This year marks the end of an era. After 10 fashionable years, TLC says good-bye to What Not To Wear. I’ve learned a lot about style and fashion from Clinton Kelly and Stacy London, the most important of which is this – presentation matters. As a work-from-home professional, it’s tempting to ignore your appearance. Don’t do it. Always put your best foot forward, even if you’re only stepping into the living room.
When your morning commute only includes 50 steps from the bedroom to the office, it’s easy to crawl out of bed and right into your desk chair. If you’re anything like me, however, people know that you work from home. That means they may actually stop by unannounced. If that happens, you don’t want to be caught in your pajamas. I don’t mind looking like a hobo when the Jehovah’s Witnesses arrive, but not for a member of the school board. You don’t have to wear a pant suit around the house, though. Here are a few quick tips to help you look your best, even when you’re rocking lounge pants and a hoodie.
Accessorize: I own two pairs of comfortable, conservative earrings that stay in at all times. I wear them to bed, to the gym, and in my sweats. They aren’t flashy, but a little bit of bling and shine goes a long way. Find a comfortable watch or necklace that you can wear with anything, then wear it. Every little bit helps.
5-Minute Make-Up: Ladies, it doesn’t take long to freshen up your face. I’m not talking about smokey eyes. A dusting of blush and swipe of mascara will give your cheeks and eyes a little pop. A quick brush of the hair will pull things together without much fuss.
Keep It Clean: I like to hang out in my husband’s hooded sweatshirts. He likes to get stains on those sweatshirts. If it’s one of those days when you need to be comfortable, make sure your clothes are clean. Nothing detracts from your quick hair and accessories like a giant grease stain on your chest.
When you visit someone in her home, she has a reasonable right to comfort, but comfortable doesn’t have to be sloppy. Stop in the bathroom on your way to the office and pull yourself together. When the mayor’s knocking on your door, you’ll thank me.