Olga Anderson ‘Dressing in a corporate environment VS working at home’
Katie.Dix / 28 Jan 2020
Wardrobe: Dressing in a corporate environment VS working at home.
Working out-of-office, whether from home, a coffee shop or otherwise, has made for certain allowances in the way that one dresses. But it’s not about who will see you in your chosen attire, but how your clothing choice influences your work and productivity.
There is a misconception that working from home means wearing pyjamas all day, but it’s not necessarily the best idea when it comes to productivity, or finding a balance between work and home; and thus, working in pyjamas is not as common as one might think.
Switching off is harder in today’s age of employment, and even harder when you don’t work a 9-5, or within an office environment. Wearing ‘home clothes’ for work can cause an imbalance in your own approach to work. But in defiance of a no-pyjama rule, stiff tailored trousers, suits and traditional workwear don’t have to be the norm either.
Your wardrobe shouldn't be restrictive. Your wardrobe should embody your personal sense of style. Your wardrobe should be you. It’s your chance to dress up the way you want to; in beautiful dresses, smart trousers with long knitted sweaters. Jersey fabrics, silk blouses, and simple cuts. A long silk dress or sheer blouse over your comfiest leggings, mixing androgyny with femininity for the ultimate working day. No fear of judgement, honing in on what you love best about your wardrobe, and yourself. Because you can change at any time, you don’t have to run to catch your train, there’s no shifting between sneakers and heels on the train platform, and there’s no unpredictable weather to battle. This is your time to experiment.
For the ever popular video-call, a dash of lipstick, a fitted jumper over slouchy pants, and paying a little more attention to dressing from the waist up (whilst being careful not to stand up); can get you into the right frame of mind for important meetings, indistinguishable from the attitude you possess when wearing a coordinated suit in an office.
A pressing deadline could induce the need for a silk dress or fitted skirt. A day of admin may call for a long shirt and sheer tights; whilst a day working between your local coffee shop, and window shopping on your [extended] lunch hour, may just be the justification you need to wear your most elaborate dress, deconstructing it into something more casual. It’s where playfulness meets professional.
Dressing as a freelancer or remote-worker doesn't mean compromising on style, nor does it mean dressing sloppy. There are a variety of fabrics and styles that allow you to wear clothes comfortable enough to sleep in, which equally influence your level of professionalism and productivity. It’s about finding the middle ground and there are no stringent rules. This is a transferable concept that can adapted both inside and outside of any physical office. It’s about dressing for the work you do, the space your work embodies, and dressing for your mind.
Olga Anderson is a bespoke and ready-to-wear womenswear designer. She specialises in clothing designed to empower her clients, and as of 2019, became a ‘Women Appreciating Women’ (WAW) Honorary Award winner. She runs her brand with the belief that “fashion and design should empower women”; working meticulously to encourage and celebrate women’s individuality, accomplishments and passion, both in and outside of their careers.
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