These days, many of us spend more time at home than ever before. And, of course, we want to feel comfortable sitting in front of the computer or running around the house to get everything done. I think, though, after months of wearing sloppy clothes, it’s definitely time for an upgrade. But what to wear at home to feel comfy *and* confident? Here are my real-life tips.
But first, let’s start with …
What Not to Wear at Home
Changing the way I dress at home made a huge difference. Buying quality clothes dedicated to being worn inside – for home office days as well as lounging – was a huge win. The time we spent inside, especially the time we take to rest and replenish, is valuable. As valuable or even more than the hours we spend outside. This value should not be diminished because no one (besides our partner or family members) sees us. So why should I downgrade clothes and wear something worn out, baggy, not flattering at all? This is so contradictory to the attempt to live a simply elegant life.
To be honest, I had underestimated how what I wear at home impacts my self-esteem and what I get accomplished. Today I know that wearing sloppy clothes on home office days just makes me feel sloppy. When I neglect my appearance, I tend to be less confident and less productive. And if I wear unattractive garments for lounging, it has a comparable effect – I feel alike. By the way, the same applies to sleepwear and undies.
And here’s another reason why downgrading clothes to wear at home isn’t a good idea. In her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie Kondo says that this could lead to a big pile of clothes that are just ‘relabeled’. Instead of being discarded because they no longer spark joy.
If you want to know more about the KonMari Method and how to declutter your closet, these posts are for you:
- Wardrobe Decluttering a la Marie Kondo: Pros and Cons
- Wardrobe Decluttering a la Marie Kondo: Lessons Learned
- The KonMari Method: All You Need to Know + Printable Checklist
What to Wear at Home
In the beginning, trying to come up with ideas on what to wear at home wasn’t that easy. But then I understood that I have to plan this part of my wardrobe like the rest of it. Working from home, getting housework done, running errands, and lounging is part of my everyday life. Since I quit my corporate job, clearly the major part of my day. The key is to give this section of your lifestyle the priority it deserves. This also means allocating a decent budget for suitable clothes. We should allow ourselves to invest in quality and be selective. Not different in any way to choosing outfits for activities outside of our homes.
In case you need some assistance to plan your wardrobe, these posts can help:
- Wardrobe Planning: Recap + Free Printable Worksheets
- Wardrobe Planning: Why It’s Worth Doing It and How to Get Started
Example Outfit Formulas of What to Wear at Home
Of course, everyone’s style and needs are different. So take these examples only for inspiration!
Working from Home
From my experience, a mix of comfy and formal works best. I usually choose a comfortable, stretchy bottom and combine it with a blouse or a dressy top. Here are some outfit combinations I love:
- Elegant, monochromatic look: Stretchy trouser and fitted T in the same color, upgraded with my favorite watch or other jewelry
- High and low mix: Quality jog pant and a crisp white shirt
- Scandinavian style: A lovely dress plus a cozy cardigan
Depending on the fabrics you choose, your loungewear can have a completely different vibe. These pieces are cozy but also very elegant:
- Cashmere top and bottom (loungewear set)
- Merino wool or cashmere cardigan and socks
- Silk pajamas, silk top
- Silk, viscose, or wool (wrap) dress
All Other Things Around the House
Of course, there are things to do around the house for which we don’t want to wear our silk pajamas. But this doesn’t mean that we have to wear our oldest clothes for cleaning or gardening. And yes, there are exceptions. I downgrade some of my clothes and wear them to paint a wall or do similar messy DIY tasks once or twice a year. But for what I have to do regularly, such as cleaning my home, I have some dedicated clothes. Having to do all these things isn’t always fun. But we shouldn’t make it worse and wear something that makes us feel terrible. Here’s is, for example, what I wear:
- Wide-leg yoga pants and a wrap top
- Comfortable jeans and a fitted white T
- Quality leggings and an oversized cotton shirt
What to Consider When Buying Clothes to Wear at Home
Fabrics and Care Instructions
Most likely, you want to wear something fresh and clean every day. This means you’ll have to wash your clothes frequently. Here are some tips to make it easier for you:
- Buy clothes in similar colors so you can wash them all together.
- Consider the extra effort when you choose hand-wash or dry-cleaning only fabrics.
- Go for natural, ‘self-cleaning’ fibers. A light-weight wool jumper, for instance, can be worn more often than a synthetic T.
- Invest in quality, so items don’t need to be replaced that often.
I’ve created a series of posts that deal with how to best take care of your clothes.
- All about Wardrobe Maintenance
The ‘less, but luxe’ principle (quality over quantity) also applies to shopping for clothes to wear at home. In these articles, I talk about why choosing quality is a good idea and how to find it:
- How to Spot Quality When Shopping For Clothes – 3 Things to Check
- How to Shop for Quality Shoes You’ll Love to Wear
- 7 Reasons Why Choosing Quality over Quantity Is Always a Good Idea
Fit and Comfort
We want what we wear at home to be comfy and flattering. One solution can be to wear garments that stretch. However, everything that’s too stretchy often looks baggy just after a few hours of wear. The trick is to choose fabrics that have just the right amount of elastic fibers. So they stretch but snap back into shape. Some brands label their jeans and trousers as ‘stay in shape’; these garments are definitely worth trying.
The Temperature in Your Home
Some of you may have an airconditioned home with constant temperature throughout the year. But all others have to consider changing seasons also for the clothes they wear at home. Naturally, the temperature differences aren’t that huge compared to being outside. But, still, we have to adjust our clothes a bit.
Tips to Stay Warm
Layering more fitted pieces is usually more flattering than wearing one junky garment. Plus, you can easily adjust to cooler temperatures by adding another layer. Layering also works well when changing between sitting at your desk to running around the house to get things done.
Tips to Keep Cool
When it’s hot, go for natural fibers and cuts that aren’t too tight. This allows air circulation to keep you cool. Linen is lovely for summer, but only if you don’t mind that it gets pretty wrinkled. Cotton or cotton blends are also the right choices for warmer temperatures.
Additional Tips for Feeling Great at Home
Despite investing in clothes, there’s another important thing we can do to feel great at home. And this is to always be groomed. When we take care of our appearance, we feel better. It’s that simple. Now you might say, but what if I’m single and no one will see me? The thing is, it doesn’t matter. Because grooming is something we do for ourselves. Because we’re worth it.
Grooming is everything. Honestly, I don’t think we can look good without being groomed. No matter how stylish we are dressed or how expensive our clothes are. Hence, taking care of yourself is the most important thing to do. Even when you know, you’ll spend day after day at home.
A little bit of makeup also does wonders. I say this even though I’m not really a makeup person. I only use a few products and don’t like overdone looks. Still, a tinted moisturizer, a bit of blush, and a hint of lip color make you feel fresh and put-together all day. So experiment and find a makeup routine that works for you when staying at home.
The same goes for your hair. There’s no need to struggle with your curling iron every day. But our hair should be clean, fresh, and styled. Again, experiment to find one or two go-to hairstyles that are easy to do and don’t stress your hair too much.
And there you have it. These are my tips on what (not) to wear at home to feel comfy and confident.
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Thanks for sharing this post and your thoughts!
What do you wear at home? I continuously look for new inspirations, and I’d love to hear what makes you feel comfy and confident!