While there were some skeptics that were certain the current global pandemic would eventually fade and disappear, it’s becoming fairly clear that the effects of the coronavirus outbreak have forever changed our world. Now, many people are trying to get used to a “new normal,” which largely means social distancing is here to stay. As a result, more people are working remotely — AKA working from home — than ever before.
In theory, you could just roll out of bed, power on your computer, and get right to work. But we’re pretty convinced that keeping in the habit of getting dressed every day, even if it’s just in your favorite leisurewear, can help make the transition a productive one. Not to mention, there’s always that chance that you’re going to end up having a video meeting here and there. As such, we’ve compiled the following collection of work-from-home wardrobe essentials to ensure that this new WFH lifestyle is managed properly.
Video Conference Essentials
This brave new world of ours has led to a big boom in the sale of athleisure clothing, but some folks are still expected to dress their best for video conference calls. If you fall into that group, you’ll want to keep at least one button-up shirt in your wardrobe for when you have to be on camera — even if you choose not to wear pants with it.
Pendleton Trail Shirt
While the Pendleton Trail Shirt is certainly tough enough to wear out on an adventure, it is also constructed from 100% wool — meaning its plenty comfortable for day-to-day wear — and it has refined, understated styling that’s more than appropriate for office wear. Best of all: it’s machine-washable.
Taylor Stitch The Jack
Taylor Stitch built their Jack button-up for one very specific purpose: to be the perfect everyday shirt. Combine its lightweight construction of cotton and linen, a depth to the fabric thanks to textured charcoal flecks, and a tailored fit, and we think they might’ve just nailed it. Plus, if you don’t like it in gray, it comes in numerous other colorways to suit any style.
Though hardly a necessity, some folks prefer to keep their heads covered — be that for comfort, warmth, or otherwise. Whatever the case, there are a lot of interesting styles of hats available and we’ve got two of our favorites right here.
Topo Designs Nylon Camp Hat
A brilliant take on an outdoor staple — the 5-panel hat — Topo Designs’ Nylon Camp Hat is smart-looking, durable and naturally water-resistant, lightweight and breathable, and made entirely in the USA. Plus, it’s available in a trio of smart colorways.
Buck Mason Rib-Knit Watch Cap
For the colder months (and for homes with bad insulation) a beanie cap is hard to beat. Furthermore, the Buck Mason Rib-Knit Watch Cap is one of the best around, boasting a brushed cotton and nylon blend that’s cozy, comfortable, and durable. It’s also machine washable, which makes it even better for a WFH situation.
Especially when the mercury dips, pants are a definite necessity. And while plenty of folks are happy enough in sweats, not everyone is interested in being that focused on lounging. Luckily, there are plenty of other options that are still comfortable.
Mollusk Scout Pants
With styling that resembles a solid pair of chinos or khakis but an ultra-cozy elastic waistband, the Mollusk Scout Pants are the perfect middle ground between style and comfort. They’re also gusseted for a better range of motion and the cotton canvas makes them a solid option even in the warmer months.
Todd Snyder Pleated Pant
If you’re interested in a pair of bottoms that look business-ready but feel like loungewear, go no further than the Todd Snyder Pleated Pants you see here. They feature a tailored trouser-like fit but are equipped with a subtle elastic waistband for added comfort. Plus, if you’re worried about the waistband showing, you can top them off with your favorite belt. They’re also crafted from comfy cotton, which also makes them machine-washable.
If you don’t have to be on a conference call or you’re just looking for a break from getting dressed every day, you could always go for the ultra-lounge look and keep your bathrobe on all day. Of course, if you want to do that, you’re going to need a robe in the first place — which we have for you just below.
Reigning Champ Hooded Robe
Inspired by the world of boxing, the Reigning Champ Hooded Robe brilliantly combines iconic styling with a tremendous amount of comfort. It’s also made from ultra-cushy and absorbant loopback cotton-jersey, so you could wear it right out of the shower, as well. The only problem is: you might not want to take it off again.
Filson Blanket Robe
As the name suggests, the Filson Blanket Robe is an awful lot like wrapping yourself in a cocoon of blended wool and cotton. Of course, it’s also beautifully designed with a striking plaid pattern and a collar that almost makes it look like an overcoat. Best of all, this ultra-cozy staple was made right here in the USA from fabric woven in the Pacific Northwest.
In the sweltering summer days, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your residence, pants are a no-no. You might not want to just wear your underwear, however. And that’s why we suggest picking up a couple of pairs of shorts.
Vuori Ponto Short
Traipsing the line between loungy gym shorts and those you’d happily wear out in public on any given day, the Vuori Ponto Shorts are lightweight, breathable, and cozy as all get-out. But they also have functional pockets — including a secure and discreet zippered pocket for sensitive items (like your wallet or keys). Vuori thinks this might be the only pair of shorts you’ll ever need, and we’re not entirely convinced we can say they’re wrong.
Rhone Commuter Short
Rhone says of their Commuter Short that it was made “for the man who wants to go from the city to the course and back again.” However, we think they’re selling these bottoms short (no pun intended), as they’re versatile enough for summer nights out on the town, backyard barbecues, and definitely working from home. Comfy, smart, and stylish, these shorts have it all.
There’s something distinctly childish about working in bare feet — even if you’re doing it from home. Of course, you don’t have to keep wearing those patent leather wingtips, either. Split the difference with a solid pair of grown-up slippers.
As comfortable as they are classic and iconic, the Mahabis Classic slipper is comprised of a premium felt upper, a neoprene heel lock, soft wool lining, an open-cell PU foam footbed, and a durable TPU outsole that’s gentle on interior floors but tough enough for outside wear. These aren’t just slippers; they’re ultra-cozy go-anywhere shoes that happen to function well as slippers.
Glerups The Shoe
Brilliantly combining minimalism with sound design and a reliable construction, Glerups The Shoe is built from a combination of 100% pure natural wool and natural rubber. They’re made to contour to your feet for ultimate all-day comfort, they’re tough enough for outdoor wear (like taking out the trash or having out in the backyard), and they’re available in five smart colorways.
The Ultimate Loungewear
If its a bit chilly in your house, it’s hard to beat the comfort offered by a good pair of sweatpants. And since most video conferences only show you from the shoulders and up, you can get away with wearing sweatpants all day, every day.
Richer Poorer Fleece Sweatpant
From one of the best basics brands in the business comes the Richer Poorer Fleece Sweatpant. Made from a cotton and polyester blend, these machine-washable sweats are exceedingly comfortable, boast a classic relaxed fit, and are available in six distinct colorways.
Lululemon ABC Jogger
A bit more refined and tailored than traditional sweatpants, but with more than enough room to move and breathe, as well as plenty of built-in comfort, the Lululemon ABC Joggers are loungewear for the modern era. And while you could certainly sport them while relaxing and/or working from home, they also boast four-way stretch for a full range of motion, a full suite of pockets, and more.
The perfect piece of apparel to pair with your sweatpants is, perhaps obviously, a sweatshirt. Whether that means sporting a hoodie or a crew neck is up to you. Either way, you’re bound to be more comfortable than you might be in a stuffy sport coat.
Buck Mason Heathered Twill Terry Vintage Crew
Classic, iconic, and comfortable as hell, the Buck Mason Heathered Twill Terry Vintage Crew doesn’t necessarily reimagine the crewneck sweatshirt — but it does capitalize on everything that makes them great and even improves upon them therein. Made from 100% loopback French terry cotton, this machine-washable sweatshirt is as durable as it is cozy.
Todd Snyder x Champion Heavyweight Hoodie
Champion has been making sweatshirts for a pretty large portion of their century-long history and is, therefore, one of the most trusted and reliable brands in the space. So when they teamed up with Todd Snyder on the Heavyweight Hoodie, we knew we were in for a treat. Made from a cotton-polyester blend, this sweatshirt is comfortable, durable, machine-washable, and belongs in every man’s wardrobe.
There really is no alternative for the classic t-shirt. And that didn’t change when we all started working from home. You might already own plenty, but these two are a bit more refined, comfortable, and great for a WFH lifestyle.
Everlane Premium-Weight Crew
Here’s a wakeup call: not all t-shirts are created equal. If your closet is full of cheap, multi-pack basic tees, we implore you to try out the Everlane Premium-Weight Crew. And when you do, we bet you won’t want to go back again. Available in a bevy of colors, these smart-looking shirts are built from durable cotton, they’re machine washable, and were made to last through years of wear.
Tracksmith Harrier Tee
Sometimes, a t-shirt isn’t just a t-shirt — or at least that’s the case with the Tracksmith Harrier Tee. You see, this top is far more versatile, made to be super-comfy, soft, lightweight, and breathable whether you’re sitting in front of your laptop or you’re running on your favorite trail. It’s even moisture-wicking, has anti-odor properties, and is built from Merino wool.
Bonafide Base Layers
Never underestimate the value of a good pair of underwear. It doesn’t matter what you might be wearing on top; if your underwear is uncomfortable, it can ruin your day. Fix that issue first and foremost with one of these pairs below.
J. Crew Woven Boxers
Typically, when out and about, we prefer boxer briefs for their support. However, when working from home, you may want to slip on a pair of these J. Crew Woven Boxers for a bit of unparalleled comfort and breathability. They’ve also recently been revamped with a more comfortable waistband, which is a nice upgrade.
Mack Weldon Stealth Boxer Brief
You might be able to argue that, when working from home, a pair of boxers is more comfortable than boxer briefs. However, that’s probably only because you haven’t tried on Mack Weldon’s ultra-breathable, body-conforming Stealth Boxer Brief. As an added bonus, they’re also made with 60% recycled materials, which is excellent for sustainability.
The 20 Best WFH Essentials
Now that you’ve got your wardrobe sorted, it’s time to outfit the rest of your home. Lucky for you, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up everything you might need on our list of the best WFH essentials.