7 Wardrobe Essentials for Anyone Working from Home
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives, and that primarily includes the way we work. For now, gone are the days when we would spend a considerable amount of time commuting to and from the office. One of the upsides to working from home, however, is that we get to save the time we spend each day in traffic and use it instead for worthwhile pursuits such as increasing our productivity or giving ourselves some valuable me-time.
It has also altered the way we plan our everyday outfits. Since meetings are held virtually on conferencing apps, we are typically able to see each other only from the waist up these days. While working from home doesn’t mean that we should slack in terms of being presentable, it has afforded some leeway in terms of being able to dress more comfortably. In this time of pandemic, priorities in terms of wardrobe essentials have definitely changed.
Here are just some of the important items of clothing that work-from-home professionals should consider in this “new normal.”
Basic Button-Down Tops
This is a must for both men and women. Never wear tops that are tattered around the neck or faded in color as these are easily seen on your computer screen. It’s wise to invest in a set of new button-down shirts in basic colors such as white or blue. However, its advisable to stay away from fine stripes or patterns as these may not register well on camera.
A good blazer. This is another useful piece of apparel for both males and females. You can throw this over even a plain t-shirt at a moment’s notice, just in time for an important meeting. Make sure it is in a basic color like black, gray or navy so that it can easily go with your top, no matter its color.
Blouses with Interesting Necklines
This is a good time for the ladies to try out various types of blouses with different necklines, since only the upper half of the body is visible most of the time during online meetings. Perhaps a turtleneck might be a nice change, or maybe a top with a boat neck—just be sure to choose a design that flatters the shape of your face.
Shorts or Pajama Bottoms
Virtual meetings can drag on for a couple of hours in succession. You should be able to sit comfortably at your desk or work-from-home station and stretch your legs every once in a while. Investing in a good pair of bottoms is important to allow yourself freedom of movement.
A nice pair of antimicrobial home socks are a good way to keep warm and cozy, especially if you are cooped up in an airconditioned room or it’s the height of the winter season. Choose a high-quality one with seamless toe construction and a soft hand-feel for that luxurious touch even as you spend the day hard at work.
Cool, Colorful Neckties
For guys, injecting a bit of fun when you attend your usual Zoom or Skype meetings is a great way to take the stress out of the daily online grind. It’s also a great way to stand out and be memorable in a big virtual gathering.
Fun Statement Necklaces or Earrings
For ladies, you can achieve the same effect through unique, eye-catching accessories. Spend some time choosing the right pieces of jewelry that would best express your own personality. You may even find it as a good conversation starter.
Working from home does not mean not being able to have fun with fashion anymore. It just entails re-prioritization of wardrobe items and redefining the meaning of what’s essential. The possibilities of creative self-expression are still endless as long as you know how to play around with the right pieces.