My New ‘Uniform’

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Ten years from now, what will we remember of 2020?

That’s when we stopped talking to people face-to-face, or IRL? Or when we turned our small flats into make-shift offices, forever blurring the line between work and personal life? Or when we all collectively decided to live in our sweatpants from now on?

Athleisure has certainly been my uniform these past few weeks. I can hardly remember what it feels like to wear a dress, or jewellery, or ballerina flats…

OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit.

pattern mixing

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my new uniform 1300 x 1000

But it’s true that this ‘new normal‘ requires different, very functional outfits. For example, as my ‘new normal‘ is more walks in the forest than coffee with friends in trendy cafeterias, all I need is one pair of shoes. And one, or maybe two, pairs of sweatpants, and a few slouchy tops.

Where does that leave 99% of my wardrobe? All the nice pieces that I treasure, and that I used to wear to express my ‘personal style‘, are beginning to look a bit obsolete.  Suddenly, they’re relics from the past, like old objects in museum display cabinets: to be looked at but not touched, too fragile and unsuitable for this new world.

It’s a bit sad.

Clothes need to be worn, and touched, and appreciated. Not hidden away in the closet. Besides, in my KonMari frenzy I might start thinking that it’s pointless to store stuff I never wear and get rid of everything to make more room for sweatpants and slouchy tops.

That’s a scary thought. I have to do something about it. I need to find a way to show my nicer clothes some love, too…

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Outfit details:
top: Part two (old) / trousers: Repeat / shoes: Fila /
scarf: Alexander McQueen (old) / sunglasses: Prada (old)


Linking up with:

Elegantly Dressed and StylishHigh Latitude StyleA Labour of LifeCurly Crafty Mom, Doused in Pink,  Not Dressed As LambLiving on Cloud NineElegance and Mommyhood, Nancy’s Fashion StyleShelbee on the EdgeA Pocketful of Polka Dots Style SplashAway from the BlueMummabstylish Mutton Years Style and I, Independent Fashion Bloggers


  1. 24 April 2020 / 8:07 pm

    Your casual/sporty wear looks really cool anyway, I like your striped top and the colorful scarf, which adds lots of personality!. Love to see you looking fab even in comfy clothes to walk in the woods!
    I’m also looking differently to my ‘good clothes’, but determined to keep wearing them. I’m wearing some necklaces and earrings at home, only to remember that I still love them!

    • Tiina
      29 April 2020 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you!
      I miss my ‘good clothes’… But I’m too lazy to dress up at home. I should make more of an effort, though; I don’t want to get too sloppy.

  2. shelbeeontheedge1
    25 April 2020 / 2:59 pm

    Tiina, these colors are so gorgeous on you! I was just looking through my closet room the other day thinking how much I want to wear all my pretty dresses but then feeling like sitting on my couch all day was not a worthy activity for wearing my pretty clothes and I went back to jeans, a tee shirt, and a cardigan. I have been trying to not wear sweatpants as often and have switched it up to jeans most days. I have been getting actually dressed about once a week to take photos and it really feeds my soul when I do, but then 6 days a week either I am not motivated to do it, my husband is at work and can’t take my photos for me, or it has been raining. In fact, today is the last sunny day before a 10 day stretch of rain. Ugh. Thanks for linking up with me, my friend, and for always keeping it real!


    • Tiina
      29 April 2020 / 4:06 pm

      Thanks! What can Is ay, red is my colour. Or any bright colours, I suppose.
      I know exactly what you mean: I can’t be bothered to dress up when I know my main activity is sitting on the couch all day. But I’m starting to think that maybe I need nicer ‘lounge wear’.

  3. 28 April 2020 / 10:11 pm

    I love your scarf and stripey tee shirt combination – that is very lovely. I think in times of uncertainty we need comfort so comfort dressing is the way it is, although I have resolved to wear a pair of trousers that are a bit tight once a week just so I know they still do up!

    • Tiina
      29 April 2020 / 4:09 pm

      You have a point there. Now that my sofa has become my ‘office’, and I seem to be eating way too much chocolate (you know, for stress, or whatever…), I’m starting to worry that by the time I can wear nice clothes again I won’t be able to fit into them anymore!

  4. q
    29 April 2020 / 8:12 pm

    Again superb pattern mix with the scarf and stripes. I try to take the best out of those clothes that are neat but not perfect for office (yes, back in that black dress). In the old normal they would not be worn. And I hope this way “the normal” office clothes will feel new again once we get back to the offices. -q

    • Tiina
      5 May 2020 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you.
      That’s a god idea, ‘saving’ your work clothes so that they will feel new again. Then again, who knows how long this situation lasts, and I think at some point I will need to wear some of my ‘nicer’ clothes just to keep my sanity…

  5. 4 May 2020 / 10:33 am

    I love the stripes and skull scarf together, I like wearing my skull scarves with stripes too! :) I have been eyeing off my “workwear” section of my wardrobe a bit critically lately but I know I will need it all when we return to work in the office. Already they have announced that schools in Queensland will go back next week (for some year groups) so I might be back in the office sooner than I think!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! The new link up is live on my blog now, I’d love you to join again.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

    • Tiina
      5 May 2020 / 12:52 pm

      Well, stripes go with anything, right?
      Let’s hope everything goes well, with schools being back and all. I think we’re all starting to miss the old office a bit. I certainly miss interacting with people in real life instead of Zoom.

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