Dress up: Work-at-Home Outfits (Tips for Women)

One advantage of working from home is that you don’t have to follow the dress code

Most experts on productivity, would advise you not to wear your PJs when you work from home. As research shows, our clothes can affect the way we feel about ourselves and how we perform at work. A U.S. study published in 2007 found that employees described themselves as feeling more productive, trustworthy and authoritative when they wore a business suit at work.

Similarly, Adam D. Galinsky, a professor at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, found that clothing may have an impact on personal performance. His research showed that students who wore a white lab coat performed significantly better on a cognitive test than those who wore street clothes.

A fashion psychologist Dr. Karen Pine explained in Forbes, that people tend to adopt the traits associated with the clothing they're wearing. "A lot of clothing has symbolic meaning for us, whether it's 'professional work attire' or 'relaxing weekend wear', so when we put it on we prime the brain to behave in ways consistent with that meaning." 

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Work from home with more style and dress up

Dressing up each morning can boost your self-confidence and puts you in a mindset of personal success before you even sit down to start working at home. Lounging in pyjamas all day makes it much easier to procrastinate. If you choose to spend every day in baggy and washed-out PJs, you will soon start feeling washed-out, too which will affect you when you are working from home. This feeling can also leak into other areas of your life, both personal and professional.

So, next time you are getting dressed for work, even though you are going to work from home, consider the psychological effects clothes can have on you. While pyjamas may be warm and cozy, they are hardly the best attire when trying to cross off tasks of your to-do list efficiently as your mind associates them with relaxation-time. Getting dressed, on the contrary, motivates you to be more productive.

Lauren Messiah, a personal stylist who works from home, believes changing from her PJs to more appropriate clothes shows respect for her career and allows her to leave the house for a meeting or to have impromptu visitors at her home office.

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Expert tips for your work-at-home wardrobe

Having a morning routine that includes grooming, dressing up and applying a bit of make-up puts you in a work mode, which can have a positive impact when you are working from home. Remember to put your bra on, comb your hair and smear your lips with your favourite lip glow. It can be incredibly easy to neglect these things when you work from home.

Taking the time to even put on a casual outfit sends your brain a clear signal that your work day has started. However, if you choose to stay the whole day in pyjamas the line between your personal life and work may become blurred, which it can be already now when you are working from home .

When picking work-at-home wear, choose clothes that can quickly be dressed up with accessories and shoes. The style expert and author of book Style Rx, Bridgette Raes, recommends to opt for dark jeans, corduroys, black capris, good-quality leggings; casual blouses, soft shirts in fabrics like cotton, jersey or silk; cardigan sweaters, and a fitting blazer.

Add flattering accessories such as featherweight scarves, ballet flats, simple jewellery and invest in a high quality handbag for your laptop to upgrade a casual work-at-home outfit when going for a meeting. While the work-at-home wardrobe is typically casual, it does not have to be ratty, believes Raes, "the goal is to be able to easily transform a work-at-home outfit into an outing look by adding a few little extras".