Nowadays clicking “Join meeting” has become second nature. Whether it’s Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet, we’re all depending on video calls now more than ever to stay connected with co-workers, family, and friends. And while working from home has the perk of rolling out of bed and going straight to work, we’ve got to slip into something more professional, albeit a little less comfortable, than our PJs to face our boss or co-workers on the other side of the screen. So what should you wear to put your best foot (or rather, face) forward? While going ‘business on top, party on the bottom’ may feel like the natural way to go, you never know when you might unexpectedly need to stand up or your camera may slip, so make sure to complete your look from head to toe. But don’t fret –– I’m here to tell you it’s easy to strike a balance between looking polished and being comfortable.
If there is one rule of thumb to follow when it comes to putting your video-ready outfit together, it’s stay away from pale tones that wash you out, busy patterns, and cuts that hide your neck.
Here are a few effortless outfits for both ladies and gents that’ll have you camera-ready for video calls (waist up and waist down) without wishing you were in your pajamas:
No stuffy blazers here. Instead, opt for a relaxed style that’ll add a little extra professionalism to your work-from-home look. And if work calls for travel, you can count on it keeping you looking fresh and sharp (and wrinkle-free!) when you step off the plane or car. Thrown on over a soft, elegant shirt and you-can’t-go-wrong-with navy chinos and you’re set for a productive work day. Although white sneakers would do the trick, why not change it up with these equally cool brown sneakers?
A step up from a polo, a popover lends itself well to a casual, yet office-appropriate vibe. Worn with these leisure pants (think: a hybrid of sweatpants and dress pants) and slip-on sneakers, you’ve got comfort and style, not to mention a classic, monochromatic look, for working from home or mid-day errands.
The epitome of smart casual-cool, a linen shirt will seamlessly take you from work to weekend. And with its breathability, it’s got the cool factor (literally), making it the ideal piece to beat the summer heat. Complete the look with versatile pants that move with you (did I mention they’re wrinkle-resistant and machine-washable?) and loafers that you can dress up or down.
A flowy, printed blouse paired with equally sophisticated, yet comfy pants make for a foolproof WFH uniform. Reach for slip-on mules that you’ll want to strut both inside and outside of the house (and wear with everything).
A matching set equals effortless dressing, not to mention a major time-saver. The best part? Wear the pieces as separates and, voilà, you have multiple outfits. And the statement blazer will dress up even the simplest tank top or tee. Add a pop of jewel-tone blue that is universally flattering, so you’ll stand out from the crowd of faces (in a good way, of course). A fun, feminine twist on the classic, menswear-inspired Oxford, these shoes will elevate any outfit.
There’s a reason why they’re referred to as “one-piece wonders.” Jumpsuits are chic, comfortable, and take no thought. With its wrap-style and Kelly Green color, you can rest assured that you’ll be ready for your close-up. Finish the look with snakeskin wedge mules––comfortable enough to wear indoors––to give you a little height and flair.