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Style Guide: Work From Home

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When you work from home, it’s easy to fall into an unhealthy and uncomfortable routine. You’re no longer forced to think about your own personal hygiene, yesterday’s clothing becomes today’s sleepwear, and your regard for uncompromising day-to-day workwear might as well be nonexistent. Wearing your favorite pajama bottoms to the morning meeting might seem like one less thing that you’ll have to take into account — but sooner or later, it’ll begin to wear on you.

When monotony starts to take its toll, it’s a sign that you need to make a change in your day-to-day routine. Is your disregard for comfortable, semi-formal clothing causing you to spend more time away from your projects? Is your once-viable workstation crumbling under the weight of multiple windows, browsers, uploads, and downloads? What about your surroundings? Are loud noises, constant conversation, and the garbage truck that rolls by your house every day at 10 AM deterring you from maintaining an optimal workflow? Working from home can be more difficult than it first gives off. That’s why finding the best balance between comfort, efficiency, clarity, and readiness is key. Below, we’ve created a simple guide that’ll give you a style-savvy baseline for your work-from-home lifestyle.

lululemon ‘At Ease’ Short 7”

Getting comfortable enough to dive into your next big project can be difficult, and that’s likely due to your clothing choice. Instead of throwing on the closest piece of abrasive clothing, spring for lululemon’s ‘At Ease’ Short — a soft, sleek, and supple garment tailored for a relaxing home environment. Thanks to the short’s naturally-breathable, four-way-stretch fabric, you’ll be able to kick back in any area of your dwelling, allowing you to focus on the task at hand without feeling constrained or constricted. Augment that with its classic, seven-inch length, secure waistband drawcord, and a mobility-focused gusset, and you’ll revel in unparalleled comfort throughout the day.

Purchase: $78

lululemon ‘At Ease’ Crew

To complement the lululemon ‘At Ease’ Short, the brand has also introduced its equally-as-accomodating Crew long-sleeve. Like its leg-worn counterpart, this attractive torso piece features a naturally-breathable, double-knit construction, four-way-stretch fabric, and an internal gusset that allows for increased mobility as you move, stretch, and sway at your workstation. To ensure that the tools of your trade are always within reach, lululemon has incorporated a pair of secure, zippered pockets, allowing you to remain in close proximity to your phone and other EDC essentials.

Purchase: $128

Richer Poorer Men’s Rigby Socks

There’s nothing more comfortable than a pair of thick socks, especially when you’re spending your day in front of the computer answering client emails and wrapping up your project’s loose ends. But not just any sock will do. One of our favorite work-from-home foot layers is the Men’s Rigby, from Richer Poorer. This classic crew style sock features a lightweight, but robust construction, an ultra-soft cotton blend, and silver fibers for freshness. Plus, they’ve got a reinforced toe and heel, as well as additional arch support, making them even more trustworthy when you finally decide to slip into some of your favorite sneakers for some activities outside the abode.

Purchase: $14

Teva Hurricane XLT2 Sandal

Speaking of sandals, we’re huge fans of Teva’s expansive catalog of urban and outdoor footwear offerings. The Hurricane XLT2, for example, bridges the gap between both genres with relative ease, thanks to its comfortable architecture, clean, minimalist design, and soft heel-strap padding, which deters chafing over long distances. As a result, these sandals are equally as viable outside of the home as they are while inside, where they serve as a means of protection against slippery flooring and sharp objects. For those days where you don’t feel like wearing a pair of socks, you’ll be able to utilize these as a close — albeit, more capable — alternative.

Purchase: $70

Rumpl ‘Desert Grade’ Sherpa Puffy Blanket

There’s no shame in the utilization (and recognition) of your favorite comfort blanket to keep you comfortable throughout the day. Luckily, you no longer have to settle for the large, cumbersome example that’s usually found in your living room, or bedroom. Thanks to Rumpl’s ‘Desert Grade’ Sherpa Puffy Blanket, you’ll be able to maintain your body temperature by utilizing the same technical materials found in premium sleeping bags, including a 100% post-consumer recycled polyester shell, and insulation, high-pile sherpa fleece, and a DWR finish to fight against spills and stains. Better yet, each comfortable companion is built with recycled 30D ripstop polyester fabric, giving it the gumption that it needs to provide warmth and comfort for years to come.

Purchase: $150

ROKA Hunter Glasses

Straining your eyes while sitting in front of an artificial light source all day long can lead to some serious health issues. Instead of settling for possible damage, migraines, and adverse effects, pick up a pair of ROKA’s Hunter glasses. These prescription-strength accessories feature a TR-90 nylon frame, making them even more durable than traditional acetate and polycarbonate models. Plus, the specialized tint of ROKA’s lenses will help your eyes to adjust to different forms of light, including the odd mixture of indoor/outdoor emittance that we’re exposed to on a daily basis.

Purchase: $195

Bose Quietcomfort Earbuds

If you live in a busy area, it can be difficult to get “in the zone.” Intrusive sounds can easily break your concentration, leading you to fall behind on projects, submissions, and meetings. To ensure that you’re ready to block out any and all distractions, Bose created the Quietcomfort Earbuds. Not only do these cutting-edge audio accessories provide unparalleled quality while listening to music, partaking in a voice call, or monitoring sound levels, but they’ve been built under the umbrella of Bose’s breakthrough acoustic innovations, resulting in the world’s most efficient (and effective) noise cancellation. If you’re looking to block out the world, but don’t want to sacrifice audio quality when it comes to your favorite media, these are your best bet.

Purchase: $280

Apple Macbook Pro 13”

There’s no way that you’re going to maintain an optimal workflow without the hardware to back it up. That’s where Apple’s Macbook Pro 13-inch model comes in. Not only has the Macbook become a mainstay within the professional realm, but it’s also one of the most powerful and intuitive tools on the market, thanks to its ultra-fast, 10th-generation processors, True Tone Retina display, and the ability to introduce up to 32-gigabytes of memory, should your workload dictate as much. Needless to say, there are few mobile work platforms that can stand up to Apple’s lauded Macbook Pro.

Purchase: $1,300