I have a secret. As much as I like to look pulled together and polished at work, I have to be comfortable. As in, flannel pajama comfortable. I fight a constant battle between my desire to lean in and lounge around. Yes, there are days when I have to slip into my sharpest pencil skirt and high heels, but for the most part I stick to my work uniform or what I call my Office PJs – comfy work clothes that look professional, but are really sleepwear in disguise. Here are my 6 must-haves:
The Wrap Dress
Diane Von Furstenburg earned every penny of her $1.2 billion fortune by turning the humble bathrobe into an office staple. When it comes to comfy work clothes, this universally flattering, one-and-done favorite is as easy as it gets. You can customize the fit of your wrap dress by playing with the width and placement of the belt. (Even if the dress has a self-tie, don’t hesitate to hide it under your own favorite belt.) Just remember, your boss won’t see you as management material if that material is terry cloth. Opt for rich fabrics and playful patterns. The trick is to feel like you’re wearing a bathrobe, not look like you are. Shown: Lighthearted Lecture Dress in Blue Chevron from Modcloth, $84.o0. Available in XS-4X.
The Shift Dress
Just as convenient as the Wrap Dress, the shift dress may be even more comfortable. Think of it as your daytime nightie. Again fabrication and fit are important. Go too big and it’ll look dumpy. Make sure it fits well in the shoulders and arms and the rest skims your body. Shown: Eyelet Daybreak Dress from Madwell, $148.
Hello, house shoes! Even if you haven’t switched to a standing desk, these buttery soft slip-ons should be a comfy work clothes staple and can look as polished as stilettos without making you wince with every step. Get playful with pattern and colors. Shown: Cee Cee Ballet Flats from J Crew, $128.
Wide Leg Pants
If saying goodbye to your pajama bottoms every morning makes you as sad as it makes me, here’s the solution: soft, flowy pants that barely brush against your skin. (And hide the fact that you’ve neglected both your self-tanner and razor. Or so I hear.) Pair with a more fitted top for a streamlined silhouette. Shown: Mirandela Wide-Legs from Antropologie, $69.95.
Can’t forget the underpinnings. The bralette is my favorite piece of “lounge-erie.” Without wires or clasps or straps that dig, you’ll never want to take your bralette off. Which is good because they’re usually a pain to wrestle yourself in or out of. Still, the comfort makes the gymnastics worth it. Lace Cross-back Bralette from Aerie, $20.00
The Kimono Jacket
Hats off to whomever came up with the idea of turning a pool coverup into an office appropriate replacement for the cardigan. With their boho vibe and pretty prints, kimonos give a creative edge to any outfit. Love this one from Free People. Doesn’t she look like some cool auto mechanic from the future with her denim jumpsuit? Forbidden City Kimono from Free People, $168.
What about you? Is comfort job 1 for for your work wardrobe? What are your favorite comfy work clothes?