Social distancing may be the new world order during the coronavirus pandemic, and the change is affecting both the fashion industry and fashion in endless ways. But remote working is still keeping people together via virtual tools like FaceTime, WhatsApp, Google Hangout and the like.
Here are six styling tips for working from home that strike the right balance between cozy and professional.
1. Wear some real pants.
This might be one of the most contentious tips, but it could also be one of the most effective. Studies have shown that wearing clothes with symbolic meaning can help remote workers perform better on tasks. Since most of today’s remote workers are former office dwellers, that can range from jeans to suit trousers. From a realistic standpoint, a pair of jeans or casual pants are all that’s needed to flip the switch to work mode.
To buy: Everlane wide leg crop pants, $72.
2. Let knitwear be your sartorial security blanket.
One of the most obvious WFH pieces, the right sweater is like wearable “hygge.” Find your biggest, chunkiest knit and swaddle yourself in it, especially on days when the news seems the grimmest. A robed style feels like you’re still wearing pajamas even when you’re not. This might also be the right time to bring back the poncho.
To buy: Tory Burch Madeline cardigan, $248.
To buy: La DoubleJ knit top, $300.
3. Redefine the slipper.
Slippers will be the footwear you wear most these days, at least until the weather turns warmer. To break up the monotony of the look, style it with fun, textured socks. There are also a few of spring’s sandals and flats that can easily be repurposed as indoor shoes, but they must be comfortable and have a certain lightness. No one wants to hear the click-clack of stilettos or the clomp of block heels at home right now.
4. Wear a turtleneck.
Already a versatile sartorial savior, the turtleneck will continue to do the heavy lifting during this work-from-home era. Turtlenecks have an inherently professional neckline, appropriate for Zoom meetings and the like, and lately they’ve become more interesting, considering the trend to use chunky chain-link necklaces to accessorize. Plus, with a turtleneck, no one will imagine that you’re wearing sweatpants on the bottom.
5. Add a necklace or a pair of earrings.
Jewelry seems like the last thing you would think about when getting dressed for a day at home. But a pair of earrings or a statement necklace is a great way to break the ice when you and your coworkers are waiting to start a group video call. And a family heirloom or favorite piece can be a tiny light during dark times. A more practical tip: At a time when handwashing is an around-the-clock job, it feels like a good time to keep bracelets and rings in their boxes.
6. Dress up
It might seem like the whole world is wearing pajamas right now, but there is already a quickly growing trend of fashion insiders who are finding palpable joy in wearing their fanciest looks around the house and documenting it on social media. If a pair of heels or an embellished dress makes you feel better about yourself right now, go for it. Add a fun color to get in the mood for spring.
To buy: Staud Carolina dress, $245.
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