Did you know that good work from home outfits can actually increase your productivity? If you’re cooped up thanks to COVID-19 or just a small business owner working from home, you’ve likely realized that working from home comes with a lot of distractions. By incorporating small habits— like knowing what to wear when you work from home — you can ensure you are just as productive and efficient as you are in the office.
Enjoy the small break from your typical 9-5 work outfits! If you typically rent business professional clothing and haven’t taken advantage of Armoire’s casual styles, now’s your chance. At Armoire, you can rent everything from coordinating sweatsuits to cozy cashmere sweaters and palazzo pants. Look for Armoire-approved brands like BB Dakota, White + Warren and French Connection in your closet or ask your stylist for inspiration on what to wear when you work from home.
With these 5 work from home outfits you’ll feel just as put-together and productive as you do in the office!
What to Wear When You Work From Home
While work from home outfits certainly don’t require blazers or button ups, they should be something you’d feel comfortable being seen outside the house in.
Here’s a few quick tips on what to wear when you work from home:
- Change out of your pajamas. No excuses.
- Stick to sneakers instead of slippers. Your feet will appreciate the break from your usual heels without the lazy feeling slippers bring.
- Accessorize as usual. Putting on your everyday rings, necklaces and earrings makes you feel more polished.
- Invest in comfortable, high quality basic tees. They’ll be equally as useful once you’re back in the office.
Stylish Matching Sweatsuit
There’s no shame in wearing sweatpants, especially if your usual office outfit involves stuffy suits or uncomfortable heels! Thanks to a coordinating sweatsuit you’ll feel sporty, chic and instantly put-together. Wear them separately too for endless mix-and-match possibilities!
Tip #1 — Spend Time ‘Getting Ready for Work’
While you may not need a full face of makeup when you work from home, take 20 minutes in the morning to ‘get ready for work.’ Try out a new skincare routine or a cute updo you saw on Pinterest. This will help you mentally prepare for work and boost your mood.
Armoire member Kelley McCoy
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Button Down & Boyfriend Denim
It’s okay to have a business on top, comfy on bottom mindset when working at home. In fact, these outfits can be great for days filled with video meetings and presentations.
Word of advice: pair your professional top with a stylish pair of boyfriend denim instead of your old pj pants to avoid an awkward look from your boss if you stand up mid-meeting.
Tip #2 — Find a New Routine
If you don’t typically work from home, the change can throw off your usual routine. Through scheduling out the time period you’re committing to being ‘in the office’ you can avoid under or over-working yourself while you’re away. If you find yourself getting distracted during your work day, it’s okay to take the occasional 5-minute break to jump back in feeling refreshed.
Armoire member Ellen Yin
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Rag & Bone
Stretchy Maxi Skirts & Dresses
While wearing skirts and dresses may seem counter-intuitive when creating your ideal work from home outfits, these comfy maxis will change your mind. The stretchy jersey fabric is just as comfortable as your favorite pair of sweatpants. Pair with a chic blouse, button-down or your favorite graphic tee.
Tip #3 — Create a Separate Work Space
Designate a space in your home—whether it be a spacious spare room or simply your coffee table— where you can mentally put yourself in work mode. Avoid working where you’re overly comfortable and relaxed like lying in your bed or on the couch. Switch things up by turning a counter or cabinet into a standing desk.
Armoire member Kelly Wood Clark
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Sweatshirt & Stretch Denim
Real pants can make a real difference when working from home for long periods of time. Sometimes, even putting on something as simple as a comfortable pair of jeans puts you in a different mood.
On top, wear a cozy sweatshirt with a fun print or graphic that makes you smile.
Tip #4 — Take Care of Yourself
Especially if you’re staying home thanks to COVID-19, it’s important to take care of your mental and physical health while working from home. Clear your mind by enjoying some fresh air on a quick walk around the block. Stock up on healthy snacks for your boredom-induced mid-morning munchies. Trust us, no one will know you’re face masking during the conference call.
Armoire member Bailey Scaman
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Scotch & Soda
Boss Lady Power
What better way to feel empowered during your work-from-home-day than with our Boss Lady Power apparel?
Channel your inner Boss Lady by pairing our cute #bssldypwr baseball cap with a simple tee and jeans look. We’ve got cozy sweatshirts too that are perfect for cuddling on the couch in post-work. Might we suggest a Love is Blind marathon?
Tip #5 — Put Down Distracting Devices
Easier said than done, avoid spending added time on your devices when you aren’t in the office. Scrolling through social media and news feeds can be both distracting and anxiety-inducing. Challenge yourself tomorrow by setting your phone in another room to avoid it altogether.
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AG Adriano Goldschmied