From PJs to Real Pants: Transitioning Back to the Office in Comfort and Style


As many of us transition back to the office, we’re feeling the struggle of leaving our comfy clothes behind. But don’t worry—we’ve found a few wardrobe hacks that can make you feel like you’re wearing pj’s but with a style that says “I’m here to slay!”

The Pants
The key to any cozy outfit is pants with an elastic waistband. Sitting in an office chair all day is not conducive to a button or zipper fly. Look for pants with a drawstring (be sure to cover with your top to keep that look elevated) or that easily pull on.

Try something like…
Olive green joggers from Melanie Lyne
Streamlined black bike shorts from Dynamite
Flowy linen pants from Melanie Lyne
Pull-on pencil slacks from RW & Co.

The Top
A simple structured top with a little bit of something extra is the best way to take a casual outfit to a Vogue-worthy ensemble. Or go the complete opposite direction and style a simple t-shirt with some funky accessories.

Try something like…
A flirty button-down from Melanie Lyne
A tie-dyed tank from Cleo
A classic T from Old Navy

The Dress
House-dresses and caftans are super popular with the work-from-home crowd. Transition that level of comfort to the office with simple, relaxed silhouettes and breathable fabrics.

Try something like…
A casual cotton shirt-dress from RW & Co.
A cheerful and flowy dress (with elastic waist) from Reitmans

The Jacket
The icing on the cake. The finishing touch. That final layer. Elevate a casual look with a structured jacket.

Try something like…
A frayed-edge military jacket from Melanie Lynn
A soft chambray bomber jacket from Cleo

The Accessories
The easiest way to add a little oomph to your outfit is through a few choice accessories. Zhuzh things up with a scarf, belt, earrings, or bracelets.

Try something like…
A floral scarf from Reitmans
A colourful belt from RW & Co
A pair of simple, yet elegant, earrings from Laura

The Shoes
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been rocking some house Crocs or slippers more often than heels. Transition from comfy house-shoe to comfy out-of-the-house shoes (whatever that means to you).

Try something like…
A cute heeled sneaker from Aldo
A slip-on strappy sandal from Aldo
A simple yet stylish mule from Call It Spring

Transitioning from work-at-home to back in the office can be a little daunting! By incorporating some familiar fabrics and textures into your revised workwear, you can seamlessly transition from PJs to real pants. Are you heading back to the office? Let us know how you’re planning to transition your style in the comments below!

See something you like? Shop the looks at these St. Vital Centre retailers:
Pull-On Jogger Pants: Melanie Lyne, $98.00
Naomi 7” Rib Biker Shorts: Dynamite, $29.95
Striped Pull-On Pants: Melanie Lyne, $108.00
C&G City Legging Pant (Colour: Butternut): RW & Co., $59.90
Tie Front Button Down Shirt: Melanie Lyne, $108.00
Sleeveless Scoop Neck Tie-Dye Tee: Cleo, $26.90
EveryWear Crew-Neck Tee: Old Navy, $10.00
Faded Denim Midi Shirtdress: RW & Co., $69.95
Elastic Waist Dress with Ruffles: Reitmans, $18.99
Metallic Trim Demin Jacket: Melanie Lynn, $128.00
Light Wash Bomber Jacket: Cleo, $69.90
Floral Print Oblong Scarf: Reitmans, $19.90
Skinny Leather Belt (Colour: Lilac Pink): RW & Co., $9.95
Dangle Disc Hoop Earrings: Laura, $16.00
Adwiwia: Aldo, $95
Etealia: Aldo, $75
Holly: Call It Spring, $49.99

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