How a capsule wardrobe can inspire focus during long-term remote work
I recently decided to eliminate one decision I had to make each day as a hedge against decision fatigue. I created a capsule wardrobe that eliminates the need to decide what I should wear during the workweek.
Even though I work from home, I still regularly have to appear on camera for video calls, so it’s important for me to look put together. But I don’t want to spend time and mental energy every day picking out clothing items that would allow me to accomplish that. This means I need a go-to collection of comfortable clothing that’s also camera-ready (even if it doesn’t technically qualify as business casual, which I’d wear to in-person meetings).
For the 42% of the U.S. labor force that is, like me, working from home full time right now, this is a new necessity of the pandemic. As we work from home and strive to be our most productive selves, a no-brainer selection of clothes—that is both versatile enough to be comfortable but still appropriate for video—is one way we can free up some mentally taxing decision-making energy.
Benefits of a work-from-home capsule wardrobe
Curating a simple and effective capsule wardrobe has not only been great for helping me make one less choice each morning, it’s also allowed me to build a collection of clothes that will last.
Another bonus is I made an effort to curate an eco-friendly wardrobe, made with sustainable fabrics, like this pair of leggings, for example. The fabric they’re made from is extremely warm and durable, while also being moisture-wicking and breathable. I pair them with these antimicrobial long-sleeve crew tees, which are also environmentally friendly and made with biodegradable viscose yarns from wood pulp.
Here are some other perks of creating a capsule wardrobe.
And the biggest takeaway I’ve gleaned from using the work-from-home clothing capsule so far? Increased “brain space.” Knowing I have a curated wardrobe at my disposal, I’ve streamlined my workday and my priorities.
If you’re thinking about creating a work-from-home capsule wardrobe of your own, keep in mind that you might need to do some experimentation before you find the exact collection of items that best suit your daily needs. The pieces you include will also likely evolve as the seasons change.
So don’t buckle under a world of choices in your remote-work environment; save yourself the decision fatigue and narrow your clothing choices down to a capsule collection.
Kaleigh Moore is a writer and consultant for companies in the SaaS industry.