I’m a high school teacher, so my usual work getup is a button-down shirt and bow tie with a pair of chinos and some freshly polished loafers. Most days I rock a blazer as well, but for the rest of the school year I’ll be teaching from my dining room table. Everyday I post assignments, grade papers, hold online conferences with kids, and all of this while I wear a hoodie and pine for the sweet day that my barber and I can meet again.
If you’re working from home right now, you’re probably getting some cabin fever; hell, if you’re like me, you actually miss throwing on a tie every day. Deep breaths. There’s no rule saying you can’t be comfortable and look good. The key to making the most out of your work-from-home wardrobe is to choose pieces that are comfortable in the house and will still look great out of the house in purposeful outfits or fitness classes when the dust clears and we can all go see the daylight again.
Here are a few options to keep you feeling cozy while still looking clean-cut.
Lands’ End’s Serious Sweat line is pretty awesome stuff. It’s not trendy, but it’s classic, holds up, and it’s on sale for a great price right now. Personally I always have three or four crewneck sweatshirts on hand because they’re comfortable, versatile, and they’re perfect for those spring nights out on the deck.
This blend of linen and cotton is perfect for those chilly summer evenings. Throw it on with jeans or a slick pair of chinos for that casual-chic look.
One of our favorite budget workout shirts, tech material wicks away moisture and the pattern and raglan sleeves make it look like it's from a premium brand. See it in action on Andrew in our best at-home bodyweight workout.
This is just a cool pair of pants. The fabric blend will keep your legs cool while developing some just-right wrinkles. I showed these to my wife, and she insisted I order a pair immediately.
We like these jeans in the dark indigo, slim cut. Form fitting, but not too tight, and with just enough stretch. Best part? They come with a 365 day guarantee.
This super lightweight quarter zip from L.L. Bean is 50% Repreve polyester, which is made from recycled plastic bottles. It’s quick-drying, antimicrobial, and the light blue piping is reflective, so basically it’s perfect for an evening run after a long day working on the couch.
If you live in a warmer climate, you’re already in shorts most days. This pair is great for lounging around the house because they’re not too short (after all, it’s not too hot yet), and when it’s time to leave the house they have a svelte silhouette and a quick-dry material.
This sweatshirt is made with a 12oz french terry, which means it’s thick, and it’ll only get softer with time.
I don’t know what I love more about these pants, the fact that the navy color has a summer fade to it, or the fact that they’re thirty bucks. I love my work-from-home sweatpants as much as the next guy, but when I’m in a virtual meeting, I’ll throw on stretch chinos and they're just as comfortable.
Rhone isn’t cheap, but when you consider the fact that their fabric has real gold particles in it to maintain color fastness and it’s laser perforated for perfect breathability, you know you’re getting what you pay for.
For a more affordable option, this polo is made from a blend of cotton for softness and hemp for durability. And that cayenne color is swell.
These fleece joggers offer serious stretch with a slim cut. This is how sweatpants are supposed to look and feel.
It’s a henley: it’s classic, looks great on anyone, and this one in particular is made in the USA from supima cotton, which makes it softer than your average t-shirt. No brainer.
Flint and Tinder is a small company that thinks clothing should be a cry-once kind of purchase. $78 is no small price for a hoodie, but then you probably don’t have any other hoodie that’s guaranteed for ten years. Rip it, tear it, or have a seam come loose in the next ten years, and they’ll repair it for free.
Color block has never gone out of style: it has an understated panache to it that somehow grabs attention while still staying casual. Oh this sweatshirt? Yeah, just something I threw on.
These are just as great for wearing around the house as they are for taking your dog for a quick walk around the block.
The subtle stripe on this pocket tee gives it character while still being laid back.
It’s springtime, which means it’s time to dust off the white kicks. Throw them on to take the kids to the park, or with nice denim to grab drinks with the fellas after work (ya know…when we can see the fellas again after work).
If you’re not a pullover kind of guy, this full-zip hoodie from Goodthreads is a great option. The contrast charcoal and white pull strings give it a little kick, while the slim cut keeps it looking good enough for a trip to the grocery store or a walk to the bball court.
When Allbirds first came on the scene, they claimed they were the world’s most comfortable sneakers. I was dubious to say the least. Then I tried on a pair. Dammit. They’re comfortable. Wool uppers move fluidly, while the wool insoles wick moisture and control odor. Oh, and when they get dirty, you can throw them in the washing machine.
These sustainably made tech pants by J.Crew are water resistant, block the sun’s rays, and offer just enough stretch to stay comfortable all day long.
Perfect for shooting hoops in the driveway or watching a movie for an at-home date night, these sweatshorts have a rolled-edge hem for that true cutoff look.
This textured twill looks heavy, but keeps the weight down and has a soft hand. Best of all, it’s machine washable. Perfect for those chilly mornings or summer evenings by the fire pit.