Often after a long time of not doing something, it’s hard to get back in the groove again. After this substantial time of most of the world working from home, going back to the workplace and actually put on work clothes may feel a bit foreign. Sure, we’re excited about the idea of dressing again but putting that idea into practice is another thing entirely. Today’s post is inspired by this idea, that we might need some time to adjust to work clothes after over a year of dressing so comfortably. I have put five comfortable work looks together that look professional but will ease us back in slowly to getting dressed again.
COMFORTABLE BACK TO WORK: OUTFITS THAT LOOK PROFESSIONAL BUT ARE COMFORTABLE FOR THE WORKPLACE
There is a comfortable simplicity to this back to work look of a t-shirt and pants with stretch. What makes it more professional is, in addition to the shoes and jewelry, the t-shirt is silk and the pants are more professional than a pair of leggings. I styled this Cuyana silk t-shirt with pants from M.M. Lafleur and finished the look with strappy beige sandals and a station necklace from Tory Burch. This is also an easy look to throw a topper over.
This easy jumpsuit from Everlane can be worn casually but it also works professionally with a few tweaks. Okay, maybe going to the bathroom won’t be the most comfortable but the ease of the style will be a comfort to wear at work. I styled it with a bone-colored blazer from Theory and finished the look with black tortoise sandals and a pair of drop link earrings.
These pants from Vince are tailored but have an elastic back which gives you the best of both worlds, comfort and professionalism. I styled these pants with an easy ivory top and a black jacket from L’Agence. I finished the look with red flats from M.M. Lafleur and a dog tag pendant necklace.
Lastly, this knit dress from The Fold has a lot going for it. First, it’s knit so it’s comfortable. The skirt is long and full enough for comfort and the ruching and origami design at the front can offer coverage of that food baby you grew all the months being home. I styled it with navy low pumps from Aquatalia and an enamel link necklace from Ann Taylor.
If you feel like you will need to ease yourself slowly back into professional attire, look for ways to do it in a way that embraces comfort while looking dressed for your workplace.
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Such useful suggestions. I lust after that fuschia dress, but then I think, Bridgette would ask where I am going to wear it! On the other hand, I definitely have places I can wear a silk t-shirt.
It is a bummer when we love something but our adult inner voice reminds us it doesn’t belong in our lives. I have had to move on from quite a few beautiful things but in the end the responsible me is always happy I did.
No kidding. I have a closet 1/2 full of clothing purchased years ago that has never been worn. I don’t need beautiful dresses because there are no “date nights,” special dress-up occasions, or even holiday gatherings where they would be appropriate. All of my wool blazers are useless in Florida. Even lightweight sweaters are rarely worn. I look forward to 3-5 days of “winter” so I can wear my good boots at least once a year!
On the bright side, I do LOVE wearing a million different colorful flip flops.
I would love for you to write more posts on sustainable clothing brands. My favorite at the moment are Girlfriend Collective, Everlane, and Lo & Sons.
Everlane is great. I include them quite a bit but seeing that my blog skews more professional and Everlane is getting increasingly more casual it’s not always easy to pick from them. I will have to check out the others.