Facebook Pixel

Do you work at home? How do you dress?

By January 28, 2009 - 11:14am
Rate This

I work at home, and there are many things about it that I absolutely love.

Something that I struggle with, however, is my wardrobe -- or lack of one, to be more truthful. Since I work at a computer and don't often go out during the day, I find myself resorting to the sloppy habit of wearing sweats all day. I've fallen into the "if no one sees me, what's the point?" trap, and I can't really find my way out.

Do you work at home? What do you normally wear? Is it hard for you to "get ready" for a day if you aren't going out? I sure would love tips and encouragement on this issue. I sense that I'd feel better about myself, but sometimes it just seems pointless.

Add a Comment6 Comments

EmpowHER Guest

I have been working at home for a number of years and start very early in the morning but no matter what, at 9:00 A.M. I am in the shower and getting dressed in my sweats again though with makeup on and hair done-it just makes me feel more productive if I have "cleaned up my act."

February 18, 2013 - 12:41pm

Thank you so much for all these thoughts. I found a lot of them very resonant with what I'm experiencing.

I started today by starting to set a schedule for myself as to when I'm going to get ready for the day, regardless of my activities for that day. Susan, I love your idea on just declaring (in my case, to the dogs, lol) that "I'm taking a shower now." It's funny, but darn it if it didn't work. And Kristin and Alysia, you're so right about the mental difference in attacking the day's tasks. I guess the reason to get dressed for the day is not "because someone will see me," but because it makes me feel differently. That's a huge realization.

Interesting, the biggest lessons sometimes come from the tiniest things.

January 30, 2009 - 9:38am

After leaving the corporate world, I worked from home for a dozen years. Personally, I found that relaxing my garb tended to relax my work habits. So, I practiced what my DH did on the days he worked from home: dressed as though I was going to my office. It made me feel more productive, focused and professional.

Sure, I sometimes "attended" conference calls in my jammies or running clothes, but felt better about attacking the day's tasks when I got dressed. Funny how that works.

January 29, 2009 - 6:42pm

After 20 plus years of getting dressed up first with Navy uniform and later with executive suits, this home-based work is heaven! I teach online for the university and consult with clients mainly on the phone. Starbucks is my office if I need to get away from home, but sweats, Crocs shoes and no make up are a great start! I love it!

Last week I had to attend a medical conference and found myself struggling with selecting what to wear, I refused to wear my suits, so I picked very comfortable, casual clothing that I dressed up with scarfs. The first day I wore high heels...BIG mistake, my feet have lost the habit and are probably wider now, so came back home with horrible pain on my feet. The next morning, I attended the meeting but wore my Crogs, doubt anyone noticed...who cares, I was comfortable and my feet appreciated it.

January 29, 2009 - 12:16am

You're right, it is easy to fall into that "if no one sees me, what's the point" trap. I worked from home for several years and I found that if I got ready for my (showering, dressing, etc.) as if I were going to an office, then I would actually be more productive during the day. I have no idea why -- must be a mental thing. Or maybe when I hung out in my sweats, it was too similar to a lazy weekend day and I fell into that mode too easily. In any case, I agree with SusanC that you should try getting out of your sweats rut and see if you feel any different.

January 28, 2009 - 9:47pm

I work at home and know EXACTLY how you feel. Some days, I throw on my workout gear, as during my break I usually take the dogs for a hike, so I am extra sloppy! And I am super vain normally! I find that if I shower early on in the day and put on clean clothes and make up, that I feel better about myself. Also, since my boyfriend comes home near dinner time, I have more incentive to look nice, as we might go out for dinner.
It is really hard though to make an attempt EVERY day! I suppose that the only way is to get into a habit of showering every morning, getting properly dressed and trying to look decent. Maybe if you take a break by going out for lunch or even going for a coffee, you are forced to make more effort as you will be seen?
I feel ya though.....I struggle with this all the time....
To compensate, when I DO go out at night, I really go all the way; sexy heels, pretty hair, full make up and a dress! And I LOVE it! LOL

January 28, 2009 - 11:58am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.