I’m so excited to share a fun new challenge to keep our spirits up during these crazy times!
Right now, the term “it’s the little things” is more relevant than ever, and one of the best “little ways” to infuse more joy into life right now is by getting dressed in an outfit that brings a smile to your face and makes you feel good! For me, getting dressed is a means of creative expression and it can really make a difference in my mood.
As you know, I’m not new to the “work from home” lifestyle, but I know most of you are, and that it’s been a struggle for many! As someone who is quite seasoned in this department, I can tell you that getting dressed in REAL clothes is the easiest way to retain some semblance of normalcy and remember what it feels like to be a human!
Based on that notion, I decided we should all do a “get dressed” challenge together, and the idea for the #GetDressedStayHome challenge was born! I’m hoping it will serve three purposes:
To have fun: To inspire you to get dressed every day, have fun with it, and learn how to look at your closet with fresh eyes!
To spread awareness: To reinforce and spread awareness of the importance of staying home, distancing yourself from others, and how vital it is to have ALL of our participation in flatting the curve. We can stay home AND look and feel good at the same time!
To help others: To raise money and awareness for those who need it most right now–I’ll be donating 5 cents per photo shared as part of the challenge! (Thanks to Grace for sharing this idea that she’s implementing on some of her IG posts this month!) It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can add up VERY quickly!
It took me a long time to decide where and how to donate, and I’ve decided that this month I’ll be divvying up the money to donate directly to Chicago hospitals most affected during the COVID crisis. Hospitals use this money for response efforts, frontline staff support, and patient and family support.
How the #GetDressedStayHome challenge works:
Print out the list above, or save it to your phone to reference each day!
Each morning, pick a prompt that speaks to you to guide your outfit that day. Check off each box as you make your way through the month. (Tip: If you upload it to your IG stories, you can check them off that way, then save the image each day!) How many can you check off!?
NO RULES! You don’t have to do them in order––and you can even repeat if you’d like! (Shhhh–we won’t tell!) There’s no right or wrong way to do it–take the prompts as literally as you’d like, or not! You can even get your friends involved and vote on who wins “best OOTD” that day based on the prompt. 💁🏻
SHARE! Snap a photo of your outfit (Mirror selfies are fine!) and post it to your Instagram feed tagging me @jesskeys_ and the hashtag #GetDressedStayHome.
For each feed photo posted this month tagging me and #GetDressedStayHome, I’ll be donating 5 cents per photo to local Chicago hospitals to help aid in their response efforts!
(Note: Stories DO NOT COUNT toward the donation tally. Must be a feed photo! (Stories expire so I wouldn’t be able to properly tally the totals!) But I would love for you to share on stories as well to spread the word! I will also be resharing stories throughout the month.)
Check back here, because I’ll be rounding up the outfits we’ve all posted with the hashtag, and I will compile them all into blog posts that we can all use for inspiration! Depending on how many posts there are, I may do this weekly or biweekly, we’ll see!!
Some prompt examples to get you started:
“DENIM DENIM DENIM!”
What’s Mario’s favorite fabric? DENIM DENIM DENIM!! (My all-time favorite dad joke.)
I am a big fan of denim on denim, and It’s a combination I wear often when I’m working from home! It’s comfortable, it’s casual, but still put together! I’ve had a J.Crew chambray button-down for years. My favorite work from home jeans are this pair (pictured here!), this pair, and this pair of budget-friendly mom jeans that I just noticed were back in stock! They’re super thin denim so they almost feel like sweats. Almost!) Hint: this could also work for “a little bit country,” “a bold accessory” or “a pop of red (lipstick counts!)” See? It’s easy once you get the hang of it! 😉
“Thanksgiving pants, but make it chic”
These joggers are from last year, but it looks like they brought them back again this year! Huzzah!! (Caslon has a lot of great linen styles!) but you can copy this style with any pair of joggers! Challenge yourself to dress ’em up–here I’ve paired them with some heeled mules, a striped shirt, and a denim jacket (I have this one and this one and love them both!) This one could also count for “something striped” or “dressed up sweats!” and “something old and something new”––the pants at the time were a newer purchase, mixed with this striped tee I’ve had for years!
“Be a Neutral Nancy!”
I have always been a fan of head to toe neutrals! It’s always a super easy way to look chic and sophisticated. All you need to do is pair light colors with light colors and BAM. You’ve done it!
Here I’m wearing the J.Crew sweater blazer which I HIGHLY recommend, especially in a time like this! It’s together, but insanely comfy! Also, a note on the white jeans I’m wearing here: not that we’re often pulling on tight white skinny jeans anymore, but this pair (my favorite white skinnies) are on sale for $75 right now if you’ve been looking for a good pair. They are comfy and not see-through!
This look could also count for “something sophisticated” and “a little bit preppy!”
“A little bit rock n’ roll”
I giggled to myself with this prompt (selfishly, I’m also trying to use these to challenge MYSELF too!!) The only thing I can think of for “a little bit rock n’ roll” is my Pink Floyd band tee that I’ve had since high school. It’s one of my favorite tees, and of course, I prepped it up by adding loafers. 😂(So this could also count for “a little bit preppy” too!)
While I’m thinking of it, this tee reminds me of my Uncle Mike, who was a very big part of my childhood, so I think this can also check the “an homage to my childhood box as well”––LOOK AT ME!!
“A little bit preppy”
Kelly and I both own this button-down, so when I was racking my brain for “little bit preppy” examples, I knew this would be a no-brainer. (Also, if you need preppy inspo, look no further than Kelly!!) I wish J.Crew still made this shirt, but they have this option that is similar and so cute! Any button-down in your closet will work with this classic look! (I think classic white sneaks are always a great option to add a little bit of prep to your outfit too! Here I’m wearing Jack Purcells but I love Tretorns which I think have a little preppiness to them as well!) This photo was taken on my Nantucket trip! This could also count for “something striped” or even “a little bit rock n roll”––I mean, hey––my jeans are raw hem. I feel like that suffices. 😂
“What I’d wear on vacation”
Now THIS is a fun, easy one that is guaranteed to make you smile! Know those dresses you were mentally setting out in preparation for your upcoming vacation? GOOD NEWS––they’re REALLY COMFY and make perfect “wear around the house” clothes! Like my Amazon mumu. 💁🏻You know this is going to be my “house dress” on the regular.
My huarache sandals are Nisolo––and while the first couple “break-in” wears were rough (read more about my break-in tips here!) they are now the most comfortable summer shoes I own. I wore them almost every day in Spain and I’ll definitely be wearing these around the house a lot––again, they fall into that “real shoe” but “feels like slippers” category. This can also count for “florals? for spring?” or even an “out to dinner outfit”––I wore this out to dinner all the time last summer!
“Passport to Paris”
*Sigh*––Remember when I was supposed to be going to Paris a month from now? That’s okay! It’ll be worth the wait! Until then, I’ll just be dressing the part. Have fun with the “Passport to Paris” prompt and pull out all your Parisian style staples––ballet flats (these are my FAVORITE and I’ve worn them so much during quarantine–they feel like slippers! They’re on sale, and I’m ordering another pair just in case something happens to these––I love them THAT much!!). Also stripes, feminine scarves (see my hair scarf tutorial here, and neck scarf tying tutorial here!), oh, and anything Sezane (like my favorite reversible cardigan sweater worn here) counts! 😉
As Liz Taylor said, “Pour yourself a drink, put on lipstick, and pull yourself together!” Let’s all have some fun with this, yeah!?