There are two extreme Working From Home style personalities and since the start of lockdown, both have had as much airtime, meme coverage, and media attention as the next.
The first – the woman who gets up, gets dressed and puts on a full face of make-up, takes considerably more time and effort in the mornings than the second – the woman who fashions a topknot and slips into the cosiest oversized hoodie she can find. Neither is right or wrong in our eyes.
But if, like us, you’re ready to add variety into your indoor wardrobe rotation, here are a few small changes that will make even the most comfortable WFH looks feel a touch more special.
It’s no secret that the right jewellery can transform an outfit but the current layering trend offers endless styling options. Team short, fine chains with heirloom-inspired pendants and wear them over the neckline of a slouchy cotton sweatshirt, add a single statement bracelet to the outside cuff, and stack chunky rings across both hands for statement appeal. Look to Missoma and Jenny Bird for delicate designs and Wald Berlin for something that will bring the summer sunshine indoors.
Sometimes pieces that can’t be seen have the biggest impact on how we feel about an outfit, and what better time to celebrate these hidden gems than when there’s less emphasis on the rest of your look? Mix and match feminine styles by Love Stories Intimates and keep your calendar on track with its pretty silk version of the Monday to Friday briefs we all loved in the nineties. Whatever your style, start the day by opting for the underpinnings that make you feel good.
Missing your shoes? Us too. Luckily there’s never been a better reason to invest in a pair of super-stylish slippers. For some, this could mean a literal interpretation (the fluffier the better) or Zara’s Nordic-looking, faux shearling-lined mules that sit somewhere between cosy and acceptable as outdoor attire. As the weather starts to heat up, make fashion’s summer favourite your new go-to. Logo-emblazoned flat slides like the Chloé Woody will inject your comfiest co-ords with a graphic hit, or choose sleek leather alternatives like The Row’s insta-famous flip flops for a more sophisticated feel.
When it comes to nails, red is always the season’s hottest hue and thankfully your manicure doesn’t have to be salon quality to make an impact. From vibrant, sunshine shades with orange undertones like OPI’s Red Heads Ahead to deeper alternatives from Tom Ford and Chanel, there’s an option to suit every skin tone. If nothing else, a pop of colour could make looking down at your laptop keyboard all week a little bit more exciting.
Cashmere feels like the ultimate sartorial indulgence but as well as wrapping up in a longline cardigan or a generously-sized roll-neck, treat your feet with a pair of soft, knitted socks. Simple styles from The White Company will go with everything but Arket's come in a rainbow of colours to suit any mood or put you in a happy one.
Get your head in the game by adding one of the season’s statement hairbands to your daily rotation. From crystal-embellished metal designs to oversized printed alternatives, there’s a style to suit every mood. The best part? Not only will it transform an outfit in less than ten seconds but a bad hair day, too.
If a spritz of perfume is usually part of your make-up routine and that’s fallen by the wayside of late, perhaps it’s time to add this small but very personal touch into your ‘new normal’? Revisit a forever fragrance or try something new (petals and thorns inspired by Tom Ford's rose garden, do you dare?) – a package like this in the post could offer a welcome mood-lift, and there’s every chance it will become your most-used beauty item over the coming weeks.
Fashion’s affinity with knitwear has heightened since the photos of Katie Holmes in Khaite’s now-infamous co-ord went viral, proving the matching twinset’s transeasonal appeal. Now, every brand from Jaquemus to Zara is offering interpretations on the look. Designed to be worn with one part tied around the neck, The Frankie Shop’s coffee-coloured interpretation blends WFH comfort with experimental styling options and the soft, textured effect leaves little need for any further details.
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