Most Stylish Work From Home Outfit Ideas

Most Stylish Work From Home Outfit Ideas

Muhammad Saleem Shahzad

While the global pandemic may feel like a distant memory, the work-from-home shift experienced worldwide is still an everyday reality for many people. While you may have initially felt motivated to get up every day and give your outfits the level of commitment they deserved, finding a manageable and appealing balance between formal workwear and weekend comfort has become the norm for most. 

The beauty of working from home means you only have to consider what the top half of your finished outfit looks like. From selecting a stylish but comfortable shirt or knitwear option to dedicating more time than usual when styling your hair and make-up in the morning, you can opt for a more relaxed lower half fit, such as indoor-only Crocs and your favorite worn-in jeans to ensure your comfort throughout the day.

The Easy Button-Down

When in doubt, you can never go wrong with the humble button-down shirt. Often called the workhorse of the wardrobe, this incredible versatile clothing option is ideally suited for any personal and professional occasion. 

If the thought of a trip to the dry cleaner or ironing at home is less than appealing, consider swapping your crisp poplin shirts for more relaxed fabrics. Cotton and linen are comfortable, wear wrinkles well, and are machine washable, making them a practical choice for your work-from-home wardrobe. 

Relaxed Jeans

On the days when you need a confidence boost or want an outfit that will take you through your workday and into evening plans, turning to stylish but relaxed jeans is the ideal choice. But spending long periods of time sitting in stiff jeans may not be the most appealing thought. 

Instead, swap your standard option for a more relaxed fit by switching the style you usually opt for or simply ordering one size bigger. The added room will ensure you are comfortable throughout the day while still benefitting from the unique style jeans bring to any outfit. 

Versatile Knitwear

While a basic but well-fitting T-shirt has its place on many occasions, it may not deliver the same impact on a tiny zoom screen. Without the rest of your outfit to build a complete picture, the basic nature of the garment can give off the wrong impression to your colleagues. 

Maintain the appeal of a basic tee by layering it with an everyday knitwear piece that will level up your appearance without compromising comfort. This is an ideal solution for the days you want to remain cozy all day long without letting people know you may or may not have just rolled out of bed.

The Shacket

Nothing screams formal office wear like a blazer. But one can’t help but feel too formal wearing one when working from home. While they certainly have their place in formal Zoom meetings, they can feel too dressy for a regular workday, while a bare t-shirt or sweatshirt can feel too relaxed. 

Find the optimal middle ground by introducing one or two soft, semi-structured shackets into your clothing rotation. The structured collar and buttoned front feel classy and office-appropriate, while the soft and relaxed fabric keeps you comfortable and warm. 

Elevated Sweats

If your go-to work pants aren’t fitting as comfortably as they once did, you may be tempted to turn to sweats or leggings to get you through the workday. However, the casual nature of these garments can make it difficult to get into the working day mindset. 

Drapey pull-on pants with flared hems and elasticated waistbands perfectly bridge the gap between standard loungewear and comfortable chic. They are ideally suited for a day filled with at-home work meetings and running errands. 

Slipper-Like Slide

It's hard to feel appropriately dressed without shoes on, but with nowhere to go, you may feel silly zipping up a pair of boots or towering around in a pair of heels for the day. Instead, finding a comfortable and practical pair of indoor shoes is the ideal solution; dressier than your slippers but not so clunky that your downstairs neighbor may start to complain. 

Choose from a range of different styles, colors, and fits, from the once-controversial Crocs or Birkenstocks to the classic slides plastered across your social media. Remember to switch them out before heading out the door if you employ a no-outdoor shoe policy at home. 

Fashion for Thought

The transition to working from home has brought about a unique challenge: trying to find the right balance between comfort and professionalism in our daily attire. This is a struggle many of us can relate to.

While wearing relaxed and comfortable outfits can bring a sense of normalcy to the working environment you have built from home and still maintain a level of comfort that traditional workwear may not offer, you may be concerned it won’t deliver the professionalism you need for important meetings and conferences on your Zoom work schedule. 

A quick and easy way to elevate any of your home looks is to throw on a piece of statement jewelry, switch to a stylish jacket over a camisole or button-down shirt, or take the extra time to style your hair and makeup in the morning. Keep the bottom half of your outfit the epitome of comfort to stylishly and effortlessly make it through any business day.

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This article was written by Muhammad Saleem Shahzad, Managing Editor of Fashion and Manufacturing. With more than a decade of experience in the Fashion industry, Muhammad reports on breaking news and provides analysis and commentary on all things related to fashion, clothing and manufacturing.