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Style SOS: What should I wear when I work from home?

Style SOS: What should I wear when I work from home?

"I work from home most days of the week, and I love that it allows me to ditch the suit, but I feel like I end up looking sloppy most of the time. How can I still feel comfortable but look a bit more considered when I'm working from my sofa? I can sense my cats judging me." - Samuel via Instagram 

It can be easy to fall into bad habits when you work from home: slouching on the sofa rather than setting up at your desk; snacking all day instead of breaking for a healthy lunch; staying in your pyjamas in favour of getting dressed. For some, just changing out of a dressing gown and into sweatpants and a hoodie is enough to pull us out of bed-mode, but if loungewear makes you feel sloppy, it will also affect your productivity. Working from home isn’t ‘off-duty’ time, so you probably don’t want to wear something you’d chuck on to watch Netflix on a Sunday evening.

So to get yourself into the right headspace, start each morning right by showering and getting ready the way you would if you were heading to the office. That way, you’ll be forced to consider what you’re going to wear for the day. If you know you’re not going to be leaving the house, you’ll want to feel relaxed and comfortable, and your layers should be warm enough to avoid sky-rocketing energy bills. Look for casual items that aren’t so laid-back that you’d wear them to the gym. Your outfit should be put-together enough that if you’re called into a last-minute meeting, you won’t need to get changed. 

What does that look like exactly? An easy rule of thumb is to include one smarter item in your outfit, so if you go for a cosy knit pair it with elasticated trousers, and if you’re wearing joggers, try a camp collar shirt for the perfect smart, relaxed vibe. Also remember that simple swaps make a big difference. Ditch the slim-fits and pick a pair of trousers with a drawstring or elasticated waist, like chinos or even wool joggers, which will feel like a step up from your favourite old sweatpants, without compromising the comfort factor. A selection of nice t-shirts that you’ll always feel relaxed in can be layered under a chunky knitted jumper on colder days, but oversized, slouchy knitwear can feel a little casual. 

And for days you have a video conference call or five, opt for a smarter look by throwing on a knitted polo. It’s a stylish compromise between a jumper and a shirt that’s easy to throw on over a t-shirt or on its own. Double up your knitwear with a cardigan over the top for extra warmth, or switch for an unstructured blazer if you have somewhere smarter to be after work hours.

Because you’re indoors all day, you probably don’t need to invest in home-working shoes, but a pair of premium slippers like North Face Tent Mules or suede loafers, covered-toe sandals like Birkenstock Bostons, or even slip on trainers like Vans slip-ons will complete your casual-yet-considered home-working look. You want to kick up your feet in style, after all. 

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Words: Ella White
Illustration: Ryan Gillett