Working from home calls for a certain kind of discipline, and it’s one that I admit to struggling with from time to time, especially when juggling work with solo mothering, housekeeping, and trying to maintain some semblance of me time (or just a life!)
From distractions such as clearing the dishes, doing the washing, or picking up Lego before I step on it for the gamillionth time; to losing an hour on Instagram, getting caught in the interweb rabbit hole, or sneaking in a midday nap (actually, I count that as an everyday necessity), it can be really hard to maintain a distinction between work time & home time. And that’s not even thinking about the things I can find to do while I procrastinate & worry over how much else I think I should be doing!
One of the seeming pro’s of working from home would be that we can wear whatever the f*** we want, and that includes pyjamas all day if we can get away with it, right?? But, what we wear can actually play a huge part in our productiveness and attitude to our work and ourselves, and this is something I’ve definitely found value in thinking about in the last year or so…
Anything that creates a bridge from domestic life to work life is helpful, and as much as I could happily stay in my PJ’s or comfies most of the day, getting dressed for a working day (or any day for that matter) not only sets me in the right mindset, but makes me feel better about myself too.
That being said, work from home wear doesn’t need to be formal or uncomfortable. It should be make you feel good, be easy to put together, & cover all the bases in your day, because, more often than not, no two days are the same workwise, and many of us have other duties too, so you want to be able to do the school run, grap a cuppa & perhaps work away from home for an hour or two, or maybe head to a meeting, whilst feeling human, confident, and comfortable.
So, how do you go about putting together a look or two that can work hard and cover all these bases? Well, these are the things I look for:
1\\ SIMPLICITY & DETAILS
Simple designs with interesting detailing elevate something basic like this sweater from Great Plains, into something more than your everyday. The bows and detailing on the sleeves add interest, and the simplicity means this top can be dressed up with heels & a skirt, or down with pumps & jeans. The Carlotta V-back cashmere jumper is also super simple, but with a cute back, and would work in a similar way.
I get cold very easily so an outfit that can carry me through all seasons & the great British weather changeability is a winner for me. A cropped sleeve sweater like the Marina high neck jersey top is perfect for this as I can add layers underneath for cooler weather, or wear alone between seasons when the sun is still shining. Again, it’s an easy style to adjust simply by changing a few accessories or styling with different bottoms. The Mila Milano jumper would work really well too.
Many of us don’t have big bucks to invest in our wardrobes, so pieces that are versatile are essential. These lightweight denim flared culottes are a perfect example of all of the above. I can dress them up or down with a change of shoes or top (a simple white Tee or light shirt looks great with them), wear them in every season, and they are comfortable & easy to move in. The high waist is also super flattering!
In addition to building in a few key wardrobe pieces that are versatile, comfortable, I don’t have to think too much about, and that make me feel good: I always find taking ten minutes to do the make-up basics helps me feel ready to face my day. A slick of my favourite lipstick, a spritz of perfume, and a necklace or bracelet to match, and I’m done.
How about you? If you work from home, what helps you get into the right mindset & feel ready for anything?