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Why You Should Dress for Success Even if You Work From Home

We’ve all heard it before: Dress the part if you want to slay the day. But what happens if your home doubles up as your office?

Entrepreneurs and freelancers, you know exactly what we’re talking about.

You took a major leap of faith when you decided to become a #bossbabe. Now, you’re two weeks into your new gig and you’re loving it! But you’re also noticing that your go-to uniform is your favourite pair of Lulus.

“That’s the beauty of having the option to work from home,” says celebrity stylist, Alexis Honce. “Each day is different and some mornings are just too busy to put time into selecting an outfit. So, don’t beat yourself over it.”

She’s a tall drink of fashion known for her sexy, bohemian-chic looks and for dressing the likes of Tatiana Maslany, Sidney Crosbie and Marylin Denis, just to name a few.

We caught up with the style maven to chat about everything fashion for the work-from-home pro.

Is there really a point to changing your clothes in the morning if you work from home?


The choice is yours, of course. But I can think of at least three reasons why dressing the part, even if you’re working from home, can help you have a more productive day.

First, clothing really does affect our energy and mood for the day. I like to change in the morning for work even if I’m home. It’s a great way to separate your work and home life. That line easily blurs without discipline.

Second, changing your outfit also helps you prioritize the time you spend in work-mode. You feel fresh and focused for the tasks you’re taking on each day. When you take the time in the morning to dress for the day, you are also setting intentions. Changing out of your PJs helps you stay more focused on work and feel more confident throughout the day.

Finally, if you’re negotiating contracts with clients – my experience is that you value your work more when you feel confident in an outfit that is work appropriate.

And a bonus thought, when you change out of your pajamas for the work day you are committing to a full day of work. When you stay in your pajamas it’s very easy to end up on the couch watching tv.

For many of us there’s a default outfit that involves a t-shirt and yoga pants. It’s what we feel most comfortable wearing. Can you suggest some alternatives?

My go-to outfits when working at home are stretch dress pants paired with an oversize men’s dress shirt.  This is a great casual look and the tailored shirt and pants will keep you feeling pulled together and ready to take on the day.

dress-for-success-work-from-homeI also have an obsession with culotte pants. The wide legs and high rise fit of the culotte makes it a comfortable alternative. Almost as comfortable as yoga pants.  I would pair these with a t-shirt. And if you enjoy being cozy you can throw on a long cardigan to complete the look.

What if you want to take it one step further without taking it too far?

Another great option to try out at home is a jersey dress.


Throw on one piece, and you’re done! You really don’t need to overthink it too much. Plus, the stretchy material keeps you comfortable if you are at your desk all day, which is a nice bonus.

What are your top five work-from-home fashion tips?

That’s easy:

  1. Invest in pieces that are comfortable and stylish: You want to love how you look EVERY DAY and this will translate well for your mindset during working hours.
  2. Create a work-from-home uniform: This keeps it simple when things get busy.  Pair a dress shirt with jeans or a jersey dress, and you’re good to go. Whatever it is, make sure you love it and you feel great in it. Then buy multiples.
  3. Start building a capsule collection for your work wardrobe: A capsule includes basics that work for any season. Mix these up to create a variety of outfits.  Each season just add one or two trendy pieces to keep your outfits current.
  4. Don’t forget the power of accessories: Adding a necklace or small pair of earrings can automatically make you feel like you went the extra mile during the work day. Accessories say a lot about someone’s personality so if you love making a statement or keeping it simple, here’s your chance. You just do you!
  5. If all else fails – do your hair and makeup: For me, it’s when I’m most confident. It doesn’t have to be a full face and curling iron. Even if you put your hair up in a messy bun and throw on your favourite mascara and lipstick, you will feel the difference.

The nice thing about following these tips is if you need to run some errands or have a last-minute meeting – you are ready to take on everything the day throws your way.


Galit Solomon