So your office has moved to your living room; you’ve been forced into separation from your work wife. Connecting with your colleagues is called zoom and its minus the pretty filters of Instagram.
And to top it all off, the dress code that kept your daily wardrobe choices on the straight and narrow is suddenly non-existent!
Working in your PJ’s may have its advantages, but is it really the best way for you to stay focused and productive or is it likely to lull you into a false sense of reality where a working week day will feel more like a lazy Sunday morning under the covers.
In our opinion, getting dressed for work is actually really great for a few reasons.
So, lets get dressed! We are here to help you navigate your way around what your new work wardrobe can look like. Just think, this could be a whole new version of you! You're welcome...
Our first piece of advice before we kick off on the style files…. Remember, the camera is on.
Many of us are using platforms like Zoom for our conference calls and on line meetings. While you have the option of turning the video function off, its’ not ideal when you are in a meeting with others, so, at the very least, make an effort to dress appropriately… and fully – there have been a few horror stories reported…. we don’t need to say anymore.
Keep it on the smart side of casual
Smart casual is one of those illusive fashion terms that can be really hard to interpret, so here is our take on it with a simple example.
Casual, is jeans and a tee.
Smart Casual is Jeans, a tee, a blazer and a pair of loafers or brogues (on hand).
In most situations you will find that adding one piece to elevate your outfit for the day will be the easiest way to approach this dress code.
Most of the employers out there won’t be too focused on how you dress for work, as much as they will be focused on you getting the work done and If you think ahead and a shirt and tie or a blazer is required, you can keep these on hand for those visual catch ups and make a quick change if necessary.
Every situation is different, so use your fashion common sense, but keep comfort in mind…. There has to be some perks right, Maybe think jeans, a tee, a blazer…. and some comfy slippers
The key pieces
Of course there will be some variation on these items depending on your personal style and preference but here are our top picks and suggestions:
There is no doubting that the clothes we wear have an influence our mood and keeping ourselves positive and feeling confident during this unprecedented time is more important than ever, remember to be kind to yourself and have some fun experimenting with your new work wardrobe.
'How to dress when working from home' has been written by Grand Central's Digital Runway Stylist, Jenni Sellan
As a stylist, Jenni's philosophy is 'nothing less than chic’ and her determination is to create a space that inspires confidence using fashion as the springboard in a way that is relevant, fun, sometimes fierce hopefully thought-provoking and always through a stylish eye.