K Deer Haute legz leggings
Pure Barre tank | reward for participating in a challenge
Vince Blair Haircalf sneakers | several years old
James Perse mini canvas tote
Icebreaker merino wool jacket
6397 Shorty Jeans
Sabah loafers | white size 6 at Madewell
Everlane cashmere turtleneck
Rag & Bone nylon backpack
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw these outfits (or versions of them) on Friday. First, I posted my apres Pure Barre outfit, then my third outfit of the day, the jeans/turtleneck outfit you see above, and asked how many times you change clothes during a normal day.
I change clothes about three or four times in a day:
- I get up at 5:30 and throw on whatever I’m wearing at home that week, which is always a pair of Simulacra pants, or my Everlane cashmere sweatpants if it’s really cold (and it has been lately), a t-shirt, and one of my older Everlane cashmere sweaters to take Dagny out and work for a few hours before I go to Pure Barre at 9:45. (you can see details of my entire wardrobe on my google spreadsheet)
- I change into whatever I’m wearing to Pure Barre
- Home from Pure Barre, I don’t usually stay in my exercise clothes for very long, other than to drink my protein smoothie and work a bit more. Around noon I’ll take a shower and change into my “street” clothes for the day.
- At about 4 in the afternoon I take Dagny out for a longer walk, and I’ll usually wear leggings and a long tee under my Icebreaker jacket if it’s really cold, or just a long sleeve tee if it’s not.
Once I’m back from her walk and if I have nothing else to do in public the rest of the day I’ll change back into whatever I put on first thing in the morning. And take my bra off…
So, 4 outfits a day? or three depending. How many outfits do you wear in a day?
Some notes about what I’m wearing:
K Deer leggings – I got these with some credit I earned by renewing my 12-month contract at Pure Barre. I’m wearing a size medium and they fit really well. They’re VERY long (I have them scrunched up), but very comfortable to work out in. I’m really pleased. Made in the US.
Sabah shoes – I struggle with these. I love them, and they basically feel like I’m wearing slippers when I wear them (they don’t have a lot of support or an insole), which is a good thing, but…I wish they were either black, or tan, not black AND tan. Of course. I got the two-tone version because I really like them, and thought they were much more interesting than just one color, and unlike anything I already have in my wardrobe. But as usual, I over think how to wear them, and have trouble treating them simply as a neutral shoe to wear with anything; I will ONLY wear them with black, and even so, it’s a challenge. I don’t wear them as often as I’d like to. But I will continue to try!
Did you do a review of the Everlane cashmere pants that I have somehow missed. I keep adding them to my cart but I can’t quite pull the trigger. I’d love to know what you think!
I usually change 2 times a day – first, to go to work/school and second, to relax at home after in lounge pants/sweater or if I’m going out, nicer clothes appropriate for the event/situation. I’ve been rotating between a pair of demylee merino sweatpants and reigning champ sweatpants which are soo warm plus whatever sweater is nearby.
I’m considering a pair of sabahs in navy leather but just don’t know. They seem kind of expensive for what they are? Is there no support in them? How are they holding up? Thanks!
Grechen Reiter says
i haven’t worn my sabahs often enough to tell you how they hold up, but i went to a pop-up here a few months ago to buy them, and saw some people wearing theirs that were REALLY worn in, but still looked beautiful, just worn – in a good way. i can’t wait until mine get like that…
they do not have an insole, and no padding, etc. at all, but the shoe overall feels and looks very substantial – like it will definitely last many years and through a lot of wears. i spoke with a few people who added insoles to theirs to make them a little more comfortable – AND one person did mention that she thought they stretched out a little too much with years of wear, so added an insole to make them fit better (FYI).
it’s hard to say yet if they’re “worth” their price, since i think that can be rather subjective. i *think* they are based on the quality, that they’re handmade, and a unique, but timeless style, but that depends on your budget, how they’ll fit into your wardrobe, and how often you think you’ll wear them.
**i just clicked over to your blog real quick, so wanted to add a couple other things based on your recent packing post – also, i love your blog, adding it to my list right now 🙂
i wanted to mention that i think these would be great shoes for traveling, since they’re so “easy” and go with a lot, although i wonder how comfortable they’d be for a lot of walking?
and you wondered if they’re really “your style” which is something i struggle with now that i have them also. they are and they’re not my style. i like them like this – with jeans and a sweater, but i wouldn’t wear them with summer clothes i don’t think. just a thought…
Grechen Reiter says
no, i didn’t do an official review yet, although i should, shouldn’t i??
it’s complicated with these though. Everlane sent them to me to review (they asked me if they could send me some new cashmere items and i chose the pants and a mockneck pullover), which is why i have them, but honestly, i probably wouldn’t have bought them myself. although i’m glad i have them. see?? complicated 😉
i love them, because they’re warm and comfortable, but they look like hell after a little wear. and i knew they would – they’re like anything without any nylon or elastane in them, they become baggy and loose their shape. they’re long on me, as usual, so i roll them up a bit most of the time, which is okay, but i wish they had an elastic hem at the ankle to hold them in place.
they’re good for what they are though, and i love them when it’s really cold here: a soft, comfortable sweatpant to wear around the house. but if you’re looking for cashmere sweatpants to actually wear in public, or for flying, etc., these aren’t it. in my opinion, anyway. also where my thighs rub together, they’re piling horribly, almost so bad i wonder if they’ll get a hole there, which would suck.
so. i don’t know what my verdict is on these. if you can spend $140 on cashmere sweatpants to wear around the house, then these are a good option. as long as you don’t have any ” higher” expectations for them. i think they’d also make an amazing gift – for someone who would never buy these for herself. i wanted a pair of JP cashmere sweatpants/leggings forever, but could never justify the $$ for something i’d wear exclusively around the house, so i was excited when i was able to get these. BUT i might have been disappointed if i spent $140 of my own money on them.
elaine from temporary housewifey reviewed these too : http://www.temporaryhousewifey.com/temporaryhousewifey/2016/11/16/everlane-review-cashmere-sweatpants
I put on yoga clothes first thing in the morning and workout (yoga, body weight workout, walking or some combination thereof). Then I shower and dress for work. I usually change into jeans when I get home from work (unless I wore jeans to work, like today!). That’s about it.
I’m loving the icebreaker hoodie I got from ebay. I’m still waiting for the icebreaker tshirt and I just got a long sleeved Ibex tshirt. I’m all in for wool clothing now!
I layered my linen Harper tunic over a long sleeved tshirt and jeans to wear around the house yesterday. I can see that becoming a Sunday uniform!
Grechen Reiter says
oh, nice idea to wear your linen tunic like that! but i would freeze inside if that’s all i was wearing!! we keep it around 66-67 so i need to have a space heater nearby, double socks, and two layers of cashmere. AND i always have a hot mug of tea in my hands to keep my fingers warm. i know…it’s ridiculous, but i get so cold inside. we don’t get any winter sun…
Truthfully I also had a camisole layered under as well and wool socks. We keep the thermostat around 68 but we do get a bit of sun!
Thanks for the reply and the link! I think that ultimately I want a pair that I can wear outside, so I might pass for now. Although by the time January rolls around I’d probably be willing to pay anything for a pair of cashmere pants for around the house!
Andrea Beck says
I’m looking for a backpack for traveling and to wear as a purse, but it needs to be lightweight. Do you like the rag and bone backpack? Is it large enough? Is it easy entry?
Grechen Reiter says
YES. i love it. but it’s not a tote, and i think i love an open tote better for every day. for traveling, etc., though it’s pretty perfect. and what i do is put it in my carry on suitcase so I can carry my tumi tote on the plane, and then use the rag & bone backpack at my destination. it lays flat, and weighs nothing, so it doesn’t really take up valuable space in my suitcase…
i carried it in salt lake city and it was really wonderful as a backpack; lightweight, and it fits on me perfectly (which is really hard, actually, the everlane backpacks don’t adjust enough to be comfortable) – and i carry it at home, as a purse mostly, but if i’m grocery shopping or whatever, i’ll use it as a backpack, so it stays out of the way.
i keep my phone and lip gloss in the outside zipper pocket, which is super easy to get in and out of – if i had a smaller wallet, or just used a card case, i’d put it in there too, just to make it that much easier to get out.
it’s really easy to get into the main compartment, even if it’s still slung over your shoulder like a purse, but it’s challenging to do it without using both hands. and it holds a lot more than it seems like it does (I carried my usual stuff + a water bottle in SLC), although it remains pretty slouchy.
it’s my favorite backpack i’ve tried, by far, and it IS incredibly lightweight, like you’re not even carrying it, really, and very comfortable to carry any way you’d like. there aren’t really any cons, except that i’ve become used to carrying an open tote bag for some time, so i miss the open-ness i get with a tote, and how easy it is to just reach in. also a tote holds more random things when i’m out shopping, so i don’t need to get a separate shopping bag, or get out my baggu.
hope that helps!! let me know if you have any more questions
I am equally proud and embarrassed to admit that I sometimes only wear one outfit per day and it’s what I slept in!!! At least in the winter. These days my night outfit is often leggings and a long soft knit tunic. That said, I’m retired, and do most of my shopping in the walkable neighbourhood around my house ( one mile outfit?) And my tunics and leggings are not ratty at all. And I’m not a person who gets sweaty at night. If I’m going outside my neighbourhood I will get “dressed”. Which is a difficult line. Nice enough for court, meetings with lawyers, but not so nice as to intimidate clients, many of whom are on social assistance. In the summer, as I am wearing cottons and linens, both night and day, I do have actual sleepwear and actual day clothes. On a related subject, received my JP sales order, and am very happy and snuggly. Everything is house, date night and work appropriate: full length cashmere dress, cashmere “coat”, which will just be a regular sweater here in Canada, cozy long-sleeved top with cowl in the back. FYI<, love, love, love Sabah, just perfectly my style, but sadly I am at an age where I need shoes with more support or will get painful cramps. On cashmere pants, I would suggest checking out Ace and Kit as one alternative. I'm close to pressing the button and will report back if I do.
I change in the morning for work. Then when I get home I either change into workout gear or back into the clothes I slept in the night before (I wear loungewear – jersey pieces, no longer buy official sleepwear). Then after I shower before bed, into a fresh sleep/lounge outfit.
Sorry, backwards: Kit and Ace
Huh. I’d never thought about it!
Out of bed, shower, put on work clothes.
Home from work, put on exercise clothes.
Home from gym/track, shower, new change of clothes dependent on activity (vegetating at home or heading out).
Bedtime, change into PJ’s.
My partner does exactly the same thing. So that right there is why I’m always doing washing!
PJs, then lounge wear in the morning, then work clothes (I work afternoon/evening hours) then back to loungewear.
I am pretty casual all the time. The loungewear gets worn a few days in a row, but I don’t repeat work outfits.
I work one morning a week and that day I try to wear a skirt!
On weekdays I’d say I wear 2-3 outfits/day—my work wear, then when I get home it’s my loungey wear, and finally…PJ’s (or maybe the same thing I wore for lounging).
I too wanted a pair of cashmere pants. I saw that Grana carries them too but I’m not sure how they compare to Everlane’s. The JP cashmere pants were really nice and looked more form-fitting but way out of my budget.
I just realized that I have four functions on Friday: Christmas breakfast with committee I sit on, Christmas lunch with fellow retirees from the organization we used to work for (it was a big organization and some of us are still in town), Christmas dinner for clients of one of the organizations I volunteer with, and a Christmas concert being put on by the European Union. (Embassy town.) So I will have to have at least two outfits, possibly four if I get dirty at the meals, which is likely the case! Even my most fancy outfits are pretty comfy, so I probably won’t change again when I get home.
Grechen Reiter says
whoa. that’s a lot of events 🙂 sounds wonderful though!
I probably change 3-4 times a day-
repeat ps Can you tell me the name of H’s blog?
Hope all is well g
Grechen Reiter says
hi gena!! all is well 🙂
i’m not sure who H is, can you provide more details?
I sleep in leggings and a tee, so usually when I get up, I slip on my UGG shearling Mocs and a cardigan, then go drink coffee for awhile and catch up on emails. I’m off of work for awhile until my foot heals up (knock on wood!), so I’m not “dressing” like I usually would. But if I’m going out, I’ll put on “outdoor” clothes. But as soon as I return home, off goes the bra and I’m back in my/lounge sleep clothes. Kind of lazy, now that I think about it!