Chic, Effortless Style Picks for Your Home Office Life
(Sponsored) These breezy work-from-home essentials from UNIQLO Hawai‘i will keep you productive, professional and polished.
W orking from home doesn’t mean you need to dress like you work from home. Even if it feels like an unnecessary step in your morning routine, dressing for the office—even if your office is now in your kitchen, living room or bedroom—can actually boost productivity, improve focus and help create boundaries between your hours on and off the clock.
HONOLULU editors (and current work-from-homers) Stacey Makiya and Marisa Heung stopped by UNIQLO Hawai‘i, home of cozy minimalist fashion, to elevate their wardrobes with office-ready pieces that don’t skimp on comfort.
MH: I already take too long picking out clothes in the morning, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to stay stylish while also saving time. I dig the pop of color this blouse adds (dusty rose is perfect for fall), as well as the simple-but-chic band collar, but what I really love is the wrinkle-resistant fabric—just take it out of the dryer and hang, no ironing needed. The houndstooth ankle pants add some fun texture, and the pull-on style (yep, that front button is just for show) is just what this chronically late girl needs in her life.
Women rayon stand collar short-sleeve blouse, $29.90, Women Ezy ankle-length pants, $39.90.
SM: In my twenties, I loved mixing prints. There was no logic or formula to it, I just wanted to express my creative side. People thought I got dressed in the dark. Overtime, my outfits have simmered down, both in boldness and patterns. But occasionally I’ll still throw in an unexpected look that makes my soul sing. Pairing a comforting plaid button-down with super-silky polka-dot joggers—which, by the way, is like wearing nothing—is a unique-qlo (see what I did there?) choice. I can lax and lounge in it, wear it at home for Zoom meetings or while writing a story, or throw it on for holo-holo days. And, while it may be wild for some, this outfit, for me, is a perfect match. I love it.
Women flannel checked long-sleeve shirt, $29.90, women drape pants, $19.90.
MH: Aloha shirts aren’t just for the boys! Especially if they come in petites-friendly keiki sizes like this one. It’s made with super soft 100% rayon, a lightweight, breathable fabric that’s comfortable to rock year-round in the Islands. When worn over one of UNIQLO’s AIRISM tanks, you’ve got a winning combo that stays cool, no matter what office fires pop up throughout the day. The navy pants are ankle length (meaning no hemming needed) with a hint of stretch and a windowpane pattern that looks more polished than flannel—the unofficial fabric of the holidays—but is every bit as cozy.
Kid’s Engimono open-collar short-sleeve shirt, $24.90, women AIRism cotton sleeveless bra top, $24.90, women smart 2-way stretch windowpane ankle-length pants, $39.90.
SM: The best part of this dress? EVERYTHING! I saw this on the rack and, to be honest, I wasn’t super excited about it, but I thought it might be a good work basic to have. Was I wrong. As soon as I slipped on this magical number, I knew it was coming home with me. The buttery soft feel is as comforting as a really good hug. The classic shape and color create a blank canvas that I can personalize all year round. And I’m a sucker for an unexpected detail—puff sleeves are always invited to the party. Overall, it’s the perfect LBD (lounge-y black dress) for working at home.
Women 3D knit cotton balloon long-sleeve dress, $49.90.