While it's less conventional than choosing an outfit to head into the office, getting dressed to work from home can be just as exciting. For many people, keeping a routine while working from home can be very helpful. Everyone has their own morning routine, but most of them involve drinking a full glass of water, having a cup of coffee or tea with breakfast, brushing their teeth, taking a shower and getting dressed.
Keeping this routine even if you’re working from home is key to ensuring a level of productivity in a space which is inextricably linked with comfort and relaxation. With this in mind, we recommend changing out of your pyjamas as a way to ensure you’re able to do your job as you normally would in the office. Even if you are having a meeting-less day, getting dressed will make you feel more energetic and mentally sharp to tackle your first influx of emails.
Wake up, get your morning routine down pat, and put together an outfit from the clothes we've picked out here — and buckle down.
1. Keep your cool
For her: Rayon Stand Collar Short Sleeve Blouse and Crepe Jersey Wide Pants from Uniqlo
For him: Linen Cotton Stand Collar Short Sleeve Shirt and EZY Ankle Pants from Uniqlo
To keep morale and productivity levels up, you will need to be comfortable. Wearing clothing made from breathable fabrics such as UNIQLO
’s range of crepe jersey, DRY-EX and rayon tops for him or her will do the trick. Crepe jersey and linen are lightweight and breezy while DRY-EX and rayon dries quickly and wicks away excess moisture, and are great for staying cool in hot humid climates like ours. These outfits exude a chic yet timeless appeal and are comfortable enough to wear all day long.
For her: Relax Fit Light Tee and Cupro Weekend Tapper Pants from Timberland
For him: SS Still River Crew Neck Tee and Wide Leg Short from Timberland
If you’re looking for a brand that caters to the “urban hiker” in you, Timberland
’s apparel collection boasts men’s shorts and pants that prepare you for the heat. Thanks to its CoolMax® material technology, staying productive and cool in the sweltering heat just got easier! You can look good and do good at the same time with the brand’s eco-friendly range of women’s apparel made with organic cotton. Additionally, organic cotton is luxuriously soft and comfortable to wear next to the skin. It provides comfort and boosts your confidence through a work video conference.
2. Dress for success
For her: Button Down Knitted Cardigan and Pleats Flare Skirt from iORA
Long before remote working became the norm, video conferencing has always been a popular business communication tool. Getting dressed and being comfortable can put you and your viewer at ease, and will keep the focus on the meeting agenda.
On days when cotton T-shirts don’t cut it, colour-blocking feels polished and effortless. If your day-to-day virtual meetings involve important clients or department heads, throwing a cardigan over a plain top elevates your look to one that is more formal.
If you need a pick-me-up in the morning sans coffee, wearing a brighter colour while working from home is a great way of creating a stimulating space. Look sharp and stylish with iORA
’s minimalistic collection. For a winning combination, mix and match its green flare skirt with a white long sleeved top. You’ll feel and look great in front of the webcam, and your bosses.
For her: Off White Sleeveless Blouse with Detachable Tie and Dark Taupe Cropped Straight Leg Pants
For him: Indigo Stand Collar Polo Tee and Dark Grey Regular Fit Poly Twill Pants from G2000
Some women always look flawlessly put-together even when at home, and you can be one of them. G2000
’s casual and sleek tailoring is apparent in its assortment of women’s apparel like this soft sleeveless blouse and cropped pants fabricated from a mix of cotton, nylon and spandex. It is smooth and lightweight, perfect for when temperatures get warmer. Well-known for its sharp, tailored suits, the brand also offers smart-casual options for the men to elevate your home-working style. Pair its range of smart-casual polo T-shirts with twill pants (made of a soft and stretchy polyester and rayon blend) for a spiffy look.
3. The style experiment
For her: Butterfly-sleeved Jersey Dress in White Leaf Print and Orange Woven Scarf from H&M
For him: Regular-Fit Cotton Shirt in Navy Blue Leaf Print and Slim Fit Chino Shorts in Beige Palm Trees Print
The temptation to spend all day in pyjamas might be there, but for some, staying home can be an opportunity to hone your style. No commute means having extra time to devote to curating outfits.
Never been one for patterns? Give it a second chance now with nature-inspired and geometric patterns from H&M
. The proud owner of an all-black wardrobe? Challenge yourself to wear rainbow shades. If you have a meeting scheduled, adding a scarf to your outfit for example, is a super quick way to add a touch and dash of chic while you multitask on your computer.
Guys, now is also the time for you to experiment with playful prints in the safety of your own home. Be a little bold with your selection of tops and bottoms. You don’t have to replace your entire wardrobe with patterned pieces, but it is absolutely the time to find one that is outside your comfort zone and run with it.
Get up a bit earlier, identify your fashion style and get out of your clothing rut. Take time out to curate your outfit with new styles to make you feel better about having to stay in.
*Due to the current COVID-19 situation, H&M will not be taking new orders online until further notice.
For her: Danity Roses Abstract Ruffle Tiered Dress and The Closet Lover Geometric Printed Slip Dress
Because it buys clothing from fashionistas with their own unique styles, REFASH
has something for everyone and any occasion, even if that occasion means working from home. From off the shoulder tops and dresses in bright hues, fun prints and cheerful patterns to laced-up pants and button through denims, let your inner fashionista shine in the household and through your webcam.
4. Work in and work out
For her: Training 3-Stripes Tee HEAT.RDY and Z.N.E Pants from Adidas
For him: Must Haves 3-Stripes Tee and Must Haves Shorts from Adidas
No style list is complete without athleisure — a look that combines activewear and fashion. These clothes are comfy but chic, which means you can easily go from sitting at your desk to doing a 10-minute HIIT workout or a quick jog in the immediate neighborhood.
’ Training 3-Stripes Tee HEAT.RDY has mesh panels that cool you down. It's lightweight and soft to the touch, with a scooped hem and side slits that gives you plenty of room to move. Complete the look with track pants from the Z.N.E collection to feel comfortable while tackling a hard day at work.
Built for everyday workouts and brainstorming work sessions, the men’s Must Haves 3-Stripes t-shirt is made of soft all-cotton jersey for a soft feel. It is easy-to-wear, not too loose nor too tight. Together with the Must Haves Shorts, you have the perfect stay-home combo for days where you feel like taking it easy while working from home, or going hard during an at-home weight training session.
Picking out clothes that either have something to say about what you want to accomplish or how you want to feel can be a physical way to set the tone for the day. With that, we hope this helps inspire you to get dressed while working from home! Stay safe, chic and comfortable!