By Fideliz Cruz
I have just recently experienced working from home, and with just a little over 2 months now, I have quickly learned by experimenting and enjoying “dressing” for work in my home office! And when I say “home office”, I mean my small dining table in my little two-bedroom apartment! I also have a beautiful 5 year old daughter who I have the pleasure of taking to school in the morning and picking up her up in the afternoon! I know you will agree with me when I say that as entrepreneur moms, we are always on the go and we have to balance everyday life like crazy! This is one of the biggest reasons why it’s important to know what to wear when you work from home!
Knowing what to wear takes out the extra 1 hour or so that takes up your time searching for something to wear. It will save you massive time, which you can put towards being productive at work instead!
Another bonus in knowing what to wear when working from home is that you can plan ahead according to your schedule and always be ready for whatever surprises life throws at you. Here are some Style tips for when you don’t know what to wear when working from home:
Working from Home Style Tip #1: Represent YOU even when no one is watching!
Always remember that what you wear plays a big part on your mental, physical and emotional state – it has an effect on how you feel. Your mood and your mannerism! Think about it, when we wear any pajamas or any slouchy stay at home hoody or trackies ….. how do you feel? Don’t you feel so casual that you start to sit so casually on the couch? You will be looking at the laptop screen but I bet you start thinking of Netflix…. Or maybe even a cup of hot chocolate….. since we are wearing such casual/stay at home clothes, we subconsciously start to act towards that feeling….. and guess what! that’s picked up by others in your attitude.
Now I’m not saying that you have to wear the most professional looking kind of outfit! No need for pencil skirts or button up shirts with your office heels!
“We just need to find the right balance of comfort as well as being able to present ourselves as a professional. It’s important that we are making an effort to present ourselves and our business even in our private moments when we are working from home.”
Working from home Style Tip #2: Create a Capsule Wardrobe!
Capsule Wardrobe means creating a collection of must haves and essentials which you can easily mix and match with everything in that collection – it’s basically a mini wardrobe that you can pick from anytime of the day with not having to worry about the pieces if they mix or match, because they always will! It’s also mini collection for a reason – so that we don’t get distracted and stay focused on creating an outfit from that collection, instead of looking at millions of outfits pilled up in the closet.
Choose patterns and colours that complement each other. When starting out a capsule wardrobe I tend to go for my favourite piece of the season and go from there… choosing items that will match it and slowly start building the collection using items from my current wardrobe. Since it’s a capsule wardrobe, make sure you keep it condensed and not have any more than 15 pieces on there.
Here’s some essentials I think you should have when starting out your capsule wardrobe:
- Dark Denim Skinny leg jeans (skinny leg jeans makes it easy to transition from day time flats to heels during the evening. You don’t have to worry so much about the length of the pants this way)
- Cropped Cardi or light weight throw over- Structured Jacket to easily wear over smart casual tops
- Maxi Skirts – comfortable and very easily transitioned from a day to a night look/ casual to pulled together.
- Dresses (already an outfit! Yeay!) – just make sure to accessorize when going out to dress it up.
- Mixture of Accessories that will complement and dress up any of the outfits in your capsule wardrobe. – start with a gorgeous necklace to dress up a plain blouse.
- Invest in nude flats and nude heels. One of each. Can’t go wrong with these and will go with pretty much everything you are wearing.
- Beautiful and easy to maintain tops/blouses that are made with great quality fabrics.
You’ll be surprised with what you come up with. Choose pieces that you can also quickly layer up and accessorize to look pulled together and professional for when you have to rush out of the house.
Working from home Style Tip #3: Quality is Key
Since casual wear seems to be the most comfortable to wear at home, we can still purchase pieces that are casual to add to our capsule wardrobe, but remember to choose items which are of great quality and cut.
Choosing even the simplest casual top is fine but quality is a must. Also look for little details or embellishments that might be an add-on to your casual wear. This might be a nice zipper detail on the side of the top, might be the beautiful way the fabric falls on your body or might be the vibrant colour - always choose something that has a little something extra and has amazing quality. This way, you are wearing comfy casual wear, but still are able to easily dress it up and add luxe when you have to rush out of the house for a meeting.
Choosing something to wear for when you work at home has never been easier! Simplify your closet, get rid of the hours spend looking for something to wear and use those hours towards a more productive, powerful and life transforming business!
For more styling tips and inspiration, you can check out Fideliz HERE.
All photo credits belong to Fideliz Cruz