In the current climate, many of us have no option but to work from home. While it can be tempting to lounge around in your PJ’s all day, we are creatures of habit and ‘getting ready’ for work is an important part of our daily routine!
Dr Carolyn Mair, behavioural psychologist and author of The Psychology of Fashion, says, it’s still important that we separate our work wardrobe from our everyday wardrobe. “Our clothes should be comfortable and, if we want to maintain some degree of normalcy, they should be the sort of clothes we wore to work when we worked face-to-face.”
A good outfit can help to boost your mood, increase your confidence and it signals to our mind that we’re going to work and just because you’re working from home, it doesn’t mean you have to forgo all style!
With the reliance of technology like Zoom, you’ve also got to be screen ready at a moment’s notice! We’ve all seen some of the recent Zoom fails and there’s nothing like being caught off guard to undermine your professionalism.
We’ve put together a list of ‘work form essentials’ that will ensure you’re both comfortable and stylish:
Cosy Knitwear: As we’re moving into the cooler months the weather is unpredictable. A simple cardigan can keep you warm while also keeping your look refined. We suggest our Womens Chelsea Long Line Cardigan or our Mens Advatex Varesa Pullover.
Blouse: Staple blouses are an easy item to dress up or down depending on your occasion. If you’re channeling ‘at home’ comfort, then our Verona Long Sleeve Blouse looks great over a pair of jeans. It’s also flexible enough to be dressed up with black pants, a skirt or a blazer if your Zoom meetings require more formality.
Little Black Dress: Every woman’s wardrobe needs a little black dress (LBD)! A versatile staple, LBD’s channel elegance and class with ease! They’re also a flattering option for all body shapes.
Depending on the style of dress, you may also be able to incorporate layers like knitwear, blazers, or even layer a shirt underneath. Our Sleeveless V Neck Dress also looks great paired with the Verona Long Sleeve Blouse.
Short Sleeved Shirt: If you’re normally required to wear a suit and tie to the office, you may be able to adopt a more relaxed, but still professional, style while working from home.
Short sleeved shirts are a more casual option and since you’re not in the office, you may also be able to play it up with some bolder prints like our Springfield Short Sleeve Shirt.
Now we’ve got your wardrobe sorted, let’s review a few other ideas to enhance your look to get you online ready!
A red lipstick: red lips can brighten your entire face and outfit and will help to achieve a more polished look.
Mixing up colours: Play around with different colours and unique colour combinations that you wouldn’t normally do. This might even be a way to adopt a completely new style!
Accessories: There’s no reason why you still can’t play around with accessories like scrunchies, hair scarves, necklaces or earrings. Your accessories may be another way to inject colour into your outfit if you’re keeping your outfit neutral.
There you have it, easy ways to achieve a stylish, at home appropriate look to ensure you look sleek for your next online meeting!
If you’re working from home, don’t forget to share your look with us! Simply tag @bizcorporates and use the hashtag, #BizStyleAtHome