Hey, PWR WMN! Is this our new normal? If you’re still working from home and the chances of you going back to the office are looking slim, this blog post is for you. I’ve hit a point where I need a complete recharge. A blank page. A new start to whatever episode of Black Mirror we’re on. For me, the best way to do this is cleaning and getting my look together, honey! We got with Christina from Nive Girl Workwear Boutique, to put together a survival guide to revamping your work from home look and mindset so that you can keep cashing those checks!
Treat Each Morning as a New Day
We can’t stress this enough - it doesn’t matter whether you’re having a low-key day or a day packed with meetings and team conferences – change out of your pajamas! This is the bare minimum and if you’re guilty of the occasional pajama-hybrid day, we are also talking to you! Taking the time to completely change your outfit before beginning your day is crucial to starting off your morning on the right foot and is sure to improve your overall outlook on the day ahead.
Athleisure is your friend
99.99% of the time when you’re taking calls over zoom, your camera is showing the upper half of your body. Take advantage of this time to be more adventurous with your wardrobe by mixing and matching your athletic wear with your classic business casual pieces. Even if your co-workers are able to see your legs, leggings and black trousers are practically indistinguishable on camera – so go for some business casual comfort while you can!
Joggers and women’s blazers DO go together, trust us! And if your work decides to do a last minute Zoom call, you won’t need to stress about putting your work outfit back on, just throw on that blazer, PWR WMN!
What’s for lunch?
Judge all you want but whenever we were in the office, we would literally count the hours until lunch. It had nothing to do with our job––our life just revolves around food. Lunch is our king––actually, no––it’s our QUEEN, because it has never let me down and it gives us just what we need! So the night before, plan your lunch out! Make it an event to look forward to! If you know the next work day will be a rough one, make your lunch your sanctuary and use that food to fuel you. Treat yourself to self care in the middle of the day by eating great food! It'll break up your day and give you more energy to PWR through the rest of your day!
Start Your Day Right
Start your day the way YOU like to start it. If your favorite thing to do is yoga but you never get to because you're always tired, do it in the morning! Or sneak it in during the afternoon! I used to wake up just because I knew my breakfast was about to be bomb so I would use that on my super early mornings to help me get up in a good mood! Yes, I know, I depend on food for too much but this is my truth and I’m just living in it. Maybe you like baths? Take one in the morning and add all of the bath salts! Just make sure you’re giving yourself the space and time to treat yourself right! You come first, NOT last.
Merchandise it up!
I love looking forward to outfits. That’s what I liked about being in the office. I liked showing off my new lewks but that’s kind of hard to do now when your coworkers only see ⅓ of your outfit. I like to spice up my outfits with little details here and there, that way my style is seen on camera without me having to show off my entire outfit! A handkerchief hair tie or neck wrap. An intricate brooch from an estate sale on my PWR WMN blazer. A new colorful belt around my blazer. It’s all in the details! Go crazy! Add a beautiful headband that’ll match your blazer. Nive Girl Boutique has amazing outfits that can easily be transitioned from workwear to lounge but that are still so fun and cute! check out their website to get workwear excited!! One time, I saw a blogger wear two blazers at once…I’m 100% serious guys. While that might be too much merchandising, it's not a bad time to experiment and try new things!
Opt for Solid Neutrals on Top
Black, navy, and white blouses are essential when dressing for your day for a few reasons:
- Chances are you already have a few neutral blouses sitting in your closet
- They can be easily paired with just about any of the items you already own (including your finest Lululemon leggings)
- Neutrals have proven to look the best on camera
Let us be clear here, we don’t mean that you should be throwing on a white V-neck tee and calling it a day––especially if you were planning on jumping into a Microsoft Teams or Zoom meeting. Last month, Harvard Business Review released results from a study performed by Quantified Communications to better inform us on how to show up to our new digital discussions. The study found that, while the Millennial generation may be pushing for a more casual work environment, only 20% of respondents age 18-29 preferred seeing their co-workers in completely casual clothes. Those who wore neutrals while on video calls were perceived as more authentic and trustworthy than their colleagues that opted for the bright teal vacation shirt from Bermuda.
If you're interested in reading more about the survey performed by Quantified Communications, a link to the Harvard Business Review article can be found here.
Do Something with your Hair
Make sure to give your hair a little TLC each day, even if that means that you just give it a good brush through. You might be thinking, “Why? Who can really see what my hair looks like or tell that it has been brushed?” YOU! You can see it and neglecting your overall appearance is more likely to impact your performance negatively before it impacts you positively. Not sure what to do? Here are some ideas:
- Bad Hair Day? Tie your hair in a low bun and pair with some large studs or drop earrings
- Day 2 hair? Give your hair some volume by throwing in a padded headband
- Have a lot of hair? High ponytail or sock bun
- Short Locks? Give your hair some life by adding in a few curls to frame your face!
This speaks to me on so many levels because I'm guilty of putting my hair up in a messy bun everyday...and my hair is suffering for it 😭. I’m going to start styling it on Monday and seeing how long that lasts!
Let us know in the comments how you're revamping your work from home blazers and mindset!
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