As a personal stylist, even I had to remind myself what my style goals were when creating my work from home wardrobe.
All of a sudden, comfort is king.
Working from home means athleisure on bottom and maybe a work shirt on top (on a good day!). And if you don’t want to get ready or wear real clothes, just keep your camera off, it doesn’t matter anyway, right?
When you think “it” doesn’t matter you’re saying you don’t matter.
How you show up is how you differentiate yourself from your peers. You’re still being “seen” when you’re on camera.
And if you can’t be bothered to get dressed in “real clothes” when working from home, that is coming across loud and clear. If you’re hiding behind the camera, you’re sending a message of laziness, that you don’t care, you don’t matter and neither do the people you’re interacting with on your virtual meetings.
What were your goals when you got dressed to go to work in an actual office?
Those are the SAME goals now. They haven’t changed. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean your career ambitions went away.
Wear the clothing that aligns with the goals you have for your career and the message you want to send (eg. the first impression you want to make).
This will also improve your mindset and productivity. If you wear “off-work” clothes to work from home, your brain follows that association. If you wear “work” clothes then your brain will also follow THAT association.
Always ask yourself – is what you’re wearing to work from home what you would wear to the office, to meet with a client or a meeting with colleagues? If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t be wearing it for a virtual setting.