Hands up if you've basically lived in either sweatpants or pyjamas for the past week or two.
My hand is raised, I won't lie. Seriously, I'm typing with one hand because I wanted to be honest and admit I might have a problem. Thank you, Covid-19.
Let me clarify, there's not actually a problem with living in sweatpants or pyjamas; they're comfy and cosy and why not if you're confined to your house or flat for the next three weeks? But we have to remember our daily routine during this lockdown; self-isolating is not 'the day off'. The chances are you're working from home and whether your job requires you to be present in various conference calls or not, you're definitely going to be more productive and feel like being more productive if your self-isolation style reflects that of going to the office.
I'm not saying suit up every day but don't lose your sense of style just because we are social distancing.
This look from London-based Lisou gives your sweatpants a sophisticated upgrade. You're working from home so you want to be comfortable - but you also want to make sure you look smart and stylish for any surprise conference calls that end up on your calendar. These beautiful silk pieces will do just that. What's more is that you're guaranteed to be more productive when kitted out in this co-ord...or you might find yourself browsing Harvey Nichols to add the other colour-ways to your basket.
If silk separates aren't your thing, this knit co-ord set from Apujan is another brand which will allow you to work that sports luxe trend. Stepping up the loungewear look, this woven two-piece is exactly what you need to remain relaxed at home but also be ready for any conference calls that might arise. I'm also loving this coral pink colour - perfect for seeing you into Spring.
For some of you, the hardest thing about working from home will be adjusting to your self-isolation wardrobe. This goes for anyone who loves putting on their shirt, suit and tie uniform each day and feels better about tackling the day's work because of it. Now might be the time to look to British designer Deborah Lyons - who easy-to-wear feminine styles. Take her wide-legged wool trousers, with the high-waisted detail ensuring smart office vibes but the bright colour and fit of the trousers making it lockdown-approved. Pair with one of Deborah Lyons' pussy-bow shirts; a loose-fit and flowy style oozes comfort but bright colour and check print keep it fun and fashionable.
Alternatively, wear this YUFASH blouse with the brand's tassel trousers; another easy-to-wear co-ord style outfit. The collar and cuff embellishment match the fringe details trimming the trousers and I don't know about you but would definitely make me feel more ready to take on my work for the day. The blouse and trousers are the perfect blend of comfort chic.
Dress It Down
If you're a dresses girl, your standard pencil skirt or structured style might not do for work-from-home. You'll be after a slightly more comfortable design, perhaps a more supple and stretchy fabric or a skater skirt style. Chi Chi Clothing is your one-stop shop for feminine styles; whether its floral, floaty summer pieces or lace bodycon dresses for a night out. In this case, the Kyra dress is a perfect floaty chiffon material with flutter sleeves and a midi skirt - meaning you can work comfortably from the sofa or dining table (no ride up). Pair it with a cosy knit cardigan from Lindex; the Scandi brand's minimalist style complements the floral dress perfectly - whether you choose light beige or dusty blue.
Shopyte have some beautiful pleated styles in their collection which successfully merge fashion, function and comfort all in one. A loose-fit slip dress such as their sky blue camisole design is the perfect transition outfit from the sweatpants/pyjamas look with which most of us are probably too familiar at the moment. Swap the hoodie for something you'd more likely wear to the office; throw a cardigan over the top.
It's no secret that we've all been jumping on the Instagram Live sessions and online yoga classes during this lockdown period. Not only is gym clothing the attire for fitness routines, it's also ridiculously comfortable for a productive day of working from home. Evveervital is the sister brand of sustainable diamond jewellers Lark & Berry and has a whole range of beautifully-designed sustainable sportswear. Just like Lark & Berry, Evveervital is ethically sourced and responsibly manufactured, with the bio-based fabrics are created from recycled fabrics and are seamless so as to minimise any fabric waste. As I browsed the site, I found myself adding practically the whole website to my shopping basket. But it's a good time to add some of the collection to your wardrobe as there's currently a 45% off promotion running across everything. As you all rush to buy the biker shorts (mint green is having a moment again), please remember to leave a pair in stock for me.
Even if you don't want to actually work out (I mean, who can blame you?), some comfortable activewear can easily be made to look stylish and, to be honest, there's never been a more opportune moment to debut athleisure. This look is one I love as the colours speak out boldly for the outfit, while you can relax at ease in casual chic. Make a statement for yourself and don these fluorescent trousers from Champion and pair them with a fitted sweatshirt. The lime green detail in the jumper will match the track pants and you're good to go...nowhere, I know but at least you're out of those pyjama pants. Champion also has their classic black cargo pant style if the lime green trousers are too much for you.
I saw a meme that asked what people who wear jeans in isolation are trying to prove but, to be honest, it's a solid lockdown look. Don't forget, jeans are comfy (okay, not as comfy as pyjamas or sweatpants) but it's an easy way to look stylish without pulling something high-maintenance out of the bag. Double denim is perfect for the comfort of working from home but is an annually-occurring trend that will keep you looking fashion forward as you attack the day's to-do list. I also just adore the distressed finishing on these DB Berdan jeans and vest.