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Remote work dress codes: Casual Monday through Friday

Remote work dress codes run the gamut from business casual to pajama casual. Remote employees are embracing comfortable attire.

RNI, the Remote Nation Institute, held a series of half-hour webinars to help you help your employees work remotely, efficiently, and happily. As part of these learnings, we offer tips, based on years of remote work experience.

Now that most office employees are working from home, what are they wearing?

Most folks are probably wearing a more comfortable version of what they usually wear to work. A button-down shirt becomes a polo. A well-tailored suit (Yes, we still see those.) morphs into a pair of slacks and a blouse. Khaki-like pants and a nice shirt/blouse/sweater combo transforms into jeans and a t-shirt. As the weather warms, we’ll see more shorts, cropped linen pants, and casual skirts. Of course, there will always be the Oxford shirt on top, pajama pants and bunny slippers on the bottom look.

A few of my extended team members have curated their own collections of remote work attire.

Roberta, a member of my extended team, wears a lot of black. So much that she’s trying to see how many days she can sport different entirely black ensembles. I think she’s up to two weeks! Roberta hums I Walk the Line a tiny bit.

Kath, a film nut who usually attends film festivals in the spring, wears a different film-related t-shirt every day to keep her connected to her hobby and share it with her team.

Stephanie runs every morning. She’s dedicated! She dresses in comfortable and sporty clothes after her post-run shower while treating us to her fabulous online cooking show. Honestly, it all looks delicious. I hope when all this is over, we have a potluck brunch so I can taste her awesome breakfast potatoes.

Caroline dresses in yoga pants and a funny t-shirt to work from home. We all look forward to having a laugh at a tee from her collection each day.

For remote teams, comfort is king — and queen

Whether your remote team members inject themes into their wardrobes or just dress in a more laid-back version of their regular office selves, comfort is the rule of the day. If you’re working at the dining room table while a toddler watches Frozen for the 14th time this week (and it’s only Monday), and tripping on Legos on your way to join a conference call, it makes sense to wear clothes that move with you. It might also make sense to have a little fun with it just to show your human side.

If members of your team seem reticent to share video during your weekly meetings, you might suggest a day when everyone wears a certain color, or shirts with place names, or concert or sports-related tees.

Remote ≠ sloppy

What I do every day is wake up, shower, dress, and dry my hair. It makes me feel more awake and ready for my day. I also change when I shut down my computer. It differentiates work from home better than just leaving my office and walking over to the couch or into the kitchen to make dinner. Remote work calls for work-life integration, but it still feels good to turn it off and have family or me time.

To learn more about managing a remote workforce, check out our RNI Remote Work Series: You sent them home to work remotely, NOW WHAT?

Cool graphic, right? Check out the Remote Nation site for more fun remote work items.

About the author

Mari Anne Snow

Mari Anne Snow is a business expert, specializing in the design and implementation of remote work, dispersed or virtual team programs, and custom people-to-people skills training for remote leaders. She is a versatile, energetic and highly experienced business executive with the capacity to quickly assess any situation, diagnose immediate and long term needs, and provide practical leadership and immediate, measurable results.

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