What To Wear When You Work From Home
Studies have actually shown that those who work from home and get dressed like they’re going to an office, complete with hair and makeup, have a higher productivity rate than those who stay in their pyjamas or make little effort to get dressed.
So what does this leave you with? The feeling that you shouldn’t worry because no one is going to see you anyway? Or the feeling that maybe it’s time to rethink your morning routine before you step into your home office? I hope you think the latter, because the benefits of getting properly dressed for a day working at home can be great.
Not only can your productivity increase because you actually feel like you’re going to work, but you’ll also get the otherwise uncomfortable opportunity to wear in any shoes you may have sitting in your wardrobe because they’re just too uncomfortable, you’ll also be able to teach your children the difference between work time and play time because when mummy is in her work clothes, there will be no hide and seek or fort building, there will be child labour (early learning internships) instead and coffee runs.
Why does it matter?
You may be thinking that getting dressed for the day when you work from home is a waste of clean clothing, and yes, sometimes it can be if you don’t have to make face-to-face meetings with anyone other than the cat. But I’m not saying to put on a suit here, but you do need to work out what the balance is between work clothes for outside of the house and work clothes for inside the house. What’s going to be comfortable, what doesn’t take too much upkeep and what will make you feel good? These all all things to consider when picking your working-from-home wardrobe.
On the days when I’m not with clients, either private or commercial, I’m in my office and I have on rotation a few good items that allow me to duck across the road for a coffee or jump on a skype call with a client.
They also allow me to feel super comfortable and don’t have me looking super crushed at the end of the day, which is perfect, because if I’ve spent the entire day in the office at home – I’ll be heading out at night, even if it’s just to a friends place or to catch up on some grocery shopping.
What should I wear?
It’s definitely not a contest and you are not a Stepford wife, but you should wear what you feel good and not just comfortable in. By putting on something you feel good in, your day is automatically going to be approached in a more positive way. Dressing for a day in your home office is where all your great wardrobe basics come in handy.
Jeans, cardigans, t-shirts, knits and day dresses are the perfect options, don’t forget to add your watch and even a necklace if you want to go that extra mile. Any clothing that helps you to feel more like you’re getting dressed to go to work will help to cement the idea that today is going to be a productive day.
Below you’ll see a capsule wardrobe example of items you can mix and match with each other. By having a few items like basic jeans, a blazer, two skirts, three tops and dress, you can play around with different outfit combinations and make an even bigger selection by adding things like scarves and necklaces to lift the look!