What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style

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What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style

About five years ago, my now-husband and I were planning a move
from Los
Angeles (where I was working at Who What Wear’s HQ) to Raleigh,
North Carolina, for his job. It was a huge adjustment for us, but
luckily (and thanks to our Editor in Chief Kat
Collings), I was able to continue working for Who What Wear as
an editor, albeit from
home. Prior to that, I’d been working full-time in office
environments for more than seven years, and my wardrobe
reflected that. It was filled with blazers, silk blouses, and
walkable heels, none of which I needed anymore. But I had a
brand-new work-from-home lifestyle to adjust to.

I could’ve certainly gone in the polar opposite direction from
my previous wardrobe and stayed in pajamas all day every day, but I
quickly learned that doing so makes you feel sleepy. So every day,
I get up and put on makeup and get dressed. But over the past 1000
working days, I’ve learned by trial and error that when I’m working
from home, I have zero tolerance for discomfort. That means only
the stretchiest non–high-rise jeans and shorts, slippers
(Parachute Home in the summer and Uggs in the winter) instead of
shoes, sweatshirts (I’m always freezing), sometimes leggings,
minimal jewelry, and the comfiest (often baggiest) T-shirts I can
find. See a couple of examples below.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 2

Now, I fully realize that this doesn’t sound like the aesthetic
of a fashion editor, but trust me—I only dress like this when
working from home (and on my daily Starbucks run). When I’m out in
the world, typically, comfort is actually the least of my concerns.
I’m much more concerned with having fun with my outfits, which
often means something like high-waisted 100% cotton jeans, my
latest shoe acquisition, a fun top, and plenty of accessories. It’s
pretty much the opposite of my WFH style.

Since I no longer have to bother with choosing an
office-appropriate work outfit every day anymore, I feel the need
to really step things up when I go out in the world, as opposed to
before when I had major outfit-planning fatigue. So you could say
that my style has actually improved in many ways where it counts
since I started working from home.

I believe that everyone who works from home has a different
strategy for productivity, and clothing certainly plays a part in
that. For me, comfort is key, even if it doesn’t reflect how I
prefer to dress IRL. In conclusion, my best advice for anyone
trying to find their work-from-home style is to experiment until
you find what works for you, but I strongly advise avoiding the
pajama trap and encourage you to take advantage of the atmosphere
and get yourself a good pair of slippers.

Read on to shop pieces that suit my WFH self and my
out-in-the-world self.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 3My
WFH uniform. (Shop my Lou & Grey set here and here.)

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 4These
stretch jeans are WFH gold but also definitely cute enough to wear
out.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 5I
wear white T-shirts constantly when working from home.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 6Meet
my favorite summer slippers, which I spend more time in than I
should be admitting.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 7Why
hello, elastic waistband.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 8Cropped,
boxy T-shirts are my go-to.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 9The
most comfortable bra I own, by far.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 10Hey,
it’s a lot better than wearing a blanket.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 11Another
affordable T-shirt I love.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 12I
avoid wearing leggings every day, but certainly not entirely.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 13Irreplaceable.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 14At
least I wear cute sweatshirts, right?

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 15An
example of my out-in-the-world style.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 16This
perfect sweater is calling my name.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 17I
have a feeling I’d wear these a lot.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 18Very
cool, but not WFH-approved.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 19Actually,
this looks comfortable enough to work from home in.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 20My
closet is slowly but surely filling up with leopard print
(including these perfect pants) as of late.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 21Party
pants.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 22Pixie
Market makes the loveliest tops.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 23A
lot of fun for not a lot of money.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 24I
love the idea of cinching this over a floral dress.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 25One
of the only dress styles I want to wear this spring.

What Working From Home 1000 Days Straight Has Done to My Style 26The
shorts style everyone (including me) wants right now.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has
been updated.


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