While we all have our personal preferences about our office settings, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate being back in the office. From resuming your lunch rituals at your favorite nearby café, getting back into those juicy watercooler conversations, to the benefits of being out and about more often than being home, there’s plenty to rejoice about.
That said, if you’re someone who loves all things comfy (and, let’s face it, most of us fall into that camp), you might be longing for your work-from-home outfits right about now, especially if those outfits included sweat pants and slippers.
The good news is you can easily put together some cute, office-ready looks with clothes that are just as comfy as your favorite WFH looks. Read on for some tips and tricks that’ll get you ready for whatever the workday might throw your way despite any lingering longing you have for the days of working from the couch.
There’s something about wearing a cotton dress that makes it feel like you have a secret. Maybe it’s because while these types of dresses are stylish, flattering, and can be dressed up or even worn as-is to fit most workplace dress codes, they’re also as effortless and comfortable as your favorite PJs.
Try wearing a cotton poplin button-front shirt dress in a stylish floral print for a dress that’s everyday chic but cozy enough to lounge in. The belted waist also adds a nice touch that makes this dress feel even more shapely and flattering. You can pair this all-over-cotton, oh-so-comfy dress with leather or pleather mules and a simple pair of pearl or gold stud earrings and be ready to tackle whatever the day has in store.
Fit-and-flare dresses are another great choice for the office that capture the benefits of your coziest WFH clothes while adding a ton of style points. For a dress that’s boardroom ready, opt for a cotton-blend, knee-length quarter-length-sleeve fit-and-flare dress with a flattering twist-front design. Pair this cloudlike cotton-blend dress with your favorite ballet flats or heels, and add a blazer layer if needed.
We all know the wondrous joy that is taking off uncomfortable pants and changing into our loungewear after a long day of work. So, why not just wear comfy pants all day instead? Comfy pants for women can absolutely be office-appropriate, especially when styled properly.
Go for a pair of mid-rise slim-leg pants in a comfortable material like a cotton-rich jersey. These pants have an easy pull-on style and an elastic waistband (yes, just like your favorite pair of sweatpants!), but they’re designed to look just like any other pair of work slacks. Opt for a classic print like navy and white windowpane and pair these with a tucked-in navy cashmere sweater or a silky off-white blouse.
Complete this look with ballet flats, mules, or low slingback heels and the jewelry of your choice. While this outfit announces that you’re about to crush your afternoon meeting, it also secretly keeps you cozy until the afternoon and beyond.
Women’s sweaters are one of the most versatile tops out there. With so many styles to choose from, you’re likely to find a sweater that’s as perfect for lounging on a lazy Sunday as it is for dressing up to wear to the office.
For a sweater that’s sure to become a staple of both your weekday and weekend, as well as see as much action in your work chair as it does your couch, opt for a fine gauge women’s cotton sweater with a crew neckline. This is a lightweight top made of comfy jersey-knit cotton you can throw on with PJs for a weekend movie marathon or wear as a layer during an important work meeting.
Try rocking this sweater in a flattering shade like olive green or dreamy blue. Layer it over a collared button-up shirt and add a blazer layer if needed. Simply pair this professional-looking layered look with your comfiest dress slacks and mules or slingback heels. You can really have fun with your accessories here, too. Try a subtle pair of gold hoop earrings with a delicate necklace, or skip the necklace and go straight for a chunky statement necklace.
When it comes to cozy office attire, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention silky soft cashmere. While you might not wear lots of cashmere at home, this oh-so-soft material is perfect for the workplace (another perk of returning to work!). Layer a cashmere cardigan for women over a blouse or dress, or opt for a cashmere crewneck. The luxury of this material is as comfortable as it is dressy.
Transitioning back to the office might mean saving your PJs or sweatpants for the evenings and weekends, but with the clothing items suggested above, you definitely don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style now that you’re back to working in the office.