My One-Piece wardrobe: Read this if you work from home.
My entire life, I've been pretty into clothes. I was the first person in my third grade class to get a pair of platform Steve Maddens, and I took my college classes as my first excuse to sport business casual on the reg. Dressing up didn't need to be particularly costly or boring; it was art, and I've always loved it. Now that I work from home, however, things have really started to change. Of all of the outfits in my closet, there's only one thing I'm ever really interested in wearing: My bathrobe.
Now, you might be laughing or thinking this isn't exactly a real issue, but trust me, it is. Ever since I moved my desk into our dining room, I've started skipping the part of my day that I used to look so forward to: getting all dressed up. I loved doing my hair, and picking out my outfits before the workweek even began. Now, you can usually find my hair tied up in some form of a knot on the top of my head and my face not having touched any makeup in about three days (which I hear is great for your skin, but we both know that has nothing to do with my new "discipline...") Sometime last week, the universe ruled that intervention was necessary.
"I think if you got dressed up in the morning even though you're not necessarily going anywhere, it might really do something for you," about ELEVEN people said to me between last Monday and last Friday. I knew it was no coincidence: in order to get my stride back, I was going to have to stride my way into an actual pair of pants ASAP.
I know those of you who work from home (or are in school full-time) feel me on this: robes (and other pajama wear) are delightfully comfortable, but when it comes to getting that extra pep in your step, it doesn't matter who you're seeing and if you're seeing anyone at all. Sometimes, you just have to get dressed up to feel motivated and happy each day.
Working remotely is becoming so much more common among millennials thanks to technology and the ease of communication it provides. That said, we shouldn't let our lack of contact with actual live humans determine how we're going to treat ourselves. While it might seem silly, getting dressed in a way that makes you feel good about yourself is one of the best ways you can take care of you.
And speaking of all that technology and lack of human interaction, might I also add how important it is to get out there and connect with people on a face-to-face basis even if you don't have an office to drive to each morning. It's important to schedule lunches and meetings for yourself and give yourself a reason to get out of the house, especially when getting all dressed up "just because" isn't enough.
Working from home doesn't have to have you stuck in a robe and stuck in a rut. Grab the nearest stiletto, or cowboy boot as the men down south like to wear, and dig your way out.