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When people were forced to work from home last year, I was like “welcome to my world.” But even I’m not used to spending such an inordinate amount of time at home. I moved back into my newly renovated place a month before the pandemic started, so I was lucky to have my home office space set up and ready to go.
I never really had designated Work From Home clothes before the lockdown, since I was usually out and about doing other things during the day and my regular clothes sufficed. Otherwise, I’d be in loungewear of PJ, which is not a professional look, and frankly, doesn’t help get me into working mode. So in 2020, I had to figure out a way to marry comfort with presentability.
Thank you to Encircled for gifting me some pieces last fall. Encircled is an ethical Canadian brand making comfortable, multi-functional clothing from sustainable fabrics.Â In the picture above, I’m wearing my go-to WFH outfit: Encircled’s Comfortable Blouse in pink quartz and Dressing Leggings in black, which has handy pockets. I’m also wearing the Renew Bandeau Bra in black. If I had my way, I’d just go braless, but on the days I do need to wear a bra, I like the bandeau style because it doesn’t strain my shoulders. With some jewelry, this outfit is versatile to wear for Zoom calls, running errands, and getting in some quick exercise.
Here are more ethical and sustainable WFH pieces I recommend:
Go for smart casual styles in stretchy fabrics and/or a looser, slightly oversized fit.
Bra + Cardigan
Aside from the bandeau bra, I usually wear PACT’s camisole with a built-in bra and toss a cardigan over it. A matching tank and grandpa cardigan can be cute.
Instead of sweatpants, choose something stretchy or loose-fitting.
Or just wear a comfortable dress or matching two-piece.
Putting on some dainty gold jewelry really helps me feel more polished.
My Office Setup
I got my Olympia typewriter over ten years ago on Ebay. It’s built like a tank. I do use it a lot to write the first drafts of my fiction (more short stories coming your way). My laptop stand gives me the option to work standing up, but I personally don’t like to stand and write. I’ll have to buy a separate keyboard so I can use the stand to simply raise the screen higher. Lastly, I like to keep a little heater by my feet in case I’m feeling cold in the winter. This one has a cold air option, so I can use it in the summer too.
When I really need to concentrate, I need silence, but half the time, I play music. Lately, I’ve been really into bedroom pop, especially Clairo and Teenage Priest. Check out Spotify’s Bedroom Pop playlist.
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