The recipe for your best work-from-home uniform looks a lot more like your favorite chicken noodle soup recipe than grandma’s famous layer cake. Chicken noodle soup is a staple in our house every winter and each time I make it, it looks a little different. Sometimes I throw extra garlic in the broth. Sometimes I add celery or change up the noodle shape. What I’m saying is, the recipe is flexible and I can adjust it to my particular taste that day. Whereas if I took creative liberty when trying to recreate grandma’s layer cake (and believe me, in the past, I have) it would be disastrous.
Lucky for you and me, the recipe for creating your best work-from-home uniform has lots of room for creative interpretation. In fact, creativity is necessary to create a uniform that looks and feels like you. Like our chicken noodle soup, it changes from day to day but the core ingredients stay the same. Here are the three core ingredients you need to make your best work-from-home uniform:
Styles that are comfortable. Comfort really is key in creating a uniform that you’ll want to wear over and over again. Although your clothing is very important in creating a productive atmosphere, if you don’t prioritize comfort in your uniform you’ll find yourself starting to reach for those old sweatpants before too long. And sweatpants have no place in your work-from-home uniform. Having comfortable pieces that still make you feel pulled together (more on this in a bit) will help you find the sweet spot where your best work-from-home uniform exists. My uniform is made up lots of sweaters, pants with elastic waist bands and soft fabric, cute graphic tees, and of course my go-to slippers.
Pieces that can be mixed and matched with each other. A work-from-home uniform differs from some other uniforms in the sense that it can be as many pieces as you want it to be. The secret to creating a really great work-from-home uniform is building it with pieces that can be mixed and matched with each other. This doesn’t mean that your uniform needs to be mono-chromatic or boring but it does mean that the silhouettes, fabrics, and colors should all pair together well. I like to use colors that act as neutrals (like olive, rust, navy, burgundy, and pale pink) in my uniform to add variety while maintaining an easy color palette to mix and match. Of course you can go more wild with your colors if that’s where your heart is, but make sure you’re paying attention to what other colors you have in your uniform to ensure getting dressed is a breeze :)
Outfits that make you feel pulled together. This is what makes your work-from-home uniform a uniform, instead of just clothing you wear at home. Don’t get caught up in the lie that just because no one may be able to see you when you’re working from home, you have an excuse to lounge around in your pjs all day. Do yourself a favor and save the pjs for lazy Saturday mornings, okay? When you’re working from home, you need to be wearing something that will make you feel productive and ready to tackle your to-do list. Here’s one of my favorite tips to ensure all your outfits fueled pulled together: include both woven and knits in every look. This could be a woven pant (preferably with an elastic waist) and a sweater. Or it could look like knit pants and a graphic tee under a woven jacket. By including woven’s in your work-from-home uniform, you’re making it way easier to put together outfits that feel comfortable and professional without looking frumpy.
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