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    WARDROBE: DRESSING in a CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT vs WORKING at HOME

    Working out-of-office, whether from home, a coffee shop, or otherwise, has made for certain allowances in the way that one dresses for work. However, contrary to common opinion, it’s not about who will see you in your chosen attire that should affect your fashion decisions, but how your clothing choice influences your work and productivity.

    'Olga Anderson'. Article 'Wardrobe: Dressing in a Corporate Environment vs Woking at Home'. Source of the image: www.pinterest.com

    There is a misconception that working from home means wearing pyjamas all day and that this decision has little-to-no impact on your work ethic. When it comes to productivity or finding the correct balance between work and home for you, pyjamas aren’t necessarily the best idea. Thus, working in pyjamas is actually not as common as one might think.

    Switching off is harder in today’s technological age of employment, where you are constantly contactable by your bosses and colleagues via text, email, phone, WhatsApp etc.,  and this is even harder when you don’t work a 9-5 or within an office environment. Wearing ‘home clothes’ for work can cause an imbalance in your own approach to it but defying the no-pyjama rule doesn’t have to mean stiff tailored trousers, suits, and traditional workwear.

    Your wardrobe shouldn't be restrictive. Your wardrobe should embody your personal sense of style. Your wardrobe should be you. It’s your chance to dress up the way you want to; in beautiful dresses, smart trousers with long knitted sweaters. Jersey fabrics, silk blouses, and simple cuts. A long silk dress or sheer blouse over your comfiest leggings, mixing androgyny with femininity for the ultimate working day. No fear of judgement, honing in on what you love best about your wardrobe, and yourself because you can change at any time – you don’t have to run to catch your train, there’s no awkward shifting between trainers and heels on the train platform, and there’s no unpredictable weather to battle. This is your time to experiment.

    For the ever popular video-call, a dash of lipstick, a fitted jumper over slouchy pants, and paying a little more attention to dressing from the waist up (whilst being careful not to stand up) can get you into the right frame of mind for important meetings, creating an attitude that’s indistinguishable from the one you possess when wearing a coordinated suit in an office.

    A pressing deadline could induce the need for a silk dress or fitted skirt. A day of admin may call for a long shirt and a pair of sheer tights. A day working between your local coffee shop and window shopping on your (extended) lunch hour, may be the exact justification you need to wear your most elaborate dress, styling it into something more casual. It’s where playfulness meets professional.

    Dressing as a freelancer or remote-worker doesn't mean compromising on style, nor does it mean dressing sloppy. There are a variety of fabrics and styles that allow you to wear clothes that are comfortable enough to sleep in and that equally influence your level of professionalism and productivity. It’s about finding the middle ground, where there are no hard-and-fast, stringent rules to follow. This is a transferable concept that can adapted both inside and outside of any physical office; it’s about dressing for the work you do, the space your work embodies, and dressing for your mind.

     

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