In the last year and a half, many of the US workforce turned to remote working practices. We started working from our bedrooms in pyjamas and filed our smart office wear into a vacuum bag for the distant future. Face-to-face business meetings became a thing of the past, and Zoom calls took over the working day.
Initially, the business world feared how remote working practices would impact their day-to-day routine. Enterprise Technology Research predicts a whopping 34.4% of US workers will work from home in 2021– compared to just 16.4% before the pandemic. Remote working practices can help companies to save money on business travel, office rent and energy bills.
Furthermore, according to research by Citrix, 77% of US remote workers found they worked more hours per day at home. A staggering 69% of employees in the US said they were more productive at home as well. However, US employees maintain that they would like to return to the office after the pandemic and resume more traditional working practices.
If you are returning to the office, here are a few essential fashion items you should invest in.
A jacket always comes in handy, even in the summer. A robe jacket looks great over multiple office outfits – from tailored trousers to a floral dress. A trench coat is also a versatile piece that you can wear on rainy summer days or in the early autumn months. Always go for a neutral-coloured jacket that will go with a whole host of outfits and office wear.
A well-fitted white shirt can smarten up any outfit. You can button it up higher for important meetings or roll up the sleeves for a more relaxed look. It’s essential to look after a white shirt so that you can wear it again and again – without it looked tired and grey. Keep it crisp, white, and fresh!
A fitted pencil skirt or patterned midi skirt can spice up your outfit and make you feel polished. You can pair it with a blouse or tuck in a white t-shirt for a more informal look. For the summer, opt for cotton skirts to keep yourself comfortable while dressing smart throughout the day.
A colourful blazer
Office wear tends to come in a neutral colour palette. If you’re bored of the black, white, and beige combination – mix it up with a bold blazer. An electric blue or hot pink blazer can turn your office wear from drab to fab in no time at all. Make sure the blazer fits like a glove so you can maintain the tailored office wear look.
Comfort is key with footwear – especially in the sweaty summer months. Mules, loafers, and pumps are versatile and can be worn with multiple outfits.
Revamp your workwear wardrobe so that you feel excited and ready to return to the office this summer.