As we continue our social-distancing pledge, the Vogue staff is working from home for the foreseeable future. This article is part of our This Week on Zoom column, where one Vogue editor shares their WFH outfits from the previous workweek—from the waist up, of course.
Growing up in the Middle East gave me an appreciation for house-dressing. As a child, I was toted around by my mother to afternoon teas at her friends’ apartments. Guests would arrive in standard ensembles but the hostess, however, had the special privilege to don some fabulous caftan/robe hybrid. It may have been beaded or embroidered with gold thread but, no matter how resplendent it was, it was never meant to leave the house. Ever since, I’ve adopted a similar style of dressing. Friends who come over might be surprised to find me opening the door in a robe but in my mind, outside clothes are for outside and while you’re home, why not slip into something more comfortable?
Being here in Palm Springs gives me the chance to go full on ‘60s Slim Aarons with my quarantine dressing and daydream via vintage. I’m still on East Coast hours which means it’s still dark when I wake up to catch that 8:30 a.m EST. Zoom meeting. I then shimmy into one of my colorful house dresses and take my homemade iced coffee or OJ outside on the patio. I’m really outside so as to not wake anyone up in the house with my early hour calls but catching the sunrise each morning has been the silver lining to all of this.
Last Monday, the first Monday in May, would have been the Met gala. I chose to dress in a pajama set that I actually wore to the event in 2015, when the exhibition theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass” and our fashion department decreed all staffed Vogue girls would wear special Michael Kors pajamas. It was a strange full circle moment wearing the silk set as I watched our A Moment With the Met livestream.
$180.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
This fuschia house dress, dyed in the same color as the bougainvillea flowers that bloom nearby, is by Dallas-based designer Tish Cox—and it’s as comfortable as it is photogenic. I’m wearing a pair of Babouche slippers I picked up on holiday in Marrakech a couple of years ago.
$795.00, THE SIL
I was so excited to find this vintage 1960s Pucci caftan, I experienced an actual rush to the head when I first zipped it up in a communal dressing room at the Current Affair vintage fair. Its silk jersey is butter soft and the wall-paper sized pattern is happiness-inducing. Plus, the dramatic hood hides my anachronistic AirPods.
$130.00, THE REALREAL
I recently discovered this linen caftan by designer Cynthia Cazort Collins. It’s dubbed the 2020 caftan because the sash (lined with silk) is detachable and wide enough to loop around your face as a face mask—how clever is that?
$498.00, THE SIL
$216.00, NEIMAN MARCUS
$25.00, WORLD MARKET
$8.00, A VIDA PORTUGUESA
Hooray, another WFH week is complete. This caftan is also by Tish Cox and features, in a gold brocade, a delightful citrus woven pattern. It all makes for a very Vitamin C-heavy vignette.
$895.00, THE SIL
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