What to wear now you are back in the office – but the vibe is more casual…
Going from a professional environment to our homes was a big change, and now returning to the office is making people think about what to wear again. Coronavirus has not only changed the way we work, but it also changed the rules about what we wear back to work, too.
With vaccine rollouts well underway and warmer weather here, there’s been much discussion about what, exactly, we’ll wear when we can stop wearing our work-from-home clothes and step out into a post-pandemic world back in the office.
Here we help you work out what will work in a world in which the traditional dress code might never come back.
COMFORT IS STILL QUEEN
Of course, things will never completely be the same. Luckily during lock-down, we’ve all discovered some incredibly comfortable garments, we’re likely not going to part with just yet. Retailers have picked up on this trend, and have launched some incredible office appropriate lounge-wear options.
Now things are opening, there’s a clear common thread of optimism in the post-quarantine look mood boards. With hopeful hearts, we’re preparing to say goodbye to wearing simple conservative colours and hello to getting dressed up for face-to-face meetings in bright hues.
BAG A BAG
During lockdown, we’ve relied on our pockets and canvas tote bags, while our handbags have been shoved to the back of our closets, gathering dust. Now we are heading back to the office, our handbags are going to be more indispensable than ever. New must-carry items like hand sanitisers and facemasks need to be easily accessible.
YOU DO YOU
We’ve been living in our loungewear for so many months now, and many of us are loving being comfortable. However, there are those of us who love to dress formally, and cannot wait to get back into that grove when heading back to the office again, and that’s fine, too. To quote Scott Cawood, the CEO of WorldatWork, “It’s no secret that there’s a rising premium on being yourself, being an individual, bringing your full self to work, broader expression of who you are.” We couldn’t agree more.