IT MAY be August, but there’s plenty of summer still left for wearing breezy tops, Katherine Hepburn-inspired wide-leg pants, retro sunnies, whimsical and practical sneakers and playful pjs. Even if you’re not straying far from home, here are some spirit-lifting suggestions to add to your WFH wardrobe.
LEFT: Pink pants make me smile. This Hepburn High-Rise Wide Leg pair from DL 1961 ($199) are high-rise and fitted through the waist and backside; they flare outward to a wide leg that hits just above the ankle. I’d pair them with a cropped (not midriff-baring) top and flats or sneakers. ABOVE RIGHT: Ever since I spotted a particular style of Persol sunglasses in a Pittsburgh airport shop more than a year ago, I’ve lusted after them. These No Lurking Sunglasses ($79, Shopbop) from Le Specs come close, and they’re about one-third of the price. BELOW RIGHT: I’m usually not a fan of florals anywhere on my body, but this airy Brooklyn Shirt ($235, Shopbop) with its three-quarter balloon sleeves and contrast print piping could make me change my mind.
LEFT: Last weekend my daughter-in-law was wearing a white Comme Ci Comme Ca T-Shirt ($20.48, Etsy). I admired how equal parts cool and relaxed she looked as she worked from home. RIGHT: I can envision swaggering around—comfortably—like Kate (Hepburn) in Vince’s Cropped Wide Pant ($159), a blend of 69 percent linen and 31 percent polyester. Not only are they on sale now but I’d be wearing these bottoms right into fall.
LEFT: I’m, er, wild about Printfresh’s cotton poplin Bagheera Robe ($128). Hand-screen-printed and sewn in Jaipur by artisans, it’s the right length (just above the ankle) and has pockets, which would come in handy for stashing a cell phone while you’re swanning around the house. RIGHT: I’ve always loved the zebras on Scalamandre’s wallpaper and fabrics. Now if I had deep pockets, I could wear similar prancing black-and-white striped animals on Olivia von Halle’s ultra-luxe silk Lila Pajama Set ($490, Shopbop). A splurge-y treat to be sure. But maybe if I amortize … .
ABOVE LEFT: Months ago when I was still going to the gym, I noticed a woman wearing these OnCloud ($129.99, Zappos) running shoes. My note to self at the time was they looked both chic and comfortable. Then one of my more athletic friends confirmed they were super light and had plenty of cushion—for walking every day—or for working out at the gym whenever I felt safe to return. ABOVE, MIDDLE: Thanks to WarbyParker, the eyeglass business has gotten the message—most of us are not willing to spend a jillion on eyewear. According to its website, Raen’s mission is to create quality glasses at accessible prices. I spotted their retro Norie Cat-eye Sunglasses ($135) in honey and bottle green and am smitten. They come with UVA/UVB protection but are not polarized. For that, I’d have to ratchet up a notch. ABOVE, BELOW: How cute are these Superga Tie-Dye Denim Sneakers ($52.50, Shopbop)! Count me sold. RIGHT: The Wall Street Journal recently debated whether anyone but Rihanna should wear yellow. But why should the pop star have all the fun? Besides its flattering, feminine silhouette, I suspect this lemony Short Sleeve Sophie Eyelet Top ($275, Shopbop) with puff sleeves, cutout details and waist-defining darts could easily cure a case of crankiness.