Looking your best at home has never been more important. Whether you are always home based or are working from home because of the pandemic, how you look really can affect not only how you feel but also how productive you are.
It’s easy to slide into the trap of comfort over style, but it’s very hard to be motivated if you are wearing your pyjamas or a track suit. Leisure wear, by its very nature, makes us feel like we are ‘at leisure’, so less likely to be able to focus or get those important items ticked off our to do lists. Also, it’s nice to save our leisure wear for times when we do choose to be at leisure. The very act of changing into our ‘comfy clothes’ can help us begin to relax and unwind.
When things are challenging both at home and in the wider world, we really need to keep our self esteem and energy high. Looking your best can help you do that. Here are some easy ways for looking your best while staying at home.
Looking Your Best While Staying or Working At Home
Look After Your Skin and Hair
Don’t neglect your skin care routine. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated from the inside by drinking lots of water, and from the outside with a good moisturiser.
Keeping your hair washed and blow dried nicely is also a great way to keep looking your best. I always run a hairbrush through my hair before I do a video call, just to be sure. Remember to deep condition your hair from time to time, especially now when you can’t have your split ends trimmed regularly.
Those of us who have our hair cut and/or coloured by a hairdresser may find the next few months challenging. If you haven’t got experience of it, I’d urge you not to cut or colour your own hair. The people selling ‘professional’ scissors and hair colouring want you to buy, so of course they are going to tell you it’s easy. However, these days are stressful enough without giving yourself a bad haircut or colour when there’s no one who can fix it!
I’m going to think about pretty headbands and barrettes to help me cope with what could become a very long fringe (bangs). When it comes to colour, I may just have to rock my roots for a while. The way my lovely hairdresser does my highlights means I’ll be able to get away with it for a time as my hair is many different shades of blond anyway.
Choose Clothes That Are Comfortable But Stylish
Don’t worry, no one is suggesting you ought to wear a business suit. It’s important to be comfortable. By all means wear a pair of yoga pants or jeans, provided they are in good condition and nice and clean. Pair them a smart top. You can’t go wrong with a classic silk blouse or a tailored pullover sweater (or what we would call a jumper here in the UK), especially if it happens to have a little cashmere in it.
If you are having to look after children while you are at home as well, you may want to wear a top that is a little more hard-wearing, just be sure it fits well and is a good colour for you.
Equally, if there is no risk of sticky hands or spills, you may want to dress up a bit more, especially if you are also working from home. A comfortable wrap or shirt dress looks fabulous and is comfortable too. Or finish off your more casual look with blazer or smart cardigan. I would caution against wearing a blazer on Zoom though, as they tend to ruck up around the shoulder area when you are seated. It’s probably better to choose a smart cardigan in this case.
For more tips on fashion, colour, style and looking your best while staying at home, don’t miss these tips from stylist Sarah van Dort.
Keep Looking Your Best with a Little Makeup
I love to wear makeup every day because it gives me a real lift and helps me feel more confident. However, if you aren’t as much of a makeup fan as I am, stick to a bit of mascara and lipstick just to help you keep looking your best.
Don’t Let Your Healthy Eating Resolutions Slide
It’s always important to think about healthy eating. Your hair and skin need nutrients to help keep them healthy, strong, and looking great. Eating well can also affect your energy levels and your mood. It’s hard to accomplish anything if you feel tired and lethargic. Being under stress can make you want to snack, so be sure you’ve got healthy snacks available. Too much sugar isn’t good for your immune system or your energy levels.
Keep Your Energy Levels High and It’s Easy to Keep Looking Your Best
It’s important for us to keep our energy high at this time, to help us stay optimistic and positive. There are some easy ways to do this.
Get Enough Sleep
Get plenty of sleep. This is not the time for late night Netflix binge watching.
If you are able to go out for exercise, a 20 to 30 minute walk can give you a real energy boost. It can also give you a wonderful glow that will help you keep looking your best.
Take Time For Self Care
Be sure to take care of your physical needs by eating regularly and making sure you are comfortable. Give yourself little (non-food) treats to encourage yourself. You could download a new book (or audiobook), curl up with a magazine, spend a half hour working on a hobby or give yourself a twenty minute time out with a cup of tea.
Quiet your mind, especially in stressful times, with just a few minutes of meditation each day. The Calm app is my favourite and I like Headspace as well.
Above all, be kind to yourself. We’ve never known a time like this and we need to cut ourselves and each other a little slack if we are struggling to deal with it.
Looking your best is a big part of feeling your best, so most of all I hope these tips will help you to feel calm, confident and happy both as we make our way through these challenging times and when we work at home in the future.