Does this look like you? You may have replaced your long commute to the office with the choice to work from home, but that’s no excuse to lounge around all day on your computer in your p.j.’s, messy hair and bunny slippers.
While some may say who cares what you wear as long as you are comfortable because no one is ever going to see you anyhow, the truth is this. When you look professional, you feel more professional, and it shows in your bottom line.
Now let’s be realistic, a business suit, pantyhose and conservative pumps are just plain silly when you are working alone at home. But there is a point to be made about dressing; better than your “I’m sick- get me under the covers and don’t bother me” outfit. The key is to dress appropriately which means –dress more casually than you would in the outside work world, but still look sharp, not sloppy. Simple streamlined outfits and excellent grooming is the key to a successful work at home look. A sloppy appearance equals a sloppy attitude and a sloppy work ethic.
Respect yourself by looking like the business professional you are.
Here are five things to consider when dressing for Working at Home: a more completeIt’s the same idea as having a business wardrobe if you worked outside of the home. Set aside a certain amount of your wardrobe budget for your work at home wardrobe. Reserve this wardrobe for working only, so it feels special.
Co-ordinating tops and bottoms are great for working at home, but pair them with jackets to remind yourself that sometimes you may need a complete look.
Think ahead to days when you might have to run out to a meeting or pick up something for your business, and you need to wear a jacket. Be sure to have something sharp and polished to go over this t-shirt and pants. You just throw it on and go! You’ll look like a million bucks and it’s also a great way to take you from home office out to dinner!
1. Don’t let Comfy mean Frumpy
Yes, you want to feel relaxed and comfortable, but there are lots of stylish choices out there besides worn jeans or whatever is in your closet that day. Even though it is tempting to throw on a tired sweat suit, try something.
2. Stay Tuned to Style
Keep it simple when working at home, but stay current with what’s in style. You don’t want to go out for a coffee meeting and realize you’ve been hold up in your house for so long you look like you are caught in a fashion time warp. Accessories are a great way to look current. For example, this shirtdress has an easy professional look.
3. Punch up Your Wardrobe with Color
Working at home can be lonely and it’s easy to get into a dreary rut by wearing boring colors. Lift your spirits, as well as feel more confident, creative and productive, with this pretty matte wrap dress in super comfortable jersey.
4. Allow yourself a Casual Friday outfit
o stay very casual. Consider these days your Casual Dress-Down Fridays the way they do in the corporate world.Give yourself permission to wear a workout outfit—but not just any old one!! Here’s a fashionable choice that still looks neat and pulled together. Stand out from the crowd in this toile inspired tank top with co-ordinating jacket and pants. Accent with fun accessories–a must have outfit for women on the go.
5. Make time for Hair and Make-up
When you look good you feel good, and it makes a difference in how you interact with others, even if it’s just over the phone or computer. While it’s tempting to throw your hair up in a ponytail and forget the make-up, after days and days of this you are going to feel very much like a frump.
If you don’t wear make-up for work, soon you won’t want to be bothered wearing it anytime. A little blush, lipstick and mascara (it only takes 4 minutes) is all you need to freshen you up and make you look great. As for the hair, if it’s just too much hassle, then consider that a sign that you need a fabulous new cut that works better for your at home lifestyle.
6. Keep a pair of chic shoes by your desk