As coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate, and the government enforces tighter restrictions on our day-to-day activities, our time spent indoors has increased exponentially. Therefore, our work wardrobe and the glad rags we’d reserve for a night out on the town have now become redundant. We’ve all been forced to quite literally slip into something more comfortable, but how does one achieve a comfy yet stylish inside wardrobe from the confines of quarantine?
I’m by no means suggesting we should all continue dressing to the nines to go and sit in our home office AKA the lounge room for eight hours a day – however, there is merit in changing out of your pyjamas or Snuggie to start a day working from home.
Speaking to Today, professor and author of The Psychology of Fashion Carolyn Mair said, “keeping a routine helps us maintain a sense of control and degree of normality in times when we are feeling a lack of control, which leads to stress and even anxiety. What matters more than the actual garments we wear is that they help us feel good.”
Getting up and getting dressed is a must for those who need routine to kickstart the daily grind, and stave off feelings of anxiety, but – in my opinion – that still doesn’t mean you need to crack out the three-piece suit.
The beauty of fashion in 2020 is that the line between comfort and style is becoming increasingly blurred. Track pants are no longer reserved for midlife crises, lazy slobs or lads. These days, you can get your hands on seriously high-farshun trackies that not only look polished, but feel as cozy as your PJs.
The same goes for leggings – which are not exclusively for workouts, but can conveniently be kept on if you feel like going for a mid-isolation stroll (at a safe social distance, of course).
Speaking of snuggly track pants and loungewear in general – fabric plays a huge role in curating an inside wardrobe. Fabrics that breathe, like cotton and linen, look put together and are naturally comfortable to wear.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t throw on your favourite pair of jeans while WFH, but going for a stretch denim will feel far easier and breezier come 3pm.
As for tops? Keep it simple, stupid. All your basics: plain t-shirts, sweaters, singlets and cardigans are winners – as long as they give you room to move.
The same goes for dresses and skirts. No one wants suffer through a video conference call in a bodycon dress if it’s not totally necessary to do so.
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Personally, throwing on a pair of sneakers or sandals, and a pair of earrings or necklace with the above has done wonders for my self-motivation. It tricks my brain into thinking I’m leaving the house, which instantly gets me into ‘work mode’ and prepped for the day ahead.
Ultimately, I reckon simplicity is the key to your new working from home wardrobe. It’s whatever makes you feel the most comfortable – and if wearing your PJs or even going completely nude ticks the box, then you do you. Just make sure your webcam is off during the next video conference if you’re doing the latter. If you need further inspo, look no further than the Instagram account @wfhfits:
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