You’ve heard of athleisure, right? It’s a mix of athletic apparel and lounge apparel, and it lets you easily go from going to the gym to “going out” while doing both in style—whether it’s running errands or meeting friends for brunch. The term “work leisure” is a bit newer but has the same principle. It’s basically a more professional version of athleisure, letting you go about your day looking professional but feeling comfortable. This is especially important for people who work from home. Work leisure is designed for productivity, professionalism, style, and comfort. Lands’ End has perfected this new trend, so let’s take a look at some of the comfiest work leisure outfits for working from home.
A busy woman deserves pants that work with her, not against her. Pants that require a belt are tight in all the wrong places, and wrinkle from sitting for more than five minutes is not ideal work leisure attire. In contrast, women’s work-from-home pants are made to feel as comfortable as sweat pants or yoga pants but look just as professional as any other pair of pants—without the stiffness and discomfort. Smooth, hidden elastic waistbands allow you to tuck blouses in or leave them hanging loose without bulky buttons showing underneath. Our work leisure pants are so versatile you could comfortably sneak in a midday nap or mini yoga sessions between meetings.
If jeans are your idea of comfort, you can consider them work leisure as well, as long as they’re not ripped or frayed. Whether jeans fit into your work leisure wardrobe depends upon what your idea of leisure is. If leisure is throwing on a pair of sweatpants and watching TV, then jeans might not be your ideal work leisure garment. However, if you enjoy how jeans make you feel, even if you’re just lounging about, you should know that they’re perfectly acceptable as casual work-from-home attire. Comfort and leisure go hand in hand, though, so look for stretchy denim and an elastic waistband when choosing comfortable work leisure jeans.
There is a variety of comfy women’s tops that look professional without even having to be tucked in. One common example is polo shirts since they have a straight hemline. Side vents allow for extra mobility, and super-soft Supima cotton will make you never even want to take it off. Another example of tops that are comfortable but look professional is tunics. They come in a variety of necklines, including V-neck, collared, and boat neck. For extra variety, choose a tunic in a pattern that looks great against a solid pair of pants or leggings.
When it comes to work leisure clothing, cardigan sweaters take the cake. That’s because they take the job of a blazer but are less constricting while being more soft and comfy. You can easily get away with wearing a tank top or T-shirt while working from home and then toss on a cardigan whenever you’re feeling cold or have a videoconference that you quickly need to dress for.
Especially during the summertime when you want to wear something lightweight and cool, women’s T-shirt dresses make great work leisure attire. First, they make it super easy to get dressed in the morning: You simply pull it over your head, and you’re dressed. Second, they can be dressed up if needed by simply by wearing a nice necklace with it or throwing a cardigan or blazer over it. While belts aren’t totally necessary when you’re working from home if you’re going to be on a conference call, a nice belt for your T-shirt dress will help get you in the professional mindset. Lands’ End T-shirt dresses are made with Supima cotton as well, making them ultra-soft against the skin.
One often overlooked part of the work-from-home wardrobe is footwear. But considering the role of our feet in relation to the comfort of our entire body, there really should be more of an emphasis placed on women’s shoes. This is especially true if you work at a standing desk and are on your feet a lot during the day. A supportive arch and cushioned sole will allow you to stand comfortably without aches and pains getting in the way, supporting your entire body better than standing barefoot would. Plus, dressing from head to toe in work attire signals to your brain that it’s time to work. They don’t have to be dress shoes either. Even sneakers are appropriate work leisure shoes.
People have become accustomed to working in a comfortable work environment. With these work leisure outfits, there’s no reason to sacrifice comfort for professionalism during your workday.