We’ve all heard the saying, “when you look good, you feel good.” I pretty much live by those words, and feel every woman should! Sometimes what we consider looking good takes more effort than we care to muster up and today’s world is much more casual than ever before. Exercise wear is worn outside of the gym, jeans are worn in places of worship, and messy top knots have become an actual hairstyle! Now I’m not against or above any of this. I’m definitely guilty of rocking workout leggings to the grocery store and I own an embarrassing amount of denim.
However, with the current casual dress climate we often forget to dress up when it’s important. Like for work! More and more offices are moving to a business casual or casual dress code, while other jobs and companies allow work from home days or even full-time work from home positions. I think it’s great because there is nothing I hate more than spending my hard earned money on ugly office wear. Plus, what could be better than getting to work from the comfort of your own home?! The only problem is that most people that work from home forgo getting dressed before logging in and those that work in casual environments do the bare minimum. This is a big problem because it not only sends the wrong message to the world, but it inadvertently sends the wrong message to ourselves!
When your attitude about your work attire and how you present yourself during your 9-5 is indifferent, you’re subconsciously putting out a message that that’s how you feel about your work efforts. Dressing up always helps you feel more confident and motivated. Another key point is that the process of getting ready for work allows you to get into the mindset that it’s time to focus on work, giving your day some division. Also, you never know when you’ll need to jump on a video chat with a higher-up or client, or if last minute you’ll be pulled into a meeting. I’m not saying you have to put on a full face of makeup, curl your hair, and pull out all the wardrobe stops to answer emails from your couch or home office. However, you should be pulled together enough to take an impromptu lunch meeting. I promise you’ll notice a change in the quality of your work and your own mood if you put effort into your work from home or even your ultra casual office look. It doesn’t take much time and you can probably pull it together with a few items you already own or at the very least with a quick shopping trip!
When working from home in a casual office, all of your work week pieces should be able to double as weekend wear, unlike unflattering business slacks (ew). I recommend nice fitting jeans, nothing with holes, in a versatile medium wash. These look great with flats, sandals, heels, or the crowd favorite – fuzzy socks! I also love a good flowy top for work because they’re comfy, but still can be professional and cute. Tops get bonus points when they incorporate current trends like bell sleeves and peplums. Any young professional woman should keep a good dress in her inventory. I love tshirt dresses because they’re flowy, long enough to be appropriate, and can be styled so many ways. Add a blazer and heels to your tshirt dress for meetings, or a denim jacket and ballet flats for a more casual desk day. Lastly, I’m here to tell you that your beloved work from home staple, leggings, can still be a part of your wardrobe! Make sure they’re solid, not see-through, as well as free of holes and stains. The leggings you wear during work hours should be more polished than the ones you wear while running errands or working out. Pair your leggings with a more professional top instead of a hoodie or plain tshirt and you’re good to go!
Remember, nothing great was ever accomplished by someone who was too comfortable! Staying at home or working in a casual office doesn’t mean you need to adopt boring fashion habits. Pull yourself together, push your the limits, and get stuff done!
Laurient is the rosé loving blogger behind To The Altar & After, a lifestyle blog focused on
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