While noodling around on the Internet last week, an article grabbed my attention: I Work from Home and Only Wear Sweatpants from These Seven Brands.*
Think about all that is embedded in that title. The author has at least seven pairs of sweatpants. The author has bought so many pairs of sweatpants that her knowledge of sweatpants is vast — so vast that she believes she has usefully whittled her knowledge down to a manageable set of just seven brands. And, the author seems to think that working from home = sweatpants.
Since we are moving into a period where many of us will be working from home (WFH or WFHing, as we call it at my firm), I feel I must speak out on this topic.
Do you know the expression, “start as you mean to go on”? It’s generally good advice. But looking at the current situation pragmatically, I think we have to acknowledge that . . . we don’t know exactly where things are headed and that it might be best to aim high and adapt accordingly as circumstances change.
Last weekend The Photographer and I surveyed the various frozen and canned goods as well as treats (boxes of cookies, bags of corn chips, and Justin’s peanut butter cups) that he had bought to last as long as we are supposed to be keeping to ourselves. While it was tempting to declare an Anything Goes Weekend and dive into the junk food, I said to him, “There may come a day when we are eating directly out of boxes and bags like raccoons, but let’s not start there.” We agreed to take turns cooking a fancy dinner every other night (leftovers on the in-between nights) as long as we have access to fresh meat, poultry, and vegetables.
And so I suggest to you, Dear Readers, don’t start in sweatpants. We may all end up there, but that’s no reason to give up immediately.
If you can’t bear your khakis and jeans, how about Action Slacks?**
I have been delinquent in showing the ones that took me all over Patagonia, but they’re here now (in this post) and they are perfect for WFHing.
This first pair is the Klash Pant from Kuhl. I found them at REI.
They are a very dark grey, medium weight.
There is a set waistband, but it is partially elasticized. The pants have zippered pockets and straight legs that end with zippered gussets which can be unzipped to accommodate bulky boots as needed.
The pants feature well-placed seams and ease for movement and a little bit of accent fabric at the hem. This may, or may not, be a tougher fabric for a higher-friction part of the pants. It may also just be decorative. I don’t know!
These pants are made of some sort of technical fabric (a nylon/polyester/spandex blend) that makes a swishing sound when you walk.
Personally, I don’t mind the sound (I like it!) but be forewarned if you think it will drive your family insane. Also consider: You won’t be able to sneak up on anyone while wearing them. The Photographer and I have discussed Inspector Clouseau/Cato-style workouts to keep our bodies and minds sharp.
In order to illuminate my face, which is helpful even with natural light at certain times of day, The Photographer brings this off-camera flash with us when we take photos outside. He usually wedges it in between the branches of a nearby tree, props it on a railing or retaining wall, or even sets it on the ground — but I thought it would be very funny if I started holding it for all the photos. The Directrice as that iconic beacon of freedom and opportunity: The Statute of Liberty.
Here are the other Action Slacks:
This pair — the Halle Pant from Prana — is styled like a skinny jean, but made of another stretchy synthetic fabric. These are lightweight and come in a number of colors.
They are wonderful, but pick up cat hair like it’s their job.
In addition to two front pockets and two back pockets, they have one additional zippered pocket on the left thigh. We took a photo of it, but it wasn’t that interesting. Indeed, an image of a disembodied, zippered pocket is a little disturbing.
Since you, Dear Readers, are an extremely intelligent and creative bunch, would you please share your ideas about combatting isolation, boredom, and anxiety? I think we could all benefit from sharing our best ideas.
If you’ve never posted a comment before, now is the time!
While I enjoy dressing up for work, the actual truth of the matter is . . . a turtleneck sweater is my ultimate comfort zone.
I bought this one from JCrew easily 10 years ago. I wish I had bought it in every color offered — though, as I remember, the colors were all variations of grey and brown. There may have been a dishwater pink.
Back in 2015, I posted a tribute to Converse All Star sneakers, which remain a favorite. As predicted, in re-tooling the original design, some nice padding and other comfort features were added.
I couldn’t resist this modern pair: platform high-tops in basil green.
** I wish I could claim authorship of the term “Action Slacks” but I think the honor belongs to a friend who was ironically describing some purchases made for a big cross-country trip back in the early 1990s.
+ Not true! This one also made me laugh.
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