Working From Home: Three Outfit Ideas for Productivity and Positivity

Suzanne Delahunty Personal Stylist Working from Home Outfits

At the time of writing this post, we are in the midst of corona crisis lock-down. We’re all seeking out ways to keep structure to our days and avoid anxiety spiralling out of control. Writing up to-do lists, setting new daily routines, meditation, online yoga classes, everything helps. But there’s another thing you can do to help you stay productive and positive and it involves what you wear.

What we wear impacts both our mood and our cognitive processes. Studies have conclusively proven this phenomenon. In a university study, two groups of participants were asked to carry out a set of tests. The group required to dress in a more formal and professional way were found to have the best results when it came to thinking abstractly and on a strategic level. Their cognitive processes were distinctly superior to the group wearing casual attire.

Working from home (particularly at a time of great uncertainty), it can be all too easy to default to wearing whatever is most comfortable, whether it’s pyjamas, sweatpants or athleisure. But dressing in ways that are neither stylish nor smart results in feelings of lethargy, lack of motivation and low mood. So whether you’re working or not, when it comes to what you wear around the house it’s time to dress up and show up. It will absolutely impact your mindset and mood for positivity and productivity.

Here’s three outfit ideas to get your started:

1. Palazzo pants + button down shirt

Comfort is important, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Enter the palazzo pants. Palazzos are generally loose and flowy but should ideally be made of a quality natural fabric such as silk, so they still look like you’ve made an effort. When combined with a business shirt, you’re ready to get down to business. Tuck your shirt it, roll up the sleeves for an extra can-do energy boost.

2. Knitwear + jeans

There’s nothing cosier and more comfy than a good jumper or knitted top. My pick for cosiness, quality and style is generally cashmere. A good navy cashmere jumper is an absolute must in any wardrobe. In the midst of the uncertainty of the corona crisis however, colour might be the best way to boost your mood. Avoid anything dark, drab, overly sloppy or casual. Pick the colour and style makes you feel happiest.

Next, rather than slip into your sweatpants and the "I give up" message they send to the world, elevate the look with jeans. Yes, jeans are casual, but they don’t imbue you with the sense of lethargy that a pair of sweats does.

3. Leggings + blazer

If the lure of athleisure is still too great, the only way I’ll tolerate them in a WFH context is if you add the one piece that saves any outfit from slothfulness. It’s the blazer. Never underestimate the power of a sharp blazer to completely transform any outfit and any bad attitude. I’ve also added heels to keep me on my toes and alert. This look is ideal for video conferences. You may be athleisure on the bottom, but it’s all business up top. And no one will be any the wiser.

 

If you need any help with your wardrobe organisation, outfit inspiration or a colour and shape analysis, all my services can be provided online and via video, wherever you are:

The Spring 2023 shows have just served us inspiration for every day autumn 2022 outfits by way of a super easy outfit formula: relaxed fit jeans + tank top + flannel shirt worn open + ankle boots + slouchy handbag. 

My styling tips to make sure this outfit is elevated and won’t make you feel scruffy: choose excellent quality fabrics for every piece. These are all classic pieces and will last you a long time so it’s worth investing in quality. Instead of a cotton tank top, choose a cosier and quality fabric for autumn like a rib knit cashmere. Choose a sharp boot to lift the look. Look after your clothes always to keep them in their best condition. 

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The Spring 2023 shows have just served us inspiration for every day autumn 2022 outfits by way of a super easy outfit formula: relaxed fit jeans + tank top + flannel shirt worn open + ankle boots + slouchy handbag. My styling tips to make sure this outfit is elevated and won’t make you feel scruffy: choose excellent quality fabrics for every piece. These are all classic pieces and will last you a long time so it’s worth investing in quality. Instead of a cotton tank top, choose a cosier and quality fabric for autumn like a rib knit cashmere. Choose a sharp boot to lift the look. Look after your clothes always to keep them in their best condition. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Starting to plan your autumn wardrobe? Here’s a few ideas. Relaxed tailoring. Sharp tailoring. Western style accents. Fabulous shoes. Statement knitwear. Statement coat. And don’t forget the versatility of wide-leg, high waisted, pleated-front trousers (you’d be surprised at how flattering they are, trust me). Get in touch if you’d like help in planning your wardrobe this autumn. Still some dates available. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Starting to plan your autumn wardrobe? Here’s a few ideas. Relaxed tailoring. Sharp tailoring. Western style accents. Fabulous shoes. Statement knitwear. Statement coat. And don’t forget the versatility of wide-leg, high waisted, pleated-front trousers (you’d be surprised at how flattering they are, trust me). Get in touch if you’d like help in planning your wardrobe this autumn. Still some dates available. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Fashion month for next spring/summer is about to kick off. But before we look that far ahead, here’s a round up of what’s coming this autumn/winter 2022. 

1. Outerwear is puffy and fluffy: it’s all about the bigger, cosier proportions. 

2. Corsets: worn over shirts, dresses, with jeans. Get creative. 

3. Denim: straight leg, wide leg, slouchy styles. High waisted or low slung.

4. Leather: leather makes a dramatic appearance as overalls, jumpsuits, dresses and shirts. Wear with tonal knitwear. 

5. Embellishments: a lot of transparent fabrics were embellished for a textured take on evening and party looks. 

6. Pink: choose the tone that suits you best- cool, warm, bright or soft. 

7. Chocolate hues: luxurious neutrals. 

8. Gloves: dramatic lengths to make a statement. 

9. Shoes: exaggerated platforms. The higher the better!

#suzannedelahuntystylist
Fashion month for next spring/summer is about to kick off. But before we look that far ahead, here’s a round up of what’s coming this autumn/winter 2022. 1. Outerwear is puffy and fluffy: it’s all about the bigger, cosier proportions. 2. Corsets: worn over shirts, dresses, with jeans. Get creative. 3. Denim: straight leg, wide leg, slouchy styles. High waisted or low slung. 4. Leather: leather makes a dramatic appearance as overalls, jumpsuits, dresses and shirts. Wear with tonal knitwear. 5. Embellishments: a lot of transparent fabrics were embellished for a textured take on evening and party looks. 6. Pink: choose the tone that suits you best- cool, warm, bright or soft. 7. Chocolate hues: luxurious neutrals. 8. Gloves: dramatic lengths to make a statement. 9. Shoes: exaggerated platforms. The higher the better! #suzannedelahuntystylist
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Delighted to have been asked for my advice on wearing polka dots by @telegraphfashion - my tips on how best to wear them and how to clash your dots with purpose and style. Link to article in my stories.  #suzannedelahuntystylist #polkadots
Delighted to have been asked for my advice on wearing polka dots by @telegraphfashion - my tips on how best to wear them and how to clash your dots with purpose and style. Link to article in my stories. #suzannedelahuntystylist #polkadots
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Trying on all the neutrals and monochrome. It’s never boring. #suzannedelahuntystylist
Trying on all the neutrals and monochrome. It’s never boring. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. 
There's three truths in this quote. 

1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin.

2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive. 

3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it.

What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. There's three truths in this quote.  1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin. 2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive.  3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it. What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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