when you just want to be comfortable

well, gang, it’s work from home day take three. or is it four? maybe forty-four?  i think we’re all starting to lose count.  a couple of weeks ago, we ran my top 3 work from home pants, but if you’re like me, you’re starting to look for new WFH outfits.  many of you have asked me for new work from home outfits that don’t involve lounge-wear (or an elastic waist). well, you asked and today I’m thrilled to partner with Nordstrom today to share a very casual outfit that’s comfy and cute. it’s a loungeable look that works for home (pun intended) but will transition to the weekend with ease.  (hopefully there’s still a distinction in everyone’s mind.) 

this post sponsored by Nordstrom

change up your work environment

now that spring has sprung here in the south; there’s been one gorgeous day dished up after another. this is the time of year i grab my laptop and wander outside to sit a spell. what a treat to work from home when the sun is shining and the birds chirping.  even though the temperatures have been on the mild side, it’s nice to throw on a lightweight cardigan over a simple cotton tank top to keep the chill at bay. and what about these adorable camo crop utility pants that add pizazz to this OOTD? slip-on sneakers have been my go-to’s of late as they slip on and off in a jiff. this pair of platform sneakers from Calson comes in two colors: nude leather that goes with everything and black leather.  it might not be spring where you are, and temperatures may not be as forgiving to pick up and work outside.  but it’s important to remember, change up your work environment as much as possible to the extent that you can.  

pants | tank | cardigan | sneakers | necklace | earrings

 

staying comfortable without resorting to pjs 

i think many, if not most of us are tired of loungewear as our WFH attire.  like, if we never wore them again, we’d all be fine.  am i right?  i kid.  but there’s a deeper point there.  part of maintaining our own sanity during these times is finding a middle a ground—somewhere between totally casual and formal.  accommodations have to be made given our new lifestyles, but bringing in aspects of the old is important too. 

funny how little things like fashion can help bridge that gap.  take today’s OOTD:  not pajamas by a long shot.  totally wearable on a Webex or Zoom conference. the white tank, camo pants, and platform sneakers are from Calson. the long cardigan is from Halogen.  both brands are Nordstrom Made designed with you in mind. Calson is made with ease. Halogen is made to mix.

pants | tank | cardigan | sneakers | necklace | earrings

 

check in 

i like to check in with you, my readers, every week or so.  i still think it’s important to remind ourselves that we are in fact there for each other.  so do me a favor today.  leave a comment below letting me know how you’re holding up.  from all of us here at style at a certain age—kelly, junior style, oscar, ollie, pax, and myself—we’re committed to continue to bring you your daily fashion distraction.  

pants | tank | cardigan | sneakers | necklace | earrings

 

a big thank you to Nordstrom for this sponsored post. and thank you lovely readers for supporting the brands that allow me to bring you fresh ideas.

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46 Comments

  1. M Hunter wrote:

    You put such a positive spin on these crazy days! I’m going to be more creative with my OOTD today! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Posted 4.20.20
  2. Gwen Ewing wrote:

    Loving your style even during a pandemic!! Would never have thought of camo and pink but it looks amazing! Thanks for brightening my spirits during this dreadful time! All the best, lovely!

    Posted 4.20.20
  3. Karen wrote:

    Hi Beth from upstate New York. NOT New York City. Our county has not had many cases or fatalities from the virus, but we are under strict guidelines.
    Thank you for your daily dose of reality! I look forward to your posts and Kelly’s recipients. I am making the pizza this week. I checked out the Nordy outfit and the sneakers are a bargain! I might have to get them even though I just received the cutest yellow sneakers rom the, last week. Yellow is a favorite of mine for Spring 😊.
    I am on furlough from Talbots and am really feeling withdrawal from my. Teammates and customers. We have ladies that come to the store every day just to see what’s new. By the way for your readers, Talbots has a great promotion going on right now. Can’t wait to get back to normal times. Stay Well!

    Posted 4.20.20
  4. Joancelle Wright wrote:

    Beautiful sunny day in San Antonio! Staying positive while helping my widowed neighbors. Trying to be very thankful and grateful in the midst of all this.
    God bless you Beth and all the readers.
    Ps. Gotta have that outfit!

    Posted 4.20.20
  5. Hello from Seminole, Texas. We are doing fine. My husband has been deemed “essential worker” so he still goes to work. On his days off, he told me he feels like they are lasting longer as we no longer go out to movies, restaurants, etc. Silver lining?

    Posted 4.20.20
  6. Lisa Carroll wrote:

    Love this casual outfit. Sort of similar to mine today. Long cardigan, striped tee and black pants with Vionic slip on sneakers. I’m doing well. Lucky enough to live on a 30 acre site with some of my grands next door. So I’ve stayed plenty busy, mowing, planting, trimming and doing general spring yard work. Take care

    Posted 4.20.20
  7. Elizabeth R Wilder wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    Thank you for continuing to post OOTD and cheering thoughts. I appreciate both very much. You inspire me to look my best every day.
    Doing fine here- a friend and I have started an open FB page of crafts (mostly for kids/grandkids) made with recycled materials since we can’t go to the store. It’s fun to recreate those things we did with our children a few years back (sock puppets!) and give them to neighbors.
    Liz

    Posted 4.20.20
  8. Jan wrote:

    Love the pink sweater. Not at all a fan of camo.

    Posted 4.20.20
  9. Susan wrote:

    Hi Beth, I think I can speak for all of us, we are tired of being indoors. We have had a couple of Spring like days in Maryland, we spent as much of the day as possible on the patio. We have had lots of Spring rain which can also give you the doldrums. I look forward to your blog everyday. Love your OOTD, I am longing to go to Nordstrom and just look around. I am hopeful this day will come!

    Posted 4.20.20
  10. Maria j Johns wrote:

    It certainly depends on the day how well i feel. I live in the Upper Pennisula of Michigan and we still have snow on the ground………….I do appreciate your ideas……keep on keeping on

    Posted 4.20.20
  11. Michele wrote:

    Good morning from Indiana. My husband is a farmer and I am retired, so our lives have not changed much since the stay at home orders were put into place. My husband works every day, but his “office” is right outside our door. Planting season is upon us and this week he and our son plan to get the equipment rolling. So I have basically been spending the days alone. Today that changes. My daughter in law has been called back to work, so their two boys are now coming to Nana’s house (ages 9 & 5). I will now be in charge of home schooling, which should be interesting and challenging. Life is about to get a little more busy.

    Posted 4.20.20
  12. Shan Todd wrote:

    Hi Beth, from Statesville, NC. We’ve been fortunate to have a wonderful spring here. The hubs and I have been working on landscape projects during his time off from work. So must admit, my look has been more jeans and t’s lately. Often times pretty dirty!
    Thank you so much for the normalcy you’ve brought to us in these uncertain times!

    Posted 4.20.20
  13. Doing well here in the DC area – working from home, and our weeks stay busy so we try to get out for a drive or a distanced walk in a different place on the weekends. It’s been a pleasure to have my husband working from home too – and that means I’ve been busier making more meals than when it’s just me at home! The huge change in our lives is travel-related. All of our spring tours have been cancelled, and we haven’t been in our home in France since January, and don’t know when we’ll be able to return 🙁 But that is such a small disappointment in the face of the difficulties many are facing – we keep being thankful for good health and the ability to keep working, and beautiful spring blooms out the windows to bring a smile.

    Posted 4.20.20
  14. Joanie wrote:

    Hi Beth
    I really like today’s OOTD. It is casual, yes chic. I definitely have items in my wardrobe that I can substitute to get the look. I agree that the sunshine and temps have been wonderful. We are having spring in Iowa and the sun is a welcome sight. I am taking one day at a time. The days are blending together. I am thankful for a nice, quiet home, plenty of food, loving family, and all of my blessings at this time. Blessings to you and your family. I look forward to your posts every day. Thank you.

    Posted 4.20.20
  15. Deborah Robinson wrote:

    Hi Beth! I just ordered that cute cardigan you have on! I got the red bittersweet color and hope it’s more of an orangy red.
    I am doing great here in Austin, TX. My husband and I have been walking everyday and watching a lot of Netflix! So far , so good. I do look forward to your blog everyday and thank you for all the great ideas.
    Deborah

    Posted 4.20.20
  16. Lindsey A wrote:

    I’m doing ok. We decamped to our vacation home back when our county called the shelter-in-place (before the state called it), so we have plenty of space (bigger house, more outdoors space, less pressure on broadband which is nice with 2 of us working and our 1st grader homeschooling). Some days I feel guilty about this blessed little bubble we’re in. Some days I feel sad for all the pain there is in the world. Other days hopeful that we’ll come through this stronger and with a renewed sense of what is *really* important in life.

    The past 6 or 7 months I’ve been working on losing weight and was almost 30 lbs down, but today the scale was going in the wrong direction. So today is my wake up call for more exercise and either wine *or* chocolate but not both in the same day! The weather is improving so it will be easier to get out for some runs and to do some lot clearing for fire prevention which is always a great calorie burner!

    Posted 4.20.20
  17. Kelly wrote:

    Funny, I am wearing slim pants, a tank, and a cardigan today too.
    I have found it essential to get dressed and put on some mascara. It just makes me feel better.

    Posted 4.20.20
  18. Laral R Coe wrote:

    Where did you get the truck picture?

    Posted 4.20.20
    • Laral R Coe wrote:

      Where did you get the truck picture?

      Posted 4.21.20
  19. Anne wrote:

    Hi Beth from the Central Coast of California. I am so over wearing my WFH gray jeans and a gray sweatshirt. We’re five miles from the beach as the crow flies, so we get a lot of fog. They call it “June gloom,” but now it comes in April and stays through June, so I ordered the cardigan in the red bittersweet to brighten my days. I’m a reading intervention teacher that assists the students’ homeroom teacher. I haven’t had to meet up with my students online like most of the teachers across America are doing, so my days are spent gardening, and finishing the yearbook that we’ll hand out to students in the fall when hopefully everyone returns, and everything gets back to normal.

    Posted 4.20.20
  20. Shellie wrote:

    I’m here in Southern California sheltering in place and can’t wait to be free again—grateful though for being well. You are such an inspiration! I look forward to your posts—you lift my day. Love your style and grace.

    Posted 4.20.20
    • Sylvia Espinoza wrote:

      Got a quick peek at the post this morning but only now at day’s end can I comment that you look great in today’s OOTD. Note I didn’t say the outfit looks good on you–YOU look great in it! Wish I was bold enough to try camo. Should be. Am the spouse of a veteran. I need a white tee and a long cardigan now. Your bracelet today looks like a marbled, blush-colored with rhinestones placed about 2 inches apart one I own that’s one of a set of 3 identical I found last month at Wal-Mart. I enjoy the simplicity of wearing one…even around the house. Love to you, Beth, and all the SAACA sisters from sea to shining sea. Found their comments today very uplifting~

      Posted 4.20.20
  21. Becky wrote:

    I am in central Indiana. We are under stay at home orders until at least May 1st. There is so much conflicting information floating around that is hard to know how to proceed. I am doing as a friend of mine said, “turn off the news & turn up the music”.

    Posted 4.20.20
  22. Sharon Mulliken wrote:

    I am so thankful for your outfit suggestions. As one person already stated, it seems like each day is running together with the one before and after, and it is hard to find the enthusiasm and energy to face it all sometimes. Everything always looks so good on you and I appreciate the work you do to keep us focused on taking care of ourselves and trying to look our best in spite of…. We are watching a lot of Netflix and Prime and movies in the evenings. On the days I have energy I am tackling much needed cleaning projects around the house. Taking lots of walks and working out to things I’ve found on streaming services. We did yard work all weekend and can once again enjoy our front porch and back patio areas. Trees are budding and blooming, and new flowers open every day. In the midst of this horrible disease and tragedy and death, new life is all around us and for that I am so, so grateful.

    Posted 4.20.20
  23. Jan Witthuhn wrote:

    Good day! I’m a 72 year old retiree and I am thinking my age group will be housebound for a very long time. Being comfortable is my priority. I have mentally good days and some that aren’t so good. You are a spot of joy in my day. Thanks and stay well.

    Posted 4.20.20
  24. Ginny wrote:

    Soft pink and camouflage? Yes, I love it! It’s certainly a great look on you and I might be able to pull it off too!
    The snow has finally vanished and we can escape our house and check out the winter damage that needs attention. Lots of yard pickup and some spot raking. Then in a few weeks the fun activity of planting my patio pots and small 🌶 vegetable 🍅 garden. I bought a variety flower seeds too.
    Thankyou for keeping us all connected!

    Posted 4.20.20
  25. MaryLynne wrote:

    Hi Beth
    The 4 inches of snow that fell in southern Michigan on Friday while you were wearing shorts has melted. I wore nothing but velour track suits for three months in the fall while recovering from three surgeries and an infection. I was just beginning to get out and about and wear real clothes when the virus happened. Today I’m wearing real clothes ,a yellow sweater to match the daffodils a scarf and jewelry, even though I’m not leaving the house. Those track suits are all put away so tired of them

    Posted 4.20.20
  26. Cindy Woods wrote:

    Greetings from NE Ohio. We had a little salt sprinkled on our wound when, two weeks ago, a tornado flew through our area. My backyard lost about ten trees and the wonderful cemetery down the road, circa 1838, lost multiple trees and is now taped off. It’s where I go to walk, destress, and think/pray. A park down the road, which suffered no damage, is my new destination. I work in an outpatient surgery center and may be going back sometime in May. What I return to, who knows…..regardless, thank you for your continued posts, which give us something positive to read. I love the way you use camo! I also love reading comments….makes me feel less alone.

    Posted 4.20.20
  27. Lisa M. wrote:

    I’m trying hard to shop my closet right now thanks to uncertainty on the job front for my husband. This outfit is so cute, and I can recreate it with what I already own. I appreciate your continued focus on fashion while acknowledging the crazy times we’re living in right now.

    Posted 4.20.20
  28. Jill Bakeman wrote:

    Beth,
    Thank you for continuing to produce your fashion blog–I need it now more than ever for pure FUN in my day! 🙂

    Plus, I read your blog and then lay out my work clothes for the next work day–I’ve never looked better on Zoom. Ha Ha!
    Jill

    Posted 4.20.20
  29. Bonnie wrote:

    i Love the cameo pants and pink sweater. I am 76 and wondering if that look is a little too young for me. I love classical with a little twist. Stay well!

    Posted 4.20.20
  30. Marybeth wrote:

    Hi, Beth, love your outfit… does look comfy! I like your longer hair style! Of course, you look adorable no matter what, lol!

    Posted 4.20.20
  31. Carroll Niesen wrote:

    You look so pretty, Beth! I love hearing from you every day and Kelly on Saturday.

    I have plenty of housework and yardwork to keep me busy. I am thankful that I can afford salmon, herbs of Provence, and red Everlane day gloves.

    I live in North Carolina.

    Posted 4.20.20
  32. Suzanne M Smith wrote:

    This is a pretty look. I always like pink or peach with green. I do find recently I’ve been wearing a lot of leggings for my long walks out–and a lightweight jacket. It’s been beautiful until today when we do have (probably needed) rain. We are doing ok, but I have to say I am definitely recognizing my privilege that I don’t have to work from home. It’s hit education pretty hard, (my most recent livelihood), and there’s a lot of stress from both the student and faculty/staff end of things. My heart goes out to everyone and the creative ways they’re handling the stresses. I read a comment online about how many felt that this is all feeling like the end of the world, and a response to that statement said: “This is not like the end of the world. It is the most remarkable act of global solidarity we may ever witness.” I would have to agree. We’re living in historic times. Stay well.

    Posted 4.20.20
  33. Andrea wrote:

    Love, the outfit, especially the cardigan.

    Your hair is perfect! Mine is almost the same but the side not over the ear is swept forward, mainly because it falls that way – no curl in my hair. The silver lining is that this style is easy to cut at home, if need be. I have done mine but you are fortunate to have Kelly to help out. Our stylists can ‘polish’ it later.lol. Stay safe and enjoy the time we have been afforded to enjoy the simple pleasures. 🌷

    Posted 4.20.20
  34. Lois wrote:

    We’re doing well in Virginia and waiting for some of that warmer weather you have in Georgia!
    Love your posts on fashion and OOTD; you inspire many good ideas and outfits I already have in my closet!

    Posted 4.20.20
  35. Patricia Gaizat wrote:

    Staying inside with our rescued German Shepherd. Thanks for rescuing Oscar!

    Posted 4.20.20
  36. Carla wrote:

    Hanging in there! I enjoy the daily posts It gives me something to look forward to.

    Posted 4.20.20
  37. Beth wrote:

    It finally feels like Spring in Western Canada! Yesterday my son completed all his requirements (exams and papers) for his Bachelor’s degree and today is his 22nd birthday – so, we are grateful for the good things that we have in our lives.

    Posted 4.20.20
  38. Eve wrote:

    The grocery app is just so easy to use that I’ve laid in way too many groceries but that’s one thing we won’t worry about now. We are keeping busy so that helps. The weather starts out cool but is 80 before the day is over so that is wonderful.
    I love cardigans but I like them to have substance to them. I don’t like thin ones. I love the color oft the his one but you can see through it so I probably wouldn’t buy it. Those shoes are going to be in my closet if they have them in my size. Love that color too.

    Posted 4.20.20
  39. Jody Donaldson wrote:

    That’s a very flattering neckline for you, Beth!

    Posted 4.20.20
  40. Sangita M wrote:

    Love the outfit Beth and your hair is fabulous! I live in NJ and the weather has not been very spring-like yet but we’ll get there. Your blog brings me a much needed distraction and you inspire me with your positivity. Love Kelly’s contributions as well. So much to aspire to between the two of you. Thanks again for all you do without missing a beat.

    Posted 4.20.20
  41. Laurie wrote:

    Greetings from Northern Virginia. I am retired so not technically “working from home” but my life looks quite different for now. I really miss my 3 year old grandson who I used to babysit prior to the pandemic. Also, miss my church, fellow musicians, travel and community friends but am able to zoom and FBlive with many of them. I love your OOTD posts! Often, I will try to recreate your outfits from stuff in my closet. I really look forward to your daily posts! Thanks for being there for all of your readers.

    Posted 4.21.20
  42. Pamela Murray wrote:

    Always find your posts cheering and reinforcing. Thanks!

    Posted 4.21.20
  43. Carol wrote:

    Adorable outfit and perfect for the Dallas weather. Blessed to live in a warmer climate which allows me to be outside a lot these days. Trying to continue volunteering although now from home but it keeps my mind active which is key for me. Thanks for being a ray of sunshine Beth.

    Posted 4.21.20
  44. Suzi wrote:

    I think it is very important to distinguish our working from home wear from our lounge wear. Get up, shower, throw on a little makeup add some nice earrings and walk right down the hall to the “office”.
    Be mindful of how you look if you are meeting with others on conference calls. You can still be professional while comfortable. Get out of your PJs!

    Posted 4.21.20

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