By: Aussy Aportadera
I don’t know about you, but when I’m home a lot and wearing my usual loungewear, I start to feel drab and or just plain blah after a while. There are ways to spruce yourself up without spending a lot and with minimal effort. The style tips in this guest post are a great way to give yourself a style boost.
Check it out and see if you can apply any to your own life.
Not needing to wear heels and business suits every day is a dream for many hard-working women of today. However, as a work-at-home professional like you knows, the time saved from not dressing up is often spent on chores, the children, and other life responsibilities. Slipping into a robe and fluffy slippers is a quick wardrobe fix, but that outfit doesn’t always put you in the best mood for work. What’s more, wearing pajamas all the time can also make you lose touch with your sense of fashion.
But worry no more, because this article lists five hassle-free style tips to help you freshen up in no time.
5 Style Tips When Working From Home
1 – Choose Versatile Clothes
Is your closet filling up with baggy pants, oversized shirts, and robes? While there’s nothing wrong with loving comfort, diversity is always good, especially in fashion. Add clothes that you can easily dress up or down to your wardrobe. The famous little black dress is a perfect example of this. Wear it with sneakers when you’re out for chores. Wear it with a necklace and high heels if you’re meeting someone. Plus, you can easily swap your shoes and wear the dress from day to night!
Here are three important considerations for buying all types of clothes: quality, shape, and style. Go for high-quality garments even if they might cost you more upfront because they’re more likely to be used for longer periods of time. Choose clothes that flatter your figure. Any size is gorgeous; you just have to know your body type and highlight your assets. Last but not least, show your personality in your clothing choices. Also, don’t be afraid to follow and incorporate fashion trends. Loose-fitting jeans, or “mom jeans”, are probably already part of your wardrobe. Now that the younger generation has once again put mom jeans in vogue, why don’t you flaunt your favorite pair the next time you go out? Don’t forget to use a pretty belt to highlight your figure.
Pro Tip 1: Don’t Be Afraid To Experiment
Some of us might have been born fashionistas, but working at home for too long can shackle or even shrink the fashionista in you. But you can reawaken your fashion sense by experimenting until you find your personal style again. Instead of the usual pajama bottoms and sweatpants, why not try dressy leggings? And in place of your usual extra large tee, pair those leggings with a V-neck long sleeve sweater or a white button-down shirt. Next, play with colors and accessories (more on that later). After all, there is no dress code and there are no judgy officemates to gawk at your clothes when you work from home.
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Pro Tip 2: Layers
Layers offer variety and the ease of dialing your look up or down. Try to wear an open cardigan over a shirt instead of the usual sweater or jacket. It will help you exude a chic fashion style without stopping you from doing your mom and work duties. In fact, if you suddenly need to step out for errands but you don’t want to change out of your comfy clothes, you can simply wear a fashionable coat or jacket to put together a more presentable look. In the winter, grab the opportunity to show off your other pretty coats.
You can also layer your bottoms. For instance, you can wear a skirt or shorts over your fitted leggings.
2 – Update Your Do
Your crowning glory can make or break your outfit. The bad news: you need to ditch that messy bun. Nope, that ponytail or pigtails won’t cut it, either. The good news: you can get a low-maintenance haircut that not only looks amazing but also saves you several minutes a day.
Many working ladies go by the classic bob cut. You can opt for a layered bob if you prefer a more edgy look. This cut looks neat and professional but it doesn’t require a lot of styling; just comb and go!
If doing your hair, or the idea of it, makes you ill (and takes up so much time you often forgo the act altogether), then having an easy to maintain hairstyle can go a long way towards helping you feel good and look good without much fuss.
Pro Tip 3:
Invest in a good stylist who can take a look at your face and tell you what would suit you. They’ll often also take feedback about your life and lifestyle and incorporate that information into their recommendations. It is worth the out of pocket expense to find someone who is seasoned and knows what they are doing.
3 – Accessorize
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend so much money on accessories. Properly chosen costume jewelry can elevate your look just as elegant expensive gems. Even well-designed barrettes or scrunchies can make your getup more lively and interesting.
If you’re not fond of rings and bracelets, you can pick practical accessories such as a professional-looking watch or a fashion scarf. Don’t overdo it though. One or two additional pieces are enough. Remember, the goal isn’t to complicate your outfit, just to take it up a notch.
4 – Take Care of Your Skin
The center of every outfit is always your face. Your clients could totally miss your outfit, but they’re bound to stare at your face when you talk business. That is why making time for skincare is a worthwhile investment of your time and energy.
Aim to enhance your natural beauty by following a simple morning and evening routine, utilizing cleanser, toner, serums/creams, facemasks, moisturizers etc. Of course what you use and when is all dependent on your skin and any issues/sensitivity you may have. Consult with a professional before buying expensive products. When you do find a skin care regimen that works for you, stick to it.
I always find that when I’ve taken care of my face, I’m more confident, no matter what my hair or clothes may be saying otherwise.
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Pro Tip 4: Minimize Makeup
Keep makeup to a minimum. You’re working from home, there’s really no need for much. However, if you feel you must do something to look a bit more polished or professional, then might I suggest choosing one or two makeup items for your look.
For instance, my go-to is eye liner. I wear nothing else each day, but if I’m leaving the house, or have a virtual meeting, I put on my eyeliner and automatically feel as if I’ve “gotten ready”. I feel it makes me look more awake and I don’t feel so drab after putting it on.
Choose that one item that makes you feel like you’re good to go and leave it at that. Your skin and your time will thank you.
5 – Mental Health Care
This is less about outward style and more about your inner framework. Working from home is difficult, especially as a parent. Everyone talks about inner beauty in regards to your personality, but inner health can be reflected on the outside as well.
If we’re tired, burned out, unhappy, angry or frustrated, that all shows up on the outside. I personally have more gray hair now that I ever have in my life, mainly due to the fact that I’ve lost so much sleep over the last several months.
Working on your inner health and your mental peace, can go a long ways towards helping you feel better, feel good, and allow you to honestly reflect that on the outside (without faking it!). That, is real style.
So take the time each day to work on yourself. Meditate, speak to a therapist, or do one thing that gives your soul a boost. All in all, what makes you strong and beautiful and stylish is not your skincare routine or eye-catching outfit. It’s your positive attitude.
Style Tips Final Thoughts
Work from home life is no doubt challenging, but you don’t need to sacrifice your style and comfort. Revitalize your fashion sense by having versatile clothes, a manageable hairstyle, simple accessories, essential skincare, and a positive outlook.
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Author Bio: Aussy Aportadera is pursuing the unhurried life in the beachside town of La Union, Philippines. After a career in communications and publishing for luxury lifestyle, food, and wine, she is now a yoga teacher and co-owner of a ceramics brand.