Working from home (or WFH) is more common than ever before, and we’re loving the freedom it brings to our wardrobes. Along with ditching the daily commute and opting out of a freezing office cubicle, an at-home workspace expands our definitions of workwear and makes less traditional styles completely viable options. After all, WFH outfits are totally different from in-person office attire. Sure, we still need chic work outfits, but now summer loungewear qualifies too. But there are some rules. After all, it can be tricky to feel comfortable while also looking professional enough for your next Zoom. Your WFH style should represent who you are in the office, while maintaining a level of comfort that allows you to stay productive and focused.
To make it easy, we rounded up our best work from home outfits and ideas. Check out the list below for our favorite summer business casual looks and how to wear them:
Linen may just be the perfect summer fabric: it’s lightweight and breathable, and its classic style always appears effortless. Try a linen top or blazer and you’re sure to feel comfy and casual while looking put-together and professional. Here are our favorite ways to wear this summery staple:
The Linen Pant: For WFH days, pair a lightweight top with wide-leg linen pants to keep you cool. Keep things extra crisp with white pants.
The Linen Blazer or Jacket:For back-to-back Zoom meetings, pair your favorite jeans with a linen blazer. Wear it buttoned up with a bandeau top underneath or layer it over a crisp white tee.
The Button-Up Linen Shirt: The ultimate classic, a white linen button-up shirt is a timeless go-to. Whether it’s an oversized tunic-style silhouette or a slightly more tailored fit—either way, you can’t go wrong.
Some may think dresses are too fancy or too much effort, but we beg to differ. In fact, a dress is an easy one-piece look that you can throw on and go. And let's face it, dresses are more comfortable than jeans. These are our favorite ways to wear dresses for work this summer:
• Bright Colors & Prints: When it comes to work-ready summer dresses, reach for a lightweight dress in a bold and vibrant color, pattern or print.
• Feminine Details: Puff sleeves, intricate details and asymmetrical necklines keep things chic on a Zoom call. Think accents like eyelet lace cutouts and pom pom trims or embroidery.
• Flowy Silhouettes: For a busy WFH day, throw on a loose shift-style mini, or a maxi with a high-low hem. Midi and maxi length dresses are both easy and practical for working from home.
Comfortable style doesn’t always mean sweatpants and a hoodie. A lightweight top in a unique silhouette is easy to wear, cool during the warm summer months and it will make you look (and feel) like you’re ready to tackle the work day. Here are the styles we’re loving right now:
• Oversized Button-Up Shirts: An oversized silhouette is a modern take on a classic button-up. This style not only looks professional, but it’s extra comfortable. Just opt for lightweight fabrics like chiffon, silky satin or cotton.
• Lace Tops: Lace has the power to make us feel a little more elevated. Go for a top constructed fully in lace or choose a simple style with lace accents.
• Intricate Necklines:Though some skin-baring styles are not always work-appropriate, detailed necklines are ideal for WFH, especially when you want to make an impression in a Zoom. Our faves range from modern high-neck styles to more dramatic feminine looks.
Certain details take any top or dress from ordinary to extraordinary, and statement sleeves accomplish just that. From puff-sleeve silhouettes to oversized fits to ruffle details, a statement sleeve adds just enough office-worthy drama and style for Zoom, without sacrificing any comfort. Here’s how we’re wearing statement sleeves for WFH:
• Puff Sleeves:Puff sleeves are extremely on trend and add an eye-catching touch to the most casual tops. Make them dramatic or dainty for the ultimate feminine ensemble.
• Ruffle Sleeves:For a hint of romance, go for a ruffle-sleeve top in dreamy fabrics like lace, chiffon or satin. Pair your top with a maxi skirt or jeans, and you’ll look great running out for errands, too.
• Bell Sleeves:This ‘70s-inspired staple issuper playful for summer and has a dash of added drama. Bell sleeves can make your WFH look just a little more sophisticated and a lot more fun.
Like dresses, jumpsuits get a bad rep for looking overdressed. But for working from home, they’re actually even more effortless than separates. This one-and-done outfit is the easiest way to get dressed for a productive WFH day.
• The Wide-Leg:Classic and comfortable, the wide-leg jumpsuit feels just as chic as it does luxurious, depending on fabric choice. We love a soft jersey, linen, or satin.
• The Twofer: As its name implies, the twofer jumpsuit or romper looks like two separate pieces, but it’s actually only one. It’s an easy, put-together look with minimal effort.
• The Utilitarian: With a plethora of pockets and closures, this work-appropriate, utility-style jumpsuit has a safari-like appeal that’s ideal for summer.
Working from home can feel isolating, but statement accessories always improve our mood. Tackle the daily doldrums with big, bold earrings. They’ll frame your face perfectly and brighten up any Zoom. These are our go-tos:
• A Little Sparkle: Add a glamorous pop to a simple top or romantic button-up with studs or drop earrings decked out in rhinestones, crystals and gemstones.
• Unique Hoop Earrings:Though you’ll never go wrong with classic gold hoops, sometimes a little detail goes a long way. Try a resin tortoise hoop or even an oversized rhinestone hoop.
• Summery Drop Earrings:Keep the look playful with statement earrings made with fringe, raffia or rattan—all of which are perfect for summer.
When it comes to outfit ideas for your summer home office, fight the urge to reach for head-to-toe loungewear and instead go for chic work outfits that make you look and feel good. Find a balance between your in-office style and your comfort level. Trust us, you’ll feel so much more productive when you love your WFH look.