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  • Why You Should Dress Up Even When Staying Home

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    Who does not love to stay in their pyjamas all day long on their days off? I do too. After all, if you are staying home, why bother get dressed, am I right? I have had hectic weekends lately, shooting or traveling. Since the beginning of 2019, I might actually have had just one or two full weekends. Yes, that’s not much. So when I can actually enjoy my weekend, I make the most of it.

    Translation, I stay in my pyjamas all day.

    I mean, I used to. Because I decided to change that.

    I still stand by the “If you are staying home, don’t put effort into getting ready”. Still absolutely right. Especially if your version of getting ready involves a full face of makeup, which is quite time consuming. I am the laziest person on earth so getting ready to me just means showering and dressing up.

    The thing with working full time and blogging part-time is that both are jobs that take a lot of time and that can’t be done at the same time. I blog in the evening and at the weekend. So even when my weekends are not spent at the office, I still work. On the blog, on my content, on Instagram, etc. And I do all the other things I don’t have time to do during the week (admin, groceries, cleaning, etc) at the weekend.

    I am certainly not the only one and I think we all have very busy weekends. So we promise ourselves to be super productive on Saturdays and Sundays, do as much as we possibly can that we could not do the five previous days.

    Yet, I have noticed something…

    Indeed, I have noticed that when I do not get dressed and stay in my pyjamas all day, my will to complete all those tasks I had set myself is close to non-existent. My procrastination levels are unequaled and I end up not doing as much as I had planned.

    Just to be clear, this has absolutely nothing to do with waking at dawn or at noon. You can wake up late, be extremely productive and do a lot in a few hours. And you can wake up early and do not accomplish anything. Turns out, it is what you wear that can have a massive psychological impact on your mood.

    Who knew?!

    Your pyjamas is for your bed. You put it on when you go to sleep and put it off when you get up. It is a mood in itself. A resting mood, a sleeping mood, and sometimes a lazy mood. However, if you keep it while the day started, you are still in that mood. Chances are, you will stay in that lazy mood all day and not accomplish that much.

    However, if you force yourself out of bed, to shower and dress up into an “outfit of bed” outfit you help your mind and body make the difference between sleeping and starting your day. It will also impact your posture, behavior, your mood and energy. Taking a shower will also hundred per cent wake you up and send a message to your entire body that the night is definitely over and that you need the energy flowing.

    You do not need to put something extra fancy, a basic tee-shirt with a pair of jeans or some comfortable homeware will do. But as it turns out, the clothes you wear have a massive impact on your mood and as a result, on your energy level as well as productivity. That is something I have noticed for myself. I may stay in bed very late at the weekend when I can and laze there for an hour or so, but once I get up and after my breakfast, I shower and dress up.

    In conclusion, dressing up even when you stay at home helps you reinforce the state you want to be in. If you have planned to binge watch a show all day and do nothing, well, then I guess it is fitted to stay in your pjs all day. Although you might still want to change into something else just as comfortable. But if you have planned to do a lot of house (or blog) relating work or any work that does not require you to leave your flat, then it might be a good idea to get dressed.

    As Marie Kondo said, things are full of emotions. The emotions we gave those things by associations. The same applies to clothes. Sometimes a small change can have a massive impact and putting on a pair of jeans can give you all the energy you need to cross everything off your to do list!

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    What do you think? Do you also feel that you do less when staying in your pjs all day? That you do not have the energy and motivation for all the thing you need to do? Do you feel like your outfit has a big impact on your state of mind?

    Thanks a lot for stopping by. I hope you like this post.

    See you soon.
    Love.
    Corinne.

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    35 Comments

    1. March 25, 2019 / 3:46 am

      I so agree with you! I’ve been working at home for almost 20 years, As soon as I wake up, I get dressed! Pijamas only in bed or Sunday mornings!

    2. March 25, 2019 / 4:15 am

      Even though I agree with you. I never get dress up while in home. It is because of my laziness. But I like you idea .

    3. March 25, 2019 / 1:35 pm

      I see where you’re coming from but I feel like getting dressed up would waste my time – doing my hair and makeup when I could be working. But…. maybe I’m wrong?

    4. March 25, 2019 / 3:51 pm

      I have days I stay in my PJs all day – or I change into my day PJs but it’s normally when I’m feeling really bad. I do like to make sure I try and pull on clothes if I’m feeling up to I feel better with them on.

    5. March 25, 2019 / 4:15 pm

      Such gorgeous photos as always! I completely agree with you, and I always feel like I’m wasting a day if I’m in my pyjamas (not that Dougie would ever really let me stay inside all day!) When I used to freelance, even though I would be working from home all day, I made myself get up, shower and get dressed. I wouldn’t always put make up on but the act of getting dressed basically started my day, and made me so much more productive. The only time I’ll stay in PJs now is if I’m really ill, but even then I feel like I WANT to get up and dressed – I’m not good at lazing around in bed!
      Hels xx
      http://www.thehelsproject.com

    6. March 25, 2019 / 5:05 pm

      “My procrastination levels are unequaled ” 🤣🤣🤣 I know exactly what you mean. If Alan does the school run then I often don’t get showered and dressed until mid-morning and my productivity levels are at zero. Working from home, the temptation to slob around in joggers is so strong but even if you’re not going to see anyone, getting dressed properly still gets you in the right frame of mind! x

      Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    7. March 25, 2019 / 5:11 pm

      I totally agree with you but I must say while writing this I am in my pjs from being at home in my day off but I totally get it that when you get up and get dressed it does make you more productive and ready to get on with the day, even on weekends! X

    8. Claire
      March 25, 2019 / 5:14 pm

      This is such an interesting post! As much as I love staying at home in my pyjamas all day…it really can effect your state of mind. I definitely need to try and work on dressing up more often because I love how it makes me feel! xx

      http://www.grabyourcamera.co.uk

    9. March 25, 2019 / 5:14 pm

      I completely agree with what you’ve said about getting less done when I stay in my PJs. Working from home I could, if I wanted to, never get dressed–but I know I get less done when I do that. Even changing into something comfortable of a morning instead of wearing what you went to bed in can make the world of difference. The only time I’ll make an exception is the occasional Saturday, which is my certified day off from any ‘hard work’, where I don’t actually need to get ready. I find getting the balance right is essential!

      Rebekah Gillian | https://rebekahgillian.co.uk/

    10. March 25, 2019 / 5:21 pm

      Oh I’m so guilty of this! I love staying cosy when I’m home all day and can be in my pj’s until mid-day. But I’ve been trying more this year to dress up even when I’m home because it does impact on your sense of self purpose and worth for the day I find. When I make the effort to actually get dressed early even though I’m staying in I find my mindset is more positive and productive.

      A great reminder for me to keep doing this! Thank you 💖

    11. March 25, 2019 / 5:23 pm

      I used to hang out in my PJs all day when I was still living with family and didn’t have to do much. Since I live on my own, my weekend outfit tends to be tights because it’s not uncomfy jeans or such but not my PJs either and I feel more productive 🙂

    12. March 25, 2019 / 5:26 pm

      I used to spend all day in my pyjamas at the weekend or on Christmas morning lol, but do it a lot less now. Like you I always feel less motivated to do anything when I haven’t got dresses that day. So I try to refrain from doing it if possible and if I do want to put on somwthing comfortable it will be sweat pants or leggings instead – that’s a little better right? 😅 Failing that, jeans.

    13. Jenny in Neverland
      March 25, 2019 / 5:47 pm

      This is definitely something I’ve considered before! I work from home but in the morning, I always put some comfy clothes on to do Yoga in but then I stay in those clothes until the evening when I shower (or whenever I do shower). So I kinda get dressed but kinda don’t. It’s certainly not “work mode” dressed anyway!

      Jenny
      http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    14. March 25, 2019 / 5:52 pm

      Now that the weather is getting warmer, I will be putting more effort into getting dressed. I need to also start running in the morning.

    15. March 25, 2019 / 5:59 pm

      I like the idea of dressing at home but rarely put it into practice. I still manage to get work done especially my school work in pjs. But I think it would be nice to switch it up a bit!

    16. March 25, 2019 / 6:11 pm

      You look gorgeous in this. And I get what you mean. But I’m all for comfort. I never stay in my PJs all day, but I do have sweatpants and t-shirts I like to wear when I’m just around the house. That will never change.

    17. March 25, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      When I used to be a stay at home mom, I lived in yoga pants and tank tops for a while. It felt great when i got dressed up though and I totally agree that we should dress up even just at home for ourselves.

    18. March 25, 2019 / 9:02 pm

      This is such a great post and relevant to so many of us! I have some ‘staying in’ clothes so I don’t stay in my PJ’s all day! Your photos are amazing by the way!xxx

      Ashley
      https://lellalee.com

    19. March 25, 2019 / 9:07 pm

      I love pyjama days but I totally agree, I am not that productive during those kind of days.

    20. March 25, 2019 / 10:03 pm

      I’ve noticed this so much! Especially as I work from home and theoretically could stay in my pyjamas for most of the day until it’s time to take the dog out. I definitely notice that I’m far more productive when I make an effort to fully get ready on a morning rather than waking up and heading straight for my laptop x

      Sophie
      http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    21. March 25, 2019 / 10:20 pm

      I totally agree, I always have to shower and change even when I know I’m staying at home because when I don’t, I basically don’t leave my bed and trust me, I’ve done that one too many times!

      Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk

    22. March 26, 2019 / 12:24 am

      I completely agree with you! Corinne it’s true, your clothes do create a mood. If I stay in my PJs too long, I feel like doing nothing. I prefer to get up early and get dressed asap because it makes me feel renewed, making me ready to take on the day.

      Natonya | http://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    23. Aishwarya Shenolikar
      March 26, 2019 / 9:31 am

      I agree with you on so many points. I always always am in my pajamas at home. Given a chance, I’d wear them to work too. Because for me, I can be most productive when I’m comfortable. So, dressing up while at home does sound bizarre to me but I can imagine why it may work out for so many people!!

    24. March 26, 2019 / 9:56 am

      I have a set of stay at home work clothes that I use every day. I don’t feel comfortable blogging in pyjamas anyway (as she writes this comment in her nightwear). Once I am up and showered I dress in my ‘roll up the sleeves and work clothes’ and sit at my desk and just work for 10 hours. Your clothes has an effect on your productivity.

    25. Chelle Dizon
      March 26, 2019 / 10:39 am

      You have a really great point. I also noticed that If I try to look nice on that day by wearing my comfy outfit, brush my hair and puts some powder and lipgloss, I am more inspired to do something rather than procrastinating all day wearing my pajamas.

    26. March 26, 2019 / 4:36 pm

      I totally agree with you. While I love staying in my pyjamas all day, it is indeed hampering my productivity. I used to get a lot more done when I worked outside my home rather than at home. I am going to change this and start getting dressed and in schedule more. Thanks for sharing. 😊

    27. Samantha
      March 26, 2019 / 7:42 pm

      This is amazing! Self care is the most inpornst thing for a healthy life style.

    28. Alexandra Cook
      March 26, 2019 / 7:52 pm

      I much prefer my comfy clothes, especially when I am home. To each their own though!

    29. March 26, 2019 / 11:36 pm

      The outfit is so cute and comfy looking. I am in a similar boat as I need to dress to work if I am not dressed somewhat I will not get anything done

    30. March 27, 2019 / 3:18 am

      This is so true!!! It is amazing how much more I can get done when I just get dressed for the day. It is like turning on a switch in my brain to be productive. LOL!

    31. March 27, 2019 / 3:42 am

      I do agree with you on that though i don’t get fully dressed but definitely not on my pyjamas.

    32. March 29, 2019 / 4:50 pm

      I agree I too find that if I shower and change before starting work my mind is more on work mode than lounging in PJ as then I tend to laze around.

    33. March 29, 2019 / 9:09 pm

      Lazy days used to be the best – that was until I had a toddler and then peace and quiet went out the window. Maybe when she is older it will happen again

    34. Bindu Thomas
      April 1, 2019 / 10:18 am

      You look beautiful in this dress. I completely agree with you!

    35. April 9, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      I absolutely love this outfit! I completely agree that getting ready as if you were leaving helps the day be a more productive. Thanks for sharing!

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