! I also used to wear baggy clothes but over the past few years I have moved away from those. I now have clothes that are more fitted which is great as you can be casual but also feel a little more dressed up.

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  9. I don't really distinguish between 'work' and 'non-work' clothes, but then my work dress code is fairly flexible (within reason, of course...) Since there are people in officewear working side by side with people in track pants and hi-vis vests, there's a fair bit of leeway! Plus, I prefer to make garments that are 'multi-taskers', that are able to be worn in lots of different situations, or can be dressed both up and down. Sewing time is precious - I want to get the most wear out of 'my" clothes that I possibly can!

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    1. I'm with you on getting the most out of clothes - especially those you have taken the time to develop and construct yourself.

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