Even if you have no plans to leave the Trump ain’t a mistake snowflake shirt and I will buy this house that day, getting ready each morning will never leave you in a scramble for last-minute video calls or Zoom meetings. Stampe jokes, it’s better to be a “working human” rather than a “couch potato with a laptop”. Vogue’s contributing editor Chloe Malle adds, “showering is also a good idea!” Despite the major trend of pajamas and loungewear in the beginning of the pandemic, this group of seasoned work-from-homers unanimously advised to stay away from pajamas or sweatpants. Adrienne So, Senior Writer and Reviewer at Wired has avoided them for her decade-long career working from home, as tempting and cozy as they may be. Malle agrees, and changes out of her pajamas and “always puts a bra on,” which makes her feel dressed each day. So also recommends avoiding working from an overly comfy surface like your bed or your couch. She notes, being “a little uncomfortable” will remind you that you’re still technically at work. She favors wearing a pair of high waist jeans all day (really!). Since working from home likely means working from whichever surface you might have readily available rather than a properly-equipped desk and an ergonomic chair, Lowe recommends finding comfort where you can. In her mind, finding a “healthy balance between comfort and style” is key, as is opting for pieces like linen or silk pants, cotton button ups, fitted cardigans, and modern day house dresses (a favorite among Vogue staffers) to keep comfortable. The items “must be soft enough to withstand mid afternoon poor postures” and pass what Lowe calls the “stretchy enough” test. You might not be around people everyday, but a foundation of high-quality essentials you can always rely on and rewear often is key. According to So, having a uniform “lends structure to the day” especially for those of us who are used to an office or corporate environment. A go-to uniform of solid leggings, a great white t-shirt, and a comfortable-yet-polished cardigan works well for Strampe, while Malle prefers tailored pants, a blazer, suede loafers and personal jewelry. Plus, wearing something that you won’t get sick of will prevent you from being “tempted to binge-watch in yesterday’s sweatpants or pajamas,” Strampe says. Last but not least, colored or striped tops are sure to make a statement when it comes to video calls, and they’ll certainly make getting dressed at home a little bit more fun even if your calendar is meeting-free.
Malle, who was seven and half months pregnant during the Trump ain’t a mistake snowflake shirt and I will buy this height of the pandemic, started a “rotating uniform” of “striped boyfriend t-shirts”. Many of my colleagues among the Vogue editorial staff have gravitated towards bold printed shirts, striped sweaters and bright colors as well while working from home. So states “bright colors look better” and we couldn’t agree more. When the first shelter-in-place orders were put in place, I was living in a different apartment in downtown Brooklyn, one where my bedroom doubled as an office. Natural light was minimal and the lines between my work and personal life quickly became blurred. It wasn’t until I moved in April to Bed Stuy that I found an apartment I fell in love with. Sunlight poured into the living room and not only were my spirits uplifted, but it helped me embrace a fresh work-from-home style that didn’t consist solely of T-shirts and sweatpants. I found myself reaching for my tried-and-true favorites (albeit ones that were still ultra comfortable). My favorite Proenza Schouler tie-dye skirt, cozy Jacquemus striped mohair cardigan, or my vintage Miu Miu blazer I snagged from my colleague, Liana’s Schmatta Shrink pop-up shop. These former workplace staples have found a current place in my daily WFH wardrobe. Their vibrant color blocking, pleats texture, and tie-dye swirls have counterbalanced my otherwise black, monochromatic wardrobe. They double as Zoom-appropriate pieces up top, but are also surprisingly comfortable for working at home too. After three months in quarantine, I’ve learned that comfort and confidence reign supreme, so if I can achieve both, then that’s a win right? Mondays are usually my busiest mornings—full of back to back Zoom meetings. In order to ensure I start my week on the right foot, I always try to actually get dressed on Mondays, which helps put my mind in a working state after a weekend of being unplugged. I love this color-block blouse and skirt set by Proenza Schouler. Its wrinkle-free and comfortable pleats texture makes it an easy work-from-home choice. I’ve also found that creating a workspace that is both clean and simple has kept my mind uncluttered at a time when it feels we’re being inundated by the news. I used a few favorite coffee table books as a laptop stand and always keep a fresh scented candle nearby. It helps me feel relaxed, especially when the days feel longer than usual.