If you're new to working from home, you may be looking forward to all the perks telecommuting brings. Chief among them may be having more control over what you wear. Not having to go into the office means you have more freedom (and comfort) with your fashion.
Nevertheless, it's still important you dress to impress. Why? First, your wardrobe can impact your psychology. Getting dressed for work can make you more focused and productive, even if your desk is your kitchen table. Also, you want to be mindful of how you show up on video conferencing calls and make sure to put your best foot forward.
Every guy's closet should contain a few well-made pieces that help him look professional and polished. Here are a few wardrobe essentials to keep in mind as you build your work-from-home wardrobe.
1. Try tailored shirts
Baggier clothes may seem like a comfortable choice, but they can inadvertently give the impression that you simply rolled out of bed. Instead, opt for a fitted look with your shirts, sweaters, and polos. Some basic rules of thumb for the best fit are:
- You can pinch one to two inches of fabric on either side of your stomach
- The shirt ends somewhere between upper to mid crotch
- The sleeves don't hug your arms too tightly
2. Stick to solids
Keep the graphic tees and trendy patterns in your drawer. Solid colors give your outfit a more polished feel. Similarly, classic colors such as navy, black, white, and brown come off as more professional than bright, loud colors and patterns.
3. Replace your blazer with a cardigan
Depending on your workplace, you might be accustomed to wearing a blazer, sport coat, or even a suit into the office. Now that you're working from home, go for a knit, which provides a softer touch and is more lightweight and breathable. You can layer a standard collar or shawl collar cardigan or pullover over your shirt. Keep it unbuttoned or unzipped for a more relaxed feel.
4. Ditch the tie
The beauty of remote work is that you can embrace business casual in all its glory. But if you're a leader and need to be more formal on video calls, you can choose to wear a dress shirt, but do so without a tie.
5. Swap sweats for jeans
Jeans are a great middle-of-the-road option between sweats that make you feel sloppy and super structured slacks or chinos. You can't go wrong with a dark denim or black jeans.
6. Stay comfy in stylish sneaks
You might be tempted to sit at your desk in socks or gym shoes, but putting on shoes can help your brain switch from lounging around to "work mode." Canvas kicks are the most versatile shoe you can buy since they go with everything — jeans, shorts, athleisure. For an elevated look, try a clean, minimalist rubber or leather sneaker.