Working from home- how I figured out what to wear

My first day as an entrepreneur, I remember LOVING the fact that I had no dress code. I thought, “this is the ultimate freedom!” No more having to follow guidelines or dress a certain way my boss wanted me to.

And so I did what any person who gets to work from home does…

I worked in sweatpants.
I worked in my pajamas.
I worked in ultimate comfortable clothing (that I’d never be caught dead in outside)

But shortly after, I realized that I didn’t feel that great. I definitely wasn’t as productive. There was a general haze that washed over me hour by hour because of how I presented myself (to myself) each and every day.

Some recent work from home outfits

So how did I create a work from home wardrobe that I love wearing?

1. Always remember to focus on core colors, fit and invest in the right pieces.

It can be tempting to go out and buy whatever is on sale to fill a void. Or to buy into the latest trend you see Brad Pitt wearing. But it’s much easier than you think to build a work from home wardrobe and that’s by focusing on 3 key areas– core colors, fit and the right pieces. (Sign up here for my complimentary guide on the 3 pieces you should have in your closet today)

2. Realize that you can be stylish AND comfortable.

Many people think that if you look stylish that you have to be uncomfortable. My private clients are surprised to learn that they are actually MORE comfortable and BONUS, more stylish. There are so many great clothing options that incorporate comfortable details like stretchy fabric, elastic waistbands, drawstring and more!

3. You don’t have to get rid of everything hanging in your closet.

Most people think that if they have a new work dress code that they have to throw everything in their closet away and start fresh. NOT TRUE.
Yes, you should do a closet edit to make sure that your clothes are aligned with your new lifestyle but many of the basics (t-shirts, blazers, trousers) you can actually keep to dress them down (or up!)

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram, where I’ll be talking a lot more about work from home stylish essentials and comfortable uniforms.

What to wear to work…no matter the dress code

I often hear from clients and friends that they are confused about what to wear to work.

Some common questions I get include:

  • “I recently started my own company after working in a corporate setting. How do I dress in that middle ground (aka business casual)?”
  • “I am the face of my brand and want to be more thoughtful in my appearance- how can I get a lot of wear out of my wardrobe for all the press I will be doing?”
  • “I recently got promoted and notice that management dresses in a different way. How can I dress better to be more in line with them and their image?”

Here are 6 Next Level examples of how you can dress for any work environment:

Notice that these looks are not:

  • Overly complicated or uncomfortable.
  • Reuse the same pieces but for different contexts.
  • Fashion forward pieces that are going to go out of ‘style’ in 6 months.

What do you find challenging about your work dress code? and why? Email me at [email protected], I’d love to hear from you!

And if you don’t have time to figure this all out and just want it done for you, click here to apply to become a private client.

-Cassandra

NYC Personal Stylist + Founder, Next Level Wardrobe