This might be silly, but I recently started freelancing from home. I’m enjoying the opportunity to work in my pajamas, but my wife posed the argument that I might be more productive — or at least feel better about myself — if I dress up for work, even though I’m just commuting down the hall.
She might be right, but I feel like it’s overkill to work in a button-down shirt. Still, I’m open to the idea. This isn’t really advice so much as that I’m new to this, so I thought I’d ask: what do other at-home workers wear, day to day? Does it make a difference what you wear? -Mark
Yo! Good question. I’ve been working from home for over a year now, and I definitely prefer to wear Grown Up Clothes. Not so grown up as business casual, though. Every day I wear the same thing, unless I’m doing laundry: a white tee shirt and dark jeans. I have five such shirts and two such pairs of jeans.
The main reason I like to wear decent clothes is that if I find suddenly that I have to go out, I’m ready. I don’t have to dig through a pile of laundry to find something more suitable than sweatpants to wear. Also, I have a legit retort when a friend busts me for working in the basement in sweatpants all week, and that retort is, “NUH-UH!”
The bonus: since I wear the same thing every day, I don’t have to think about clothes at all. Plus, the uniform is good enough to wear to a meeting and also not so precious that I need to change out of it to work in the garden. It’s fantastic. I wish I could have pulled this off at my last office job, but they would have frowned on so many days in jeans. Even nice jeans.
Other work-at-homers? Do you find eight hours of freedom from judgement every day is a good time to break out the gym shorts? Or are you wearing pantsuits? Or are you somewhere in between?