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29 Nov 2021

Fashion Fix: Five golden rules for loungewear when working from home

Tips, trends and advice from a host of industry experts

Fashion Fix: Five golden rules for loungewear when working from home

Cetti Stripe rib sweatshirt and joggers and Fenton trainers from Hush. Picture: PA Photo

Many of us are working from home for the first time ever right now, which can come as a bit of a shock to the system.

Initially, it feels quite exciting (you don't have to wear a bra! You can stay in your pyjamas all day!). But the novelty soon wears off.

While working from home is a good opportunity to relax your normal dress code (and save on some laundry too), it's still worth putting some amount of thought into what you wear. There's no pressure here of course, but fashion can be a valuable tool for bringing a bit of sunshine into your day - which is something we all need right now.

In recent weeks, Instagram has shown just how chic loungewear can be. If you want to be bang on trend with your working from home outfits, follow these key rules...

1. Do actually get dressed

This might sound obvious, but it's important. If you stay in your pyjamas all day, your work and home life will slowly seep into one, and that has the potential to get pretty scary and depressing. Getting dressed in the morning signals your working day is about to start - and you can change back into those PJs as soon as work finishes, if you like.

We're definitely not saying you should slip on a pair of skinny jeans at 9am though, as wearing denim, or anything with a tight waistband when working from home really isn't necessary (there is no need for this sort of punishment!). Luckily, many chic loungewear outfits are just as comfortable as your favourite PJs and will help kick off your day in style.

2. Keep it neutral

One thing is clear from celebs posting about their quarantine experiences (other than the fact they're holing up in some pretty incredible mansions) — neutral colours are the way to go.

To keep your loungewear looking chic and elegant, focus on shades like beige, grey, cream or stone. It might sound trivial, but a relaxed colour palette can do much to help keep your mood calm and stress-free.

3. Invest in matching set

A matching set is the ultimate working from home look. This isn't a time for loud patterns or colours though. Instead, pick one block colour and wear it throughout your whole outfit.

If you're keen to mix up your look, it's all about subtlety. Take inspiration from stylish celebs like Olivia Palermo and wear a ribbed set, which gives a low-key bit of oomph to loungewear.

It almost goes without saying, but make sure you choose comfortable fabrics - because why make life any harder than it is? This is a good opportunity to wear your softest, most luxurious clothes in jersey, cotton and wool.

4. Mix fitted and loose

If you're not wearing a matching set, follow the golden rule of mixing fitted with loose. If everything in your outfit is baggy you risk looking, and feeling, like you haven't changed out of your pyjamas, but adding a more streamlined element to your outfit will make everything look infinitely more put-together.

This is a simple ethos to follow; this could mean anything from pairing leggings with a loose jumper, or wearing your best trackies with a simple white T-shirt. Tracksuit bottoms have come a long way in recent years and, chosen carefully, can be worked into a 'dressed up' look, believe it or not.

5. Pyjamas aren't always in bad taste

You should absolutely change out of your pyjamas to start work, but who's to say you shouldn't change into another set? Putting on a pretty pair you didn't sleep in is totally fine!

Floral, silky pyjama tops can be seriously chic - the kind of thing you'll easily be able to wear out with a pair of jeans in the future.

Thinking about those video conference calls with colleagues? People can only see your top half in a video chat remember, so no one will really know if you're actually wearing a PJ set or just a nice floral shirt.

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