It was a novelty at first, wasn’t it? Swapping the daily grind of tailoring and dresses for… well, if you changed out of your pyjamas it was good going. That was then and this is now – we’re at least 10 months in and vast swathes of the working population are still typing at their kitchen tables. So just as at this time of year we might once have rebooted our office wardrobes with a smart new bag or game-changing suit, you may be in the market for a WFH refresh. These are the pieces I think will make you want to get dressed…
The knitted dress
This is a piece that requires stupidly minimal degrees of effort. Just pull it over your head and job done, you’re good to go. While it’s cosy and comfy, so well suited to a day at home, it’s very of-the-moment fashion-wise, too, so you could proudly wear it out and about. Adopt the Bottega Veneta approach and pair with sturdy platform boots. Your postman will, I’m sure, appreciate your stylish approach.
The boiler suit
My khaki boiler suits (I have two) saw me through the spring and autumn months of WFH. Somehow the faff of going to the loo mattered less when it was really the only faff of the day, and when it would take place in the comfort of my own bathroom. Try pepping things up with one of LF Markey’s colourful designs, or go for a sleeker take with this cream number from Me+Em.
The Zoom blouse
You’ll be familiar with this concept by now. Statement collars were a key 2020 trend, but it’s a look that is still going strong and that you’ll be able to redeploy for years to come. I love Tabitha Webb’s bright designs with their beautiful neckline detailing.
The delicate jewellery
What’s the thing that transports you from ‘basically still in pyjamas’ to primed, polished and ready to go? For me, it’s been a nice pair of classic hoop earrings. From Mejuri’s pearl drops to Otiumberg’s chunky twists, these tiny pieces have the power to launch you into pulled-together work mode in seconds.
L-R: Cotton boilersuit, £180, LF Markey; Silk blouse, £295, Tabitha Webb; Trainers, £80, New Balance x Levi's; Chunky twist hoops, £120, Otiumberg; Blazer, £149, Massimo Dutti; Knitted dress, £49.99, Mango
The track suit
Nope I don’t mean a tracksuit, but a track suit. This is what I’m calling the cool combination of a luxe slouchy hoodie (see Editors’ picks on page 11 for a great affordable one) worn with a sharp blazer over the top. This duo is a nice trick for instantly smartening up something inherently sporty, and looks more considered than adding a plain old coat.
You could put on your blazer if you have a work video call but also wear it to feel more polished if you pop out for a walk – just add a pair of smart trainers (still white, ideally). You may even get a compliment on your artful pairing, a rare thing when you no longer have colleagues to ‘oooh’ and ‘ahh’ at your outfit of a morning. But these days a purr from the cat counts too.