I already tend to carry too much with me, so having to include a change of clothes or go home and change before going to walk or skate or play on the playground with my friends kids is not something I want to spend my time doing. Besides, that wastes my precious time. I want to play! Thus, I choose clothing and shoes that can take me anywhere, at any time, with as much freedom of movement possible.
This fashion post interrupted by my left brain to ensure you understand how the hell I calculated 35%. My statistic is calculated using the following assumptions.
- Average Day: In one 24 hour day, 8 hrs sleep, 16 hrs remains. Of the 16, 8 are spent working. No commute time was taken into consideration.
- Average Week: 40 hour work week
- Average Year: In one working year 365 days, there are 250 possible work days assuming that the average person is given 10 holidays. I am not taking into account vacation.
- Annual Working Hours / Annual Total Waking Hours x 100 =
[8 hrs/day x 250 days / yr] / [16 hrs/day x 365 days] x 100 =
2000 / 5840 x 100 = 34.24%
Innumeracy is a highly overlooked issue that evokes much unnecessary stress on the human race. Having been a statistician for a short period of time, I do not appreciate statistical scare tactics in media or otherwise. To truly know the meaning of a percentage or value someone throws at you from a study, estimate, etc, you need to understand their sample size and what their assumptions were.
If someone only gathered data from 10 people, but only told you 50% of "PEOPLE" die when they cross the street, you'd never want to cross the street because half the people die! But if they gathered data from 1 million people and only 5 of those died while crossing the street, you'd be way more likely to cross the street without fearing your life. See how important those assumptions and sample sizes become to your sanity and peace of mind?
Ok... off my soap box. ;) Back to clothes.
Work2Play: Winter Silhouettes
I get cold easily. Warming the feet, head, and neck are the fastest ways to elevate your body temperature. I have a hat and fingerless gloves I made from my handspun at all times. For work, I usually wear a pashmina or other scarf. For play I sometimes change that out to a fitted cowl I've knit.
I layer up at my core. Tank or T-shirt, sometimes a long sleeve shirt, then a sweater or cardigan. My thin gortex rain jacket or something heavier on colder days is worn nearly all the time. It's rare that I take it off. People find it odd that I wear my coat indoors, but I haven't found a better alternative yet that is as thin. Adding another layer is so much bulk that I begin to feel like a marshmallow. If we have a particularly cold summer, I'll layer this same way. My fingers are cold just typing this.
Jeans are the go-to for every outfit. My favorite are the fit & flared lane bryant jeans. I have 3 pair and wear the heck out of them. I'm planning some outfits with leggings, but I've yet to work those out. I've had khakis - meh. I've worn wool trousers - I feel weird. I would like to have some wool pants, but need to ponder more on how to make them fit into my choices and not be too itchy and wear/wash well.
Bright and colorful socks and shoes are critical. Sneakers are year round. Keens hiking or Taos shoes are among my favorites.
I will and have skated (on dry winter days) in outfits like I've shown above quite comfortably. But if I want to push myself hard while exercising outside, I will don powerstretch leggings instead of my jeans.
In winter, I tend to mainly walk or do yoga. I haven't yet found my ideal work2play for yoga. Most of the time I'm cold and don't want to change from my work outfit. Plus, the bulk of my core layers do not as easily lend themselves to yoga. Then if I wear warm layers or long sleeves when I start doing yoga, I end up too warm tearing them off by the end of the session.
IN THE RAIN
I want to walk more in the rain. Considering that my current silhouettes would be soaked through if I did walk in the rain, I'm contemplating what style of longer jackets and pant alternatives will best keep me dry.
I've much more to consider with regards to winter, warmth, and work2play silhouettes.
Work2Play: Summer Silhouettes
I tend toward capris most days. I feel more comfortable in a capri than in a short. While I'm a swimmer and am comfortable running around a pool in a swimsuit, I'm still not fond of my thighs rubbing together. Chafing is painful, man and it's not pretty, thankyouverymuchpleaseyessirthankyou. I do have some shorts and I'm working on sewing some others, I just don't reach for them as my daily drivers.
WHAT ABOUT YOU!?!
Do you have a couple Work2Play outfits? Does your entire wardrobe comprise of Work2Play? Or are you the kind of person who prefers to have Work Clothes and Play Clothes? All are excellent choices as long as they're aligned with your happiness!