What you wear when you work from home is one thing, but if you meet with clients throughout the week or need to stop by the office, you may want to rethink some of your wardrobe choices. To make sure you are dressed appropriately for whatever the day throws your way (but still comfortable enough to be productive at home), include versatile pieces in your wardrobe.
From a soft blazer to throw over a knit dress to the perfect blouse to pair with your jeans, here are some comfortable staples that can easily turn into meeting-appropriate professional pieces when styled correctly.
Blazers are extremely versatile and look just as cute when worn with a pair of joggers as they do over a formal dress. A blazer can easily elevate your outfit from casual to professional, making it the perfect layering piece. If you don’t want to invest in the typical black fitted blazer, opt for an oversized boyfriend fit or even a loose, open duster in a fun color. When you’re lounging around at home in jeans and a t-shirt, throw on a blazer to instantly upgrade your look before making an appearance at the office. Even just draping a blazer over your shoulders can take your outfit up a notch.
- Casual Dress
When in doubt, wear a dress. Casual dresses are great for everyday wear, especially when they’re made from a comfortable fabric like jersey or cotton. Choose a dress with a forgiving fit and a longer length so that it can easily transition into a professional setting. Pair it with sneakers or loafers when you are working hard at home. When it’s time to meet a client or head into the office, slip into cute flats and add pretty statement earrings.
- Dark Jeans
Every woman should have a pair of dark jeans in her closet. Not just any pair, but a pair that sits higher on the waistline and has a bit of stretch tends to look more polished. Whether you are sprawled out on the couch with your computer in hand or running to and from meetings, jeans are classy and comfortable. To dress them up for the office, slip on a pair of heels and layer on a blazer or a cute sweater.
- Tunic Dress
There are many ways to wear a long tunic, which makes it a versatile addition to your closet. Invest in a tunic that is long enough to be worn alone as a dress—one that you feel comfortable wearing both inside and outside of the office. To dress it up for the office, simply layer a long cardigan or a printed scarf over it. In the colder months, wear it with a pair of leggings for extra comfort, and if the office calls, add a pair of tall boots for a chic look. To mix things up, treat it as a blouse by tucking it into a midi-length skater skirt or a pair of jeans.
Working from the comfort of your own home has its benefits, but it shouldn’t be an excuse to lounge around in your pajamas all day. Every morning, you should put effort into getting dressed for the day so that you feel comfortable and confident regardless of your work schedule. With these four pieces alone, you can create several outfits that are perfect for rotating Monday through Friday. Fashion should be fun, so get creative with your weekly wardrobe—no matter if you find yourself on the couch or in the conference room!
Allie Lochiatto is a fashion blogger who provides great style tips for those that work from home. She writes for her own blog, Allie Wears, and for thredUP.com, an online and offline consignment store that carries a large section of women’s clothing, including dresses perfect for work.