Sometimes a great outfit lifts my spirits. And by a great outfit I mean, great jeans, (sometimes leggings), and a pretty top. I’m always home. I work from home. My oldest does remote schooling two to three days depending on the week, and my youngest has less than three hours of pre-k.
Yeah, we’ll take walks or hikes, and sometimes go to playgrounds or a city outdoor outing here and there, but I’m home for the most part, and sometimes finding a reason to get dressed is hard.
Liverpool Tops & Jeans Will Get You Out Of A Style Rut
Knit button-down? No need to iron? Washable? Give.it.to.me. This Liverpool Knit Button Down is the piece I never knew I was missing. The soft and stretchy knit will trick you into believing you’re wearing a sweater, but in reality, you’re looking beyond put together without any effort.
I know that wearing white is scary when you’re home with kids, but I do. And yes, I’m a mess by the end of the day. But laundry is never-ending when you’re a mom so, I’ll throw it in there with the other whites. Still hesitant? No worries, you can get it in black.
I call this the “unicorn top”. It can be as formal or casual, as sexy or conservative as you want it to be. I styled it here by playing with the buttoning, but I also want to try it tucked into mom jeans or open over a camisole and sweater pants or joggers.
I love how it looked half-buttoned over the dark wash jeans, which by the way, are sustainable and some of the softest jeans I’ve ever put on. If you’re not into super high-rise jeans, these come in a low hi-rise too — they came one inch below my belly button.
Leggings You Can Wear As Pants
Do you remember how anti-leggings I am? I only have one pair of leggings I like to style in regular outfits. These Liverpool Reese Seamed Leggings (also at Nordstrom) are now my second favorite pair. That says it all!
The fabric is thick, and I can trust I won’t show my underwear or freeze my legs. I love the high rise, the waist details, and the front seam that visually elongates my short legs. Available in sizes 0-16.
Let’s Talk About This Liverpool Printed Button Down
This button down just skyrocketed to one of my all-time favorites—the fit, the color, the print WOW. I plan to wear it on days I need all the energy to work and be with my family. On the day of these pictures, I took my kids to the bakery for some cookies, and I made this home outfit cold weather-proof by layering a denim jacket under a faux fur long coat and snow boots. I walked with my chest a little higher that day.
I can’t wait for spring to wear it by itself. I promise it’s a good one! I’m between sizes and went with the size down. I’d say it runs a little oversized.
These Liverpool X Living in Yellow Jeans Are THE SOFTEST
If I told you the dark wash I was wearing in the first pics was soft, this pair is buttery soft (also at Nordstrom). I’m a rigid denim addict, but I can’t deny soft, stretchy jeans feel fantastic when you’re sitting in front of your laptop for hours, running around the house with the kids, or even traveling. I usually leave my stretchiest jeans to travel if I’m not wearing sweats or leggings.
And those welt pockets? I love the unique touch and love how flattering they are.
They are part of an exclusive collection with Living in Yellow, and I love how the denim doesn’t have any distressing. It makes them super-versatile, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m not big on distressed denim.
When it comes to sizing, I ordered a 2 and a 4 and kept the 2. I’m 26 in most jeans. Remember there’s petite sizing, too!
I Do It For Me And That’s Enough
Growing up Latina, there’s a strong emphasis on looking good all the time and a lot of criticism against those who prefer less or more than the “accepted”.
Putting effort into your appearance is one of those things that can be good and bad depending on the why. Often, I’d only do it to avoid the “she let herself go” type of comments and receive validation from others. When my mental health started declining some years ago, I started not caring about my appearance. “Why put makeup on if I’ll cry all day anyway?”…”It’s not like I have friends or people I care about close by”. For some time, I enjoyed the no makeup and the “whatever I found clean” look. I didn’t feel like doing more, so I didn’t do it, and that was a won battle for a recovering perfectionist and a people pleaser like me.
Then little by little, I decided to change my mindset and do it for myself. Not because my culture told me to or I needed to please others. It was for me and me only.
Today I enjoy the days that I only manage to brush my teeth and put on sweats — oh yeah, that’s me today — or when I stay in workout clothes all day. But I really value the days, the time that even when interrupted by life with two kids, I can put on a nice outfit and do my makeup, even if I’m not putting a foot outside. (Heck, I value it even more on those days.) Same as going out without caring how I look; it’s a victory for me because I’m doing it to please ME, and that’s enough.
I hope you’re finding ways to feel amazing for these long days at home. All that matters is that you feel good.
A huge thank you to Liverpool for sponsoring this post! I found some of my new favorite pieces that I know I’ll wear for a long time, and I love Liverpool’s commitment to ethical manufacturing and sustainable practices. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are my own. And readers, thank you for your ongoing support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated.
For more home outfits, you can find me on IG (@julietatorresd). I often post what I wear for this home life. Some days it’s sweatpants, other days pretty button-downs, and faux leather pants. I hope to see you there.
Photography: Paola Kaoud