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What to Wear When Working From Home

Sorry, you should probably put on pants

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Working from home instead of an office environment can certainly be a more laid back experience. After all, you have no dress code to adhere to when you’re working from your couch. But should you still put on some pants and a jacket when your only commute is from your bedroom to your living room?

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Sorry pajama pants, the answer is yes. According to a 2012 study from Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, there’s a phenomenon called “enclothed cognition” in which the clothes a person wears influence their psychological processes. In the study, doctors who wore lab coats were more focused on their tasks at hand.

Even if you aren’t taking blood pressure or giving people shots, the clothes you wear will affect the way you act. If you’re lounging on your couch in a T-shirt, you may just feel like you’re streaming Netflix at home instead of working. You don’t need to wear a full suit, but throwing on a nice sweater and a pair of slacks will put you into work mode better than wearing sweatpants will. Dressing to impress even from the comfort of your own home is one of the best ways to boost your productivity at work.

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And though working remote means you don’t see your co-workers as often, you may still have to hop on the occasional video call. And you wouldn’t want your boss to see you in your Mickey Mouse T-shirt and threadbare sweatpants, would you? If you are dialing in remotely, it also could be good to brush up on these other video conference etiquette rules.