It’s been more than a year of lockdown, and we all are dreading to dress up and go out! Remember the time before the pandemic when you could actually meet and hug your friends during lunch breaks at work? Although a normal life- sans WFH still seems a distant dream, we can surely take our WFH uniform up a notch. It’s important to dress up during WFH, as wearing the same clothes throughout the day can blur the lines between when we are working and relaxing. According to a poll conducted by us, where 100 women participated, 84% of women feel unproductive while working from home and 85% of women agreed that dressing up for work increases their productivity. Dressing up can motivate you and increase your productivity as well.
If you are sick of wearing sweatpants and need some fashion inspiration to get out of the unproductivity slump, see how these 7 women in business are elevating their WFH ensemble in style.
Sonia Shenoy, Senior Editor at CNBC-TV18
Sonia Shenoy, senior editor of CNBC-TV18, says, “I think my favourite part of working from home is that my family is always around.” With a makeshift office at home, her WFH routine pretty much remains the same. She stills goes on air and for that, she has to be camera-ready all the time. She has established the perfect balance between style and comfort, with the ‘formal on top and casual on bottom’ trick. She elevates her casual palazzos by pairing it with the chic Luxe Fitted Shirt to look professional and modish. The lustrous white shirt with pointed collars and pleated sleeves is the perfect choice when you want to prioritize comfort, without losing elegance or flattering silhouette.
Shreeja Rajgopal, Celebrity Stylist
If you want to elevate your button-downs, take some style-inspiration from the celebrity stylist Shreeja Rajgopal who is taking the fashion-forward path to amp-up her ‘work from home’ uniform. Shreeja, who has worked with Sayani Gupta, Radhika Apte and Taapsee Pannu, says, “Currently, I am using the WFH time to focus on researching, fashion referencing and working on new ideas.” She gives a creative spin to the Cotton Poplin Classic Shirt by styling it as a crop top, instead of simply tucking it into trousers. Pair the ‘shirt-turned-into-crop-top’ with either flared trousers or a statement satin skirt that you have been waiting to wear since the lockdown, for an effortless everyday work from home summer look.
Aavriti Jain, Founder of Dhora & Teatro Dhora
Opting for a monochromatic look can be super chic especially if the colour is black. Aavriti Jain, founder of Dhora & Teatro Dhora, says, “Although the pandemic has changed our lives drastically, it has also made us slow down and question the why in everything.” Aavriti channels her inner diva and elevates her work wear with the all-black look. She pairs the black Ruched Poplin blouson with tights in the same hue for a hassle-free yet sophisticated look. The gold zip detailing on the dolman sleeves gives a distinctive edge to the ultra-feminine blouson. Compliment the gold detailing of the blouson by pairing the look with understated gold plated molten hoops.
Garima Gupta, Writer at Vogue India
Garima Gupta, a fashion writer at Vogue India, expresses her views on the lockdown and says, “It’s surprising how little things like making your bed and dressing up can change it all.” And we couldn’t agree more with her! Dressing up while working from home can instantly liven up your day. Take a cue from Garima and glam up your WFH uniform with accessories. Putting on everyday jewelry, even while working from home can help you feel more normal and also make the outfit look cooler. Pair the comfiest Uber relaxed shirt with mom-jeans, One pearl toggle necklace and baroque pearl drop earrings, for an elegant and easy everyday work-from-home look.
Aanchal Rai, Founder of WorkinGrl
Nothing beats the classic combination of white shirt and denims on a hot summer day, and we are getting all kinds of chic summer vibes from the founder of WorkinGrl Aanchal Rai. Aanchal says, “Even while working from home, I try to dress up every day, to keep myself motivated.” To give a more relaxed approach to workwear without compromising on style, she wears the Ruched poplin blouson with comfy mom jeans. The ruching detailing on the blouse can elevate your work outfit effortlessly. Use her clever #WFH hack by swapping your slippers for sneakers and notice the instant boost in your productivity.
Sabah Shaikh, Founder of Atistu Events
Sabah Shaikh, the founder of Atistu Events, says, “I am missing the hustle-bustle of work-life amidst the lockdown.” To feel more energized and make a power statement, she wears the mint Uber Relaxed Shirt in two sizes up to get the oversized look and layers it up with a structured blazer. Simple, tailored, and comfortable! To get a summery and poised look, choose a blazer thoughtfully constructed in a relaxed silhouette and made of a comfortable fabric. This summer, layer up your pastel shirt with another pastel-hued blazer to ace the colour blocking trend.
Rupanshi Agarwal, Founder of Qua
Rupanshi Agarwal, the founder of Qua, trusts the moss co-ord set for an elevated work from home ensemble. Rupanshi says, “A matching set is always a great piece to add to your wardrobe. Not only because co-ord sets look effortless and elegant no matter what, but also because you can easily mix and match the pieces for lots of new outfits later on as well.” Take fashion inspiration from Rupanshi and introduce relaxed and comfiest co-ords to your closet. The co-ords will help you in looking a little more pulled together and polished. For a zoom meeting or a quick grocery run, layer the co-ords with a watercolour satin shirt and accessorize the look with statement earrings.
It's time for you to experiment and elevate your work from home outfit! Let us know in the comment section, what's your go-to WFH outfit that's NOT sweatpants!