Working from home is now so widespread that it’s become a hashtag (#WFH)! Since I don’t work in an essential service job, I’ve been able to work from home for the past two weeks, and it looks like it’s going to extend for at least another three to four.
I’ve actually liked it for the most part. I don’t have to get up quite so early, I’m much more productive in my quiet home office than in our busy school office, and I can dress more casually.
When working from home, it’s so tempting to not put much effort into dressing. No one is going to see me (except my husband, who has become my coworker). I could throw on sweats, an old t-shirt or sweatshirt, and bypass the makeup. I’ve realized that this scenario doesn’t support putting myself into the right mindset for feeling motivated, accomplishing goals, just plain old feeling good throughout my day.
This past week I’ve focused on choosing work-from-home outfits that will support my goals and help me feel good about myself throughout my day, this has included my stay-at-home makeup routine (check out last last week’s post for a simple makeup routine).
It’s been a bit of an experiment this past week to figure what works and what doesn’t and why. I’ve realized that if I was to transition to full time working from home, I’d need to revamp my closet for sure!
Here’s what the week looked like.
Leggings with a Topper Jacket
My goal on this first day of focusing on what kind of outfit is best for my current work-from-home life was stylish comfort. Since I don’t have an “athleisure”* wardrobe, I created an athleisure look with a pair of heavier weight athletic leggings and a long sleeved t-shirt, then topped the look with one of my super comfy Testimony Los Angeles French terry jackets* in a bright color. I added on a pair of casual and comfortable slip-on tennies (by Bucketfeet – canvas shoes featuring different artists’ designs). (Full disclosure – when I’m in the house, I am usually wearing slippers.)
*Athleisure – a style of clothing typically worn during athletic activities and in other settings, such as at the workplace, at school, or at other casual or social occasions
**Testimony Los Angeles – I have a collection of these jackets that I’ve built over some years (they aren’t budget priced). They are so well made and beautifully designed with interesting draping. I always get compliments from people when I wear Testimony jackets. And SO comfortable – made from French terry. The best source is my friend Gerie Davies of Gerie’s Fashion Closet. I have several different styles. I consider it a “worth it” investment piece because I wear these jackets all the time.
Soft Jeans and a Soft Top
This day I decided to dress in a way I would if I was going to be out running errands. This top by Cabi is SO soft and lightweight but cozy (I featured this top and a pair of Cabi jeans in this post). This was a fine option for working from home and feeling comfortable. I like the pretty color of the top for a few reasons: for one thing, it feels bright and springy, and also, it looks nice for video conferencing, which I’m doing a lot these days.
Denim and a Long Cardigan
This look is a pseudo casual work outfit, although I wouldn’t wear it to my school office because we don’t wear jeans at school. I decided to try my jeans leggings and denim shirt with this long cardigan that I haven’t yet worn since purchasing at a resale pop-up store in the fall ($8!!). Since we are still having pretty cool weather most days and our house feels cold during the day, I always layer an undershirt under my top and wear some kind of indoor-appropriate jacket or sweater. I slipped on my favorite Rothy’s sneakers, which are almost like slippers. I definitely felt more “work-y” than when I wore my previous two outfits.
Pink Sweater and Colorful Spring Scarf
This day I felt like I needed some kind of perky accessory. I typically wear earrings, a necklace, and often a bracelet when I’m working outside of home. But I’ve been skipping those, except earrings now and then, since I’ve been at home. This soft and lightweight scarf kept my neck warm, helped my mood feel a little more colorful, and showed nicely on my Zoom calls. The pullover pink sweater is an easy-to-wear and versatile piece, and the jeans are one of my most comfortable pairs, so they were easy to work in at my home desk.
Athletic Leggings and a Loose Pullover
I’ve been trying to incorporate exercise at home since my gym has been closed. I really like working out at the gym because everyone is working out and there’s nothing to do once I’m there but exercise. It keeps me accountable. I’ve been walking about 2 miles each day, which I’ve really enjoyed. My walking route is through the campus of our local state university, and it’s beautiful – trees in bloom, everything currently green, ducks in the pond, squirrels going about their squirrel business. It’s so quiet there since students are finishing the year with online classes. The walking has been great, but I do need to incorporate some resistance/weight work as well. I want to incorporate some video yoga classes too. It’s been challenging for me to set time for exercising at home.
I decided to dress for this day in workout leggings so that it would be easy for me to take a break and run upstairs to our guest bedroom where I have a mat and weights. It worked – kind of. I was ready to exercise without needing to stop to change first. But the truth is, I spent my exercise time taking photos for this post! I don’t really like to wear exercise clothes all day, so I don’t know if I’ll continue to make exercise clothes one of my go-to work-from-home outfits. It’s really not that time consuming to quickly pull on a pair of leggings for some midday or end-of-day exercise.
Note – There are so many options for exercise of every kind online. My friend Sarah even did a streaming Cha Cha class with Dancing with the Stars dancers!
Beautycounter Work-from-Home Outfit
This day was a Beautycounter work day. What better outfit for accomplishing my goals for the day than my Beautycounter sweatshirt!
I’m typically not a fan of branded or logo clothing items, but I do wear a few Beautycounter branded things. (I’m a pretty big fan of Beautycounter!) This sweatshirt is super soft and cozy and with a pair of comfortable jeans, it made the perfect outfit for creating sample packets to mail to people.
By the way, I’m starting a new sampling program. If you’d like to try Beautycounter products, I’m sending samples weekly to those who request via this Google form. It’s a great way to try products and there are absolutely no expectations on my part or obligations on your part.
Athleisure Work-from-Home Outfits
After this week’s work-from-home outfit experiment, I have decided that if this work from home situation is going to be my reality for a while, I need to incorporate some comfortable clothes specific to it that I can feel good wearing while being comfy. Beware: The one thing I have noticed is that if I wear pants that have a soft waistband or tops that are very loose, it’s way to easy to eat more than I should! (My neighbor referred to our tendency to snack more often since we are at home more as the “corona 15” – kind of similar to the “freshman 15” when kids first go to college and put on some extra pounds!)
I’ve been checking out the Athleta “athleisure” pieces and considering what my ideal work from home outfit would be. I love the idea of casual, comfortable, and stylish, like the pieces shown below. Athleta has a 30% sale ending April 6 (no code needed). This could be the perfect time to add some athleisure pieces to my (or your) outfit rotation!