Working from home has obviously become a much bigger thing for most people since the outbreak of Covid-19. Freelancers, consultants and small business owners have been doing it for years and have got their routine, but based on my conversations even they struggle with a dress code. Working from home has probably happened to you at very short notice, and potentially you have other people to share your space with. If you are having to look after children and home school them too, again at very short notice, then stress levels could be fairly high.
So how can we help you to decide what you wear when you work from home? How does getting dressed for work affect your productivity and how do you dress to cope with multitasking?
We know that it's important that you still feel professional, smart and confident. Dressing as if you mean business will help you get into the right mind set and will help you feel ready to face the day with a can-do positive attitude.
So whilst putting on your usual office wear may seem a little too formal, especially if you're home schooling the kids in between conference calls, lunchtime duties and your usual diary, it's important that you still look, and most importantly feel, professional.
Work from home fashion - our top tips
Dress as if a potential client or your boss could Skype you at any time. The chances of this happening are very likely right now. Colleagues working remotely will still want to feel connected. And who wants to do a conference call in their PJs?
The great thing about conference calls is that only the top half of your body can be seen! So ladies, wear whatever is going to work best for you on the bottom half of your body. Make your choice comfortable and versatile for your day - be that dog walking, supermarket shopping or teaching the kids!
A jacket is the perfect piece for a conference call. Quite often, I will still be in my leggings and a Tee having walked Poppy (my cocker spaniel) on the Heath and then just put a blazer or one of my boucle jackets over the top. I'm always told how smart I look, whilst I know it took me 2 minutes to put the jacket on, and equally I can dress down again just as quickly. Versatility at it's best.
If you know a call is planned and likely to last a while, then you can't beat a silk blouse. When you need to look great on those conference calls that, and let's face it, will form a big part of your working week from now on, a silk blouse is far more comfortable than a stiff shirt.
A great blouse, in a colour to add some cheer at this time, will make you feel professional but will still be in keeping with your new working from home wardrobe. Show colleagues and clients that you mean business and that you're taking working from home seriously and silk has a fabulous sheen which really pops on a screen.
So in this new work / school / dog walking routine we all suddenly find ourselves in remember that it's important that you respect yourself and your work. Put on your make-up, style your hair and get dressed like you mean business.
Stay safe, take care and be kind.