About five years ago, my now-husband and I were planning a move
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.
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
WFH uniform. (Shop my Lou & Grey set here and here.)
stretch jeans are WFH gold but also definitely cute enough to wear
wear white T-shirts constantly when working from home.
my favorite summer slippers, which I spend more time in than I
should be admitting.
hello, elastic waistband.
boxy T-shirts are my go-to.
most comfortable bra I own, by far.
it’s a lot better than wearing a blanket.
affordable T-shirt I love.
avoid wearing leggings every day, but certainly not entirely.
least I wear cute sweatshirts, right?
example of my out-in-the-world style.
perfect sweater is calling my name.
have a feeling I’d wear these a lot.
cool, but not WFH-approved.
this looks comfortable enough to work from home in.
closet is slowly but surely filling up with leopard print
(including these perfect pants) as of late.
Market makes the loveliest tops.
lot of fun for not a lot of money.
love the idea of cinching this over a floral dress.
of the only dress styles I want to wear this spring.
shorts style everyone (including me) wants right now.
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