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by Leandra Medine
May 19, 2013
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Here is what I wear while working from home.

Because on a comment thread under a post about getting dressed for an event that is so highly unlikely to occur in the history of your life or mine, one of you asked a slightly more reasonable question. A question whose answer could garner results that might actually render beneficial. What do I wear while working from home? Ten more of you echoed the question under that same thread so here you have it: I wear jeans and a sweater (or sometimes a denim shirt) and sneakers and often have to try really, really hard to motivate myself not to remain in my pajamas until 7PM when I’m essentially liable to put them on again.

I have found that remaining in sleepwear is depressing and tends to strip your soul of the creative power it needs to shuffle through the day. I am not, however, against working/writing/dancing topless. That is an entirely different ballgame and if you’re lucky enough to employ yourself or work on a freelance schedule that permits you “you time” that is work time too, give this a try.

The other thing about working from home and more specifically working alone from home is that sometimes you’ll get up around 2PM and realize you haven’t opened your mouth or spoken at all yet that day. When that happens you might stutter or say something really incoherent but you should remember it will pass.

Now, I know what you’re thinking–it’s May, assbrain. No sweaters here, pal. As temperatures get warmer, I will likely only suggest that you amend the sweater rule and opt for the aforementioned denim shirt in rotation or a linen, jersey slub tank top and swap out the jeans for a mini skirt (or, you know, cut-offs) that is not silk so to spare it a life of perpetual wrinkle-dom.

American Apparel sweater, D-Squared jeans, Isabel Marant sneakers. Photos by Naomi Shon

REPLIES
  • Reptilia

    It happens the same to me! I love this post because i completely understand you!

    http://www.justreptilia.com

    xx

  • Oliver Lips

    You might not want to hear that, but you look sexy in those jeans + sneakers!
    Sorry…

    http://www.lips2lagerfeld.com
    http://www.lips2lagerfeld.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheGodsofVictory Joel Harris

    “I have found that remaining in sleepwear is depressing and tends to strip your soul /of/ the creative power it needs to shuffle through the day.”

    Succinct.

    (and the photos are gorgeous) …

    –random dude editor

  • http://twitter.com/IntoTheFoldBlog Camilla Ackley

    I keep my PJ’s on cause it’s the only thing I can get away with going bra-less, and to hell with bras if I’m not leaving my house. Otherwise though in terms of how you dress and motivation to actually do stuff, I see your point. It’s exam season here in London for students and every single time I show up to an exam most people are just in sweatpants and I’m in a nice dress. They always give me ‘the look’ but I just explain that you feel way more motivated and confident if you’ve made some vague effort to look smart. Besides, these exams have already left me stressed and depressed, so I’ll be damned if they’re going to make me poorly dressed too.

    x Camilla

  • http://twitter.com/gdimu Gaby Di Muro

    Staying in pj’s is probably the reason I suck at studying on the weekends. Also, I think that working at home does not mean you should wear worn out, use only at home, clothes, after all the way we dress has an impact on the way we feel, and the way we feel has an impact on our work, I’m not saying we should wear Valentino to write an essay, but this option, of sweater, jeans and awesome sneakers, sounds and looks perfect, I myself prefer summer dresses to wear around the house, and no shoes, I’m still comfortable but not keep sleeping comfortable. Anyways, awesome article.

  • Michèle

    you’re so cool and so beautiful Leandra!

    http://www.thefashionfraction.com

    http://www.thefashionfraction.com

  • Pret Penser

    Do you really work on man repeller empire all by yourself???
    Uao.

  • http://twitter.com/looksharpWI Look Sharp Sconnie

    visible underwear a plus

  • Tzzipporah

    Would you ever in the future be inclined to do a day or a week in the life of Leandra Medine? I’m curious as to what that may be like.

    • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

      I concur.

    • Lefukaka

      Leandra…Don’t.

  • http://thecornerapartment.com/ Elizabeth @ TheCornerApartment

    It’s currently in the middle of the afternoon here, and I’m still in my robe. It’s a constant battle: do I make the effort to get dressed when possibly no one will see me or talk to me?

    Elizabeth

    • Elaine R

      My answer to this is to get dressed up and look hot as fuck, and then just go to starbucks, buy a coffee, and go back home. So that you still feel great and someone has seen you

  • Opposite Lipstick
  • Colette Bourdeaux

    Qui siège de l’autre côté de la table? Abie?
    Aussi, Qu’est-ce que tu fais habituellement pour le reste de la journée?
    Comme après tu postes sur Manrepeller.

  • Cobblehillmommyof2

    Ok I’m more interested in what your closet looks like. Give us a clue… are you a container store junkie or more of a California closet gal??

    • Kirsten

      The Coveteur has done two articles on Leandra and her closet. http://www.thecoveteur.com/

      • Cobblehillmommyof2

        Oops! I just started reading the blog.
        Thanks Kirsten

  • Charlotte @thecallagirl

    LOVE IT! Just like you… I guess that’s why I adore this post so much. Go MR!

    View my blog:

    http://thecallagirl.wordpress.com

  • Joana Gomes

    I work from home a lot of the time and I should wear my PJs less myself. It is depressing. You kind of end up feeling you haven’t done anything all day even if you have.

    http://www.growinfashion.com

  • Mette
  • http://www.creativityandchocolate.com/ Eva

    I think your work at home look is perfect and mine is pretty similar ;) xx

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.com

  • Liz-Best.com

    I completely agree that staying in PJ’s strips you of creativity. I always find myself to be the most diligent when dressed the part (or at least with pants/leggings on).

  • The Dandy Diaries

    Hi Leandra! I’d love to see you do a Q & A post of all the questions that have been asked in your comments section (inquiring minds want to know!). I think working from home sounds fun and interesting, I have a few just off the top of my head:

    1. Is there a standard length of time you spend creating each post?

    2. Do the posts vary drastically from first draft to final edit?

    3. What do you do to fill the rest of your days?

    4. Do you structure your week like a work week and give yourself the weekends off?

    5. What are some things you do to seek out inspiration slash overcome writer’s block?

    P.S.: nice office chair!

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    Ripped to perfection. I usually like to stay in something with really light fabric and really loose. I tend to fidget a lot so I need to feel like I have the least amount of fabric on me. :P

    https://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    I’m with you on this! I have to get dressed, even if it’s just jeans and a ratty old tshirt, when I work at home. Otherwise, nothing gets done! Brushing my teeth helps too. ;-)

  • Sasha Jane Shanks

    So that’s why I can’t write/coordinate/edit a damn thing when I’m in my PJs! x
    http://my-cupof-tea.blogspot.com.au
    http://www.styledbysasha.com

  • erica jensen

    You’re so awesome haha. I want those jeans!

    simplyonelove.com

  • Dandy

    Staying in your pyjamas all day is like not getting your caffiene fix for the day.

    http://thewhatiwores.blogspot.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.joe.75054 Jane Joe

    The temptation to stay in pyjamas all day is definitely self-destructive and stifling when it comes to getting your work on.

    Love your work Leandra :)

    http://www.jane-and-joe.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.joe.75054 Jane Joe

    I definitely agree that staying in your pyjamas all day can be self-destructive and stifling when it comes to getting your work on!
    Love your work Leandra :)
    Also I think it would be great if you could do a post in support of young and emerging designers.
    http://www.jane-and-joe.com

  • http://twitter.com/katiemarieisaac Katie-Marie Isaac

    When I was working nightshift I found that it was very hard for me to pull my mood from 0 when I was going to bed at 9am and waking up at 6pm, still in my jammies. I had to get out of that job because otherwise, I think I would have lost my soul. Great post :)

    http://confessionsofafactorygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

  • stylelovely.com

    you look sexy i agree :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/zaena.miller Zaena Miller

    Am hopeless at working from home from past experience- if i ever do it again i may try the topless thing and see if its boosts productivity :-)
    http://thelaststraggler.wordpress.com/

  • Restless Blonde

    Working from home, you still look very stylish. Funny pics! You have your lips shaped beautifully <3

    http://restlessblonde.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.redshoesnoknickers.com/ Red shoes No knickers

    I love these pictures. There’s a sort of vulnerability to them as if you’re a little shy to show us your dressed down look. They’re actually really beautiful. I’m surprised you though that you actually put some shoes on. I very rarely do along with no bra, no make up and no hairbrush going anywhere near the mane event. Seldom do I bother to wash my face too. The poor postman thinks I’m a mess.

  • maud.schellekens

    Great pictures! Love your blog a lot!

    XOXO Maud

    NEW OUTFIT ONLINE
    NEW OUTFIT ONLINE
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    http://thirteentalesoffashion.blogspot.nl/2013/05/outfit-underneath-apple-tree.html

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni

    Love your office!!

    xxx
    Naomi
    http://www.bonnieclydemarni.com

  • http://twitter.com/foftheh Heather

    Ca-yoot! Can I have your sweater? It’s winter in South Africa, I really need it.

  • ela’s world

    looking good :) What do you think about these:

    http://elabyela.com/elas-wolrd

  • Laura

    Everything works on your figure-you’re blessed :) love,love love your style repelling or otherwise

    • Leandra Medine

      Mom?

  • jaclyn

    ok home-worker ;-) even in a sweater and jeans you look so chic!

    check my blog:http://stylevolver.blogspot.com

  • http://thepoppie.com/ Poppie

    I totally understand you. I have to wear clothes everyday though I am almost always at home writing my novel or cleaning, etc… I just feel depressed if I wear yoga pants and and old IU college tee around the house.

    Poppie
    http://thepoppie.com

  • http://mafaldadotzero.blogspot.fr/ Mafalda

    It’s the perfect outfit for working home… I tend to stay in my pyjamas until 11:00 am max and rush for a shower, then I always wear a pair of jean and a sweater/tee. And it’s true, you’re pretty sexy still!

  • http://www.facebook.com/olga.montserrat.94 Olga Montserrat

    WFH = naked bathrobe time from 7am – 7pm.
    “It’s not right, but it’s okay.” — Whitney Houston, RIP.

    • Leandra Medine

      HAHA. I am so glad I know you.

  • Katerina

    I too have to fight myself daily to get out of my pj’s (I’m actually in them as I write this), but will now make certain that I put on something less, well, anything other than penguin printed cotton pj pants and no bra…can I at least stick to no bra? ;)

    fashionrealist.com

  • http://blackstripesandnosugar.blogspot.com/ Elisabetta Silvestro

    Those shoes can look good just on you!

  • Chic Trends

    Stripping ones soul by wearing pajamas all day is something that one should avoid but happens nonetheless. I guess it’s time to wear real clothes today. You look incredibly comfy and chic so we’re assuming your creative ideas are getting things done.

    Best, x http://chictrends.co.uk/june-chictrends-contest/

  • http://twitter.com/LucidAnna Anna Sabino

    Cute! You wear shoes at home, seriously ;-)? but these are cool shoes!!!

  • http://www.douxminou.blogspot.com/ FKxoxo

    I love your office :) I want mines to look like that too

  • Sarah

    Your place is amazeballs!!

  • http://netherlasia.blogspot.nl/ Nirvana Lee

    same here! especially ever since the company I worked for went bankrupt I have been (trying) to work at home and its sooo depressing if I see myself in the mid of the day still in my pjs and havent even put on my moisturizers yet…anyway thanks for the work-from-home-look! very inspiring! oh and, sweaters are also very much needed over here as well :(

    http://netherlasia.blogspot.nl

  • Shahana Tabasum

    I like your site. Thanks for the post. Keep writing more.
    http://tinyurl.com/bna2y2e