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1 Week Sweater Challenge: Everyday Work From Home Sweater

I wore my Oliver Charles sweater for a week, and it struck the perfect balance between comfort and professionalism.
July 13, 2022
By Alyssa Hodenfield

Balancing Comfort, Performance, And Professionalism

I'm excited to introduce a 3-part blog series about how the Oliver Charles sweater transformed my work from home wardrobe. The sweater struck the perfect balance between comfort, performance, and professionalism.

I wore it every day for a week. I'm still wearing it all the time, and the more I do, the more comfortable it becomes. See why it's part of my work-week daily routine and a must-pack on my weekend adventures.

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I've been working from home since 2020, and It's been quite a transition. Back when I used to go into the office, my work wardrobe consisted of a mix of jeans, dress pants, sweaters, tank tops with cardigans, or blouses.

However, once I started working from home, my clothing choices underwent a significant change.

On days when I didn't have meetings, I found myself reaching for oversized sweatshirts from my college days or t-shirts from various 5K races I had participated in. Comfort became a top priority, and I fell into a routine of rolling out of bed and grabbing the first t-shirt or sweatshirt I could find.

However, this approach posed a problem whenever I had to suddenly turn on my camera or when a professional appearance was necessary.

While my previous office wardrobe was the right look, it wasn’t comfortable enough for me to wear all day while working from home. And while my sweats and t-shirts were very comfortable, they didn’t give off the professional look I was going for. 

That's when I decided to give my Oliver Charles sweater a try. I wore it every day for a week, and it struck the perfect balance between comfort and professionalism.

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Finding A Comfortable Yak Wool Work Sweater

My alarm goes off early in the morning, so if I’m headed to my desk right away, comfort is my main priority. Each day of the challenge, I put on my leggings and Oliver Charles sweater and got to work.

I was amazed at how comfortable I was throughout the day. The sweater gave me the same kind of comfort I got from my sweats and t-shirts. But unlike the office clothes I used to wear, I didn't find myself yearning to switch out of the yak wool sweater for something more comfortable. It held its ground, keeping me at ease and at the top of my game.

Now, the word "wool" has always made me apprehensive due to past experiences with itchy and uncomfortable wool products. However, this Oliver Charles All-Season Sweater shattered all my preconceived notions.

Crafted from yak down, called khullu, it boasted an exquisite softness that felt good against my skin. What's more, the 3D-knitting and absence of seams was a delightful sensory friendly feature that truly won me over and didn't irritate me.

With each wear, the sweater seemed to grow even more comfortable, as if tailored specifically for me.

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Professional Sweater For Working From Home

On the days when I had to be on camera for client calls, I no longer rushed to the other room to make a quick outfit change. Instead, I confidently put my camera on, knowing I looked professional and put together, while also feeling comfortable.

The sizing of the sweater was spot on, which added to the professionality of the look. Since I’m on the shorter side, sometimes sweaters can look baggy and leave me wondering if that makes me look less put together. But let me tell you, my Oliver Charles sweater fits me like a glove, maintaining a sleek and polished look while still allowing room for comfort. It was a delightful combination that left me feeling both confident and at ease.

In my quest to infuse more color into my wardrobe, the beautiful Emerald Blue hue of the sweater was a breath of fresh air. I'm usually a bit hesitant when it comes to bold colors, often opting for safe neutrals like beige or black. However, this sweater's shade of blue was masterfully executed, effortlessly complementing everything I paired it with.

All in all, my Oliver Charles sweater not only elevated my work from home wardrobe but also brought joy and versatility with its impeccable fit and captivating color.

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Versatile Sweater For Work And Outdoor Adventure

During my lunch break and after work, I love taking my furry friend out for a refreshing walk. That's why it's crucial for me to be dressed in clothes that are suitable for outdoor adventures, big and small, regardless of the temperature.

The cleverly designed vents in the armpit area of my Oliver Charles sweater proved to be a stroke of genius. On those sunnier days when the heat was on, they provided excellent breathability, allowing my skin to keep me cool and comfortable, even when I started to break a sweat.

On cooler days, the wool sweater kept me nice and warm. I was able to take my dog out for a walk without needing a jacket on most days, and it layered so well with my jacket on the day I opted for another layer.

With my Oliver Charles sweater, I was always prepared to embrace the great outdoors, be it under the summer sun or amidst a crisp autumn breeze. It truly became my go-to companion for staying comfortable and stylish on our delightful walks.

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1-Week Sweater Challenge Review

Between work, exercise, and enjoying time with my pup, my days tend to look very similar. But the consistency of my week allowed me to really appreciate the longevity of my Oliver Charles sweater.

I was able to wear it every day without sacrificing comfort, it provided a professional appearance to my clients, and I didn’t even have to think about changing clothes before heading out for my daily walk.

What’s even better is the sweater got more comfortable throughout the week, making me excited to have it in my closet for years to come.

Alyssa Hodenfield is a creative living in Denver, Colorado. Her passions include videography and writing, and she enjoys doing just about anything outside.

If you believe that every good wardrobe starts with owning less and owning better, consider buying yourself an OLIVER CHARLES sweater.
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