As someone who works in the tech industry, I’ve been working from home way before COVID-19. While I didn’t work from home fulltime, I did spend three out of five working days at home. In the beginning, my idea of a work from home outfit is a hoodie on top of my pajamas. I would just roll out of bed 30 or even 15 minutes before my daily first-hour meeting, splash cold water on my face, and gulp a quick cup of coffee to look alive.
Let me tell you, this was super comfortable. In fact, maybe too comfortable that I ended up climbing back into bed after basically staying on mute the entire meeting. Yes, it was cozy – but it wasn’t working (pun intended). Since then, I’ve been playing around with pieces in my wardrobe to find the right balance between comfy and professional. Since many of us are staying at home fulltime, I thought I’d share some work from home outfit ideas that I’ve been practicing for two years now.
While comfortability is essential in any outfit, it is also vital that the ‘fit is apt for your activities for the day. If you are going to be sitting in front of the computer all day and going on video meetings, you need to make sure you’re dressed for productivity. You want to find that balance between comfy in your own home, but also looking respectable in front of your colleagues. Trust me, I can’t stress how important it is to look like a boss babe. This is especially true if you are a tiny brown woman in an industry filled with white men.
Also, looking professional just boosts my productivity and makes me feel good about myself. The thing is, you don’t even have to buy a bunch of new clothes for these looks. Just rummage through your closet, and I’m pretty sure you can easily recreate these work from home outfits.
1. Button-Up and Leggings. I describe this look as business on the top, cozy on the bottom. This work from home outfit will definitely merit respect from your co-workers. Aside from providing the much-needed productivity boost, it’s also perfect for chilling during your break or when you have to run a quick errand.
2. Dressy Sweater. I really love wearing sweaters when I work from home, especially those that are flexible and can be dressed up or down. I don’t know about you, but I really like looking good even when I’m just staying at home. The best part is that you can pair your sweater with a lounging bottom so you can stay relaxed as you hustle all day. This work from home outfit is definitely one of my go-to’s!
3. Comfy sweater and denim shorts. When I know that my workday will not be too heavy and I do not have any meeting scheduled, I like to keep it simple. One of the super simple ways I do this is with a comfy sweater blouse and a pair of denim shorts. This work from home outfit always makes so comfortable even if I have to sit in front of the computer all day. Also, if my boss suddenly calls for an emergency meeting, I know I still look presentable.
4. Oversized shirts. Once in a while, I like to play around and wear oversized shirts as dresses. When I work from home, I like exploring outfits that I normally can’t wear in the office. Oversized shirts are not only comfortable, but they also look really cute if styled right. As a bonus, I won’t have to wear fancy uncomfortable bottoms because no one can see them anyway.
5. Blazers. The good thing about blazers is that they can literally go with anything and make any ordinary piece look crisp. Sometimes when I work from home, I like wearing fun and trendy clothes that are not necessarily appropriate for the office. But with the help of a fabulous blazer, I can transform any outfit to that fitting of a #bossbabe.
As you may have noticed from my suggestions above, there are two things that I look for when I plan my work from home outfits: a) comfort and b) being presentable. With everything going on in the world right now, I prioritize mental health and comfortability above anything else. Looking and feeling good is a must when you work from home because isolation can take a toll on your mental health. One thing that has always helped me combat this is by being happy with what I’m wearing and how I look. However, we must not forget that we still have to look professional because that’s one of our responsibilities to our employers.