As a former freelancer, I can attest to the allure of sweatpants and an ancient t-shirt when you don’t have to leave the house to get your work done. At first, there’s a nice sense of freedom in this routine—the feeling that you’re taking a little power away from society's sometimes overbearing style guidelines. But it’s really just a honeymoon period before the less pleasant reality sets in: living in PJs gives way to working from bed which gives way to struggling to actually get your work done.
Dressing up a bit is a wonderful solution—one that forces you to put a little business back in your day. We’re big believers in the power of clothing to alter your life and perspective for the better at Who What Wear and this is a prime example of that. But what, exactly, should one wear in this case? Do you need to get totally decked out just to get stuff done? The good news is no, not at all. Minimal effort is key here, but to help make sure that the emphasis is more on effort instead of minimal, we’ve created a handy guide to the working-from-home wardrobe essentials.
Scroll down to discover the items that are crucial to productivity!
Band of Outsiders Cotton Oxford Boyfriend Shirt ($245)
Button-down shirts make everyone feel immediately more serious and sophisticated, which goes a long way when you're surrounded by your undone laundry and dishes.
The Fashion Club Peter Tunic ($295)
Chelsea28 Pleated Culottes ($88)
You want to wear pants with a little structure, or that are at least made from a tougher material than something you'd sleep in. They will make it that much more difficult to get cosy in bed.
FRAME Denim Le Garcon Mid-Rise Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($210)
Sam Edelman Felicia Flat ($60)
Putting on real shoes signifies that your day has officially begun and that lazing around is no longer an option. Keeping them on is the most crucial outfit pointer for productivity.
Saint Laurent Court Classic Leather Sneakers ($595)