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A Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Social worker Thea Anderson lives in San Francisco with her husband, Ivan, teenage son and five-year-old daughter. “I manage a grant program that supports students who have experienced trauma,” she says. “The young people in the city are really inspiring — they’re smart, energetic and totally radical.” Here, Thea shares five outfits she wore in a work week…

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Sweater: similar. Skirt: Ace & Jig, similar. Clogs: Sven.

“I work in an incredibly casual office — some people even wear yoga pants — but I like getting dressed up. I used to be a school teacher, but after I had my second child, I went to grad school for social work. For the first few years of my daughter’s life, I would dress like a grad student — wearing jeans, boots and sweaters every day. I would buy her cute outfits and take pleasure in dressing her, but not take care of myself in the same way. Putting more love and attention on her than I do on myself has been an ongoing struggle for me, but a few years ago I realized that needed to shift. Now I try to wear clothes that make me feel good.”

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Jacket (on bench): Madewell. Sweater: similar. Striped shirt: J. Crew. Jeans: vintage, similar. Sunglasses: similar. Sneakers: Adidas.

“I’m generally a terrible thrifter — I have no imagination when it comes to seeing the potential in some old thing. But the jean rack is more manageable. I look for a high waist and a good wash (my favorite is a medium blue stonewash). If they’re a little too big, I just get them altered. I also like online window shopping. There’s a store in Portland called Frances May that I’ve never been to, but I feel like it’s my local shop. I try to wait and be thoughtful instead of making impulsive purchases. Also, because I live in San Francisco where there are essentially no seasons, I buy a lot of clothes off-season during sales. I got this polka-dot sweater at Barney’s end-of-winter sale for like 75 percent off. I sign up for my favorite stores’ email lists and follow a bunch on Instagram to keep up with sales.”

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Cardigan: similar. Dress: No. 6, similar. Tote: Baggu. Clogs: Sven.

My mom came from China to go to UC Berkeley in 1965 and has lived in northern California ever since. Many of the clothes I wear nowadays remind me of the quasi-hippie clothes she wore in the ’70s and ’80s. She has always dressed in a stylish pajamas kind of way. In old family snapshots, she’s wearing patterned textiles and wide leg trousers and oversized sweaters and clogs. Now that I’m 40, I wear clogs all the time, too. I love that they give me height but are as comfortable as sneakers. Sven and No. 6 clogs are my go-tos. Once I submitted to clogs, I was like, ‘Okay, I am officially a mom now.’ ”

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Dress: Ace & Jig, similar. Jacket: vintage Lee, similar. Sunglasses: similar. Boots: No. 6. Purse: A.P.C.

“My body changed a lot in my late 30s; I’m still getting used to dressing my new shape. I love the silhouette of this dress, and I wear it all the time. It’s not drawing attention to any part of my body but it doesn’t feel like a cloak either. For bags, I used to lug so much stuff around in a big satchel — my daughter’s socks, kids’ books, 100 pens. But a couple years ago, I decided enough was enough, and I downsized. Now I have one Baggu tote for work and one A.P.C. cross-body bag for weekends, and that’s it. I never switch out bags, but just wear them into the ground until they’re falling off my body and then get a new one.”

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Week of Outfits: Thea Anderson

Top: Osei Duro. Pants: Jesse Kamm. Boots: No. 6.

“I actually got these Kamm pants from a friend. She bought a pair that didn’t fit and was going to put them on the internet — but I raced over to her house and she sold them to me. I get lots of fashion inspiration from my friends. A few of my friends are dressy and fabulous, and a few are super laid-back. I love to see what everybody is wearing. But at the end of the day, I just want to feel like myself.”

Thank you so much, Thea! You’re awesome.

P.S. More women share their week of outfits, and a perfume smell test.

(Photos by Lena Corwin for Cup of Jo. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. So nice! We loved this post and your blog (just discovered it!). Charming style and cool outfits! If you ever look for comfy (and ecofriendly) cute shoes, just tell us ;)

    Regards from Spain!

  2. this might be my favorite one yet! love her casual fashion. xoxo

  3. Shannon says...

    Can you tell me about that beautiful photograph on the wall in the first two pictures? Thanks!

  4. Anne says...

    Ok, so I love the clogs, but have weirdo wide feet with high arches and can never find clogs that fit. Anyone out here in the CoJ hive mind know of any cute clogs for high arches/wide feet?

    • I don’t have high arches but I DO have wide feet and after trying Hasbeens, No. 6s and more I fiiiiinally found NINA Z clogs and they’re PERFECT.

      https://ninaznyc.com/

    • Cee says...

      Hi Anne-
      I love clogs made by Lotta from Stockholm. You can find them on Google or Amazon. My feet are a bit wide but their clogs are so comfortable and I have been wearing the same pair for a few years now. They are my favorite work shoes (I am a Kinder teacher).

    • Jen says...

      Hi Anne,
      I recently bought a pair of clog sandals from Moheda, directly from their website. The quality is incredible for the price and they’re quite comfortable!

    • Dansko makes some stylish clogs now, too. Ones that don’t look like the typical nurse or chef shoes. I have a pair of their Maria booties and I get compliments on them all the time. Best thing about them is that Danskos are MADE for comfort– for being on your feet all. day. long. I seriously live in mine.

  5. Laken Been says...

    Lovely!
    Her home is gorgeous! Id love to see more!

  6. Christine says...

    First, thanks for another inspiring week of outfits, and thank you Thea for sharing.
    I am sure we all appreciate CoJ’s hard work finding women of differing styles, ages, sizes, budgets, locations, and backgrounds for this series. It can’t be easy!
    However, I have to say I am disappointed at how personal some of the comments on this particular post seem to be. Sniping about a supposed rich husband on CoJ? Really? Please bear in mind that the women who volunteer for this feature, which so many of us love so much, are private citizens, not celebrities or brands. If I had been asked to share a week of outfits, and then read the comments on this one, I am sure I would be totally turned off and decline. I would hate to see this wonderful feature disappear, since I for one find it more inspiring and relevant than anything any fashion magazine is putting out these days, even if the size, job, age, and budget of the woman in question have nothing to do with mine.

  7. J says...

    I hope this isn’t a weird question, but any ideas on her nail polish color in the third picture?

  8. Elizabeth says...

    looove.

  9. If you need a pear shaped social worker who likes budget shopping…let me know ;)

    I take a bit of issue with the generalization that a “social work salary” must be minimal and inflexible. It’s 2017, and we’re in a world where ladies are working hard and getting paid to do so. Dude, Suze Orman’s degree is in social work, and have you SEEN her suits?! :)

    Sending love to the social workers out there! xoxo

    • MVV says...

      Absolutely love your comment. Well said!

    • Kiki says...

      Really late to the party but well said. As a MSW who is a just a regular line worker and makes $80k, I agree. Now that i am almost 40 , I find it better to buy 1 well made item vs a bunch of poorly made fast fashion. I save my pennies and buy well made items, wait for sales or buy them second hand.

  10. I love this post. I live in SF and I find dressing here a challenge! The temps and the wind are trickier than I thought. I also had a hard time adjusting to what a denim town this is. I didn’t really ever wear jeans before I moved here. It’s nice sometimes but also a bit boring. I’m trying to find a happy middle ground that I keep referring to as “70’s art teacher”.

    I used to work in a bakery and adored my Danskos but for anyone not convinced of a wood sole- these are really great: https://www.elnaturalista.com/en/woman/natu-n178-soft-grain-black-grafito-yggdrasil.html.

    They look kinda weird at first but they read just like a clog when they are on and are super comfy and durable.

    • Claire says...

      Cute shoes! thanks for sharing the link!

  11. Mari says...

    Beautiful, relatable. Lovely style and story. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Ava says...

    Another great post in this series! I really enjoy it. Lots of people seem upset that many of the women featured in the series wear expensive clothes, but I LOVE to see people wearing these beautiful things in their own way and to take inspiration from combinations of shapes and patterns! It’s like awesome virtual window shopping!

    • I agree! I follow lots of brands that aren’t necessarily in my budget but are still inspiring. Style isn’t equal to a brand. It’s more how can this be recreated in a way that fits in a budget. And sometimes it’s realizing that maybe I could invest in some special pieces if I buy less of the cheap stuff.

      http://www.dinasdays.com/category/fashion/ is a great example of taking inspiration and finding a way to make it work. Almost everything is thrifted. It’s pretty inspiring if you are on a tight budget.

  13. Jessica says...

    Any way to find out where she bought that amazing child’s bed in the first picture? Loved this woman’s style and story. Thanks!

    • NRenee says...

      Looks like the modern toddler bed from Kidcraft.

  14. Jessica says...

    Any way to find out where she bought that amazing child’s bed in the first picture? Loved this woman’s style and story.

  15. Erin Butler says...

    I really enjoyed this post (fellow social worker!) as well as all the commentary. It has always been interesting for me to ponder…my whole career thus far has been for non profits and I live frugally on a social worker’s salary but I adore fashion! Lately I have been working toward a capsule wardrobe and finding beautiful thrift pieces because my clothing tends to get beat up, ink covered and well worn “in the field”. Keep up the thought provoking, beautiful and touching work Cup of Jo! P.S. Can anyone recommend vegan friendly clogs ?

    • Meredith says...

      Dansko makes a lot of vegan friendly clogs. A little pricey, but they last forever. I have Dansko clogs that are 15 years old. Dansko has an online outlet also.

    • Julie says...

      Second vote for Danskos. They do seem so expensive at over $100 a pop, but I have some I’ve had for 8 years and they’re practically new. Also…once you try them on, any other shoe will feel excruciatingly uncomfortable. They’re so great.

  16. carol says...

    you guys should definitely do a home tour! love her style.

  17. Emily says...

    I grew up in Northern California and graduated from UC Berkeley — living in NYC now and seriously missing the bay area, so it feels like home to see your SF style. thank you! xo

  18. Jennifer says...

    Loved this post, Thea, her clothes and style are all beautiful and inspiring. It’s great to see someone with a regular career in the mix too, although I agree I was also surprised at the price range of some of these items on a teacher / social worker budget. Definitely, second the request to see features on someone with a more entry level career stage budget, as well as more typical office situation.

  19. Amanda G says...

    I’d love to see a week of outfits for someone who has a stricter budget! As an entry-level professional who wants to look nice for less, I still can’t really justify 75% off a $500 dress. My idea of being thrifty is shopping the Ann Taylor outlets (ha), since there’s no way I can afford fancy designers on sale. Jo and team, if you could feature someone who dresses in more recognizable, mainstream brands that the common working woman could afford, I know a lot of readers would really appreciate it!

    P.S. I followed that link to Frances May and was a little bit disgusted that they are selling a used painter’s smock for almost $400…REALLY?!). Again, def not my price point.

    • Allegra Liu says...

      I agree. Or maybe link to similar style clothes that are more reasonably priced. I love Ace and Jig and the No. 6 dress pictured but I do think $300-400 for a casual dress is out of reach for most budgets whether you’re at entry level in your profession or even if you’re established but have to think about budgeting for kids and mortgages.

    • Jessica says...

      I have to second (third?) this comment. I love all the “Week of outfits” and beauty uniform posts. So inspiring! I just can’t afford most of what’s is linked. If th beauty uniform or outfit is expensive, I like the idea of highlighting cheaper alternatives.

    • Kara says...

      I totally agree!

    • Annie Y says...

      Have you checked out Ashley Ford’s week of outfits? She’s both incredibly stylish, and nearly all of her picks were accessible (Gap, Banana Republic clearance, JC Penney).

    • Amanda G says...

      Annie, I must have missed that one. Will have to check it out – thanks!

    • Lauren says...

      Agreed! I live in Oakland and have a great job/salary/no debt, and I still think that the price point for most of the “casual” clothing is too high (particularly considering the cost of housing and food in the Bay Area). I like fashion and want to look great, but I personally set paying rent, buying organic produce, and saving for my future as higher priorities than fitting in with an Ace & Jig dress.

      That said – I do enjoy the week of outfits posts :) I tend to use them more for inspiration. E.g., I’ve been kinda into the idea of clogs lately, and this post just inches me closer to buying some (though probably not the Sven pair).

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you so much for your notes! we strive to feature a range of styles/budgets/cities/ages/careers/philosophies etc in our week of outfits series. check some more out here, if you’d like! thank you so much!

      https://cupofjo.com/category/style/fashion/week-of-outfits/

  20. What a cutie. Love that this is what 40 is in our generation. Equal parts mom and individual woman. Cool.

    • Annie says...

      Yes! And love your comment, Jillian.

  21. This is great, but there is one thing – I wish we could see some of the photos of her mom she’s referencing!!!

  22. liz says...

    Polka dots with stripes! Love it! I wore clogs all the time when I was a teen. My feet now demand running shoes or boots with a good arch. So young folk with good arches enjoy your clogs! I also love that she is embracing self care.

  23. Vanessa says...

    I think she looks amazing and confident. I really liked Thea’s approach to owning just one good quality handbag and one larger carryall. My mom used to own just one decent handbag at a time and wear it until it fell apart, too. Reading about a stylish woman online who does the same makes it feel validating that not everyone own a closet’s worth of handbags. Thanks for sharing your style secrets, Thea!

  24. Lee says...

    This question is for Thea. I’ve always loved the look of clogs and the effortlessness of them but, don’t you find the wood sole hard on your feet?
    Whenever I’ve tried shoes with wooden soles I feel soreness in my legs for days afterward. Do you have any non-wooden soled clogs? If so, where did you buy them?
    Thanks!

  25. Amelia says...

    Love, love, love this – love her work, her look, her story. Beautiful!

  26. I never tire of pretty dresses with denim jackets. Always such a cute look.

  27. shannon says...

    It’s cool to me reading through the comments on these posts, and invariably we all want to go deeper – what is this person’s career like? How does she organize her finances/kids/career/etc. to make it possible to dress like this? What does the rest of her house look like?

    Clearly we are very curious (nosy? haha), and the week of outfits always feels like such a tantalizing glimpse into some fascinating person’s life. Kudos to COJ for making a fashion series so much more than just clothes.

    • J says...

      2nd this. These are high priced, designer pieces…on a social worker budget living in san francisco? I care, and then again, I don’t. They are pretty outfits.

  28. JenMarie says...

    I love these posts and love the diversity of the women but one kind of woman I’ve not seen yet is someone a bit older — 50s or 60s. Could you profile someone like that one day?

  29. Tricia says...

    I’d love to see a week of outfits from someone who works in a more formal office. Struggling lawyer here :-)

    • Alison Briggs says...

      I agree! I wish I could dress so casually for work everyday! Would love to see some women who have more corporate jobs that typically call for a more formal dress code :)

  30. Love Baggu’s basic leather totes – they are so simple and sophisticated. I always throw one in my bag when traveling! Thea’s style is perfectly San Francisco – free and flowery. Thanks for doing great work to help young people in need, Thea!

    http://www.shessobright.com

  31. Mullica says...

    I love that kid’s bed? Where is it from? I want to get one for my godson!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s the modern toddler bed from kidskraft, although sadly i think it’s sold out!

  32. Jeannie says...

    I LOVE her style! I also have always wanted to wear clogs, but have never found a pair that felt comfortable; guess I never found the right brand.

  33. Sasha says...

    I love Thea’s style! It’s funny that others have commented that clogs are a bit “old”, and Thea herself says she accepted “momdom” when she started wearing them. But to me they seem young and fresh and hip, because my 20 yo daughter wears nothing else. She has such cute ones. She’s tall already, but they make her very tall, which she loves. I think it’s about boosting confidence and “taking up space”. She does get a lot of older ladies stopping her on the street and saying “great shoes!” :)
    I love it when we feel confident enough to wear what makes US happy.

  34. Emma says...

    While she is lovely and has nice outfits, I can’t help but feel that you guys really push the brand Ace & Jig. I love when you feature people with more unique style. There are literally thousands of independent fashion brands. Let’s see and hear about some of these others rather than the ten or so found at Barneys and Steven Alan. Thanks for letting me share my thoughts :)

  35. yael steren says...

    I love the second look and that Thea mixed the stripes with polka dots!! The graphic top in the last look is also so amazing!! For the first outfit I wish she had cheat tucked in the sweater just so that her proportions were correct!! xx yael

  36. Fun set of outfits, I love all the clogs!

    xx, Miss Harwell

  37. Tara says...

    This is my favorite week of outfits by far. All of the outfits seem practical for work and life. Some of the other weeks previously posted were too out there for my personal style (but nice nonetheless)! I can see myself wearing any of these outfits. And now I’m inspired to buy clogs, although I never considered them until I saw this. Still not sure if I need them, but those Svens look super nice and comfortable.

  38. Caitlin Rookey says...

    This librarian is LOVING Thea’s style. Great post! Thank you!

  39. Changing body is always hard to get use to. My body changed when I gave birth and still changing. On some day I love my shape but most of the time I wish I can get my old body back.

  40. Kim L says...

    So love this series. I’m a newly married childless 30 year old living in Nashville – I would never wear any of these outfits, and don’t think I’ve seen a person my age in clogs since middle school, yet I LOVE Thea’s style (and support her great work!) and feel like that is the beauty of this series. Her clothes and approach to fashion clearly work for her and her lifestyle, and she looks beautiful and comfortable in her own skin. It’s so fun to be able to peek into a person’s closet/fashion brain who is very different from yours, and see them ‘make it work.’ Thanks for the great series, Jo, and good luck to you Thea!

    • J says...

      i am surprised clogs haven’t made it to nashville’s scene. they seem quite trendy in a lot of the bigger cities i’ve visited the past two years. they are so comfy – i love the trend.

  41. Holly says...

    That dress is 👌 Love it! This feature and motherhood around the world are my fave!

  42. Alice says...

    Love her style, practical and beautiful with a slice of fun. It speaks to my lifestyle. It seems to me like she’s paring down her items and the number of them for what works and feels and looks good, and I love that.

  43. Katie says...

    Yay social workers!!! What important work she does-so happy to see a social worker featured that showcases the diverse careers available in the field. Thank you for featuring Thea!

  44. Gorgeous style :-)

  45. Thea has such a lovely laid back style.

  46. dylan says...

    When I lived in San Francisco I could never quite figure out how to dress for the weather (I was always too hot or too cold, the no seasons thing is real). This wardrobe makes me want to move back so I can dress like this!! Also, my favorite clogs are made by Ugg- warm fuzzy inside that never gets too hot and the sole is so flexible and comfortable even though the heel is a bit narrower than most clogs.

  47. Meg says...

    “My body changed a lot in my late 30s; I’m still getting used to dressing my new shape. I love the silhouette of this dress, and I wear it all the time. It’s not drawing attention to any part of my body but it doesn’t feel like a cloak either. ”

    Perfect description of my clothes/body struggle. Helpful!

  48. Gudrun says...

    Not normally one to comment like this, but in this time as a woman raising a daughter, must we focus on this woman’s outfits? What about her wonderful ideas or career. I’m a stay at home mom, without the “career” some would say. But as women who work in and out of the home, haven’t we gone beyond our outfits? I say this because I admire you and your blog so. And you strike me as this type of woman. Who cares for the individual, not the clothes. Just thought this seemed like a relevant comment to today’s women and to you. Not a critical response, just a thought.

    • Kim says...

      It’s a series about style, though.

    • Sasha says...

      Gudrun, I would love to see a second series, tied to this one, something like “a day in the life of…a social worker”. It would focus on the work, balancing work and life, a glimpse into someone else’s struggles and triumphs.
      I’m someone who tries hard to look past surface distinctions, like physical appearance, socio-economic standing, clothes. I really appreciate knowing someone deeply. And I would love to see women less focused on “fashion” & more energy put to things that bring deep happiness. But I still love clothes, and what they express about ourselves. I think we can do both. I do love this series. Respectfully, I appreciate your thoughtful comment.

    • JR says...

      I get where you’re coming from BUT you can care about fashion/enjoy discussing a person’s style — and still be a career-minded feminist. CoJ talks about careers a lot. There’s plenty of space (in life and on this blog) for both.

    • I see where you’re coming from, Gudrun, but to me this series is about the celebratory aspect that can come from dressing in a way that makes you feel good. This series doesn’t strike me as a series that focuses on style because it’s important for women to always present themselves well; rather, I feel these women are sharing a piece of themselves through their clothes. After all, there are a lot of men who care about the clothes they wear, too! (And more power to them!)

    • Gudrun says...

      Glad people had some thoughtful/non-bitter responses to my comment. I didn’t want to come off in a negative way. I appreciate this blog and fashion, just a thought that struck me and I began to wonder if there will ever be a time when women don’t have to work so hard on their wardwrobe….and are excepted for all the other things they bring to the table besides their good fashion sense. That said, I work hard to on myself and to present a nice image, but sometime I’m jealous of my husband and how little he has to worry about it.

  49. Luna GC says...

    Absolutely agree about bags! I used to spend my paycheck on new bags, new shoes & new perfumes every week. Then I had kids 😆

  50. Deboleena Mazumdar says...

    21 year old here and avid lover of clogs. Your style is so finely tuned!

  51. Missy says...

    Yay social workers! Wish she would’ve talked more about her job :) Can you tell I’m a social worker?

  52. Emmy says...

    She’s the cutest. I totally love her style. Would love a beauty post or house tour :)

    Wondering, how do folks make clogs comfortable? I have some gorgeous hasbeens but they’re so hard to wear (they literally fall off my feet mid walk and my foot stabs into the back, it’s all a mess!). Tips??

    • Jamie Quiroz says...

      I buy them with a backstrap! They really are like wearing sneakers all day. I get mine from a brand called Lotta from Stockholm (v. similar to Hasbeens but a small fraction of the price). E.g.: http://www.lottafromstockholm.co.uk/clogs/best-sellers/low-wood-aubergine.html

      Not sure what shipping is like directly from their site, but I’ve always bought them directly on Amazon. As a bonus, I’ve had pairs for years and they truly hold up.

    • ChiTown Mom says...

      My husband claims clogs are my love language so I hope I’ve gained a bit of wisdom… Hasbeens are definitely the most challenging. I’d get a clear, high-quality oil (coconut, grape seed, even olive) to rub them down with. Then, wear them around your house for an hour or so at a time until they’ve stretched (and you’ve built the tolerance). You can also buy shoe trees one size up to stick in when you’re not wearing them. To keep the straps on, you could try fashion tape (or “bra tape”, as it was sold to me). I had to use it for these strappy sandals I had to wear for a wedding. FYI, Hasbeens tend to be about a quarter size narrower than the actual size they are. Definitely work with what you’ve got, but I tend to prefer No6, Sven and Bryr if you are looking for style (but with comfort) and Dansko if you’re looking for comfort. Finally, I think it’s just kind of a “know oneself” thing. I’m a rather clumsy, tall woman chasing students and/or my own kids so the super high-heeled clogs are just never going to work. I stick to mid- or low- heels without any problems. Good luck!

      Also, loved Thea! Would have loved to hear even more about the work she does and how she navigated the career transition with kids.

    • Beth says...

      I have about six pairs of clogs (!)…actually 8 when I count my clog boots! And yes, I’m a mom. :D

      I couldn’t wear Swedish Hasbeens – there’s no flex in the wood sole and they were very uncomfortable (leather never broke in), and I felt like I was clomping everywhere. I second the Lotta clogs, and also have a pair from Toms that are uber-comfy, as well as a few of the newer Dansko clogs (with faux-wood sole that’s flexible) that I live in. Also randomly a pair from Hanna Andersen that I love!

    • Carolyn Reny says...

      Hi,
      I just bought Bosabo clogs and some styles have a flex in the wood, so they are super comfy if you are on your feet all day. Bonus…they don’t slip off if you have the strap on the back! I have found them in Canada but I think they are a French brand.
      Carolyn

  53. Hi Joana! Anna here, from Brazil. Practical, modern and simple style without being extravagant. Every woman should learn to dress like this!

  54. Kristin says...

    I love her style! I’d love to see one of these for a short pear shaped woman (not model thin)… it’s a double whammy in terms of difficult to find things that fit well, don’t make you look shorter or heavier and actually are stylish too.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, kristin! we’re on it!

    • Gitty says...

      Another vote for short and pear (but I happen to be a size 0 in skirts)

    • Sasha says...

      I too would like to see stuff for pear-shaped women. I used to be quite skinny in my twenties, and gained weight all over, but mainly bottom half, in my thirties, and stuff that used to look good on me doesn’t anymore! I need help finding things that look nice, and don’t accentuate my pudginess.

    • Sasha says...

      I just want to say, I like this newer series that highlights women with different body shapes andstyle esthetic from Joanna. Your clothes suggestions always look wonderful on you, but do not necessarily work on someone shorter and curvier. For example, perfect Jcrew shorts you recommended a while back that looked awesome on you, sadly looked like sausage casings on my legs.

  55. Kamisha says...

    I love the style and SF is a city I love. Any chance Thea got her teaching credential at SFSU?? it would have been years ago but I feel like I recognize her.

  56. Sarah says...

    YES stylish social workers!! “Ther-wear”- only surprised at the lack of scarves. Thanks for the fashion inspiration xxoo

  57. Heather says...

    This makes me want clogs and long skirts so much!!

  58. Amy says...

    She’s great. I love that she deliberately spend time on herself rather than just focusing on her children. It’s so, so important.

    I wear Birkenstocks and while some versions are not clogs, they are THE BEST.

  59. Thea is an excellent example of SF Style. She dresses appropriately for her job, wears what’s comfortable, looks fabulously casual and current, and must have access to money that is way above her own social worker salary scale. Ace & Jig? Madewell? Osei Duro? A.P.C. cross body purse? Whew. The good news is that in SF we have dynamite consignment stores and are even able to scoop up deals in thrift shops. I would love to see a story about someone who lives and shops on a social worker’s salary alone. Love these, Joanna, so please keep them coming!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, yes, she buys most things on sale — jeans from thrifting and other pieces on big sale: “Because I live in San Francisco where there are essentially no seasons, I buy a lot of clothes off-season during sales. I got this polka-dot sweater at Barney’s end-of-winter sale for like 75 percent off. I sign up for my favorite stores’ email lists and follow a bunch on Instagram to keep up with sales.”

    • Allyson says...

      I think it’s inappropriate to comment on what money she might have access to. Even if she did buy these items full price, who are we to judge? Maybe she saved in other areas so that she could splurge on things she loves. It is possible to be financially responsible and splurge on expensive things when your career is a social worker. I don’t think strangers should be deciding what’s “way above her social worker salary.” Lots of people who make incredibly generous salaries are in debt. Lots of people who make modest salaries are financially sound, and shouldn’t have judgment passed on them if they buy expensive things.

    • Lara says...

      Thea also doesn’t have too much stuff – she clearly has only as many accessories as she needs – and I imagine this is also true for clothes. A great lesson for all of us and one I, as a new adopter of the KonMari method, look up to!

    • Different Joanna says...

      I thought the same thing!!

    • Karen says...

      Totally agree it’s inappropriate to comment on how much salary someone has. I think it’s an inspiration that Thea has been able to narrow down to items she truly loves and then has the patience and figures out a way to thrift or “sale” her way to them.

  60. T Barr Segal says...

    This is my favorite Week of Outfits yet. That’s totally my style. I lived in San Francisco for 19 years and now live in rural Mendocino county (hubbie built a house here) and I still dress like this. It’s a style that is simple, classy, comfortable, and always put together.
    This post really made me smile.😊

  61. Tina, nyc. says...

    Thea you are so beautiful and I really enjoyed reading your interview and learning about your grant program!

    What tremendous work you are doing for these young victims of pervasive violence.

    Can you share with us how you came to the decision to do a masters in social work and how you juggled motherhood and graduate school.

    And any advice to someone looking into your social work field.

    • Claire says...

      I second this!

  62. S says...

    where is that beautiful knit-textured rug from?

    • Nina says...

      I would also love to know! Thanks!

    • Alyce says...

      I have a similar rug from Serena & Lily. Room and Board also sells one. Honestly, although the rug feels divinely plush to stand or sit on, and generally looks great, it’s really really hard to clean. It could probably stand to be professionally cleaned twice a year. I wouldn’t recommend it.

    • S says...

      thank you, Alyce! Its also quite expensive! ooof! But it does look so luxurious. Maybe it would be fine in a low-traffic area.

  63. Kathleen says...

    This is the first one of these that I thought to myself, ” I would love to wear that”, for every outfit! I think I found my fashion- person!

    Thanks!

  64. Bonnie says...

    I love her style and totally want to dress like this.
    #stylegoals

  65. Sara says...

    Love her style!! Also on board with Sven & No. 6 clogs. My favorites! In my opinion, well made clogs, like Sven, are molded to your feet and much more comfortable/lighter than the cheaper ones. Quick question, any idea what color these clogs are? I know the style but they look both pinkish and brown. Cute!

    • Martha says...

      You can ask on Sven’s Facebook page – they are super helpful – but I’m guessing they are the mocha.

    • Martha says...

      Or rust!

  66. Love the outfits! – Elle ♡

  67. Alyce says...

    I love everything about Thea’s style.

  68. As always love this series and I love the diversity in jobs, time periods in their lives and family make-up. And the variety of styles this series shows.

  69. Tram says...

    Love this one, and love her – herstyle, career choice, her approach to life that comes through in just a few words. Brought light to my day!

  70. Kassie says...

    I want every outfit she owns! I moved from the Bay Area to Hawaii five years ago, but I’m a true Nor Cal girl at heart!

  71. Jen says...

    Great post. She’s got great style and I totally relate to adjusting to having a new body post kids and as the late 30s set in. Also relate to needing to focus on my own style to feel good again. I would love to see photos of her mom’s style. Makes me think it would be cool to do a series about intergenerational style. Would love to see her mom’s style and her children’s style. Of course we get to see that a little bit with you, Joanna, which is really neat. Thanks

  72. Laura says...

    Loving the vibe. And that she chooses to dress up because it pleases her. Looks gorgeous!

    I don’t know how you guys decide who to profile, but this reminded me I follow @elizabethsmart on IG (I don’t know her personally, I just like her IG) and I always love her style! Would be interesting to see what her week of outfits would be.

  73. Annabelle says...

    STYLE ICON. This is what I aspire to. Also I think I own four pairs of clogs and feel the need for many more. Once you go clog you cannot go back.

    • laura says...

      Can you speak to the brands?

      I would love No 6, but I can’t wrap my head around the price point. Sven I’ve heard good things about … but still not exactly cheap. One of the commenters (commentators?) link to Lotta which is totally the right price for me. But they’re sold out of my size in that oiled nubeck (didn’t know what color I wanted until I saw that and now I’m 100% sold).

  74. Sarah says...

    Thea,
    There’s nothing like a woman who looks comfortable in her own skin to allow true beauty to shine. You look so relaxed and quietly confident. Thanks for sharing the information on your grant program as well; it sounds amazing.

  75. D says...

    This might be a really silly question, but is it hard to walk in clogs? Do they really stay on your feet? I remember wearing a pair of Candies clogs in the 90s and really just feeling pain and blisters all the time! I’d love to wear cool clogs!

    • Heidi hummel says...

      I am a teacher and always on my feet. I wear clogs everyday and they are amazing. My feet never hurt in them. I have a pair of Clarks clogs that I got on sale ($30).

    • Carrie says...

      I second that, and do your feet not get sweaty? Because I am SO digging that first look, and kinda want some clogs now too

    • Kirsten says...

      I’m sure this is totally dependent on the person, but I find them super comfortable. I have relatively high arches though, so walking on the hard wooden surface doesn’t really bother me. I have a pair of Sven’s that have ankle straps that are sturdy/incredibly easy to walk in, and have never given me blisters, not even when they were new out of the box! I also have a pair of Swedish Hasbeens, and like most leather shoes they definitely rubbed for awhile, but once I broke them in (rubbing them with oil and wearings them with socks works well) they became quite comfy. Not quite as much as my Sven’s, though :)

    • Paula says...

      It is not! once you break them in clogs are super comfortable shoes! :-D

    • Jeannie says...

      I totally find it too hard to walk in clogs! My feet are size 7, wide but also I’ve got a skinny foot if that makes sense. All manners of clogs slip and slide, and make me worry I’ll twist an ankle! Just gotta go into a store and try ’em for yourself. I bet different brands would be worth trying on since not all clogs are quite the same.

      Just don’t do soles because my friend’s orthopedist said she ruined herself walking in wooden clogs for so long.

  76. I like the fact that she created her own idea of a dress code for her super casual office. I manage a thrift shop in Virginia and we don’t really have a dress code either, but I like to put a little thought into my outfits even if they’re not standard professional wear.

  77. Marni says...

    You’re beautiful, Thea!

    • Marni says...

      Could we ever get a house tour?

  78. Heather says...

    This line:
    ” For the first few years of my daughter’s life… I would buy her cute outfits and take pleasure in dressing her, but not take care of myself in the same way. Putting more love and attention on her than I do on myself has been an ongoing struggle for me, but a few years ago I realized that needed to shift. Now I try to wear clothes that make me feel good.”

    This is an ongoing struggle for me, too. Dressing my twin daughters is so much fun, and has been such a distraction from dressing my post-twin body. I so admire that you’ve found a style that you feel at home in, Thea. I know from experience that this is a much more emotional journey than simply going shopping for new clothes. Good for you!!!

  79. “Once I submitted to clogs, I was like, ‘Okay, I am officially a mom now.’ ” – Love this. I’ve also recently come to this conclusion. No. 6 clogs are THE BEST!

    • Heather says...

      I loved this line, too. I finally broke down a few weeks ago and ordered a pair from Bryr studio in San Fran. I’m curious about the NO. 6 clogs, too. But one pair of clogs at a time…

    • Gen says...

      Hup hup for Bryr! I went to high school with the delightful owner/designer!

  80. sadie says...

    I LOVE love love the dress, jean jacket, tights, and booties combo. I’d totally wear that. :) Question…have you ever thought about doing a behind-the-scenes of the “week of outfits” posts? I’ve been wondering if they take their own photos, or if one of you travels to take the photos? If they’re done all in one day (but not really a week)? I’m a photographer and I suppose this is why I’m curious. :) Thanks for all you do! Love your blog so much!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hi sadie! thank you so much for your question. another reader had a similar question on the last Week of Outfits post, and here’s my answer, if you’re curious! thanks so much xoxo

      JOANNA GODDARD SAYS…
      good question! it would be really fun to do some behind-the-scenes posts, great idea.

      for five outfits posts, we have a long working list of people we think would be great for five outfits (keeping in mind different vibes, styles, price points, cities/states/countries, jobs, etc.)

      then we contact someone to see if they’re interested. we find a photographer, negotiate a rate and figure out a date that works for everyone. then we ask the five outfits person to send snapshots of five possible outfits that they wear all the time, so we can make sure they aren’t repeating anything that someone else just wore or whatever (just in case!). we encourage them to repeat jeans, bags, shoes, etc. as they normally would on an average week.

      then we go to their house on the day of the shoot and shoot all five outfits in a row, but in different locations, so readers can see that these really are outfits that they wear all the time to different things (work, dates, home, weekends, etc.). the shoot usually takes about 3-4 hours. [if they live outside of the new york area, we’ll send the photographer on their own with detailed instructions.]

      then we write down all the brands of their clothing and accessories so that back at the office we can find those pieces online if they’re still for sale, or similar pieces online if they’re not.

      a few days (or sometimes weeks) later, we interview the person on the phone about their style, their rituals, their clothes, their shopping habits, favorite stores, where they wear each look, their family, their job, etc etc etc. we’ll also email a bunch of times.

      then we condense the interview by pulling out the best/most relevant stuff (and sometimes cutting stuff we love, which is hard, but often necessary to make a piece tight and compelling) so it can be read easily within a fun blog post.

      then we chose our final photos from all the ones the photographer took and do any cropping, etc that we might need to do. we upload the photos into a draft post and put in the interview, add the clothing links, format everything, call the interviewee with any last-minute follow-up questions or fact checking, and add all the back-end blog coding and SEO stuff.

      finally, we read the final post with the rest of our team to see if everything makes sense to fresh eyes and to catch any errant typos. then we publish. then we promote on social and answer comments and reader questions, like this! it’s a fun, multi-faceted process. as our team is always saying, it’s often hard to make something look easy, but that’s the goal!

      thank you so much for asking!
      JUNE 20, 2017 1:08PM /

    • Gen says...

      Love the behind the scenes! It’s like director’s commentary on DVD but better because I care! Thanks ;)

    • laura says...

      Joanna, that was so interesting to read. Missed it on the last post, thank you for reposting!

    • I so loved reading this ‘behind the scenes’. Thanks for sharing Joanna!

    • Emma says...

      Joanna, this could have been a whole post! I find behind-the-scenes so interesting!

    • So fascinating! I used to work in online publishing, and even still, I never imagined just how much work would go into a piece like this. Thanks for giving us a peek at your process – I’d definitely love to see behind-the-scenes posts!

    • Meredith says...

      First time commenting here, but Joanna your comment was so compelling! Like seeing how the sausage is made haha. I would love to read more of this in future blog posts.

      I’m currently living in Central Africa, and whenever things get hectic here reading your blog can be a nice change of pace; it’s great to be reminded of all the effort and guts it takes to run this blog and community.

  81. R says...

    I love the child’s bed with the bookshelf in the first picture! Where is that from? Did they make it?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her!

    • Em says...

      Yes, I am dying to know this answer, also!!

    • I would also love to know this and came to the comments to see if anyone had asked!

    • Laura says...

      I think it’s from ikea

  82. Angela says...

    This post makes me feel like I could get on board with clogs. They look so comfy!

  83. Meg says...

    Totally charming! Love the dresses. And I’m so curious about the child’s floor bed in the first photo. What a great design!

    • Me too!!!! I’d love to buy it for my child!!! :-)