One of my colleagues wore a necklace to a Zoom practice group meeting* this week. I was so impressed that I put on a belt the next day. First time I’d worn a belt since I began working remotely.
I continue to think that it is important to try to elevate one’s mood by “dressing” for work. Understand: I am not dressing for remote work as I would dress for the office. But I am more dressed up on weekdays than I am on the weekends. Separation! Boundaries!
In addition to the minor psychological boost of getting up, showering, and putting on a pretty sweater or blouse (this is the extent of the dressing up), I am wearing things that carry special meaning.
For instance, this charming blouse was given to me by my mother. If I can’t be with her (and I really wish that I could), I will wear clothes that she’s given me!
My mother knows my penchant for white blouses. This one is delightfully madcap. In addition to the ruffle running down the outside of each sleeve, the back is laced and gathered into kicky pleats.
In addition to the things my mother has given me, there are the things that I have given to her and also bought for myself: evidence of a barely subconscious desire to engage in mother-daughter dressing. So, we could be dressed identically, alone together, in this period of isolation.
That’s comforting, too.
Normally, I would invite you to come closer and run your fingers over this ruffle. But I must ask you to stay six feet back.
You know what? You can come as close to your monitor as you like.
Rounding things out, a pair of absurd platform shoes. I think it’s important to wear shoes everyday, too. Fashion sneakers count.
Thank you, all, for your wonderful book suggestions. I won’t run dry for a long time. I had read most of the Maisie Dobbs books by Jacqueline Winspear, but became very worried around the tenth book that Maisie was getting ready to break her engagement with James and I was not willing to participate in that. But the books are wonderfully crisp and Maisie is an admirable, sympathetic heroine.
I have a new question for today. What have you resolved to “get done” during this stay-at-home period?**
Blouse: I.N.C. by Anna Sui; Hideo-marvelous Oxfords: Solsana
* A practice group meeting is the equivalent of family movie night in terms of familiarity!
** Please note that an acceptable answer is “Survive this!” But I am interested in how many are planning a closet purge (I am), craft or sewing projects (yup), or home beautification (me, too!).