This guest blog was written by Edmonton-based fashion stylist Marie Zydek.

There are many benefits to working from home, some of them being a flexible schedule, not having to fight traffic during rush hour, and being able to wear whatever you want to wear. When you don’t have to go to an office every day, you can stay in your pajamas or put on some sweat pants and an old tee and work from your couch. You don’t even need to shower or do your hair or makeup. Heck you don’t even have to wear PANTS or a BRA if you don’t feel like it! But just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

A dress code might seem silly when you work from home but research shows that your appearance plays a huge role in your productivity. What you wear impacts your day and dressing professionally during office hours can help create a separation between your working hours and your personal life/activities. Getting dressed in the morning gets you in the work mindset and helps you get ready for your day, setting the stage for what’s to come in the next 8 or so hours. Now I’m not saying you should put on a wrap dress and high heels Monday to Friday when your alarm clock goes off. No, I want you to be comfortable. But “comfortable” doesn’t have to mean lulu pants and a hoodie. Ladies, I want you to put on an outfit in the morning that you’d be confident wearing while answering the door when the Fed Ex delivery guy drops off a package, instead of letting him drop it at your doorstep because you’re too embarrassed to come to the door dressed like a college grad student studying during mid-terms. Get my drift??

Top Mix-and-Match Pieces

Below are my top 5 mix-and-match pieces that will make you feel put-together, confident, stylish and ready to work!

Black Blazer

A relaxed, black blazer. Easy to slip on for a video conference call, especially if you’re wearing jeans and a t-shirt. You will want to look polished up top.

Above L: Aritzia Babaton Macauley Blazer

Above R: Zara Long Loose Fit Blazer

Basic White T

A basic white tee, perfect for layering. A V-neck is most flattering.

Above L: GAP Breathe V-Neck Tee

Above R: Dynamite V-Neck Tunic Tee

Dressy Leggings and/or Jogger Pant

Dressy leggings and/or a jogger pant. The leggings have a pull-on waist band with no fly, offering lots of comfort and there’s an adjustable silk drawcord at the waist of the joggers.

Above, L: RW & Co. High-Waist Modern Stretch Legging

Above, R: Aritzia Buffon Pant

Sleeveless Blouse

A sleeveless blouse. This can be worn underneath a blazer or on its own in the spring or summer months.

Above L: H & M Sleeveless Blouse

Above R: Banana Republic Striped Button Front Top

Dark Wash Jeans

A nice pair of dark wash jeans. These are more comfortable than dress pants but more business-casual than lighter wash jeans. Save those for the weekends.

Above L: Topshop Moto Jamie Jeans

Above R: Old Navy Power Jean

Marie Zydek

Marie Zydek is an Edmonton-based stylist who grew up dancing and performing and was always excited to dress up in various different costumes that usually included a whole lot of sequins and glitter. She started her personal fashion and lifestyle blog Marie a la Mode in 2010 to document her outfits and share her style and love for fashion with her readers. Blogging naturally led to fashion and wardrobe styling and since launching her website and personal styling business in 2012, she’s been featured on and in many magazines, newspapers and TV shows in Western Canada.

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