what I’ve been wearing to stay productive at home

I’ve been a “clothes person” for a while now but have never really written about it. Of late, I’ve learned a thing or two about dressing for shelter-in-place that I thought might be useful to share with you, so here goes!

When I first returned from London and had to self-isolate, I quickly realized that living in pajamas and sweats all day was making me feel sloppy, unproductive, and all-around a little sad. Getting ready in the morning is an important part of my daily routine and I was really missing the energizing nature of planning out a look for the day and slipping into clothes that make me feel great. An added bonus of wearing what I normally do is that I have created a way for me to feel a difference between the days of the week, as I generally wear more comfy loungewear or leggings on Saturdays and Sundays, which has been a positive switch from feeling like every day is the same at home! I actually shared this tip on a work call recently and received these texts from a good friend:

With this in mind, I decided to whip out the self-timer on my phone to share a few simple outfits I’ve had on repeat lately that make me feel good and ready for full days of online classes, work meetings, and social calls!

  1. plain white dress shirt and blue jeans

I’ve been living in my white blouse since it’s so easy to throw on and feel clean, professional, and comfy at the same time! The one I have on in the picture is from Uniqlo (link) and is handy for stay-at-home days since it is low maintenance and made of a fabric that doesn’t need ironing. With this specific shirt, I would recommend sizing one or two sizes up from your usual size to achieve a flowy, oversized look and feel.

2. tie neck silk blouse and flare jeans

This tie neck silk blouse from Jigsaw (link) is one of my more recent purchases and I have been loving it! The silk and tie detail on the neckline make for an interesting and beautiful sheen that shows on conference calls—making it the perfect blouse for all of those Zoom meetings! Here, I’ve styled it with a pair of the Marianne Flare jeans from Aritzia that have just the right amount of stretch for a comfy day of sitting on your computer.

3. red wrap sweater and striped pants

Although I absolutely adore good denim, we all have those days where the mere thought of sitting all day in rigid trousers makes us uncomfortable. I’ve been wearing these high-waisted, loose, straight-leg striped pants from H&M for days I want a bit more space. The airy fabric and elasticized waistband have been really great for days spent on the couch! Here, I styled these with a red wrap sweater from Lipsy (link) that is both super flattering and comfy.

4. black mockneck sweater and ankle flare jeans

This comfy and gorgeous sweater from L’Academie (link) always makes me feel stylish and sophisticated. The beautifully subtle balloon sleeves make the cozy number a little more interesting and the mock neckline shows up nicely on video calls, especially when accessorized with a bold gold necklace. I paired it here with an old pair of ankle flare jeans from Rag & Bone (similar here). This outfit always makes me feel like a winner and I love wearing it even if noone else sees! Fun fact: I wore this exact outfit (with pointy black boots) to the final interview for the job I will be taking after graduation!

5. plain white/black tee with straight leg jeans

Nothing beats a comfy tee for a full day of working at home. I love how classic this outfit is but how much liberty you can take in making it yours. Recently, I’ve been wearing my plain white tee from Re/done (link) and my plain black tee from Zara (I would recommend sizing up for a relaxed fit). I’ve styled it in the picture above with a super-high waisted pair of jeans from Rag & Bone (link) that really lengthen the legs but feel remarkably simple. I like to wear looks like this one on Fridays to ease my mood into the weekend!

6. white cami, check blazer, black bootcut jeans

I bought this white cami with an adorable gathered front for my original spring break plans, as I thought I would be making a trip to Mexico with friends. Although we had to cancel the trip, I’ve been able to make good use out of the top by styling it with these long, ultra-flattering black jeans (link) which have just the right amount of stretch for those long lunch breaks we’ve all been taking. For calls, I’ve been throwing on top a wonderful check blazer I bought a while ago from H&M (similar here). I love blazers and consider them one of the ultimate layering hacks: they always look clean, stylish, and powerful, and look great under a big coat or just thrown over the shoulder. They’re also fantastic for sprucing up any old base outfit you might be wearing at home (including your random spring break outfits, apparently). Tip: I prefer a slightly oversized fit and generally shop for blazers with a tailored waist and/or light shoulder padding for a more flattering silhouette.

I hope that sharing what has been working for me these last few weeks has been insightful and helpful in some way to you! Working remotely is an adjustment for most of us and it’s important to remember that we’re all still learning. As always, your safety and health is most important of all and I hope you are sleeping, eating, and resting as well as possible.

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