Working from home offers the amazing benefit of trading in your business-casual wardrobe for something way cozier. While faded band t-shirts and old gym shorts were my go-to loungewear choices after a day at the office, the same tattered duds have made delineating work and play a little trickier since I’m home 24/7 now.
Productivity is linked to mindset in many cases, and outfit choices each day can help with (or hinder) getting in “the zone” when it comes to signifying that it’s time to work. As deliciously comfortable as my 2012 Coachella merch t-shirt is, I did notice that my motivation was getting progressively lower with each day that I rolled out of the bed in the same clothes that I consciously associated with my Netflix binges. Of course, the uncertain state of the world didn’t help my motivation, but I decided to switch up my threads and build a comfortable ‘Work From Home Wardrobe” consisting of a few uniforms that I could cycle throughout the week to help me feel more put together and excited to take on the day.
Finding that balance between sleepwear and work-appropriate clothing wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. If I wore something that felt too relaxed, I risked falling back into couch potato territory. And if I threw something on that was too tailored, I would feel uncomfortable. I experimented with a few outfits and landed on a few choices from some great brands.
Here are some top picks for versatile loungewear that are polished enough for video calls, but still maintain the comfort of your favorite pajamas.
Deiji Studios is based in Byron Bay, Australia, and the effortless, minimal designs of their loungewear line are perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to sacrifice style or comfort. The shirt and shorts are made of 100% stone-washed linen and feel incredibly luxurious from the moment you slip it on. Definitely a worthy staple if you’re looking for a WFH uniform that will last. At $160 USD, this is an investment set for sure. But once you put it on, you’ll never want to take it off. Their cotton sets are also on sale for a substantial discount too.
MUJI is known for their minimalist Japanese design when it comes to home goods and stationary, but did you know they make excellent loungewear too? They’ve got all the basics covered, including this dreamy linen dress (can you tell I’m a huge fan of linen?) that gets softer with each wash. Once stay-at-home orders are lifted and we’re able to venture out of our homes safely, it’s a dress that can seamlessly take you from home to the office, to dinner and a movie. Check out their other wardrobe staples on the site, and don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter for an additional 10% off.
For those who miss the great outdoors, look no further than the Yosemite Button Down from Adele by Adele, a fashion brand founded by Black designer Adele Jackson in Los Angeles. It’s made in the U.S. using lightweight satin featuring a hand-designed print. The shirt is long enough to be worn as a tunic, which means no pants at home! Always a comfy bonus. 10% of sales are donated to the National Park Foundation, too.