The first step to setting a professional tone for your workday as a solopreneur is to get dressed in more than yoga pants. It’s easy to put together simple, affordable and comfy outfits with these seven work from home wardrobe pieces.
With the growth of Zoom video conference calls Slack and Facebook Lives its a lot less stressful if you start your day dressed to be seen.
Not to mention the people you might run into in real life if you do leave your house.
Do you ever need to run a quick morning errand? Or NEED to stop at your local coffee shop after the morning carpool line?
My car likes to drive me to the local coffee shop a lot. So I have a rule about not leaving the house in anything I would be embarrassed to be seen in by a client or potential client.
I broke that rule after a particularly long night with my preschooler. I NEEDED coffee from my local coffee shop to make it through the morning.
I looked like I had been in a tornado. My messy hair bun was paired with wrinkled exercise clothes that hadn’t seen the gym in far too long. And I wasn’t even wearing a baseball hat or bronzer and lip gloss to camouflage the mess.
There, sitting a the front table of the coffee shop, was a lead I had been working on. I was so embarrassed!
Don’t make this same mistake!
You won’t have to worry about running into colleagues or potential clients wearing these work from home wardrobe pieces every solopreneur needs.
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9 Pieces Every Work From Home Wardrobe Needs
The following easy to wear wardrobe, comfy, pieces are available in all price points and sizes so you have no excuse to not ditch your yoga pants.
Jeans are classic wardrobe item and the BEST alternative to yoga pants. They dress up and they dress down. Choose a dark or medium wash jeans without rips or holes that fit nicely.
I absolutely love my classic Gap Jeans!
Jeans pair with anything including a simple clean t-shirt and a light cardigan like this J. Crew Mercantile Women’s Cascading Cardigan in cream or black.
3. Professional Flowy Top
The washability totally makes up for the price point. These are my personal go-to tops. No matter how much chaos happens in my house I can be dressed like a professional in seconds with these flowy tops.
4. Pearl Earrings
Like jeans, simple pearl earrings are another classic wardrobe item.
Do you have wet hair and a last-minute video conference call? No problem put your wet hair up in a bun and add pearl earrings with dark red lipstick. It will look like you wore your hair like that on purpose.
I love these affordable and simple Kate Spade New York Stud Earrings and have a very similar pair.
5. Print Infinity Scarf
Is the white t-shirt you paired with your dark wash jeans looking a little worn or snug?
Add an infinity scarf with a great print like this navy and pink Lilly Pulitzer Women’s Resort Infinity Loop to draw attention away from your top. Add your pearl earrings to complete the outfit.
Loop it around your neck twice for extra coverage. And bonus, during spring and summer it will keep you warm in restaurants when the air conditioning is on high!
6. Ballet Flats
As much as we’d all like to believe that working from home means the flexibility to get regular pedicures, sometimes it just doesn’t happen.
I’m the biggest lover of fancy flip flops you’ll find but ballet flats are my go-to shoes when I haven’t been prioritizing my own self-care.
Hide those chipped toes and look like the CEO you are. Choose a classic black ballet flat or a great neutral like this Kenneth Cole REACTION Women’s Slip On By Ballet Flat.
7. Little Black Dress
“In real life” activities and relationships are important to growing your business. Inevitably you will find out about a lunch or networking opportunity and probably on a day you didn’t shower.
Having a simple black dress instantly solves the problem of not knowing what to wear. Add your pearl earrings, infinity scarf and ballet flats to a simple black dress and you will be dressed in a styled outfit in seconds!
You can get ready quickly and walk out the door with confidence. I bought two black dresses from the Gap that I love and wear often.
8. A Purse that Fits a Laptop
If you are anything like me your bag is filled with kids snacks, crayons and old tissues (gross yes – but keeping it real.) Dedicate a work bag to your laptop, a charger and a pair of earbuds. Add business cards and a couple of pens that work. When you pull out your notebook out you won’t be embarrassed when a Trampoline Park sock comes out with it.
9. Classic Cotton T-Shirt
And finally, for those days that jeans and a s-shirt or yoga pants are just calling your name pair them with a cute t-shirt or cozy sweatshirt from Cotton & Bay like this relaxed motivational styled cotton t-shirt.
These easy to put together simple, affordable and comfy wardrobe pieces will have you ready for a professional day.
Clean jeans with a professional wash and fit, a flowy top, pearl earrings, an infinity scarf, ballet flats, a little black dress and purse that holds your laptop.
Whether you stay home all day or venture out into the world, mix and match these items and you will be dressed like the confident CEO you are.
Every work from home woman needs these classic simple pieces that can be easily adjusted for the seasons or budget.
Dress them up or dress them down. But either way, start your day ready to take on the world.