The Ultimate Guide: Dress to work from Home
After many months in quarantine, we have nearly all come to terms with – if not, become fully accustomed to- working from home. In this time, we have naturally self-selected into two camps – those that roll out of bed straight onto their first zoom meeting of the day and those that put an alarm on even on Saturdays. If you are like us – a strict member of the second camp, sun-lamp-alarm and all– my sense of normalcy comes from maintaining a routine even in the most chaotic of times.
A very important part of that routine is a morning sequence of waking up, making a cup of coffee, and getting ready for the long day ahead as though we are about to walk out of my front door, pulled together and dressed, to commute to my office. I’ve always been a believer that taking the time to invest in your self and how you look every day translates into how confident you feel at work – there is something to be said for the way putting on a strong shouldered blazer with a fantastic pair of pumps makes you feel like you can conquer the world (or at least that important presentation you have later in the day). So here are our tips to dress to work from home, without ever having to battle a real waistband.
Take out your crisp white tailored shirts.
There is something so practical and easy about a crisp white tailored shirt, while also giving you the look like you have put real effort into getting ready for your day (even if you just yanked it out of your husband’s closet). They are easy to style – tucked into your favorite pair of slouchy jeans or paired with those bike shorts you purchased off of an influencer but haven’t yet figured out how to actually wear.
Add a blazer for the look (and feel) of professionalism.
For those days that you prefer to remain in your leggings and sweater or that you have a 1:1 with your manager, adding a structured blazer gives you the instant look of professionalism (with minimal effort).
Invest in high quality loungewear.
Loungewear does not have to be shabby, shapeless, or in pajama-like patterns. High quality loungewear is equal parts professional and comfortable. Invest in matching sets to take the guesswork out of pairing pieces, invest in luxe materials like cashmere, and invest in classic colors.
Lean into the knit dress
Our not-so-secret favorite wardrobe investment is a luxe long knit dress. Typically in stretchy, textured materials, they are as comfortable as they are chic. And because they are having a bit of a moment, you can find a variety of styles with different sleeve lengths that work best for your environment. They transition perfectly into comfortable lunchtime attire or after work activities like taking a walk around the neighborhood or running a few errands.
Our recommendations:Nanushka Canaan ribbed-knit turtleneck midi dress – My personal favorite because of the high slits on the sides that make it airy for warmer months and perfectly suited with a pair of knee high boots in the colder ones.
Khaite Allegra ribbed-knit midi dress – Dress it down or dress it up, this will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
Jil Sander Linen-Blend Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress
Anna October Ksenia Ribbed Turtleneck Maxi Dress - Business in the front, party in the back.
Accessorize with gold jewelry.
A simple gold link necklace or pair of gold and pearl drop earrings can elevate even the most basic sweater, especially when your professional interactions are currently reserved for a zoom meeting screen that only captures you from the neck up.
Leverage hair accessories to look refined without ever picking up hot tools.
A perk of working from home has been allowing our hair to get a break from daily hot tool usage. But for someone like me, who needs hot tools to tame my wild curls, adding a knotted headband or a gold hair clip tames my hair just as well sans heat. Because let’s be real, by Friday, the less time we can spend preparing for zoom meetings means the more time we can spend at happy hour.
Contributor: Meena Neti Amin, Fashion and Marketing Maven. Founder of blog Brooklyn and Boy