How to Dress for Remote Work – Fashion Trends for Pandemic Life Part 2

After a year of remote work, are you ready to set aside your hoodies and sweatpants and dust off your business suits? I miss how dressing up for client meetings made me feel. Let’s capture that feeling again! If you’re still working from home, start off the new year by looking powerfully stylish. Here are some fashion trends for pandemic life to release the negativity of the past year and dress you up for remote work.

Masks and Fresh Faces

Like Superman and Clark Kent, or Supergirl and Kara Danvers, the pandemic has given me a new fashion trend and a new identity. Bear with me for a few paragraphs while I explain. I miss wearing full makeup when I go out. Wearing lipstick and then smearing it on my mask seemed counterproductive. Instead, my mask became the fashion accessory for the lower half of my face.

A disposable mask says, “you’re practical.” A homemade mask with patterns or solid colors became an extension of my wardrobe. Mixing and matching clothes and masks is now the “in” thing. I learned to smile with my eyes as a new way to connect with people, instead of smiling with my mouth. Walking into a bank with a mask on was finally acceptable.

A half-hidden face was like a Supergirl identity. I revealed the real me when I got home. I could wear makeup and try a new hairstyle for my next virtual meeting. The camera was my fashion runway. My secret identity, my entire face, was exposed to the world only in the virtual world. When I next go out, I’ll be disguised again, at least, until this pandemic is over.

Recycle It or Do It Yourself (DIY) Fashion

A fashion trend I’m seeing on Instagram and TikTok is making old clothes new again. Most of us have a shirt or a cardigan. Now if you tuck in that shirt or cardigan just above the waist, you’re accenting your waist and wearing old clothes a new way.

Updating old looks is easy if all we have to do is find what we have and wear it differently than before. These days, with restrictions on our social lives and where we can go, it’s handy to be able to shop at our own homes and be trendy. For those of us hit hard financially during the pandemic, being able to refresh old items is especially good news. Recycling is also good for the environment.

Do it yourself fashion is also a trend. Creating new looks seems as simple as watching a video and following a few steps. I’m a bit hesitant to cut away at old items or colour old items to create something new that I’ll wear in public. But if you’re handy with your hands, DIY is an option to look into.

After dressing down for almost a year, it’s time for a change. Some people are dressing up with brand name yoga wear. It’s still casual, but trendier. I’m ready to update old clothes – wearing my skirt, shirt, and cardigan 2021 style. Dressing up to work at home can put me into a professional and productive mindset.

Online Vs Brick and Mortar Trend

Another fashion trend for pandemic life is online shopping. For those who have a sense of what clothes fit them just by eyeballing photos, online clothes shopping is both convenient and safe.

You can avoid the malls and lineups. If you have health issues, online shopping keeps you safe. Most conveniently, you can shop during your coffee break while you work from home.

As an entrepreneur myself, I would encourage people to shop brick and mortar small businesses, such as clothing boutiques.


It’s time to refresh your look for the new year. If you’ve been working remotely for a year, you can liven up your pandemic life by trying out some new fashion trends. Dressing up can make you look and feel good. Most importantly, we can recapture how wonderful it felt to look fantastic while at work.

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10 thoughts on “How to Dress for Remote Work – Fashion Trends for Pandemic Life Part 2

  1. I love my suits and blazers and dress pants and dress shoes. I’m noticing that the skill of makeup for television also perform wonderfully with business Zoom meetings. I enjoy feeling like a million.


  2. I think this is an interesting point. Dusting ourselves off and recycling clothes and accessories that we have is important overall. I am fortunate where I am because we are able to get out and about without restriction. That being said, I started working from home prior to Christmas 2019, so not much changed for me when COVID arrived. Not much will change for me either fashion wise going forward. However, I will be wearing the odd suit/business attire here and there, some form of appropriate attire when I conduct training and perhaps a different style of shirt re video conferencing.

    I used to be in the media on a regular basis – enough for people to look at me with a puzzled look whenever I was passing through somewhere, from time to time. So, there was a time where, if I wanted I anonymity, I dressed down. Getting on a plane would be interesting. If I wore a suit etc, people I knew would go hey etc. If I dressed casually, there wasn’t the same level of recognition.

    At the end of the day, the hot climate where I am does dictate fashion. The real dress opportunities come in winter time. That being said, our daughter dresses well all year round as she is very creative regarding what she has and how she uses a whole range of items.

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