It’s been almost two months living in this alternate reality and from what I can glean when scrolling through my Instagram feed, I feel like we’re all adapting and learning that the clothes we wear need to strike a very specific balance. A WFH outfit can’t be too comfortable and it can’t be too structured either.
Last week, I shared with you the clothing pieces that I’ve enjoyed wearing while reporting for duty from home. Keep scrolling to see the five things I never wear when I work from home.
#1 – Shoulder bags
My bag collection has taken an indefinite leave of absence now that we’re staying home. I store my bags on open shelving and don’t keep them in their dust bags either so I recently gave them a bit of a dusting and clean to make sure they’re in top nick for when I get to use them again. For daily walks, I’ve been using my Celine Trio – my trusty crossbody bag that I’ve had for over 5 years. Going hands-free means I can push the stroller and hold onto my toddler’s hand with easy access to the essentials – keys, phone, wallet, wet wipes.
#2 – Stiletto heels
This is a given since I haven’t been in the office for over 7 weeks. My 9-to-5 footwear is now a rotation of flats, ankle boots and sneakers.
Granted, these ankle boots I’ve been wearing give me a bit of height but they have a block heel which make them comfortable to wear on our walks.
#3 – Skirts
While there are lots of comfortable options out there, our kids are home with us and there’s a lot of rolling around on the floor with them (and fishing for Duplo blocks/train tracks under the couch). As such, skirts don’t really cut it for that dual purpose of WFH/parenting-on-the-floor…
#4 – Power dresses
In line with keeping things relaxed at home, my structured dresses haven’t seen the light of day for a while. On the days that I do opt to wear a dress as a bit of a pick-me-up, I’ll pop this knit dress on, which is no consolation since I love it.
My structured power dresses are all carefully tucked away and ready whip out once it’s safe to resume normal programming.
#5 – Tailored trousers / suit pants
I’m typically in relaxed fit pants (like these ones I’m wearing in the photo) or jeans (which to some is still a bit too much effort) will feature regularly in my WFH outfit. I feel really put together in jeans and I’m not really a leggings or activewear person.
In terms of my matching structured jackets, they still get some use for particular video conferences though dress codes are relaxed for internal meetings given everyone’s in the same boat.
What are some wardrobe items that haven’t been featured in your WFH outfits?
I hope you’re staying healthy and well.