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Your WFH Fashion Essential: The Workleisure Sweater

How this sustainable sweater fits my work from home lifestyle.
January 12, 2022
By Natalie Hill

My Work From Home Capsule Wardrobe

Welcome to the series on building a capsule wardrobe! In this series, I'll be sharing how I use my Oliver Charles sweater as the foundation piece for my capsule wardrobe.

First up is the 1-Week Challenge, where I'll be wearing my Oliver Charles sweater every day for a week. Next is how I style it for my work from home routine. I'll finally be sharing some tips and tricks on how to make the most of a foundation piece and capsule wardrobe.

So, grab your favorite sweater and join me on this journey to building a versatile, comfortable, and stylish wardrobe. Let's get started!

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Casual Fridays and workleisure clothing were already becoming the norm in the workplace before the pandemic. However, with more and more people working from home, the working person’s lifestyle has completely changed and so has their wardrobe.

As someone who works fully-remote, my personal uniform used to be my pajamas. I’d wake up each day rocking an oversized shirt, barely brushed hair, and gym shorts. Why wake up an hour earlier to do my makeup when I can just roll out of bed to attend my weekly no-camera Zoom meeting?

However, I soon began to realize that not putting effort into how I look was affecting my self-confidence and mental health. I was speaking up less during meetings and generally felt less motivated.

I realized that getting dressed every day wasn’t just a requirement for work, but instead an important ritual for self-care. Like making time to brew your favorite cup of coffee each morning, wearing clothes that make you feel and look confident is one of the few things you do for yourself before giving your all at work.

Let's try a little "workleisure" experiment to make getting dressed a little easier and more enjoyable! Here's what you can do:

  • Pick out your favorite few items that are both comfortable and help you feel confident.
  • Mix and match these pieces to create a couple outfits that you'd repeatedly wear.
  • Instead of throwing on whatever is easiest in the morning, wear the pieces you picked out.
  • Wear these outfits for a full workweek and see how it impacts your mood and confidence.

Whether you're working from home or not, this can be a fun way to simplify your wardrobe and make getting ready in the morning a little more enjoyable.

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OLIVER CHARLES - Blog #Repeat - Style, Sustainability, Unique Innovative Materials, Sizing, Enclothed Cognition

A Sustainable Sweater I Can Wear On #Repeat

Over time I learned that I can repeat the same outfit as much as I want. It's all about finding versatile pieces that worked best for me. I found that people around me never noticed, or if they did, it was because they were on board with the concept.

My Oliver Charles sweater is easy to dress  up with a work blazer or dress down with my favorite pair of joggers!

I love sweatpants, but sometimes they make me look a little frumpy when paired with a regular t-shirt. My Oliver Charles sweater elevates my look, so I can feel comfy and still feel confident going in-store to pick up my daily dose of caffeine.

I appreciate that wearing this sustainable sweater is not only good for the environment, but also helps me save money.

I used to buy clothes to follow popular trends online, which actually made me spend more money on items that were lower-quality and made of cheaper, synthetic fabrics.

When you invest in timeless, high-quality pieces, you create a much more simple wardrobe that’s even more versatile despite having less clothes.

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Stay Warm And Comfortable Outdoors With Yak Wool

Since I work from home, I often go on walks or bike rides during my breaks and on lunch just to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.

Oliver Charles sweaters are made of yak wool, making them breathable for outdoor exercise and insulating for cold mornings.

They’re also moisture-wicking, which helps prevent that musty odor you often smell on regular wool sweaters.

My cat doesn’t do well on a leash, so her stroller is the only way she can safely experience the outdoors!

I like to think that my sweater is similar to her fur, which helps regulate her temperature no matter the environment!

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Yak Wool Isn’t Itchy, So It’s Comfy All Day Long!

I already deal with occasional back pain and carpal tunnel from working at a desk eight hours a day, so if anything needs to be comfortable, it’s my clothes!

Unlike other wool or synthetically-made sweaters, yak wool doesn’t feel itchy on the skin. People with sensitive skin can wear comfy and cute clothes without irritating their skin with harmful chemicals—often found in many polyester and other synthetically-made clothing.

The way I see it, if you’re willing to invest in an ergonomic chair, you should also invest in a high-quality sweater to go with it!

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My New Favorite Workleisure Sweater

My Oliver Charles sweater fits my new work from home lifestyle perfectly!

Whether I’m at a computer all day, taking Zoom calls, or going for my morning walk, I have an everyday sweater that’s comfortable, form-fitting, and meets my daily needs as a remote working professional.

Natalie Hill is a creative writer. When she's not writing, you can find her taking her cat on walks in her stroller!

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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