If you didn’t notice, times are getting really weird and unfamiliar. A lot of us are working from home, and some of us may have never done that before. It’s always troubling to have your routine messed up like that, but the quick fix is to stick to your old habits, so you reduce your overall anxiety.
Dressing Up Makes You Feel Good
A quick way to stick to your old norm is to dress up. Sure, it might seem silly. If you aren’t video conferencing, why won’t you just stick to your pajamas or sweatpants? Well it’s hard to argue with how good dressing up makes you feel. Even psychology tells us that what you wear will impact how you feel. Additionally, as you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and feel good about what you see, you will instantly be in a better mood!
I mean, we’ve all had that meeting that we wore our nicest dress and we just felt like we were floating above the ground. Why not transfer that same mentality to your remote work situation?
Gives Some Normalcy to Life
Another thing to think about is how dressing up kind of normalizes this whole situation. None of us have any idea what’s going on, and this is all a brand-new time for all of us. Why not add a bit of normalcy and take a little bit of control over your life by putting on a great outfit? At least I still have control over my wardrobe.
Lazy Clothes Make Me Feel Lazy
If you talk to people who are novices when it comes to working from home, go ahead and ask them how they typically dress. In my opinion, I’ve found that a shower in the morning, doing my hair and makeup, and putting on an outfit that slays just makes me work better. The opposite is true too. If I’m dressed “lazy”, I work and feel lazy.
You don’t have to be super fancy when dressing up either. I thrown on my favorite pair of LulaRoe jeans and a comfy sweater and bam… I look good and I am fashionable!
Even if dressing up doesn’t make you personally work harder, consider if it makes you feel happier or better. What we need most now is a spark of happiness or joy that we can hang on to.
If dressing up and feeling pretty makes you smile, why not do it?
What should I wear at home all day?
Yes, I like to feel comfortable when I’m at home. As I’m sure most people do. But I’m not sure that being comfortable is the most important thing to think about when it comes to working from home. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t offices be cool with us wearing yoga pants and a tank top to work?
There’s a reason for the way we dress in the workplace, and I strongly believe it transcends to our home office too. These are some fun outfits I wear when I’m at home all day and different ways to dress them up or down depending on how you’re feeling:
It Will Help You with Your Work-Life Balance
Another thing to think about it how weird our schedules are now. For people who are working remote, it’s really hard to differentiate between working hours and leisure hours. Checking one more email at the end of the day could turn into hours of more work. When that starts to happen, you start neglecting your family and household needs.
I think that by dressing in a way that intentionally counters the way we dress at home; it gives us a mental reminder. In other words, when I’m wearing my favorite dress, I’m on the clock working for my employer. The second I change into my comfortable clothes, it’s time to switch into home mode and ignore work until tomorrow. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in work and completely lose yourself. It’s going to have a really bad affect on your mental health.
The way to stay sane is to keep a different wardrobe for the workday and for your home life.
Does dressing up make you more productive?
It’s a crazy time we’re living through right now. If you’re one of the fortunate people that got to keep their job and start working from home, it’s time to start dressing up. If you’re on the fence and don’t really get it, why don’t you give it a try and see how you feel?
It will make you feel good and smile, it will add some normalcy to your life, it will prevent feeling lazy while working from home, and it will help tremendously with your work-life balance. In fact, I’m dressed up right now and I can’t stop smiling!