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Wondering what on earth to wear when office life seems like a distant dream? We share the outfits and tips to help you style out home working, from video-call chic to upgrading your loungewear

Stay-at-home tops and tees

When it comes to looking good on a video call, it’s what’s above the desk that counts. That’s why now is a good time to update your tops and tees selection. Look for bright colours and bold shapes – anything too subtle will get lost on camera. This flutter-sleeved blouse is a great option if you want to look smart but stay comfy – the ruched waist is a particular plus – or look for interesting necklines, graphic prints and block colour.

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Jeans that fit like loungewear

If you’ve become all too familiar with your pyjama bottoms over the past few months, you’ve probably jettisoned the very notion of wearing jeans. But hear us out, because denim doesn’t have to be stiff, scratchy or restrictive. In fact, there are plenty of soft, supple jeans to choose from that offer the comfort of loungewear with a major bonus: you can leave the house and feel properly dressed (our holey leggings don’t quite cut the mustard).

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WFH – but make it dressy

Let’s talk dresses: no one wants to be trussed up in a backless, bodycon number to work from home. When it comes to easy laptop-to-lunchtime walk style, it’s all about relaxed, flowing shapes. Look for timeless summer styles such as slip, swing and shirt dresses, all of which will see you through the hotter months this year, then re-emerge for more carefree summers ahead.

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Always on call 

Can you wear loungewear outside? It’s a question many of us have been grappling with and the answer is yes, if it involves a pair of soft, drawstring, wide-leg trousers, such as these flowing beauties. Elsewhere, our favourite work-from-home bottoms include chino shorts and cotton trousers, which tick the breathability and comfort boxes while maintaining a sense of style. Basically, we’re talking pieces you’ll come back to again and again, in a palette of classic colours including navy, khaki, camel and cream.

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Kick off the slippers

Once you’ve tossed aside your PJs and nailed the most comfortable clothes for working from home, it’s time to upgrade those slippers. There’s lots of fuss-free footwear around, which means you can potter from kitchen table to garden and back again without messing around with laces and buckles. Sliders and mules are two on-trend options that tick the practicality box and will blend in seamlessly with the outfit ideas above (more so than your 15-year-old hedgehog slippers, at least).

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Words: Sophie Hines

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