Like a lot of people, I have been working away from my house since March 2020 and have found my home in layers, trackies, lounge wear and the occasional blanket. Recently, when packing away my summer clothes in December (it’s been on the to-do list for a while), I unearthed a whole bunch of clothes I have not seen for a long long time. Pulling them out, blinking in the light, I recognised my work wardrobe. Remember that? Clothes for work? Isn’t this blanket hoody what I’ve always worn?
Back in November, Primark reported that sales in workwear had shot way down, whilst pyjamas, lounge sets and the associated cosy clothes had shot straight up. Similarly, M&S saw a 20% rise over Christmas, with people heading back to their dining room office in a fresh set of pjs. I have gone through many WFH ‘styles in the last year, so I thought I’d share my favourites with you:
The classic work from home look. Filled with nostalgic Lockdown #1 memories of banana bread, toilet roll fights and feeding my sourdough baby between meetings. This was the novelty ‘oh we’ll only be here for a couple of weeks’ look. This was before we adapted fully to online meetings, so I could fully get away with rolling from my bed to the spare room. The hair and make up in this one was a rarity – I had to record a video on this day, but shoulder down remained unchanged.
The Dress/Loungewear Combo
Occasionally, I have had to actually look a bit more formal for meetings and so I’ve pulled out this cracking combo. My go-to is now the same black dress and trackies and it does the job. Job interview over Teams. Yep. Live online event. Also yep. Professional, yet comfortable. If I could actually wear this in the office I would, but for now, I’ll appreciate not having to wear tights.
The Active Wear
I have two types of Active Wear looks and they have very different motivations.
This one was an error, but one I had to live with. I work in GMT+8 a lot of the time and between the period of clocks going back and forward, I am forever confused on whether my meeting is at 8am or 9am. This day, I was convinced it was at 9am. I was incorrect and had to blag that my camera didn’t work whilst I sat there in post-work out clothes for most of the morning. Would not recommend. However, if it was fresh active wear, I absolutely would. You look active and fit without the exercise, which is the dream.
This one happens when I am DETERMINED to work out after work, so kit myself up in the morning. I try and convince myself the process of working out will be less painful if there is one more task associated with it. I’d give this a 50/50 success rate and it largely depends on how my day has gone. Not a good day and we head straight back to The Pyjama.
This is now my permanent state and I have varying degrees of it, as exhibited below.
1) I call this the ‘just got out of bed, I have no meetings today so effort is minimal/0’
2) The matching set. This is the loungewear person I aspire to be, with multiple sets of gorgeous comfy clothing. I have not achieved this yet as I still have only one set and I’m not 100% sure where the jumper is.
3) The put together. Comfy, yet look presentable for meetings and the likes. I aim to achieve this one most often as I spend most of my day on camera. As it is, I achieve a mid-way between this one and 0 effort. Give me 10 more months (please don’t) and maybe I’ll achieve that completely put together/glam work from home look my colleagues have seemingly achieved.
So, what have we learnt?
- In case you haven’t realised by now, I am not a fashionista
- My spare room yo-yos between being super tidy to a dumping ground of clothes (apologies!)
- I’m just trying to get through my day in the cosiest way possible. Working from home has become a bit of a hard slog for everyone, so whether you enjoy being kitted out in your finest office wear or whether you prefer business on top/blanket on bottom, you do you. Stay comfy, cosy and take care of yourselves xo