Fashion for the Funemployed

As some of you might remember from my last post around these parts, I’m currently unemployed – well, technically I’m working on launching my small craft business, but I’m not technically gainfully employed by any outside parties right now. On the whole, it’s pretty neat – I get up when I want, work on my craft all I like, get covered in glue and don’t have to worry about paint in my hair.

Since I’m not going in to an office every day anymore, my sense of style has shifted rather dramatically. I wear makeup sometimes, but mostly when taking photos for blog posts. Me and pants have pretty much parted ways. My brush is…well, I’m sure it’s around here somewhere. So I thought I would share some of my favourite funemployment outfits with you!

When people think of funemployment fashion, they usually think first of the manky dressing gown – this is my spin on this versatile classic.


As you can see, I’ve chosen a robe that matches my current hair colour, just to pull it all together. This robe is also RIDICULOUSLY fluffy, and very affordable – I picked it up from my funemployment favourite, Kmart.

Sometimes a snuggly gown isn’t quite enough to keep you from frostbite when you can’t afford to have the heater on. On those days I like to add a comforter cloak, for some real warmth as well as old world elegance as you trail it around the house. It’s pretty impossible to walk down a set of stairs in this and NOT feel like a Disney villain.

Doona Cloak

When the weather moves around to spring, you’re going to need something lighter. On those breezy spring days, I like to pull out an amusing t-shirt I’ve bought even though it’s in a colour I would never wear out of the house, and some solid flannel pyjama pants. The t-shirt featured here is from a TeeFury grab bag, and the delightful tweed flannel pants are from Kmart.

T Shirt

Recently, summer has launched itself on my city like an angry, overheated cat, so I’ve been mostly spending my time in the most makeshift of outfits possible – a strategic sarong. A clever knot and a safety pin for modesty, and you have the breeziest summer dress you’ll ever wear. This sarong came from a local thrift store, for the princely sum of two dollars.




What are your favourite outfits for lounging around out of the public eye?

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Just one little addendum – since Sally was kind enough to let you all know about my new jewellery collection in her Lovely Links I wanted to add that international orders for Christmas will need to be placed by November 20th to make sure they get to you in time!

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The author of Reluctant Femme, Cassie is a queer thirty-something Australian who thinks too much, reads too much, and has way too many pretty things. Her writing revolves around exploring concepts of femme and femininity, feminism, and just how much glitter you really can fit into a polish before it’s unusable. You can catch up with her in shorter bursts on Twitter , look at pictures of her favourite pretty things on her Tumblr, and browse her shiny accessory creations at her Etsy store

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7 Responses to “Fashion for the Funemployed”

  1. Splashing In Puddles

    So funny and a great reminder to not take fashion (or ourselves) too seriously. I’m currently wearing my own interpretation of the dressing gown (in a fluffy light blue to bring out my eyes). Good luck on your business venture!

  2. crtfly

    I especially like the comforter cloak. In that, one can be comfy, toasty, and elegant all at the same time.

  3. Brenna Goode

    Is it horrible to admit that when working at home I sometimes REALLY want to wear one of those blankets with sleeves? And I would, if I had one. I usually go with the comforter look, instead.

    • Dust. Wind. Bun.

      ahaha I mocked my mom when she got one of those sleeve blankets for cheap somewhere, but you better believe I steal it every time I’m over there.

  4. jan.4987

    Love it! I’m going to try a sarong next summer; I need to have something to hand to fling on quickly in the event of the doorbell ringing and something with that amount of coverage but no buttons would be ideal.