No time like the present to get back into this thing. I have been working from home for several months now, and probably will be for several more months. Aside from all of the real struggles of the situation, something that has thrown me for a loop- what does one wear while working from home?
My wardrobe prior to this situation was probably:
- 50% work clothes
- 25% workout clothes
- 20% weekend/casual clothes
- 5% dress up clothes
While a portion of the clothing in each of these categories has crossover potential, I felt like I needed to beef up weekend wear and make it a little more polished. Hello video calls. Speaking of which, there’s also a lot of business on top and party on the bottom.
So what does this translate to? I’ve developed somewhat of a uniform with items I’ll swap in depending on my meeting schedule. Here goes:
I might have this tee from JCrew in 4 colors… Some of the many reasons include: 1. it’s always on sale, 2. I like the way it drapes, 3. it’s so easy to layer in the AC with a blazer or cardigan (because my apt is the arctic circle), and works by itself when I need to run a quick errand outside in the 90 degree weather. I also picked it because it will be versatile for the long run way beyond the pandemic. You know I also have a Gap, Banana, and Lou & Grey version. You can never have enough plain tees.
Brace yourself- this is a hot take. I prefer jeans while I’m working from home. I know, it’s blasphemy. In my defense, in my resting summer state I wear jean shorts all day long. Shorts are not comfortable when I’m sitting at my makeshift desk. And while I wear leggings to the gym, I’ve never been a casual legging wearer. I prefer a more structured pant, and the ultimate solution has been these straight leg Gap jeans– sized up for some of that quarantine room, if you know what I mean.
Another red hot take- blazers for working from home. Here’s why. I already own them, and it’s something that will keep me warm, and, unlike a sweatshirt, gives me some structure and I never have to wash. I cannot stress this enough- my apartment is cold. My thermostat is set at 71 and I freeze everyday of the year, yet I’m not interested in changing the temp. I don’t think it will fix the problem.
Blue Light Glasses
My new favorite accessory. I am not willing to tell you how many pairs I have. They offer two benefits: 1. the project you from blue light, 2. they’re a great conversation starter on the WebEx calls. I’ve bought them from Anthro, Jcrew Factory, DIFF, and ShopBop.
So there you go- that’s the basic Sadie model. Sometimes I throw on a blouse or faux wrap shirt instead of the tee. I’m curious to see how this look evolves if the weather ever changes. Pray for Virginia, humidity is a killer.
What are you wearing to work from home these days?