Should you dress corporately when working from home?

April 5, 2020 23 Comments

When you work from home, you have several freedoms that are usually not available when working in a traditional office. You are able to start work when the work needs you, not when you are asked to resume (the major goal for you here is to accomplish all that you need to do for that day at the appropriate time).

Another freedom you enjoy when working from home is how you choose to dress. You do not have to wear shirts and pant or suit skirts. It is left for you to decide whether certain outfits make you productive or feel comfortable.

Also, you may switch your mode of dressing between work days depending on the agenda you have for each day. E.g. you may decide to go all corporate if you have a virtual business meeting. Even in this situation, you might decide dress half corporate and half whatever you feel like as someone mentioned in the comments below.

The following are comments I gathered from my lovely connections on Instagram and Facebook group when I asked the question “should you dress corporately when working from home?”

Enjoy this round up post filled with eye opening answers, some of which I find hilarious πŸ™‚ Do not forget to drop yours in the comments section.


Pyjamas all the way!


Definitely comfy clothes πŸ™ŒπŸΌ but with a little effort so I feel energized


I like dressing cute because it makes me feel good and like I’m gettin’ stuff done. Does that make sense? πŸ™‚ <3


You should dress in whatever makes you feel most confident πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ


That was very disciplined of you. To be quite honest I work from home as well often and I just wear my jeans (the first sentence here was in response to my own opinion)


I used I work from home and I would get dressed but it was leggings. I wear jeans in my office now


I do work from home and most days I have full face of make up and dressed for success, keeps me going, Other days I just wear my comfy clothes hehe


I work from home a lot and actually I dont. But I should!


I don’t think it’s a requirement but it would help feeling more productive and ready to work


We think casual would be appropriate. Just get out of pajamas and yoga pants and you will find inspiration!


Hey whatever makes you happy LOL


I was always taught to dress based on where you WANT to work.


Honestly, I am quite happy working in my Pjs. 😊


yes it keeps to (sic) in the mind set


I don’t dress corporately, but I do make sure I’m fully dressed to shoes!


Yea I agree withΒ @catamari


I think you should wear your most comfy clothes


I always do that everyday


You probably should but I hate wearing those clothes out of the house so definitely not wearing them at home!


I work from home and my answer is no, lol!

Yes I do work at home! I am also doing that everyday!


Someone once told me “Dress for success – no matter where you are.” and I try to follow it!


Lol I’d be in my Pjs all day long haha


I do a half and half kinda thing. lol. Dressy top (bc of conference calls and making videos for social media) and pajamas on bottom. πŸ˜‰


I’ve got 5 kiddos at home with me. Leggnigs and T-shirts are life.πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘


I think it depends on what you do! If you need to do conferences and video calls, definitely need to dress accordingly, if don’t then why not get comfy? πŸ™ˆπŸ™ƒ


Yes definitely help me get in the mode!

Rasidat Toyin Ibrahim

I’ll say do what works best for you. I’ll go for semi casual except if I’m expecting an official guest

Vivian Kwin Etefia

Yes if the nature of your job requires video calls often else semi casual is fine

Mujidat Bello Oyebo

Yes, it’s what you do always that people will know you with.

Tessa Doghor

Not unless you have a meeting

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  • lizZ Holla February 17, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I guess it depends on the day! Most days though, I am fully dressed for work. Otherwise, I am just to comfy to wanna do anything.

  • Joanna Davis February 19, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I work from home and I actually have a rule: never be in pajamas while at my desk. I do wear comfy clothes but I also do make the effort and change from my pajamas, I feel that this small thing motivates me and makes me more productive.

  • Misc. Modicum - Erika February 19, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I think it depends on the day but I’ve found on the days I work from home if I don’t go through a normal routine of getting up and getting dressed that I’ll be less productive all round.

  • Kavi February 19, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I loved this post. I work from home too. Sometimes we are so busy in our work that we often don’t dress up well. I am usually in my shorts or my leggings and a t-shirt.

  • julipal2 February 19, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    This is a nice post seeing that I work from home to, I couldn’t agree more that I wouldn’t unless having a video meeting.

  • Ahmed February 19, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Ha! This is so going to be for me especially since I will be wfh soon πŸ™‚

  • ashna February 20, 2018 at 4:10 am

    Nice post.. Even I have done WFH for an year and Yeah I used to work in my PJ’s with messy hair and I so loved it.. πŸ™‚

  • itissimplyfriendly February 20, 2018 at 6:58 am

    These are very valid points! I think I would pick and choose my days. Depending on how the morning is going.

  • Mane February 20, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I think it’s not necessary, you can wear anything comfortable. πŸ™‚

  • A Graceful Life Blog February 20, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I work from home quite a bit too and find that when I get dressed and put on even some makeup I feel a whole lot better and much more productive! Don’t worry though, lots of times I’m just like meh, I’ll stay in my PJ’s all day!

  • ansh997x February 20, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Only during video con calls. They are such a pain to be a part of.

  • Refreshing Bytes February 20, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Pajama bottoms with a work top πŸ˜€ only if you have to use a webcam!

  • curatedcassi February 21, 2018 at 2:51 am

    I love reading everyone’s responses! I don’t technically work from home, but I spend half of my time at home with my kids and I feel like that’s a similar situation. I don’t really have to get dressed when I’m at home with the kids, but sometimes it makes me feel better when I do. When I sit around in sweats all day, it makes me feel unproductive.

  • Crisly Zerrudo February 21, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Well it depends. If I have a client that I need to talk to over a video call then I would say I will dress corporate..but only up lol, otherwise I am working on my hubby’s t-shirts and undies (mine offcourse) πŸ™‚

    • Toyin Adekola February 27, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Lol, there’s always freedom of dressing.

  • Brand Advokates February 22, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Yes, I would. I am a kind of person who think about the adverse situations before taking a step. So, for me, there could be a situation where you would have to move away from the camera to bring something or something important happens that you have to leave your desk. In such circumstances it would be better to take extra care before starting a meeting with the client.

    • Toyin Adekola February 27, 2018 at 12:20 am

      You have a valid point. We should always be prepared for whatever might happen next.

  • Team Uy February 22, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    i love the one who answered pajamas while working at home. I can somehow relate while writing blogs and articles because i believe you should be on your comfortable clothes while squeezing all those creative juices right.

    • Toyin Adekola February 27, 2018 at 12:17 am

      Ahahaha, that’s quite interesting! At least we deserve comfort.

  • Kamapala Chukwuka February 23, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Slacks all day if I could get away with it πŸ™‚

    • Toyin Adekola February 27, 2018 at 12:15 am

      That’s interesting. It makes the work more relaxing, true

  • CHRISITINE ONG February 28, 2018 at 12:47 am

    As a ful time TL finding balance to everthing that i do is a real struggle… so thank you for this article

    • Toyin Adekola March 1, 2018 at 2:20 am

      I am glad you find my article helpful. Thanks too!

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