Around the world, everyone is trying to adjust to this new normal as we all come together, albeit apart, to battle the Coronavirus. We’re all concerned and thinking about everyone’s safety and health. Of course, one of the ways that we can protect each other is by staying at home and minimizing unnecessary social contact. With social distancing in place, company offices have turned into home offices. What then is the current work from home attire?
Whether or not you have an actual home office to work from, you’ll want to be in the right frame of mind to accomplish the work you need to do under current circumstances. Of course, it’s not all just as simple as that. These are uncertain and unsettling times. Focusing on work is hard enough as it is but with the current global situation, it makes it that much more difficult. If you’re also a mother looking after your kids and/or a wife with a husband to think of, all while you’re trying to go about what is far from your regular workday, it makes things that much more difficult, not to mention distracting.
As many have advised, one of the best ways to maintain some semblance of normalcy and routine is to, in fact, try to stick to what would have been your usual routine if it was any given, normal workday. Part of that includes getting ready and getting dressed for work. However, you are home and you don’t want to spend too much time getting dressed, especially when there are already so many other things going on to begin with.
The easiest home office dress code is to put on a simple, comfortable sheath dress or work dress. You put one thing on and you’re good to go (to your home desk.) Putting a dress on helps put you in a professional mindset, even if subconsciously. No need to wear heels, of course. You can just wear flats or your slippers. Even if you’re working solo or on conference calls throughout the day, you’ll look professional and work-appropriate.
If you’re not necessarily in the mood to wear a dress just to work from home, another option is to just put on a simple shirt and wear a blazer over it. Jeans or any other trousers will go just fine with your outfit since, even if you’re on a video conference, they’re unlikely to see your bottom half – just don’t forget not to stand up! Although to be completely honest, if it suits you better, you can even just slip into a pair of joggers or leggings if comfort is your priority.
The current call for social distancing and self-quarantine is all about adjusting, doing our part as citizens of this world and making the best of the situation we all find ourselves in. At the end of the day (what day is it again at this point?) choose whatever works for you while you work from home.