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Now that you’re working from home with the circuit breaker in place, you might find yourself dealing with a whole new set of challenges: Low morale, anxiety, and even loneliness may be some of them. In these uncertain circumstances, it’s tempting and perfectly understandable to slip into sloth mode. But bear in mind that how you dress is likely to affect your mood and productivity. Our tip? Find what helps you look and feel great to maintain a sense of normalcy in these unsettling times. Ahead, five tips for work-from-home outfits that are equal parts comfortable and chic.  No stiff fabrics here.

Silk anything

It’s slinky, soft, and keeps your body cool in our tropical climate. Silk is your best friend for staying comfortable, yet polished for those Zoom calls. For women, wide-legged, elasticated silk pants you can pair with a cotton T-shirt at home, or a crisp shirt for the office. What also works: Sheer, silk, colourful kimonos you can throw over any outfit to instantly look stylish for a video call. For men, a shirt in a structured silhouette can take you from bed to brunch when the circuit breaker is over.

Upgrade your track pants

The late Karl Lagerfeld may have proclaimed that “sweatpants are a sign of defeat.” But we disagree. Curling up on your couch for days and weeks ahead calls for some seriously comfortable pants. Luxurious fabrics like cashmere and unique silhouettes will have no one mistaking them as your standard gym joggers.

Sweatshirt

Give your suits a rest, and slip on a sweatshirt if you’re working in an air-conditioned home office all day. A simple sweatshirt with a striking logo, graphic design, loud print, or a cosy fabric might put you in a better mood.

Relaxed dresses

 

For when you’re feeling fancy and sick of your sweats, slip into a voluminous dress. Airy balloon sleeves in a smock style keeps you cosy and stylish all day, while a colourful kaftan is great for glamorously lounging around the house with your laptop in tow.

Linen 

 

With no vacation in sight anytime soon, the linen clothes in your wardrobe deserve more time in the spotlight. Highly absorbent for this hot and humid climate, linen shirts, blazers, and trousers keep you looking casual yet polished for calls with your team.

 

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Nafeesa Saini
Associate Online Editor
Nafeesa covers a spectrum of beats, notably beauty, travel, and fashion. She constantly has an unpacked suitcase for her next adventure and five lipsticks to keep her prepped for industry events. When not writing, she enjoys sipping coffee or cocktails — sometimes simultaneously.