Working from home outfits are tricky, some might say, even trickier than office wear. You want something that’s comfortable but not too comfortable. No matter what it is, it needs to be something you change out of. It can’t just be whatever you wore to sleep (although, in my opinion, it can be somewhat close to what you wore to sleep). But then, Zoom came into the mix, and I’ve been video chatting a lot more with my colleagues, and I’m guessing you have too. My dad, for one, just discovered that you can change the background on Zoom to whatever you want (he likes Hawaii). But just because you’re working from home (or Hawaii), doesn’t mean you can look unprofessional. To help skirt the delicate line of comfortable but not too comfortable, we’ve picked some of our WFH essentials that you should add to your repertoire.
VIDEO CALL READY T-SHIRTS
Buck Mason Pima Curved Hem Tee
Not all T-shirts are created equal. Buck Mason makes the ideal T-shirt for men. Coming in a variety of fun, toned, colors, these can be worn as either a statement or a basic. They will never shrink in the wash, and they’re extremely soft, since they're made from either Pima Cotton. I can’t get enough of them, and you won’t be able to.
SHIRTS TO WEAR ALL DAY, EVERYDAY
Faherty Sunwashed Pocket Tee
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Faherty makes an excellent shirt that won’t shrink or change shape in the wash. It’s very soft, but it’s stylish too. It’s the kind of shirt you never want to take off. Perfect.
CHINOS THAT ARE PRETTY MUCH SWEATS
Lululemon ABC Pant
These are the perfect blend of chinos and sweatpants. If you’ve been wearing sweatpants a lot lately, these will make you feel a little more professional, and yet, you won’t sacrifice comfort for a second. I can’t recommend these enough.
SWEATPANTS ARE OK, TOO
Outdoor Voices Sunday Sweatpant
But I still go for the sweatpant, don’t get me wrong. They can only see your top half in Zoom! But here’s where that balance comes in: even if your colleagues can’t see you, you still want to feel somewhat professional. Before all of this started, I actually was having some trouble finding a good pair that isn’t schlumpy, but is slightly tailored, and made of nice material. Athleisure was the answer (it usually is). And now, I feel comfortable, yet active, in my Outdoor Voices sweatpants.
SOMETHING FOR YOUR FEET
Smartwool Outdoor Light Crew
Footwear is essential too. Even if you’re a no-shoes person, a good pair of socks or slippers can be a real game changer. I love Smartwool. They’re breathable, yet warm, have fun (but not too much fun) designs, and are great for everything. I got my first pair to go hiking in, but I wear them everyday I can.
Everlane Forever Sneaker
Finding a good pair of slippers can be tricky. But yeah, they’re work from home essentials alright. Wearing shoes helps me focus on the task at hand. This is a perfect time to invest in a pair like Glerups. Made of wool, they are structured, and come with either a leather sole or a rubber sole (if you want to go walk the dog in them). These are the non-sleepy slippers I’ve always needed.
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