Working from home has given many people the flexibility to achieve their goals outside the office. Remote positions have also become more normal over the past couple of years due to the rising need for flexible places to work.
As many employees have taken advantage of this new option, over time, they find themselves at an impasse — “what do we wear to work now?" Thankfully, this burning question has many answers.
Depending on the nature of your job and what your daily agenda requires, your work-from-home (WFH) outfit can look different from someone else's. Do you stick to work dresses like a typical office day or can you chill out in some sweats? Here are four of the best work-from-home outfits that work for a wide range of remote employees.
Although there will be days when you wake up later and can work in a set of matching pajamas, it’s better to get dressed for each day. This doesn’t mean you need to wear an expensive business suit or dress, but you should freshen up and jump into some clean clothes to feel your best. Changing into a new outfit for work will put you in the mindset to be productive. It also helps you wake up and get “in the zone” for meeting deadlines. Therefore, if you happen to get called into an unexpected video conference, you don’t have to scramble for a presentable outfit either — which takes some stress out of your day.
When you know you're going to be seen, dress exactly as you would if you had to be present for an in-person meeting. Virtual meetings are just as important as in-person gatherings, so take care to dress well from head to toe. The level of formality that you apply to this outfit depends on your job. For instance, if you work at a Fortune 500 company and the meeting regards a crucial contract, don't hold back on how good you need to look.
Whether you put on one of your classic black dresses or put together an outfit with dress pants and a blouse, It's important to dress as if someone's going to see you in the office. After all, you don't know if you will need to get out of your seat to grab something. You don't want to be caught off-guard wearing pajama pants or some gym shorts!
If you know for sure that you're not going to have any video conferences, you have the green light to dress in clean and comfy clothes. However, it's best to stick to clothes that can still pass if you need to make a trip to the store. This means that anything that is too relaxed like pajama sets, gym clothes, or anything that looks threadbare or worn, should not be part of your WFH wardrobe.
Instead, wear some elastic waist pants that can easily be matched with a sweater or T-shirt. Dressy yoga pants are also excellent bottoms that you can match with a variety of comfortable work-from-home tops. The stretchy fit of this kind of loungewear makes these work-at-home outfits easy to wear while looking professional.
Who doesn't love an easy-to-put-together outfit? When you don't have the time to assemble two pieces, a work-from-home dress is a great option. Cotton dresses are particularly comfortable for long workdays, especially when you get some with a bit of stretch. In the spring, you may need to wear stockings or leggings underneath your dress to stay warm enough, or you may be fine with the dress itself.
Get a variety of dresses for days when you don't have the time to put together pants and a shirt, and you'll be set for every day of the week. Don't forget long sleeve dresses to feel comfortable during chilly spring days!
If we had to choose the most useful and versatile item in any closet, it has to be women's cardigans. Not only do these tops provide sleeves on demand, but they can enhance your daily style. For instance, you can wear a plain black T-shirt then throw on a floral cardigan to add a burst of color and cheer to your outfit. This can also elevate your plane basic top to a video conference-ready outfit when you are in a pinch.
If you are looking for work from home outfit ideas this spring, these ideas are a good place to start. Have fun creating this season's wardrobe for the best productivity and comfort at your home office.