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I’ve been working from home for almost two years, but it wasn’t until this past summer that I embraced my work-from-home lifestyle and stopped trying to “get dressed” for work.
It’s a top productivity tip: even if you work from home, get dressed for work like you’re going into the office.
I know that tip works for some people, and I’m so glad it does! But I’ve tried to force it for a while and it just doesn’t work for me. I’ve come to embrace my best work-from-home wardrobe: leggings (because I sit cross-legged at my desk and it puts too much strain on less-stretchy fabrics like jeans) and a top that’s warm and cozy but still presentable for video conferences.
I’ve found that no matter what clothes I wear, I look way more professional if I do my hair and makeup, so that’s what I focus on instead of wearing “professional” clothes.
Thanks to this new mentality, I’ve spent the winter upping my cold-weather clothing game. These are my favorite picks for this winter!
1. The Fuzziest Fleece Ever
If I could have a wardrobe of exclusively Patagonia, I’d be so happy. And it would probably consist of like, 5 colors of this fleece. It’s soft and fuzzy, but not in a so-soft-it-hurts kind of way. Plus, who doesn’t want to support a company as solid as Patagonia?
The only downside: the quarter-zip version doesn’t have pockets. But if you need pockets in your fleece, you can get the full-zip version!
(By the way, select colors of the full and quarter-zip are currently 50% off, including the one I have!)
2. Cable-Knit Sweater
This sweater is the perfect Chris Evans cable-knit sweater. I’m seriously fighting the urge to get it in every color.
I’ve had several cable-knit sweaters in the past, and a lot of them have felt very plastic-y and cheap. This one is such high quality. It’s 100% wool and made in Ireland. Yes, it has the price tag to match, but I can see myself keeping this sweater for the rest of my life (provided I take care of it!).
(This sweater is also on sale! Currently 15% off.)
3. Professional Wool Jacket
For a while I’ve wanted a nice wool jacket. I have an old peacoat that I got secondhand when I was in high school (I think?). It was fine, and it definitely served the need, but I didn’t love it. Plus I really like the idea of a wool coat in a statement color. (Yes, maroon is a statement color for me.)
I debated on which coat to get, and in the end I’m so happy with this one. The color is beautiful, it’s super warm, and it’s got plenty of pockets. I’ll often just put my keys, wallet, and phone in the coat pockets and head out the door without the need for a purse. 🙌🏻
(Another sale item! This one is 15% off. Clearly retailers are gearing up for spring.)
4. Fuzzy Slippers
Since I work from home, I finally have need of nice slippers! My feet are seemly always cold (I now understand why my mom always told me to put on socks when I was cold as a child). These have a plush lining, so they’re super comfy and warm.
Our mailbox is attached to the house right next to the front door, but because of the shape of the door frame, I need to take at least one step outside, so I love that these slippers have a hard sole. I can walk in snow without damaging them! But at the same time, the sole is super thin, so they don’t look like outdoor shoes you’re wearing inside. All around a great purchase.
5. Bean Boots
When I first got these, I wasn’t 100% sure they were the best investment, because I’m not super outdoorsy. Holy cow, my fears were unfounded. These are the best boots ever. They’re warm, waterproof, and really easy to clean. I actually wear them to all of my ceramics classes because I can easily wipe the clay right off of them!
They’re an investment, but I’ve definitely gotten them lower than $1 per wear.
If you ever see me out and about in Kalamazoo, I’ll probably have at least one of these items on, if not two. They’re my absolute favorite investments, and I couldn’t recommend them enough!