Work from Home Fashion | 8 Essentials for Your New Work-From-Home Wardrobe
Part of the fun of having a corporate job is the opportunity to dress up, even if you work from home!
Whether at home or at the office, the purpose of your wardrobe is to express yourself in a professional, powerful and feminine way while also being comfortable and approachable.
Working from home provides some workplace advantages as well as some unique challenges but your wardrobe should remain smart and sophisticated.
We believe productivity is a direct result of confidence. You must feel confident and put together in order to be productive which is why we have come up with seven essentials for your work from home fashion wardrobe.
Work from Home Fashion: Tops
Not only should you dress for yourself, you may be jumping from meeting to meeting (virtually, of course) and need to look presentable to other people. No more sweatshirts or pajamas. We suggest a blouse with short sleeves or lightweight long sleeves like this one or this one.
Work from Home Fashion: Bottoms
Leave those yoga pants and sweatpants for the weekend. They may be comfortable but they are not suitable for a professional during the workday.
Instead opt for a pair of wide-leg trousers, an elastic-waisted skirt, or a pair of chinos. We aren’t opposed to blue jeans or jeggings either. A dark wash is preferred. Bottoms are probably the most versatile of pieces.
Work from Home Fashion: Layers
Dressing in layers is optimal for maintaining a comfortable body temperature. Sitting for long periods of time in the air-conditioned house can become chilly. A long duster cardigan like this one would be lovely over a loose cami or other flowy top.
It provides warmth and visual interest. This can be worn all year long. We enjoy a lighter fabric and sleek design for the summer and in the fall / winter, choose a more substantial fabric like a chunky knit.
Work from Home Fashion: Jewelry
Simple jewelry like pearl studs or small hoops offer a classic appeal. Choose earrings light enough to not drag your ears down. Opt for higher quality metals as well. Cheaper metals irritate the skin and cause discoloration.
Pair earrings with a necklace or bracelet. We find that too many bracelets limit the hand mobility when typing so be mindful of that. The best thing about working from home is if you find yourself annoyed by what you are wearing, you can quickly change!
Work from Home Fashion: Accessories
Additional accessories like a vintage scarf to wear around your neck or shoulders is also acceptable and when worn in your hair, it offers functionality as well as style. Take a look at this one or this one.
We have also seen them in second hand shops. Search your local thrift shops for some one-of-a-kind pieces.
Work from Home Fashion: One-Piece Outfits
If you would rather not fuss with coordinating multiple pieces in your outfit, a one-piece outfit like a dress or jumpsuit are great alternatives. Take a look at this one.
Work from Home Fashion: Shoes
We recommend wearing a pair of shoes to tie your outfit together. Slip-on shoes like a pair of mules or flats will provide comfort and allow you to kick them off easily when your feet need a break.
Work from Home Fashion: Hair & Skin Care
Another essential in your work-from-home wardrobe is your hair and skin care routine. As you don’t have a commute, it is tempting to roll out of bed 30 minutes before your first meeting.
Try waking up earlier and make yourself presentable beyond your clothes. No bed head!
Work from Home Fashion: Bonus Tip
We couldn’t give you tips on how to dress for virtual meetings and not touch on the lighting in the room. Our last piece of advice is to make sure there is adequate lighting in the room where you work. Natural light or nice soft light is best for computer meetings.
Have you read our post on how to ready your workspace? It is just as important as preparing yourself for working at home. Take a look here.