I’d first like to preface this article by admitting that as I sit on my kitchen table (my new ‘co-working’ desk), my work outfit consists of my new go-to Urban Outfitters joggers (sweat pants) and a black Nike sports top. All this to say, writing this article was *almost* an entirely selfish endeavour to find some working from home outfit inspiration to refresh my current work uniform.
While I think many of us have enjoyed a more relaxed way of working, we’ve also begun to miss having some structure to our days, including getting dressed in the morning. In fact, it’s scientifically proven that getting dressed boosts our overall mood and serotonin levels. Talking to Refinery29, psychologist Jennifer Musselman stated that ‘not getting dressed can also lead you to eat poorly, drink more, and reduce positivity and engagement in life across the board’.
As many businesses have re-evaluated operations, offering increased flexibility to its employees and the opportunity to work remotely, it’s likely that we’ll see this attitude transfer over to old ideas about office work codes too. Whilst most fashion companies already have fairly relaxed rules, joggers and hoodies could start to become commonplace within work environments. So, if you’re looking to revamp your working from home looks or gearing up for a return to the office, here are five ways to pepper your workwear wardrobe with these easy and repeatable outfits.
The ‘chuck-on-and-go’ dress
I love dresses for their effortlessness – just chuck one on, slide on a pair of shoes and you’re ready to go! For extra comfort, shift dresses that skim the body’s curves without hugging them are very comfortable for wearing around the house (cue the recent term ‘house dress’). When heading to the office for meetings, layer some jewellery, add lipstick to your lips and cheeks, and pack a light structured jacket.
Is there much else that can beat a good easy and repeatable matching set? Especially when it comes in a luxurious, brown silky fabric like this one from Sundarbay as worn by Olivia Natalie. The elasticated waistband and wide-leg trouser make it super comfortable for lounging around in at home, whilst the loose shirt ties together the look, sophisticated enough to wear to important meetings or job interviews.
TOP TIP: Pick a colour that compliments your skin tone and you’ll live in your set.
Would you ever wear joggers to the office? Thanks to the likes of Balenciaga, Off-White, and Vetements the rise of ath-leisure has made casual items such as the jogger and hoodie a luxury item over recent years. Pairing your sweatpants with a white top and oversized blazer instantly elevates the look. Perfect for Zoom meetings where you can keep your lower half-hidden or for casual but busy workdays in the office.
We’ve all been loving the humble cardigan’s return after that paparazzi photo of Katie Holmes went viral and it makes for the perfect working from home outfit. Rebekah Lynneth paired hers with some paper bag, wide-leg pants from H&M for a super cozy look, one that I’ll definitely be recreating.
Above all, keep it simple
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Ultimately, the most easy and repeatable outfits happen when you’ve mastered the basics. A simple tank top, your comfiest pair of trousers, and a neutral color scheme, with a few gold accessories, are the basic building blocks of any double-duty outfit. I love looking at Lydia’s page for ideas to nail that ‘smart casual’ look.
Are you preparing to head back to the office yet or have you decided to work from home permanently? I’d love to hear how your work has changed in the comments below!
Words by Heather Ibberson