Working from home has many advantages. Not having to get ready and leave the house in the morning, jumping out of bed and picking up your laptop without the commute are only a couple of them, right? Not for me… Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home. I enjoy being in a beautiful quiet environment, being in charge of my schedule, being able to burn my favourite scented candle or have fresh flowers on my desk. But for me, ditching style and hanging out in my pyjamas all day just because nobody sees me does not work.
This week, for example, I had to change my outfit before I could focus on work because it wasn’t right for me. It did not matter that nobody would see me, I didn’t feel good in my sweater dress and pink cardigan, something about that outfit wasn’t stylish, so I swapped the cardigan for a beautiful scarf, which made me feel more elegant. The following day, I felt called to put some jewellery and make up on before a call, audio, not video because I wanted to feel confident and beautiful. I know it made my call go better.
So why bother choosing an outfit and possibly even wearing make up or jewellery when you work from home?
1. It makes you feel good
Looking good helps us to feel good on the inside (yes, it goes both ways), and feeling good makes us more confident. Plus, feeling like you’ve made the effort to do your work puts you in the work mode right away.
2. It increases your self-worth
When a woman makes a conscious effort to look good, she shows to herself that she matters, that she values herself, that she is worth the effort. You are amazing and therefore deserve to be wearing your nice clothes and jewellery just for yourself. And we all know what happens when we value ourselves – others value us, and this translates into financial value too.
3. It awakens creativity
For me, putting together an outfit is a creative process and this always awakens my creativity for other activities. If I need a creativity boost, I wear bright clashing colours or bold accessories. In fact, I started writing this post in my pyjamas (I am the first one to admit I am not perfect), but it didn’t go anywhere until I changed into something more stylish.*
4. It shows integrity
If you are an entrepreneur or a freelancer working from home, helping others to create a stylish business or increase their visibility, confidence and value, walking your talk even when nobody sees you makes you and your brand more authentic and therefore more powerful.
5. You never know what opportunities might come up
Your ideal client may want to skype with you, you might feel inspired to go for a walk in your neighbourhood or have a spontaneous coffee break withy our friend. Be ready to be visible.
I realise I have not fully answered the question about what exactly to wear when working from home. There isn’t one formula fits all solution. For example, I love cashmere (as you may know by now) or silk dresses when it’s warm, colourful wraps or scarves, peg trousers, simple t-shirts with a chunky necklace because these clothes make me feel comfortable, stylish, elegant and ready to do my work. Without knowing you I cannot tell you what exactly to wear because style is a personal matter. What I can tell you is make sure your outfit makes you feel good, gorgeous, high value, confident and unique. If you need further guidance, think what outfit you wouldn’t mind being accidentally seen in by your ideal client.
*Apologies for a lack of photographs in this post, my personal photographer is away this and next week.
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6 thoughts on “What to wear when you are working from home”
It took a while for me to feel confident wearing the clothes that worked best for my productivity that day (I too work from home full time). The ‘one must wear proper work clothes’ dictact wouldn’t budge. Now I wear what will help me work better on the day. Sometimes that’s pajamas if I am not feeling well and the comfort helps me focus. Most work days it’s my casual ‘work uniform’ (which is stylish casual rather than jammies or sweatpants).
Thanks for sharing Rosie! I agree, wearing what supports you is important. I think there is so much freedom in not having the ‘dress code’ and being able to choose what inspires each of us personally. Glad you found your style inspiration :).
As a homeworker that utilises Video Conferencing technology, I must choose clothing based upon the fact that people will see me from the waist up! Some I know do wear their lounging clothes, but I feel more productive if I have specific work clothes, even if they are less dressy than I would wear for a day in the office. I do however, treat myself to a Friday dress down day, where I will allow myself to wear lounging pants or joggers, as long as I have no meetings planned! My partner goes to the office in casual clothes on a Friday… so I do the same!
Thanks for sharing Emily! I love the Friday dress down idea :).
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Thank you for the comment! Glad it is useful 🙂