Freelance fashion: working out & about
Freelance fashion: what I wear, when.
I have dramatically slimmed down my wardrobe recently. This was not of my choosing – we put most of our clothes and personal effects into a storage container when we sold our house, thinking we would be in a new house in perhaps 4 months. That was 6 months ago!
The upside? I have learnt just how few items I need in my wardrobe, provided they are good quality, multi-use pieces, like these leather pants that I wear virtually everyday.
I tend to schedule multiple meetings or events on the same day (days Little Miss is at day care) so sometimes the look needs to take me from a casual coffee catch up with a client, to a trade show, to a meeting in the city with some of my former corporate colleagues. I should say, I would not have worn leather to work when I worked in corporate law, however as a freelancer, I feel very comfortable meeting my former colleagues in the boardroom in these leather pants.Here are my go-tos for a work day, out and about:
- Chic flats (yes, the same ones I included in my kids party post). I always wear flats when out and about. Firstly, I could be on public transport, walking between bus stops and trains, or I may be driving and find a park far away. I can’t stand that feeling of arriving at a meeting with blisters on my feet. Secondly, at events within the creative industry I get a little nervous (true!) I am fairly new to this world and I often feel a little out of my depth. Flats prevent that wobble in my step!
- Leather pants. Mine are Willow, however there are so many beautiful ones on the market. They are reasonably expensive. In fact I drew breath when I saw the price. However I have worn these so much more than any other pair of pants or jeans that I own; they have definitely been worth it.
- A roomy bag to hold my laptop, wallet, water bottle, business cards, notebook, pens, sunglasses, phone, hand cream and a lip balm. This bucket bag is from Scanlan & Theodore and, helpfully, comes with a shoulder strap for when I need both hands free. Unbelievably it also fits a laptop.
- Sleeved top in a light fabric. Especially in Sydney, if I have a long-sleeved top in a light fabric (this one is from Sass & Bide), I can pretty much do without a jumper and not be too hot from April to October. In high Summer I probably need a tee.
And that’s it!