How Working From Home Changed Wardrobes Around the World

A seat-of-the-pants poll among a random sample of working women, mostly in their 40s and 50s, revealed that many continued to dress as if they were going to the office, even while favoring comfort over smartness.

One woman said she made a point of getting dressed — knit top and slacks — and going out each morning to a corner cafe to grab a coffee before sitting down at her desk. Another said she dressed as she had in pre-Covid times to set an example for her two teenage children, who (she joked) had stopped washing altogether after months of distance learning.

Astrid D’Eredità, a cultural consultant and new mother, said she had forgone pajamas “even when I was pregnant” and opted for a casual but put-together style. Pajamas and sweats also got a thumbs down from Simona Capocaccia, a graphic designer who has been working from home since last March. “Dressing for work cheers me up,” she said.

Milena Gammaitoni, a professor at Roma Tre, one of Rome’s main universities, can spend entire days at the computer, between Zoom departmental meetings and her lessons with students (whom she asks to not wear pajamas), but she still dresses as she did in pre-Covid days, with a colorful jacket over more casual slacks.

“Recently I’ve even started wearing perfume,” she said, laughing. “I think I’m totally fried.”

The actress and director Francesca Zanni, who worked on a documentary about Italian women during last year’s lockdown, said one woman continued to wear high heels during Zoom meetings even though no one could see her feet. Another insisted on dressing up for dinner at home, choosing a different color every night. “But that didn’t last too long,” she said. “Her husband got fed up.”

7 COMFORTABLE AND CHIC WORKING FROM HOME OUTFITS TO KEEP THE CREATIVITY FLOWING

New year, new lockdown. Wondering what to wear when working from home? Whether you should get dressed or not? To wear shoes or not? Scroll down to find answers to all of these questions and more. This post is all about working from home outfits.

Firstly, let’s take a moment to appreciate and admire all the fashion editors and fashionistas who get up and give their outfits 100% just as they would if they were going to the office. It takes quite a high level of commitment to be like them, but I’m not sure I’m one of them. Despite having worked from home as a fashion influencer for the three years and my love for outfit styling, the most important thing to me is COMFORT. Especially when it comes to working from home outfits.

As well as comfort, I love aesthetically pleasing ensembles and convenience when it comes to styling. So it will come as no surprise that my WFH wardrobe consists mainly of basics and neutrals. I love everyday outfits that can be thrown on and styled in no more than 5 minutes. This applies to my home office uniform too. But even though the following outfits may seem casual, all of them can be dressed up with a smart coat and white trainers when you simply must go out for your 30-minute lunch break that turns into 2 and half hours browsing your phone at your favourite coffee shop. I see you, now get back to work – once you finish reading this post of course.

Comfortable And Chic Working From Home Outfits:

Grey Joggers + White Cropped Hoodie

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Starting off with one of my favourite combinations – a comfy pair of joggers and a white hoodie. Both of these are MUST-HAVE wardrobe essentials when it comes to my WFH fashion and if you want to make your day-to-day dressing easier you should add them too, in case you don’t have them already. Studies have shown that 61% of employees are more productive when the dress code is relaxed, and what’s more relaxed than joggers and a soft hoodie!?

Black Leggings + White Bodysuit + Maxi Cardigan

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Did you think that the black leggings are only for working out? You couldn’t be further from the truth. A good all-black pair of leggings can be such a great all year round wardrobe staple. They will see you through every kind of day, both on and off duty. They are comfortable enough to balance your laptop on your lap but versatile enough to dress up or down to your preference. Personally, I like to style them with a maxi cardigan over a simple bodysuit for a cosy, snuggle look, but instead of a cardigan you can easily put a classy white shirt for a more elegant and polished look. Either way you’ll look fabulous.

Style tip – For a maximum comfort go for a seamless pair of black leggings. I love the Jilla Active ones. They fit like a glove. The quality is amazing and so is the price!

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Beige Knitwear Matching Set

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I really struggle to concentrate and stay inspired when I’m uncomfortable, or I don’t feel good in my own skin, and there’s nothing that makes me feel more pulled together than a chic matching loungewear set. There’s something magical about matching clothes. It’s like they’ve been made to restore your inner balance.

Bonus points if the set is in a neutral colour. That will make it more versatile, and you can mix and match it with other garments from your closet. For matching sets and work from home loungewear, I always go to ASOS. I love their pieces, they’re not only fashionable but affordable too.

Monochromatic Look

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When in doubt about what to wear, pick one shade for your whole look and stick to it. That shouldn’t be too hard if you’re building a neutral wardrobe whilst sticking to similar earthy tones. But nevertheless, getting your hands on a few matching sets will definitely make your life easier. Remember, we’re here to create maximal style with minimal effort. I love this knitted jumper and wide leg trouser set from ASOS. It’s so soft and comfy, perfect for when you don’t want to try too hard but still want to look chic.

Beige Sweatpants + White Fitted Top

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Every girl should have a classy beige pair of sweatpants in her wardrobe. I assure you, you’ll make so much use of them even after the lockdown is over. But for now, here’s a cute effortless working from home look. Just add a white fitted top and voilà! Don’t get me wrong, being comfy is a huge priority, but there’s a limit to how far you could take it. I aim to be comfy and productive, not laying on the sofa eating Cheetos, scrolling through cat videos and memes. The only distraction we’re talking about is how eye-catching your outfit is.

Grey Leggings + White Top + Long Grey Cardigan

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When it comes to your WFH outfits, I can’t stress enough the importance of having the basics in your wardrobe such as leggings in neutral colours (grey, beige & black) and classy white tops.

To elevate this simple legging + white top look, add a long cardigan for the perfect blend of “I just want to stay in bed” and “Beyoncé is my Spirit Animal”. It will keep you feeling snug, but stylish at the same time.

Velour Shirt + Shorts Set

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You don’t have to choose between style and comfort because you can have both? Velour is my new discovery. This fabric feels softer than the inside of a rose, you’ll want to wrap yourself up. It will keep you snug whilst looking hot at the same time. Once you get your hands on a neutral velour set, you’re good to go. I pretty much hibernate in mine and don’t care who judges me.

To finish off this post, I’ll answer the question of many people’s lips: Should you wear shoes with your working from home outfits or not. When your home is your office, no rules apply!

Some people buy work shoes to wear at home and that’s totally okay, if that makes them feel more motivated to work and boosts their productivity. But for me personally, I’d never cheat on my soft sexy slippers. It’s scientifically proven that the way you feel (physically) heavily affects your levels of your creativity. So when it comes to comfort, there are no shoes out there – that I’m yet to find – that can replace my beloved UGG slippers.

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Home decor trends to watch out for in 2022 – our top 8 looks

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It’s always exciting when a new season arrives and it’s time to update your home decor trends. A new year begins and just like you’d refresh your wardrobe, with new accessories, maybe some new shoes or a coat, our interiors can also benefit from a bit of a refresh.

Our homes are a constantly evolving mix of all the things we love – as they should be. So as with new season fashion trends, it’s the new emerging home decor trends that tempt us to update our homes – rather than change them entirely.

Home Decor Trends 2022

Unsurprisingly, the predicted trends to watch for in 2022 are all about embracing our new found freedom and re-engaging with the world around us. Colours are bolder, braver and more exciting. Patterns are reflecting more natural shapes and forms.

There’s no escaping trends. Whether you live by them or feel totally unaffected, from popular paint shades to furniture choices, everything designed for our homes is influenced by a wider trend.

Of course you could tap into more specific trends for the room or space you want to update. Take a look at living room trends, wallpaper trends and paint trends. This will ensure you’re ahead of the curve in all aspects of design. If you want a good overall understanding of what to look out for in 2022, here are our top eight to keep an eye on…

Trend 1. Lilac

It’s already huge in the fashion world, so it wasn’t going to be long until this light shade of purple hit the interiors world too. For some, it may feel a little too reminiscent of the nineties era, but fear not, it has had a grown-up makeover. Now it works beautifully with metallic finishes, smart mirrored furniture and plush velvets, to create a glamorous yet pretty, chic style.

The idea of purple living rooms might seem a little too ‘Changing Rooms’ to some, it’s actually been the natural move on from the ever popular millennial pink trend, and is set to be big for Spring 2022. Colour forecasters Pantone have just announced their Colour of the Year for 2022 as Very Peri, a more vibrant shade of purple. If this still feels a little too daring, then lilac is the stepping stone shade you need to inject some new, playful colour into your home for Spring.

Trend 2. Flowing shapes

Celebrating the natural curves of the human body, this trend explores the fluid lines and spherical shapes often seen in nature. Lending itself to furniture, lighting and prints in artwork and on rugs too, although naturally calming, it can still feature some show-stopping pieces.

If you’re a fan of a monochrome palette, this trend is for you, as contrasting black and white creates a glamorous feel to this contemporary look. Bouclé love seats, statement rugs and simple, yet striking lighting will all give your home the wow factor.

‘Dunelm’s new Curves range reflects the trend for a softening of items for the home, to provide a more welcoming and cosseting feel. With hard lines becoming more fluid and curvaceous to give a feeling of movement within a room, our new curvier sofas and chairs, will envelope you with a soft, textural and sensual experience. This trend will be echoed across other home accessories and textiles to provide an elegant yet welcoming feel to your home,’ says Debbie Drake, Head Designer at Dunelm.

Trend 3. Scalloped shapes

A trend inspired by the sea continues to feature most years and 2022 is no different. Scalloped edges and shapes is a style we’re particularly loving, for its whimsical feel and curvy lines, plus it’s ode to the humble seashell. Think beautiful piped edges to bedding, lacquered trays with scalloped edges, furniture with curved edge trim, rugs will scallop detailing. Basically anything that can benefit from an undulating edge, does!

It’s also becoming a big trend in decorating as a scallop feature wall will bring a sense of fun and frivolity to a scheme.

Buy now: Scallop pillowcases in Midnight Blue, from £70, Rebecca Udall

Trend 4. Seventies style

As ever with trends, we see the same ones come back round again, causing endless comments from parents and grandparents about how they remember it ‘the first time around’ (cue eye rolls). For 2022, the nostalgic designs of the Seventies will be a big look, featuring geometric prints, curvaceous furniture and luxe accents of velvet, brushed brass and glass.

We’ll even see the previously mentioned scalloped shapes making an appearance here, in headboards and tub chairs.

And tinted glass, another nod to bygone eras, will be creeping back into our homes. Andrew Tanner, Design Manager at Habitat explains, ‘The coloured glassware trend continues to grow. What started out as a niche tableware style has blossomed into home accessories.’

‘Retro, sepia shade pieces play into the popular Seventies look, typically seen in lighting designs as they create an inviting, subdued glow. We’ve introduced tinted glass designs throughout lighting, home accessories and tableware to keep up with heightened demand, experimenting with layered transparencies and two-tone styles to keep it fresh and new.’

Trend 5. Houseplants

As our connection with nature and the outside world intensified over the last year or so, it’s no wonder we want to bring more of the outside in, and house plants will continue to dominate our decorating schemes next year. So much so that Dulux have launched an entire palette of colours called Greenhouse, to reflect the boom of houseplant lovers that has emerged across the nation.

But creating a tropical oasis inside our homes is all very well for the green-fingered, but what about the brown-fingered, less knowledgable plant parents among us? Well it’s thanks to the many great ‘faux’ options available up and down the high street and online, that allow us all to benefit from this leafy look. This trick is to mix the two, so your easier-to-care for house plants such as palms and succulents could be real, whilst the harder and more expensive options, could be artificial, but visitors to your home will never know. Just make sure you do so you don’t end up watering the fakes and dismissing the real ones!

Trend 6. Colour blocking

We’re not just getting more adventurous with colour in living rooms and bedrooms for 2022 – bathrooms and kitchens are getting a bolder treatment too. A big new trend for all these spaces is to drench the entire wall in one colour, by painting and tiling it the same shade, creating a seamless and immersive cocoon.

Think walls, radiators, ceiling roses, picture rails and skirting boards, all in the same shade, and even furniture and accessories if you’re really committed. While previously the fashion would be to keep ceilings and wood work in fresh, bright white, now we’re seeing more and more homes embrace the colour block and be much braver in their colour choices too.

Try this in a small room to start with, such as a downstairs loo, to create a cave of colour that reflects your personality.

Trend 7. Gingham

‘Gingham is back with a bang for SS22. This nostalgic trend works within both a modern or traditional décor and is a really fun and playful pattern to introduce into any colour scheme. This season we’re seeing it in pastel hues for the bathroom – perfect for adults or children alike – but also in other areas of the home too,’ explains Katy Traill, Senior Design Manager, George Home

Yup thats right, Gingham is set to get a whole lot more stylish. Another trend of the past that see’s its popularity come around again (best find that old-school summer uniform and get upcycling) gingham will be seen in rugs, cushions, curtains, tableware, upholstery and beyond! A simple two-tone pattern, the quaint chequerboard effect makes it’s mark on the interiors world just in time for Spring. Our top tip? Get to your local charity shop and see what ‘original’ gems can be found in their textile hampers.

Trend 8. Cottagecore cosiness

Cottagecore is a trend that first emerged back in 2020, but continues to sweep social media and is still set to be big in 2022. Search #cottagecore on Instagram and Pinterest to see an influx of inspirational images championing this look. This homely look is perfect for places with character, whether it’s a period property or a country cottage. The style is enhanced by traditional touches, such as parquet flooring, exposed beams and bare brick. Style with a mix of vintage and new home buys to add charm.

‘This trend reflects a common need for comfort and cosiness with a touch of elegance and British quirkiness,’ says Jules Upton of Oval Interiors, for North Sands Developments. ‘Think quaint patterns, leafy, nature-inspired prints, gold accessories and cute ornaments to add a splash of personality to your home.’

What is the key decorating trend for 2022?

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The key decorating trend is definitely to be more expressive and emotional than ever before, as we re-connect with a world that felt closed to us last year. Make bolder colour choices, embrace more pattern, mix your styles if it makes you happy, and find joy in the unexpected. As sustainability continues to be in the forefront of peoples minds for 2022, make more informed choices when updating your home and don’t be afraid to re-use, recycle and re-imagine items that might seem ‘out of date’.

As the interior industry continues to experience shipment and stock struggles, try to shop local and remember most trends have been here before, so perhaps you have the perfect item to refresh your home, hidden away in a cupboard. If not, it’s the perfect excuse to visit the family and raid theirs instead!

Maryan Barbara
Maryan Barbara

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