#WFH… but make it chic enough for aperitivo hour

When world events call for social distancing, working from home (likely in your pyjamas) means that we are donning the same outfit for our nine-to-five as our virtual catch-ups with your Spritz Squad. As we make our way from our bed to the  fridge, our laptop and back again, it’s almost impossible not to fall into a style rut!

Staying in means we can dress for the season, not the weather, and what better way to boost your mood ready for aperitivo hour than dressing up… ready to stay in.

We’ve put together a list of what to pack in that virtual suitcase to get you ready to dress for the season ahead in just six simple steps – promise they are just as easy as prepping your Aperol Spritz ingredients.

Elevate your Pyjamas
The lure of staying in your cosy pyjamas when your office (AKA your laptop on charging on your bedroom floor) is within arms reach, is oh-so appealing. Make sure you’re staying comfortable whilst wearing a pair of pyjamas you’d be happy to leave the house in. Pyjama dressing has been a huge trend in recent years, from satin two-pieces to striped linen ensembles, the key is to elevate your (comfortable) look with accessories. Add a belt to cinch the waist or incorporate different textures and materials, such as adding a denim jacket to a satin pyjama-style top.

Embrace Colour
Dress for the mood you want! Personal mood is greatly affected by colours, and what better way to ring in aperitivo hour than by changing that dreary grey sweater for a bright mood-boosting item. Warm, bright tones (like Aperol orange) inspires you to get up and get moving both physically and mentally.  

Invest in Loungewear
Who said sweatpants can’t be chic!? Invest in neutral toned loungewear that can be dressed up or dressed down pending on the occasion as you stay inside. A pair of polished sweatpants paired with a crisp white tee for your Zoom conference calls for during the day – and come 5PM, guys can dial this look up with a relaxed linen shirt for Spritz O’clock, whilst ladies can groom their hair into a sleek bun and add a slick of mood-boosting warm toned lipstick to Facetime the girl gang for aperitivo hour.

Never underestimate a white polished blouse or shirt
Video conference at five, aperitivo hour at six? A polished blouse or linen shirt has you covered. Stay comfy on the bottom with wide-leg trousers. The best part? This wardrobe staple will see you through every season. From layered looks in Winter to layered over swimwear during the Summer season.

Nail the tailored basics
Got that perfect pair of chic sweatpants ready to roll? It’s time to make sure you are kitted out with the basics. Essentials for the modern man? A pair of tailored sweatpants, dress sneakers, and a plain merino rollneck sweater. Look for quality over quantity, to ensure you always look polished. For the ladies, look for great quality T-shirts and a crisp white blouse.

Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!
What better way to dress up to stay in than with fun accessories! Feeling a little ‘blah’ at knock-off o’clock? Add a pair of statement earrings to frame your face. Haven’t washed your hair all week? A sleek ponytail paired with a statement headscarf loosely tied will help you channel Italian-riviera chic in a matter of minutes. Need a mood boost, add a slick pop-colour lipstick. Need to dress up your plain white tee for Friday night Spritz at Six? Layer fine jewellery around your neck to instantly elevate your look.

Get the most out of your wardrobe, think decreasing that cost per wear on that statement pair of earrings you bought last Summer! Invest in the basics and maintain balance by giving yourself a visual identifier for work-hours and after hours fun by dressing up to stay in. Now all that’s left to do is nail that Aperol Spritz recipe (we know you can nail those Aperol Spritz ratios) and dial your friends in for virtual aperitivo hour!



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