The basics of work clothes for your return to the office
have scared some employers of a massive return to the office, but many companies want their employees to work in the office again, at least part-time. This means that Americans who have adapted to working from home – in anything they wish to wear, like sweatpants and pajamas – have to revert to more traditional work clothes.
Certainly, the pandemic hasin many ways, remote working redefining . But an older wardrobe can still look dated, whether worn in person or on a Zoom call. As people return to the office, consider incorporating some of these pandemic-style priorities, such as comfort, convenience, and versatility, into your new, more buttoned-up office wardrobe.
CBS Essentials curated a selection of comfortable and stylish basics from trusted brands like Lululemon, Untuckit, Reformation, and Everlane. Here are 10 basics, including masks, moccasins, dress pants, and more casual outfits to make your return to the office a little more comfortable.
Reusable Timbuk2 Face Mask
This reusable 3-pack of Timbuk2 masks is perfect for offices where social distancing measures are still in place, and for anyone concerned about the Delta variant. These masks are made from an extra soft cotton jersey fabric designed to create a personalized fit. The ties go around the head as opposed to the ears, so this model is more suitable for being worn comfortably for long periods. The envelope-style pocket offers the option to add a filter for additional protection against Covid-19.
Soft and slightly flared suit trousers
These bootcut dress pants are made, like most yoga pants, with a combination of nylon and spandex for comfort and stretch. The fabric wicks away moisture and resists wrinkles. The pants have four functional pockets, belt loops and a fake button and fly at the front to make them dressier.
Wool jersey turtleneck shell
This wool turtleneck top from Nordstrom can keep the chill out of that seemingly super powerful office air conditioner, but thanks to its sleeveless design, it won’t be too hot for the average commuter. This timeless top can be paired with any business casual outfit and worn with a wide range of layers for a variety of office looks.
Parrino Untuckit Shirt
The Parrino Shirt from Untuckit is made with a moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant fabric, so it will always look fresh at the end of a long day at work. The material is extra soft and designed to move naturally. This shirt is designed to be worn non-tucked for maximum comfort while remaining professional.
ABC Classic pants
The ABC Classic pants by Lululemon dries quickly and does not wrinkle. Designed to be breathable and move comfortably, these pants are made from Warptreme fabric, a material designed to easily hold shape throughout the day without feeling stiff.
High waist midi skirt
This high-waisted pull-on midi skirt is stylish without being stuffy. It can easily fit into the office while not looking too buttoned up to be worn outside of working hours. The timeless polka dot pattern makes it an easy piece to combine in any work wardrobe and, most importantly, it has pockets.
Clean Silk casual shirt
The Clean Silk casual shirt by Everlane brings a slightly more relaxed touch to the classic office blouse. This top is designed to look great tucked in or tucked in and can be styled in a number of ways. The shirt is made with Everlane’s own silk, an eco-friendly fabric, and is colored with Bluesign approved dyes.
The modern moccasin
Everlane’s modern moccasin is made from soft-touch leather that looks polished and professional. With a small but substantial heel and tapered toe, this shoe will elevate any office outfit without causing discomfort. The internal padding and the foam padded sole make these shoes ready to use, without breaking in.
Asos Rainproof Double Breasted Trench Coat
This double-breasted trench coat from ASOS has a classic fit for a timeless work wear. With a notched collar and belted waist, this jacket can be dressed up for the most formal office without looking too chic for everyday wear. This coat will be handy to have on hand when the office air conditioning is set much lower than your home temperature ever would be.
Laptop bag with USB port
This sleek laptop bag with a built-in USB port is a stylish step up from a casual backpack, while providing convenient storage space. This bag has room for a laptop and tablet, as well as an internal mesh pocket and several external side pockets. It can be carried as a briefcase, handbag, or as a traditional backpack, making it suitable for commuters. Just add a power bank and this bag is ready to keep any tech charged up on the go.