5 Simple Tips To Rock Your At-Home Style

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My dear friend and amazing photographer Posy Quarterman (best name ever) asked if I would write a few tips on dressing for at-home work for an online class she is teaching. I had fun coming up with some simple outfits and thought I would share this information with you guys, too!

I have worked from home as a designer for over 10 years now. It’s really easy to get into the habit of wearing pajamas all day. I noticed a few years ago though that when I get myself dressed in the morning, before I sit down at the computer, I feel better about my work. I also vowed never to wear my pjs to preschool drop-off (even though I really want to!) and people have commented on how I look put-together. That makes me feel great and ready to start the work day. The beginning of the year is always a good time to put something new into practice. Here are some ideas for easily pulling together work-from-home outfits.

1. Put on jeans instead of leaving on your leggings or sweats

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This is the first thing I do to keep myself from leaving my lounge wear on all day. I love jeans. I wear a lot of black jeans and they are so easy to dress up or down, quickly, but (almost) any jean is going to look better than stretchy pants. Find a few pairs that fit you well and keep them at the ready for each morning. Try to have some black or dark washes in the mix. They are flattering and can be dressed up. If you hate jeans, try a pant in a fabric you do find comfortable. There are also denim joggers out there that are cute/updated and comfy, like the ones above. (Things were selling out left and right as I was making this post! I tried to find items that were very similar but that still had a decent number of sizes left. Except for those Anthro joggers. OMG. I want them but they only have one size left).

 

 

 

 

 

2. Pick out a cool pair of shoes

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Picking out a shoe for your outfit instantly ties it together. Even if you don’t wear the shoes around your house all day it gives you a good sense of the overall look. I get really excited about boots and often throw those on before I would ever grab a pair of tennis shoes. If you are a tennis shoe person, pick out a special pair that feel ‘dressier’ or try an oxford shoe…or a shoe with a cool print, like the pair above.

3. Get rid of your t-shirts

 

I’m only sort of kidding here. I accidentally got rid of many of my t-shirts during my closet decluttering. This has been a good thing lately because it pushes me to wear more interesting tops. I wear a sweater with a tank or a button down shirt under it most days in winter. The key here is to think outside the t-shirt box. If you love t-shirts, buy a few soft, light, button-down shirts and maybe size up a little. Try out some lightweight sweaters to mix up your look. Definitely get rid of any worn or dated t-shirts and if you have to hang on to some sentimentally, put them well out of reach so you don’t use them as go-to tops.
Update! Zappos seems to be out of this color of the Frye boots, but 6pm.com has them on sale here!

4. Rad jacket = finished outfit

 

Jackets are the best things, second only to boots, of course. You can really make a basic outfit shine with a cool jacket. A simple top, nice jeans and classic boots are a great backdrop for showing off a cool jacket. There are good jackets for all climates and times of the year and you can have fun owning a few styles and pairing them with various other pieces. I LOVE a moto jacket paired with girly items like blouses and dresses to toughen the softness. A preppy blazer is wonderful paired with casual pieces. Of course, you’re not going to sport a jacket around the house all day, but good jackets are wonderful for throwing on before a client meeting or for running errands.

 

5. Try a little makeup and put on some simple jewelry

 

We all know Scotti is the makeup expert around here and I am no authority on it, but I do think a little face prep in the mornings is essential. Wear whatever amount you feel comfortable in. I only wear mascara, under eye concealer and a little blush, but I put it on everyday. I put a little lip gloss on when going out of the house during the daytime. You don’t have to overdo it, but I think it’s the act of getting yourself ready that makes such a big difference. If you don’t do makeup, just clean your face each morning and maybe put on a brightening moisturizer and a little lip gloss. It will make a difference in how you feel!

Jewelry can be a really simple way to add polish to your outfit. I get in a habit of wearing the same pieces for days in a row, but that’s fine! Find what works for you and stick with it, I say. I love a simple earring and a cool ring. A lovely necklace will also add sparkle and make you feel great. The pieces above are tasteful and not fussy and would add a little finish to any of the outfits posted.

A few more mix-and-match combinations:

 

 

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Update! Zappos seems to be out of this color of the Frye boots, but 6pm.com has them on sale here!

 

 

 

 

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I hope some of these things help inspire you to feel ready for work at home, whatever it may be! Let me know if you have some go-to outfit combinations that work for you.

 

xo,

Laura

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21 Comments

  1. I feel like the only thing I’m having a hard time getting down with is the losing my t-shirts. I love t-shirts!!! But I like the idea of this post! I’m days away from my due date for #2 and really need to up my ‘at home’ game once I start wearing real clothes again. Great suggestions!

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    • T-shirts are good some days. For sure. I do love some tees…especially with a blazer! Just trying to mix up people’s basic go-to’s a bit. And I’d say right now wear all the dang tees you want to mama!! 🙂

  2. This is an awesome post – really loving Laura’s posts. This is definitely an issue for plenty of moms: how to be home but not feel super schlumpy all day, which of course can pull a person down. Note: a lot of the links aren’t working – they go to Pinterest pages or do strange things. Would love to see this fixed so I can link to these ideas! Thanks!

  3. Lately I’ve settled into the athleisure style (or whatever they’re calling it lately), but I’d love to slowly get back to my more polished outfits. These are great ideas! I’d LOVE to see a post on jean alternatives, because I’m one of those people who does not find denim comfortable. (Unless maybe it’s REALLY expensive denim, in which case I hesitate to wear in day-in-and-day-out as a SAHM.) Thank you!

  4. Love this post. I have worked from home for the last 6 years and at first just use to put on comfy clothes but in the last year I have upped my game since my daughter started school, as most other mums are dropping kids off on their way to work, and I felt very underdressed. My wardrobe now consists of stylish jeans, pants and tops (still the occasional t-shirt gets used as long as it is in good condition) and I couldn’t agree more about the shoes and makeup – they both take a casual outfit to a whole new level. Best of all though is when the doorbell rings and a client decides to drop by unexpectedly I confidently open the door rather than scramble to put a coat on and pretend I am just heading out the door so as to cover up the underdressed look underneath.

  5. I have this deal with myself that I can at the very least put on jeans everyday. I definitely wear tee shirts, but usually layered with a third piece or at least a cool necklace. Accessories go a long way toward making a simple jeans and tee combo look pulled together.

  6. LOVE this post. I have four kids and work from home as a freelance editor/writer. It is so easy to fall into the rut of leggings and a hoodie, especially in the rush to get the kids out to school in the morning. But the result is feeling like a frump all day. I know my husband would appreciate a little more effort from me, and honestly, I’m ready to take back my style too. These are great, simple tips I’ll definitely use – thanks!

  7. Ooh I agree about the post for jeans alternatives! My kids are 6, 3 and 10 months and I basically live in Lululemon. My stack of jeans sit untouched because they are so not comfy being down on the floor playing with the baby. And hello muffin top since they just don’t have the stretch and hold everything in of leggings. For Spring/Summer I’d love to find some cute casual tee shirt type dresses that are figure flattering and practical!

  8. *Speaking* of cleaning out closets, would one of you lovely ladies (or all!) do a post on decluttering your closet? I can’t figure out for the life of me how you’re all always buying new things – where do you put them? Especially all those beautiful cashmere sweaters that never look bad or fall apart? I’m completely seriously – I totally want to buy some of your suggestions, but I just don’t know what I’d do with another sweater. The ones I have are already taking over my house.

    • YES!!!! I second this!!! I wonder where other people put all their jeans??? they are just so heavy>>>?and tee shirts??? they all end under in a twisted mess…:(

      • I totally understand! I believe Shana is currently working on a closet cleaning post. I have to stay on top of getting rid of older items or I get lost in my closet, too.

  9. I in love with those grey clog/mule shoe in the first picture with the denim jogger. Where are they from? Thanks so much, I’m really enjoying your posts!

    • Hi! They must be from Anthropologie…the joggers are from there. I will see if I can run across them, but try there 🙂

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