Face it, pandemic fashion has been the equivalent of style roadkill — a months-long blur of comfy sweats, well-worn T-shirts and ratty old slippers.
Now — as the COVID-19 vaccine rollouts have sparked an anticipation that office life may return in the coming months — THR spoke with a selection of style experts who cater to the town’s creative and executive class about their new work-from-home must-haves. These are pieces that could make the transition to offices — even though for many people right now, “it’s hard to muster up the energy to put together a full look when you’re just going to walk five steps to your kitchen table to do a meeting,” says stylist Andrew Gelwicks (@andrewgelwicks), who works with women behind the camera as well as actresses Catherine O’Hara and Jo Ellen Pellman.
As executive style consultant Stephanie Gisondi-Little (@composed_co) sees it, the current moment is all about items that can take WFH comfort back to the office: “I feel like no one is going back to very uncomfortable clothes, period — with the exception of a few folks who love their heels.”
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12 WFH MUST-HAVES
Knit Camp Shirt
Men’s uber-stylist Ilaria Urbinati (who dresses Dwayne Johnson) sees a knit camp shirt, like this offering by Basic Rights, as an updated take on a versatile knit polo. “They’re kind of vintage, but not weird vintage,” says Urbinati, who recently touted the look on her men’s lifestyle website, LEOedit.com. Short-sleeve knitted bowling shirt in biodegradable Lenzing fabric; $145, at basicrights.com.
Cashmere Ballet Flats
For shoes, executive style consultant Neda Rouhani (@neda_rouhani) is a fan of slides, as well as The Row’s Fairy cashmere ballet flats with rubber sneaker soles, which she calls “sophisticated and edgy — and warm and cozy”; $790, at saksfifthavenue.com.
Made with zero virgin plastics, Greats’ The Foster slipper features a quilted nylon upper made from recycled fishing nets and carpet, with a cushioned footbed wrapped in leather; $99, at greats.com.
Men’s fashion consultant Andrew Weitz of The Weitz Effect (@theweitzeffect) has been recommending lightweight cashmere zippered hoodies and tracksuit jackets to his high-powered industry clients. “If you’re doing a conference call at home, there’s an elevated look to them,” he says, “and later you can just pair it with a polo or a button-up.” Says Weitz (whose clients include Tom Brady) of Loro Piana’s cotton and cashmere hoodie with a fitted cut and sweatshirt-inspired styling, “It’s casual but dressy enough for most offices.” Loro Piana Hooded Bomber; $2,425, at loropiana.com.
The New Housedress
What wardrobe consultant Andrea Lublin is “really big on” is “the new housedress. Stress the ‘new,’ ” she says, from brands like Tory Burch, Staud, Ulla Johnson and Zimmerman. “I would define a housedress as anything that lets you breathe,” says Lubin (@andreaslookbook), whose clients include Virgin Music president Jacqueline Saturn. “It could definitely have a waistline, but it’s not tight-fitting all the way down. Wear it with sneakers at home or boots when you go out.” Ulla Johnson Dasha dress in River Blossom print; $445, at ullajohnson.com.
Zimmerman’s Botanica book print midi; $950, at zimmermanwear.com.
Unstructured Sport Jacket
Stylist Jeanne Yang (@jeanneyangstyle) likes suits and sport jackets in knits “that feel like a cardigan,” which can be worn with a T-shirt now and “dressed up later.” Unstructured and cut from softest cashmere-jersey, Brunello Cucinelli’s jacket feels like a comfy sweater, says Yang, who dresses industry executives in addition to her star clients like Robert Downey Jr., Jason Momoa and Jamie Dornan. Brunello Cucinelli cashmere-jersey blazer; $3,495, at mrporter.com.
Stylist and fashion consultant Cat Pope (@catpope22) likes the current trend for pajama-style silk tops, offered by designers including By Malene Birger and Diane von Furstenberg. “It’s loungewear but it’s also workwear, especially in a more colorful version,” she says, adding that they “would look great on that Zoom short-crop, but could also go into the office under a blazer.” By Malene Birger’s Osa black-and-copper print silk top; $350, at net-a-porter.com
Diane von Furstenberg’s Climbing Panther silk pajama top; $338, at dvf.com.
Yang also is a fan of drawstring-waist wool trousers. Armani, A.P.C., Boss and Givenchy all have suitably polished ones that offer the comfort of sweatpants. A.P.C.’s Etienne wool trousers; $335, at mrporter.com.
Giorgio Armani’s tapered stretch-virgin wool seersucker drawstring trousers; $995, at mrporter.com
Consultants Stephanie Gisondi-Little and George Kotsiopoulos (@georgekotsi) are both embracing the ease of high-waisted pants.
Kotsiopoulos has been buying up vintage ’80s pleated men’s styles from The Real Real: “They’re super comfortable for lounging on the sofa too,” he says, adding. “I’ve been re-watching Cheers, and Ted Danson is my new style icon.”
And Gisondi-Little (whose clients include writer-producer Ann Cherkis and producer Rachel Kaplan) likes Celine’s high-waisted flared jeans: “They’re more comfortable and you can still celebrate the fact that you have a waist,” she says. “With a turtleneck, they’re so good, so Brooke Shields in the eighties.” Celine’s Dylan Flared Jeans in Union Wash Denim; $890, at celine.com.
A version of this story first appeared in the March 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.