The Best Casualwear
For Working From Home
Working from home has become the new normal for a lot of us. The upside? Longer lie-ins, no stressful commutes, more time to ease into the day.
The disappointing downside, however, is that many gentlemen are using staying home as an excuse to let their style go. Of course, it’s tempting to roll out of bed and open your laptop when you’re still in your pyjamas but one thing’s for sure: if you don’t look the part, it’s hard to have the productivity of a professional.
There’s no need to forgo comfort, though. Instead, all you need to do is kit yourself out with a few simple, quality wardrobe staples that’ll promise to keep your work from home attire effortlessly elegant, from 9-5.
Why Wear Stylish Clothing
When You’re Working From Home?
One of the most important things to remember when you’re working from home is to separate your working hours from how you spend the rest of your time. Small acts like tidying your desk or treating yourself to new office essentials are hugely helpful, but there’s one thing that’ll ensure you stay productive and hard-working: a proper outfit. No gentleman should dress for work as if he’s getting ready for a night in front of the television. It’s only right for a sharp might to be matched with a sharp outfit and you’re much more likely to perfect well whilst working from home if your outfits are impeccably put together.
There have been plenty of studies that prove the connection between the way you dress and its impact on your thoughts and behaviour, proving that properly put together, professional style and outfits can increase abstract thoughts and broaden perspectives. Some studies have even found that well-dressed people are higher achievers – so it’s a no brainer, really.
Still not convinced about sprucing up your home-working wardrobe? Think about your reputation. Anyone can video call you at any moment. And what if you’re in your pyjamas when your boss or your biggest client calls in?
If your own self-motivation isn’t a good enough reason to spruce up your home-working wardrobe, think about your reputation. Considering that any of your coworkers or clients could dial in for a video call at any moment, would you really want to be caught off-guard in shamefully scruffy attire?
What Should You Wear Working From Home All Day?
It’s a no brainer that casual clothes are key, but your home-working wardrobe has a dress code of its own. Think about what you normally wear to work, and adapt that.
If you’re lucky to be able to be fairly comfortable in the office, play on that – just don’t confuse comfy with sloppy. Opt for luxury casualwear like quality cotton sweatpants, soft knitted sweaters, jersey hoodies, and classic T-shirts.
Smart casual dressing is all about evoking style with ease. Tailored trousers, like chinos, are fitting and flattering but added stretch guarantees maximum comfort when you’re working from home. The best way to style them while you’re at home? With a plain or patterned shirt, and if you require an additional layer, add an elegant wool, cashmere or silk blended cardigan .
A few extra touches will transform a smart casual look into perfectly-polished home business attire. A dapper blazer will instantly elevate your outfit in normal circumstances but since you’re at home (and comfort is still the goal), choose relaxed, unstructured pieces in light fabrics like cotton and linen. If you’re especially keen to stick to your usual office ensemble and wear a tie, you can dress it down with textured materials and bold prints.
How Can You Look
Stylish While Working From Home
Keep it Simple
We’re not here to tell you that you should be getting dressed into a three-piece suit everyday. The goal is to keep it simple, creating stylish (but fuss-free) looks when you’re working from home. Pick high-quality basics in simple colours and keep prints and patterns to a minimum.
Iron and Press
Just because no-one’s seeing you everyday doesn’t mean that you should stop taking care of your clothes. Regularly iron your pieces to keep them looking pristine.
Think About Your Feet
There’s something to be said for putting on a proper pair of shoes everyday rather than lounging around in socks or slippers. For the perfect inbetween, pick a laid-back pair of trainers or simple suede loafers. Use the time you have no to update your sock drawer with thick new pairs, made with the softest cottons and wools.