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What to Wear When You Work From Home

With an ever-increasing number of people choosing to work from home, whether by running their own businesses/freelancing or by telecommuting for their existing employer, today we answer the all-important question: what to wear when when you work from home?

what to wear when you work from home

What to wear when you work from home?

Before we try to help you work out what to wear when you work from home, however, there’s another question we should really address first, namely:

Why does it matter?

Why should you care what you look like when you’re at home?

These are both reasonable questions. For many people, one of the biggest benefits of working from home is having the freedom to do what you like, and that includes the freedom to WEAR what you like, too. No more stuffy shirts and suits! No more spending money on endlessly dry-cleaning office attire which you already spent way more than you really wanted to in order to buy in the first place. Instead, if you want to spend the entire day in your PJs, you can: there’s no dress code, after all, so it’s totally up to you. Who wouldn’t love that?

This is all well and good, of course: some people are more than happy to spend the entire day working away in their dressing gown/sweat pants/whatever, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. (If you’re one of those people, you can feel free to skip this one: you already KNOW what to wear when you work from home…) Other home workers, however, say they feel less productive when they’re dressed “sloppily”, and want to be comfortable, but still look somewhat pulled-together. This is especially important for home workers who occasionally have to meet clients, or otherwise interact with people other than the cat and the postman.

The challenge for people in this position, then, is to find that balance between getting “dressed” for work, but not feeling too dressed up for home. Most of us probably don’t want to put on a suit and stilettos if we’re going to be at home all day (Although if that’s what works for you, go for it), so what DO you wear when you work from home?

Having worked from home for many years now, The Fashion Police have these suggestions:

what to wear when you work from home

What to wear when you work from home: our suggestions

Ponte pants

All the comfort of sweatpants, all the style of dress pants. We’re not sure how we ever lived without these: they’re smart enough to meet clients or head out to a meeting, but they’re comfortable and stretchy enough to let you lounge on the sofa in them at the end of the day, too: a work-from-home essential, we’d say.

Jersey blazers or cute cardis

We described jersey blazers as closet heroes a while back, and they’re particularly useful for those wondering what to wear when you work from home. As with the ponte pants, these are smart, but also super-comfortable: the soft, unstructured fabric makes them as easy to wear as a sweater, but they look a whole lot smarter. If a blazer of any kind feels too much for a day at home, a cute, fitted cardigan makes a great alternative: it’s less “formal”, but still looks polished.

Knit dresses

If you prefer dresses over pants, a knit dress or tunic can be worn with leggings or tights for a casual but chic look, which is also very comfortable. Add a pretty scarf or necklace to dress it up a little if you’re going out.

Dark wash jeans

These are the answer to many a sartorial dilemma, and are one of those classic “dress up or down as required” items. Wear them casually with a t-shirt or sweater, then throw on some heels and a smarter top if you need/want to be a little dressier.

Of course, what to wear when you work from home will vary depending on the type of work you do, the climate and your own personal taste, so while these items are the ones we swear by, they may not work for everyone. Which is why we want to know: do you work from home? If so, what do you wear: do you dress up, dress down, or fall somewhere in between?

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