Let’s talk about what to wear when working from home. With so the many changes happening in the workplace, people are now working from home more than ever before. Some people love it, some people hate it.
Those that don’t like it typically site one of a few reasons as to why: lack of interaction or lack of discipline.. all leading to a less productive day.
However, there is one dramatically helpful way to attack the root of these problems and in return – become more productive. When working from home (or doing anything from home, really) this is the one thing you must do:
Get Dressed Up for the Day.
Yep, that’s it. Even if you’re not seeing or talking to anyone all day. Girl, I mean it. Do not waste one more good day being unproductive because you wore that baggy t-shirt and those grey sweatpants again. Here’s why:
When you look good, you feel good.
When you feel good, you do good.– Georges St Pierre
If you’ve seen my post 10 Sayings to Live by Every Day, then you’ve probably seen this quote before. It definitely is my favorite saying – no doubt.
Dressing up has a HUGE impact on your productivity.
I know – it’s a pain to wake up, do your hair, and wear real clothes when no one will be seeing you. Trust me.. I know. (Guilty as charged!) BUT I’ve learned better now, and it’s totally worth the extra effort.
Why? It’s a mind game you have to play with yourself. When you dress up, not only are you more likely to be talking to others via Zoom/Slack, but you’re acknowledging to yourself that you have a reason to be dressing up everyday – you have to work and other things that need to get done.
You feel good about yourself, and therefore you subconsciously start doing better for yourself. Without knowing, you’ve set your expectations higher because you are better and stronger than your lazy unproductive actions.
Therefore, what to wear when working from home SHOULD be very seriously considered.
However, even I have trouble figuring out what to wear working from home. I mean no – I don’t want to wear slacks and high heels when working from home. So…it can be tricky figuring out what to wear to trick your brain into being productive.
I searched the internet to see what some other bloggers were saying about this, and I really had a hard time finding a post about it… so I decided right then I was going to make one myself.
So here it is..
Outfit Ideas for Working From Home:
(P.S. At the bottom of each picture, you can click on the matching stock photo and it will take you to the site where I bought that piece.)
The Comfy T-Shirt Dress
First and foremost, I want to say that what you wear working from home doesn’t have to be the same as what you’d wear to work. In fact, I wouldn’t. I’d wear something that is comfortable, yet you feel great in. Aim for something that is more than sweats, but less than heals.
This T-Shirt Dress from Amazon really fits that category. You don’t have to make a lot of choices for matching – it’s literally one piece you can have in so many different colors. So comfy & easy, and you’re ready to go.
So I actually got this one in my Fall FabFitFun box. I totally did not expect to love it like I do.
What is a scarfigan, you ask? It’s a mix between a scarf & a cardigan. And I’m obsessed with it. It’s shaped so that it never falls off, yet can be easily taken off if you’d like to just wear the comfy white t shirt underneath instead.
I love that you can wear it anywhere – to a client meeting, around the house, etc – and you’re guaranteed to get compliments on it.
It gives off that “you’ve really dressed up” vibe, but in reality, you feel like you’re wearing a comfy, warm blanket (yes, please and thank you!).
P.S. I got this scarfigan through FabFitFun in which I was able to get it for a killer deal, however you can also buy separately. I’m honestly not sure if it’s still available through FabFitFun, but if you’d like to check or you’re interested in FabFitFun in general , you can click here to get $10 off your first box using the code FAB10.
The Loose Tank & Paperbag Shorts
For those days you’re moving around quite a bit (or if it’s extra hot outside), this outfit is exactly what you need.
First off, I mention a loose tank because you don’t want to feel self conscious. While I know I look better in fitted clothing, it’s not always as comfortable.
As for the boxed shorts, they’re adorable as heck, and they’re comfy loose shorts. Did I also mention they come in a ton of different colors?
The Classic Cardigan
These really are great to stack up in your closet. Cardigans are the work from home staple, and for good reason. They’re stylish, they’re work appropriate, and they’re comfy. Go get yourself a few.
Also, I LOVE the white t-shirt with the white jeans. White after labor day is so out, so feel free to wear this combo anytime of the year.
A Good Pullover & a Pair of Comfy Pants
There’s just something about putting on a real pair of pants (and not leggings) that will make you so much more productive. However, it’s crucial to find a comfy pair. I used to loathe wearing any kind of jeans/pants because I just hadn’t found any good comfy pairs. Now I prefer to wear pants.
**Side note: If you’re looking for a place to find those great comfy pants, try Nordstrom. It’s where I’ve gotten a majority of the pants I love.
Now…Let’s talk about why a good pullover is so important.
I actually took a class in college called facility management. It was all about managing a facility, and what type of conditions are necessary for an efficient office space.
Specifically, I learned that the room temperature has a dramatic effect on your productivity. People are much more alert (and therefore more productive) when a room is slightly colder.
Now, if it’s uncomfortably cold, it’ll have the opposite effect and that’s all you’ll be able to focus on. So find a comfortable, cooler temp, and you’ll be more awake than otherwise.
Anyways, this pullover is by far the softest material I have ever worn… I’m not kidding. You will NOT be let down.. However, this exact jacket is now out of stock (ugh). But… this same pullover is still available in a different color (actually the color I originally wanted, too), so I’ve linked that one below instead. Go get it before it’s gone! It’s worth every penny.
In Conclusion.. Here’s What to Look for to Build your Work From Home Wardrobe:
Now that I’ve given you some ideas, let’s sum up exactly what to look for in clothing when working from home:
- Something you look good in.
- Clothing that is comfortable (but NO sweats, leggings, or oversized t-shirts)
- Items you can get in a bunch of different colors (to simplify the process of coming up with new outfits)
I dare you to try it this week.. I guarantee that on the specific days you spend the time to dress up, you’ll notice yourself being MUCH more productive.
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