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Working From Home? 5 Casual Spring Outfit Ideas

The Coronavirus quarantine has everyone working at home. The only problem is…

When going to work is as simple as rolling out of bed and walking across the hall to your home office, it’s hard to feel motivated to get dressed. Your pajamas or workout clothes can quickly become your everyday business uniform.

Making an effort to get dressed for work is more important than you may think. Putting together a work outfit, even if it’s casual, creates a professional mindset that results in a more productive day. Here’s how to dress casually, be comfy, and get the job done when you are working from home.

1. Try a  Long Top with Leggings

Work From Home - Yellow Stripes

 

Nothing feels comfier when you are sitting for hours at a computer than stretchy, soft leggings. But they can easily make you look and feel frumpy too. The trick is to wear them with something other than your basic workout tee.

Try a cheery, trendy top like this sporty, yellow striped pullover. This top is soft to wear with a laid back feel, but the chic funnel neck and on-trend drawstring hem give it loads of style. Black leggings are the old standby, but white ones look great in warmer weather too.

 

2. Slip-on Stretchy Jeans and a Tunic

Work from Home - Polka Dot Tunic

 

If you love to wear jeans, here’s a cute look. Add a flowy tunic to a pair of your favorite stretch jeans for a chic black and white look. This playful, zip front top with the friendly polka dots will have you looking casual and feeling confident as you adjust to your new normal.

 

3.   Stay Relaxed in an Oversized Shirt

Work From Home - Striped Short Sleeve

You’re at your desk, on the phone,  in the kitchen making everyone lunch, and on the couch with your laptop watching Trump on TV. When you are moving around so much, you don’t want anything tight or hot. A relaxed cotton shirt is a good way to go. I love the sunset colors on this boxy, cool shirt worn with your favorite jeans.

 

2. Get Comfy in Cotton Dress

Work From Home - Striped Dress

Pants and leggings are a no-brainer, but there are going to be days when you feel like wearing a dress- but not any old one.  This vibrant striped cotton knit dress with the bateau neck and 3/4 length sleeves is ideal. And when you are ready to step out the front door for some fresh air, just slip on these backless sneakers and take a break.

 

3.  Log on in Flowy Pants and a  Cute T-shirt

Work From Home - Linen Pants

Wide, flowy pants, like this cute blue pair, are another great option. These are linen, so they will keep you cool, plus the elastic waistband gives you lots of breathing room.

 

 

Dump the frump while you are working from home this next while. And while you are at it, here are a few stylish home office pieces to go with your stylish new work from home outfits!

 

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1. Rolling Cart – Working from home, even if it’s temporary, requires organization. This 3-tier rolling cart will keep all your daily essentials in one spot while saving space at the same time.

2. Dry-Erase Board Wall Decals – When you want dry-erase capabilities but don’t want the permanence of a dry erase board, these decals come to the rescue. Write to-dos, reminders, and appointments on them to stay on task.

3. Brass Desk Lamp – Add flair, light, and a little ambiance to your desktop with this stylish brass lamp.

4. Desk Accessory Set – This stylish acrylic desk set includes the things you’ll reach for over and over again. Plus, they’re too pretty to keep stashed in a drawer.

5. Magazine Holder – Add a pop of color to your desk with this magazine/notebook holder. Keeps notebooks together and within arm’s reach for easy grab-and-go.

6. Twelve-Month Planner – If you’ve never been a planner person, now is the time to become one. You’ll need a planner to keep you organized even when you’re not going anywhere. Use this to keep track of conference calls and virtual meetups.

7. Wall File Holder – When you work from home, clutter accumulates quickly. Keep all your papers and file folders in place with this distressed wood file hanger.

8. Faux Potted Plant – So maybe this isn’t going to help you organize your office. But a faux potted plant will elevate your at-home office decor, and it’s low maintenance.

9. Colorblock Notepad – Conquer any list, from groceries to work projects, with this colorful numbered notepad that will keep your priorities straight and to-dos simplified.

10. Desktop Organizer – This desktop organizer keeps you organized and keeps all your workday essentials at your fingertips. It features stackable, interchangeable compartments for paper supplies and other necessities.

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21 thoughts on “Working From Home? 5 Casual Spring Outfit Ideas

  1. Hello from Oklahoma! Love your blog. Please don’t stop! It is helping me fight off my depression during this quarantined time! I especially like the accessories you put with outfits!

  2. Hi Deborah,

    Great post. I don’t work from home…retired but spend a lot of time on the computer. Sometimes hours go by and I’m still in pajamas. Not a good look for morale. I’m going to dress better to feel better about our situation. Love the slippers. No one wants to put on street shoes at home. The ballet slippers look comfy. Have a great day and keep sending your blog. We need it!

  3. I’m headed into week 3 at home and have stayed pretty close to my regular routine. When I am supposed to be commuting, I am now doing yoga. It has made such a huge difference in my mindset to start the day. Then I get dressed in my ‘”casual Friday” gear and head downstairs to my office. Thanks for the suggestions – I love that stiped boxy blouse!

  4. I’ve worked at home for quite a few years now and sadly, over time, I’ve let my “work at home” wardrobe come to consists of yoga pants, t-shirts and long sleeve cotton sweaters. I shower and brush my teeth, but no longer put on makeup or jewelry. What really aggravates me is when the situation arises that I have to leave the house to go to the post office or the like…I am NEVER ready! I get angry with myself as I hurry with some jeans, a shirt, mascara and a swipe of lip gloss and swear I’ll never do it again, but before long, I’m back in the cycle.

    1. Hi Judy, I think it helps to get into a routine. What if you create some kind of activity to take you out of the house every morning? For example, Why not leave the house every morning at 8:30 to go mail a letter, take a walk, or even visit your local coffee shop where you’d sit down and review the day’s to do list. Then you have a reason to get dressed every morning. That’s the key. Maybe you could even start a little get going meet-up group like this with other work at home friends. Keep your meet brief- just a coffee and then go home and start your day. If you get in the habit of getting dressed and putting on a bit of make-up, you will feel so much better. It’s also important just to get out of the house. It’s easy to become a hermit when you work from home. I hope that helps you. Cheers! Deborah

  5. This article could not have come at a better time. I’ve never been the type of person to wear my PJs all day, so I wasn’t worried about that, but I was looking for some inspiration for what to wear while on the job. Thanks so much for the information!

  6. I love the sample outfits you’ve shown in this post. Having worked from home as a freelance writer for more than 20 years, I also found that I feel better — and work more efficiently — when I look my best. I wear outfits similar to those you’ve shown: leggings pr jeans with sharp tunics and cute shoes or boots; nice/casual jewelry.

    It’s important to look professional and sharp, even while working at home, as people tend to drop by the house during the day — or I need to run out on errands. In the early days, before email, I would have to drop off my writing on deadline at the newspaper offices, so I got in the habit of looking my best no matter what the day brought.

  7. Am sending this post to my brother who used to call me “blanket baby.” I work from a home office and he stopped by one day for a quick visit–unplanned. It was in winter and I was wearing men’s sweat pants with a hole where there shouldn’t have been one, my daughter’s all-girls Catholic high school logo sweatshirt (inside out) and using a throw blanket from the sofa as a shawl. My hair was sprawling in some sort of barette and pins, and I was not even wearing lip gloss. Ugh! It was better than working in my pajamas though–I no longer own any. Once I stepped into the freedom of my own business, I found a few other nice freedoms too!

  8. I love the post! The outfits are adorable! The only problem I see is that the clothing used is certainly not attainable for the average working woman. There must be affordable clothing options out there for those of us in the real world.

    1. Hi Dana, it’s good to remember that the items shown are suggestions and to give us ideas of how to put an outfit together. The examples aren’t meant for you to go out and purchase the exact same items, unless you desire to and can afford to. I’ve found many similar items in lower price stores and can put together my own outfit for a fraction of the cost. The bonus is that it looks just as good and I stay within my budget. Give it a try, you will look great!

    2. Hi Dana, We have readers who buy from various price points so we hope these fashion boards at least give you an idea of what styles to look for. They are really mean’t for inspiration although I hear what you are saying about sunglasses. I don’t mind paying for a good bag or boots but I don’t splurge on sunglasses as I always lose or break them. I go through about 3 pairs a summer! Cheers, Deborah

  9. Thank you for this article. As I am typing I am working from home and sitting in my very old pj’s and housecoat. I usually stay in this attire until I am done most of my work at 10am at which point I shower and get dressed. Unfortunately lately, this attire has been staying on me until lunch time and some days later. I agree that it makes me feel frumpy and a bit lazy.

    I am going to try to make more of an effort in the morning, although I do get up for work at 6am and some days I am so tired, but think this will make me feel better and more productive, looking nice, even though it is only my home office.

    Thank you

  10. I am retired, mid 60’s, and trying to come out of my frumpy granny style. I like the idea of a shirt dress and leggings. Will have to try and decide. Love your ideas, DB.

  11. Thanks for a great, helpful post and I just wanted to chime in to encourage you to do more like this. I run my business out of my house and I get so tired of folks assuming I wear sweats all day – actually no, because I’m a pro, thank you very much! But it is a challenge to find outfits that are comfy for home and business casual and appropriate for client meetings after 40. I’m in a very business casual industry so I can’t do too formal because it looks old and stiff and frumpy but I find that my old uniform of jeans and a jacket can look at little too unpolished because of my age. This is why I’ve taken to reading style blogs! So thanks very much. Keep ’em coming.

  12. I loved this blog post! It gave me some new fresh ideas for what to wear on my days off from my nine to five, but still running my business. It has classic looks that can still be fun. Thanks for the tips.

    Niccole

  13. Loved your article! I agree, making a little effort can put one in a better frame of mind to tackle the day :)

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