Working remotely full time during the pandemic has been an easy transition. I worked remotely a two days a week before the pandemic, so I had a workspace set up, large dual monitors (critical for my failing eyesight), and a routine. Full-time remote work didn’t seem like it would be a big change.
I was wrong in one huge respect – comfortable clothes all the time. Dressing professionally is a thing of the past, and I love it. I dislike synthetic fabrics, but I often wore them conform to the office dress code at work. It was hard to find the right clothing in natural fibers. Silk and wool are too hard to clean and too expensive to buy. Cotton is my preference, and now, it’s all cotton all the time! I don’t have to wear button pants if I don’t want them. Yay! My office is north-facing and chillier than the rest of the house, so I have cotton sweaters that go over my cotton long- or short-sleeved t-shirts. What a difference it makes for my body to be comfortable all the time. I still have my body aches and pains when I do too much or too little, but wearing clothes compatible with my body has been a big boon.
Do you want to talk color? I wear whatever colors I want! Vibrant fuchsia, hot pink, mint green, bright turquoise – whatever supports my mood is okay. Most of my short-sleeved t-shirts have pictures of dogs or cats on them, and they keep my spirit up all day in a way that demure professional clothes don’t do. And do I need to say the obvious? It doesn’t matter if things don’t match so much. Matchy-matchy is out!
Do you want to talk about my feet? I can wear shoes that keep my body aligned and my feet happy. No more counting the minutes until I can take off the shoes/boots that looked good and felt fine for the test walk in the store, but didn’t feel so great in the long haul.
Underwire bras were the next to go, and wireless bras were in. Many women say they go braless during the pandemic, but that’s uncomfortable for me and not the best idea around clawed creatures, if you know what I mean. Still, I appreciate the change as part of my pandemic look. Ahhh.
Part of my pandemic philosophy has been to find what is good about this thing. So, I admit I love my pandemic wardrobe. My body gives it two thumbs up, and I wonder how I’ll ever convince myself to wear professional clothes once we return to the office. People at the grocery store wearing their pajama bottoms don’t scandalize me anymore; I’m just wondering what it will take before I do that too! Am I the only one out there enjoying a little wardrobe therapy these days?