How to Dress for a Virtual Meeting | The Best Work from Home Outfit Ideas

Here are some tips and outfit ideas to look nice and feel comfortable during virtual meetings when you work from home.

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Looking for ideas on what to wear when working from home? This post covers some work from home outfit ideas and styling tips.

When your daily commute involves walking from the bedroom to your laptop, and your office is found in a (sometimes) quiet corner of your home, it can be difficult to decide what to wear to work from home.

The temptation to wear sweatpants and house shoes all the time is great, but sometimes we have to look presentable for virtual meetings.

Now that many of us are working from home, it’s important to know how to dress for the business calls and virtual meetings that now play a big role in many workdays.

For many, working from home means dressing more comfortably. While it may be tempting to wear pajamas and sweatpants all day, there are times when you may need to dress up for important calls or virtual meetings.

Dressing up for a Zoom call or virtual meeting can be as simple as wearing a nice blouse and putting on some lipstick and a pair of colorful earrings. Or it can mean having to wear a suit for interviews, presentations, or meetings.

Reasons That You May Need or Want to Dress Up to Work from Home

1—Work from Home policies and dress codes

Some companies have business attire or business casual dress code requirements for “on camera” or virtual meetings. It can be a good idea to refer to the code when planning your outfits for work, calls, and meetings.

2—Having a dress routine

For many people, having a routine helps them to stay organized. Planning a few outfits to wear as part of a work from home capsule wardrobe can be a great way to stay organized and always know what to wear when you are working from home. It also helps you save time when getting dressed in the morning.

3—Establishing boundaries

Having a set of clothes that you wear for “work” versus “play” helps to keep work mode separate from other areas of your life.

Depending on the dress code that your job mandates, you may be able to build a comfortable wardrobe that looks good both on and off camera. Classic, simple pieces that are great for business calls and meetings, and leisure time activities like socializing with family and friends.

Find out your company’s work from home, “on camera”, and office dress policies for more information. These can help guide you as you build a wardrobe.

How to Wear Comfortable—and Stylish—Clothes When You Work from Home

Recent times have led to what many refer to as a “business up top, party on the bottom” dress aesthetic that pair professional tops—like nice blouses and cashmere sweaters—with leggings, sweaters, joggers, or other comfortable pants or bottoms for virtual meetings and Zoom calls. Sneakers or house shoes are often the footwear of choice.

This aesthetic can work well as long as your camera is pointed toward your upper body and you don’t have to stand up during a meeting. One solution may be to opt for dressier yoga pants or leggings in neutral colors like black, dark charcoal, or navy. These can add a more structured look to a work outfit.

You can also add some fun elements to an outfit, like pairing a soft, cozy sweater with faux leather leggings or a structured, collared, button-down shirt with a faux leather pleated skirt.

Dressy sneakers are a trend that appears to be here to stay for a while. Classic sneakers are a great way to wear shoes while staying comfortable at home.

For a dressier look, consider a pair of slip-on flats or mules. Neutral colors, such as black, navy, dusty rose, or animal print, are great to pair with different outfits.

For a bolder look, consider wearing flats or mules in shades of vibrant red, electric blue, or emerald green.

What Colors Look Good on Camera?

In general, bright colors look good on camera. Bright jewel tones and rich colors, like , can help to brighten your appearance.

Look for clothes in colors that compliment you and that are colors that you like to wear.

Makeup

Makeup is another important factor when it comes to colors that look good on camera. Look for cheerful colors and hues that liven up your face and give you a more vibrant look.

The Basics—Go-To Virtual Meeting Outfit Pieces

Here are some ideas for building a basic work from home wardrobe.

Blouses

Casual blouses in colorful tones or prints can be fun to wear for virtual meetings. Just make sure that the print is not so busy that it is distracting.

High-Neck Tops

Some people prefer to wear blouses and tops with higher necklines during Zoom calls and virtual meetings. Turtleneck sweaters are a great option for the colder months of fall and winter.

Button-Up Shirts

Button-up shirts are a classic look for office work wear.

Blazers

Blazers give an outfit a polished look and add definition. Wearing a classic blazer is a simple and elegant way to dress up any outfit.

Cardigans

A cardigan is great for staying warm or throwing over a more casual top or blouse for last minute meetings.

Sweaters

Sweaters help to keep you warm and can look flattering on most people. They are also a great piece for layering. Use a sweater to soften a structured neckline (as found on a button-down, collared shirt) or high neckline.

Pants

Many of us are loving wearing yoga pants and leggings to work from home in. Just make sure these line-up with your company dress policy, especially if you have to stand up to teach or make a presentation or grab something from another room, shelf, table or drawer. Long, flowing skirts also make comfortable “bottoms” to wear.

Casual Fridays

If your virtual office celebrates casual Fridays, then a chambray top can form the basis of a great work from home, casual Friday outfit. Chambray tops look great with faux leather leggings and skirts.

How to Dress for Virtual Meetings | Work from Home Outfit Ideas

Here are some ideas on how to dress for work from home in ways that make you look polished while staying comfortable.

Cute Tops

A nice top helps you feel more put together.

Button-Up Shirts

A long-sleeved button down shirt is a great piece to use for a classic work outfit.

Blazers

A blazer can give an outfit more definition and a more polished look. Brightly colored blazers are a great way to stand out if you are teaching a class or making a presentation.

Pants

Black, stretchy pants are a great go-to item for working from home. Depending on your company dress policy, you may be able to wear yoga pants that are not too form-fitting, for example. Faux leather leggings are another stylish look to wear with a cute top for work from home.

Chambray

Chambray button-down shirts can be a good look if you want a slightly dressed up look while being comfortable.

T-Shirt Dresses

A t-shirt dress made from a neutral color in a dressy material can be a stylish and comfortable way to take your next Zoom call. Pair the dress with a cardigan or blazer for a more polished look.

Shoes

Comfortable shoes are a must-have when working from home. Stylish sneakers or flats are a great option if you want to look stylish while being comfortable.

Jewelry and Accessories

Adding a few statement jewelry pieces or accents to your wardrobe can be a great way to dress up your work from home office attire while keeping things simple. Colorful earrings, necklaces, or bracelets are a great way to liven up an outfit for a virtual meeting.

A brightly colored scarf, draped around the neck or shoulders, can dress up neutral colored clothing, such as a black, gray, or navy sweater, top, dress, or blazer.

Makeup

If you wear wake up, then keeping a spare makeup kit and a lighted makeup mirror at your work from home desk can be a great way to check your makeup and make adjustments between calls. For those who don’t like to wear a lot of makeup, a simple, colorful lip tint is a great way to brighten up an appearance for a Zoom call.

A small amount of mascara can also go a long way. A brow kit may help to fill in sparse eyebrows, while a brow pencil can be used to add hair-like strokes to the face. Tip: Keep a mirror and makeup kit nearby to refresh your makeup between calls.

Manicure

Don’t forget about your nails. These are just as important as your clothes and accessories when it comes to dressing for success. A manicure kit can help you keep your nails in great shape. An interesting nail polish color can add a polished look to your work from home outfits.

Hair

Sometimes a simple hair cut or hairstyle that is easy to maintain is the best option for working for home. Keep a brush and comb nearby to style your hair in-between calls.

Scrunchies, Clips, and Hair Ties

Silky scrunchies and stylish clips can be great for pulling hair up into ponytails and creating other styles that keep your hair out of your face.

Headbands

Velvet headbands and silky headbands are a great way to accessorize an outfit while keeping your hair put of your face. A statement headband in a bold color can help pull a look together.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo can be a good alternative for those days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Blue light blocking glasses are thought to help block the blue light which may cause head aches and eye strain in some people.

Patterns

Small patterns on clothing may not show up as well during Zoom calls, so some people prefer to stick to solid colors or large, bold prints when it comes to choosing clothing for virtual calls and meetings.

Lighting

Good lighting is an important part of having a good appearance for a Zoom call or virtual meeting. A selfie light that attaches to your laptop is one way to get better lighting for your calls.

Laptop Stand

An adjustable laptop stand may help you get better angles for your meetings. It may also help you to stay more comfortable as you work.

Hydration

Staying hydrated can be good for the skin, especially if you’re drinking water. Keep a small fridge stocked with water and your favorite healthy drinks or snacks for the work day.

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