Keep one of these quick outfits for video calls handy for surprise meetings
The beauty of working at home is that you can wear what you like. But that beauty can turn ugly when you jump out of bed, throw on some comfy clothes, and get to work only to realize — three hours later — that you are late for a meeting or video call and are still in your pajamas. This is no time for a fashion crisis. You don’t have to keep a pile of outfits for video calls in a desk drawer and change with the camera off. Just throw on one of these jackets and fly.
Here are three affordable jackets that can turn your stay-at-home loungewear into meeting-ready outfits for video calls. Hang one on the back of your desk chair. When that meeting surprises you, throw it one over what you are wearing and you are WFH meeting ready. (This is also why stocking up on work-at-home wear that is not flannel pajamas with Rick and Morty on them is a good idea.)
This light chiffon blazer
This pretty, light, chiffon blazer ($24) is perfect for pulling on over a tank or cami and calling yourself ready. The ruched sleeves show off your jewelry, the shape is convincing as a blazer, and the fabric is so light you won’t overheat. Unstructured and comfortable, it also looks like you dressed for this event. It comes in 14 colors and reviewers are going back for seconds.
The Amazon Essentials Utility jacket
You could throw this Amazon Essentials Utility jacket ($46) on over a pair of leggings and be ready for most casual meetings. It won’t keep you warm.
But sometimes the last thing you want from a jacket is warmth. You just want to cover up your tank top, have a few pockets, and make your jeans more presentable. Some colors and sizes in this jacket are currently less than $10. Grab one!
This easy lightweight cardigan
Pull this simple, airy, lightweight cardigan ($26) on over just about anything. It won’t make you overheat because the fabric is so thin you can almost see through it. But it will turn whatever you are wearing into the perfect outfit for a video call. There are 11 colors to choose from. It’s not as long as it looks in the photo.
The casual open-front blazer with thousands of fans
Throw this open-front blazer ($58) on top of a tee and leggings and you will be instantly ready for any kind of meeting. Even if your jeans are frayed and your top is nothing more than a camisole, you can be ready in a few minutes. It comes in so many colors, you can make the blazer look yours or keep a stack of them on hand to cycle through.
This knit blazer you can put in the wash
When you want to pull something on over your tee shirt or tank and show up for a Zoom meeting looking classy and business-like but don’t want to get out of your hoodie: Meet this blazer ($51) that wears like a hoodie. It stretches, is made from 100% cotton, and you can put it in the wash. It gives exactly the elevated, work-from-home look — with a tee shirt under it — you want for a client meeting or important video call. It comes in three colors.
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