The ‘After Work’ Outfit

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Remember the time when the phrase ‘after work‘ meant something like going out for a drink after a long day? It seems so long ago…

These days, in this era so euphemistically referred to as ‘the new normal‘, you must redefine not just your old habits, but also your old vocabulary. And in the post-pandemic newspeak, an ‘after work‘ outfit is simply whatever you happen to be wearing when you go for a walk in the evening, after an agonisingly long day cooped up in a hot flat…

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But who cares what you’re wearing?  The dog walkers and cyclists you’re likely to encounter are not exactly the trend police, are they? You could be wearing your pyjamas, for all they care! Actually, come to think of it, you might have done just that the other day… Never mind.

At least this time it’s a somewhat decent outfit that looks more or less put together, even though you feel all sweaty and sticky because it’s so damn hot, and it’s getting late, and all you really want to do is go to bed before you have to get up and spend another long work day cooped up in that hot flat…

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Outfit details:
skirt and t-shirt: Esprit / bag: Marc Jacobs (old) / sunglasses: Woobs /
shoes: Vagabond / sun umbrella: James Smith & sons (old)


What’s your ‘after work outfit‘ like these days?

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, Confessions of a Montreal Styling DivaIndependent Fashion Bloggers


  1. mireilleftm
    25 June 2020 / 5:55 pm

    This week, I have started walking both in the morning and in the evening: the evenings are fun because you hear all kinds of frogs and sometimes see some wildlife! Love how your umbrella is both pratical to protect you from the sun and fashionable too!

    • Tiina
      29 June 2020 / 12:33 pm

      Do you choose your walking times so that it’s the coolest time of the day? What sort fo wildlife do you see besides frogs?
      We always see a lot of wild rabbits in our neighbourhood. Or hares, rather. And they’re huge! I tried photographing them a few times, but they’re too fast…

  2. 25 June 2020 / 11:34 pm

    Lovely idea to wear an umbrella, so useful!, and I love your maxi skirt. Breton stripes are always appealing to me, and I like your accessories. You rock your comfy&cool style and look elegant even when relaxed after a day at work.
    Even if I’m back at the office, I don’t feel like going out after work (nor going into any crowded place to have a drink, call me squeamish!). I just go for a walk in the park if it’s not damn hot, so I wear sneakers and loose trousers.
    Sorry that you have to stay at home in these hot days. Totally understand your feelings!

    • Tiina
      29 June 2020 / 12:40 pm

      Thanks! The sun umbrella is my main sun protection (it has an SPF coating). However, we often go out for a walk late in the evening, and apparently the angle of the sun is different after 7 pm, and you don’t burn anymore (or that’s what I read in an article a while ago). But I use the sun umbrella anyway to keep my head in the shade (it’s till quite warm at 9-10 pm) as I’m prone to heat exhaustion.
      I totally understand that you’re a bit squeamish about crowded places. I hate it when I have to take the train (which is the only way out of this suburban hell…); it’s crowded, and nobody seems to care about keeping a safe distance.

  3. 27 June 2020 / 7:29 am

    Great photos. The umbrella is so your signature in summer. It looks great with the outfit. The maxi skirt is a perfect protection from mosquitoes. You know how to put together a posh casual look that’s so unique and you.

    • Tiina
      29 June 2020 / 12:44 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!
      Oh yes, mosquitos, the perils of living in the north… Now that’s it has been quite hot, we try to keep all the windows and the balcony door open late in the evening, but I have to sit it at night because of the mosquitos.It feels as if at night we have to choose between being baked or getting eaten alive…

  4. q
    28 June 2020 / 8:32 am

    I aim for the similar elegant casual style in my “after work” outfits, but it is shorts for me as I’ve cycled a lot these days. And don’t get me wrong here, it is definitely casual shorts not any sports gear or (*gasp*) the lycra versions for me.
    I’ve a bit of a shoe problem to finish my outfits elegantly. My trainers are on the loud side with their colours and don’t match with other colours I wear (nor the bike colour.. ;)), but I’m too much of a penny-pincher to buy a new pair in neutral colours. Another thing is that my outfits are not that cool for the heat wave we have had here lately.
    You have such nice caftan type of dresses, so have you been able to feel more comfortable and yet elegant during the heat wave? -q

    • Tiina
      29 June 2020 / 12:50 pm

      Well, shorts are probably the best choice if you want to cycle. Or bermudas or something.
      And it’s not easy to look cool and elegant in a heat wave, whatever you’re you’re wearing: with sweat dripping all over your face and the clothes sticking to your skin… But yes, the kaftan dresses help; the best investment (as far as clothes are concerned ) I’ve ever made.

  5. Flora
    28 June 2020 / 10:39 am

    An umbrella is a good idea in strong Sun. I have a paper parasol (Chinese?) I use. My daughter used it as a lampshade in her student days. It’s pretty. I love that red tee, it’s my favourite colour, for brunettes. I don’t work so no after work clothes for me. I always make an effort although my style is casual.

    • Tiina
      29 June 2020 / 12:59 pm

      I love these Chinese parasols! they’re so pretty! But they’re often so small, and let quite a lot of the UV rays through. My sun umbrella is made of very thick cotton, and it also has an SPF coating. I have e a very fair skin that burns easily, and I’m very prone to heat exhaustion, so I though I needed a proper ‘personal shade’ to protect me.
      I also like red. I think it’s my favourite colour (and you’re right; it suits brunettes particularly well). I also always get a lot of compliments when I wear something red. I even once got a bouquet of red flowers as a thank you from students, because ‘red was my colour’ (that’s what they said; I’d worn red maybe twice during the course…)

  6. mummabstylish
    2 July 2020 / 12:29 am

    Excellent, love the mixture. Jacqui x
    Thanks for sharing on #chicandstylish

    • Tiina
      3 July 2020 / 12:18 pm

      Thanks, Jacqui!

  7. shelbeeontheedge1
    5 July 2020 / 7:54 pm

    Oh it is so, so hot here as well. I am melting just by sitting in place so any physical activity just seems entirely too much for me! I applaud you for at least getting out to take a walk even if you sometimes do that in pajamas. Haha. I am loving this cute outfit though. I think I may need to get out my striped maxi skirt and style it up this summer. Thanks for linking up me! Stay cool, my friend.


    • Tiina
      6 July 2020 / 5:28 pm

      I feel for you! We’re having some rain and cooler weather, finally, and it feels SO good…

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