Trend of the Week: The Comfort Zone

Get ready to decode the new dress code, with Annmarie O'Connor.
Trend of the Week: The Comfort Zone
Cotton fit slim t-shirt, €25.99; modal cargo trousers, €29.99, Mango

Get ready to decode the new dress code, with Irish Examiner fashion writer Annmarie O'Connor.

Inspiration

Ah, working from home. In theory, the ‘remote access’ business practice sounds deliciously deviant. No traffic jams, no interloping co-workers, no distractions (apart from BuzzFeed which will now be your new boss) and, most importantly, no wondering what to wear, except when it comes to video conference calls.

Much like everyone’s favourite anchorman Ron Burgundy, it’s business up top and no one’s business on the bottom. After all, who’s going to see those fleece pyjama pants? Insert smug smile here. Sooner or later, though, the thrill subsides, and the cognitive dissonance of working in loungewear is not lost. So, how does one find that sweet spot between comfort and competence? Simple: combine loose shapes with luxe fabrics in spring-worthy palette cleansers. Just add slippers.

Second image:  Knit hooded cape, €69.95; loose-fitting jogging fit trousers, €69.95, Massimo Dutti
Second image: Knit hooded cape, €69.95; loose-fitting jogging fit trousers, €69.95, Massimo Dutti

The Edit

Focus on feeling good in these home office separates.

Pure cashmere joggers, Zalando, €179
Pure cashmere joggers, Zalando, €179

UGG slippers, Zalando, €120
UGG slippers, Zalando, €120

Cotton-blend joggers, H&M, €9.99
Cotton-blend joggers, H&M, €9.99

M&S Collection pure merino wool roll-neck jumper, M&S, €47.50
M&S Collection pure merino wool roll-neck jumper, M&S, €47.50

Woven wool poncho, Arket, €99
Woven wool poncho, Arket, €99

Half-zip merino bib, Arket, €79
Half-zip merino bib, Arket, €79

Fleece hoodie, Arket, €69
Fleece hoodie, Arket, €69

Style Notes

• SPIN A GOOD YARN: Look to thermogenic fabrics like cashmere and Alpaca for skin-friendly feels. For budget-friendly buys, opt for insulating fleece and merino wool.

• ALL THE FEELS: Feeling anxious? Consider details like drawstring waistbands, soft trouser legs and hygge hoodies to keep you grounded.

• LIGHTEN UP: Swap that sloppy sweatshirt for layering vests or blanket-style ponchos that never fail to look the business.

• SLIP INTO ACTION: Did you know that feet cool down more quickly than other body parts? Swap shoes for oh-so-soft sheepskin slippers that keep tootsies warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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