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5 wardrobe tips for when you’re working remotely

If the idea of laying around in your pajamas all day is what initially drew you to the concept of remote work, it might be time to reconsider how you approach the workday and your remote work wardrobe. While on the one hand, it is true that working from home affords employees a more casual experience than working in an office does, that doesn’t mean that showers and professional attire should be optional.

Taking the occasional day off from dressing “professionally” is all well and good when you work remotely, but consider following these wardrobe tips so that you’re never caught off guard.

Here are five tips for your remote work wardrobe:

1. Dress for the job you want

The old saying goes, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” and while you may already be in the job you want—especially if you work remotely—very few jobs allow employees to lounge in their yoga pants all day. Just because you work remotely doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show up to your job every day just as you would if you worked with people face-to-face.

2. Be prepared

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s always best to assume that your boss, coworkers, or clients may request a video conference at a moment’s notice. In those cases, it’s always best to be properly dressed and ready, rather than needing to ask for additional time to get yourself together.

3. Get in the proper headspace

Some people find working from home difficult because it’s hard for them to get into the “workplace” mentality when they’re actually just working at a desk in their bedroom. Besides using these ideas to create a functional home office, starting your day off by getting ready just as you would if you were headed into an actual office can help set the overall proper tone for the day, as well.

4. Make daily human contact a part of your gig

Even if your job rarely requires you to interact with people, make it a goal to do so anyway every single day, even if it’s just to keep up with those networking skills. In order to interact with people every day—even if it’s just on a phone call—you’ll want to be in the appropriate attire. Looking professional goes a long way towards helping us act professional, as well.

5. Use your creativity

Chances are you haven’t always worked from home, so why let those old office clothes gather dust just hanging in your closet? Use your creativity to put outfits together with pieces that you’ve never worn together before. It’ll give you a fun reason to go through everything that’s already in your closet, and on the bright side, if it doesn’t end up working, chances are no one will see you in it, anyway.

This article first appeared on FlexJobs.

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