You hear a lot of "what did you put in your hair?" and "I love your shoes!" around the NaturallyCurly offices. Personally I am always finding inspiration in what my colleagues are wearing to the office and on their Instagrams, so we're starting a new series to share what we're loving with the rest of our community - beyond our hair! #WhatWeWore
This is the first company where I have felt like I really need to step up my style game when I head into the office, but I'm also big on feeling comfortable. The solution? Wearing pajamas to work.
I’m a big fan of pajama sets. When I’m at home I’m always in a button down pajama set, but this was my first time experimenting with wearing the look in public. I've seen street style photos of women rocking both pajama tops and bottoms as a set at fashion week, but for my casual Austin office purposes, I went with just the top. Instead of a flannel or cotton fabric it's in this pale satin that's all the millennial pink rage right now. It's not too low cut, which makes it a safe bet for work.
Our office is pretty casual so I paired it with my all-purpose backpack and jeans. I finally found a pair of mom jeans that I liked last month so I’ve been wearing these non-stop – but I’ll probably have to retire them for the season soon because the denim is just too thick for the Texas heat! Because I like to keep my clothes pretty basic I usually show more personality in accessories like these giant tassel earrings and the sparkle boots.
The top is from Beehive, along with the earrings and sunglasses. The jeans are Levi's 501s, the boots are Zara, and the backpack is Anello.
Tell us about your hair, what products are in your hair? How did you style it?
I used the Everyone Style Hair Gel because it’s been super humid in Austin and I needed a slightly stronger hold styler to fend off frizz. It has more hold than something like DevaCurl Wave Maker (which I love for light-hold days), but not as much hold as a gel like Eco Styler. This is Day 1 hair so I diffused with cool air to help set my curls and give them some extra volume.
How do you like your clothes to make you feel?
My clothes play a big role in the way I feel about myself, so if I wear an outfit I feel off all day. I like my clothes to make me feel creative, put together, and fun.
Is there a person, designer or character who inspires your style?
Claudia Kishi from the Babysitter’s Club book series is my ultimate style icon. Some of my favorite parts of books like Babysitter’s Club and Nancy Drew when I was younger was hearing what characters were wearing in certain scenes. In fact it’s something I still enjoy.
Tell us about your closet!
It’s mostly easy button down shirts, striped tees, jeans and culottes. I like being able to mix and match my tops and bottoms without much thought in the morning, and I don’t mind repeating a uniform over and over again. I like getting dressed to be very easy and to feel comfortable all day, but for the end result to still be inspired.
How has your style changed over the years?
I’m in a bit of a transition right now. For a long time I’ve loved neutral colors and tiny, tiny jewelry, but right now I’m loving big statement earrings and experimenting with color more. These pink sunglasses are a perfect example of something I could wear with an all black outfit but still show my colorful side.
Would you wear pajamas in public?
I'd love to know.
Follow Cristina on Instagram for more style inspiration @cristinacleveland
Photos by Cassandra J. Klepac