Holiday season is ending, children are back to school and several companies are welcoming their co-workers into the office from September. After such a long time interacting with colleagues and management via Zoom calls in the comfort of your jogging bottoms, this may be a good time to start planning your back to work wardrobe.
This doesn’t need to be a daunting experience though. The challenging times behind us (hopefully never to return) are likely to have relaxed some stricter dress codes. It’s unlikely dressing gowns or PJ’s will ever acceptable in the office, but you may find the back-to-work-wardrobe will be a combination of statement office-like pieces paired with a hint of home-working comfort.
Whatever your style, this is a great opportunity to reset and get into a post-pandemic fresh start. So, in this week’s blog we share our short guide to help you plan your back to work wardrobe:
Review your wardrobe
There’s nothing wrong with a new item of clothing. Or even a few new items. If it will help you put the last few months behind, or if last months’ events have helped redefine your unique style, now is a great opportunity to translate that into your wardrobe. This year’s trends are all about colour, statement features like puff sleeves and wide leg trousers that can be equally stylish and comfortable, so make the most of it. Alternatively, go through your existing items. You’ll be amazed at how much you may be wanting to bring back some of your old items.
Define a work capsule wardrobe
A capsule wardrobe will help you mix and match a range of pieces to create stylish outfits. Check out our tips to create your own capsule wardrobe. You can use pre-owned pieces, new items of clothing, second-hand fashion, whatever takes your fancy. There’s lots of inspiration online (Pinterest is great for that) and the big plus is that it will save you lots of time trying to decide what to wear each time.
Remember to consider commute – outdoors is not as quick or sheltered as bedroom to home office. Choose clothes you can pair with warm coats, but are comfortable enough in the warmth of the workplace. Consider how comfortable you’ll be with “going out” shoes as well. If you’re needing to rush between buses or trains make sure you’re all set – it’s ok if that means wearing a pair of trainers for the commute and take the “going out shoes” in a bag for when you arrive at the office.
Make yourself comfortable
It’s important to keep some comfort during the early days. After such a long time in loungewear, an abrupt shift to work attire may end up making you feel uncomfortable. You can tone down by combining professional and informal attire. Comfortable bottoms with a statement blazer for instance. Take your time to decide and see what works, but give comfort the importance it deserves.
Statement pieces can work wonders and give a smart look to a less formal outfit, so do not neglect the power of accessorising. From earrings to bags anything can help you achieve that office-ready look. Remember to consider any accessories that will get you in the right frame of mind in the morning and will help you wind down returning home. If there’s a positive side to commuting this is it! So, download that podcast, define a playlist with your current favourite tunes or even save our blog to your favourites and enjoy the fashion tips and Mauda updates on the go. You’ll finally have work start and end times you can use to catch-up on some of the non-work related stuff you enjoy.
What about you? Do you have any checklist ready for your return to the office? We’d love to hear about it, so feel free to share your tips in the comments. Enjoy your week x
This is a light-hearted guide, but a return to the office after such a long time may trigger feelings of anxiety and some concern. Humans are naturally resistant to change and we had a fair share of change over the past 18 months, so there’s nothing wrong with feeling nervous about more change now. If this is you, below are some mental health and return to work resources and contacts to help you prepare for a return to the office.
England – NHS 111
Scotland – NHS 24 111
Wales – NHS 111 Wales
Northern Ireland – NHS 111 Northern Ireland
Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Call: 116 123 (free to call from within the UK and Ireland), 24 hours a day
Scottish Association for Mental Health
Call: 0344 800 0550, available 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, except on Bank Holidays.