Every day after I drop James off at school, I start nearly a full day of back to back Zoom meetings. Like many working moms, I am now working from home full-time and most of my work is done virtually. While I have showed up to a few meetings in workout clothes, hoping to squeeze in a workout at some point during my day, I’m finding that getting dressed for Zoom calls (at least from the top up) makes me feel more focused, professional, and in charge. It also helps me focus on being in work mode, which I find helps when the boundaries between home and work are so blurred. I still haven’t set up a dedicated office space in our home (I know, it’s on the list) and I’m often moving around to hide from my kids, so looking profesh for Zoom meetings helps distract from the kid interruptions and the often less-than-professional background. With that said, figuring out what to wear for Zoom calls has been a proces.
These days, I’m not wearing my usual dresses and heels and statement coats that previously defined my work wardrobe. For Zoom calls you only really need to look put-together from the waist up, and since I am also at home with two young children with sticky fingers, I like to wear jeans or leggings on bottom and then throw on something nicer on top for my meetings. Enter: the statement top. When choosing what to wear for Zoom calls and virtual meetings, I pretty much always throw on a top with a statement collar, puff sleeves, pretty print, or all of the above. In our now virtual world, it’s an instant outfit-maker. Even if your hair is not washed and everything around you is a disaster, you look like you are on your game. The best part about the statement top is that you can even wear it over a sports bra or toss on a t-shirt after your calls, or use my trick, and zip up a fleece jacket over when you’re taking a break to play with or feed the kids. (Another hack; the low bun or headband to make my hair look done when I don’t have time to do it and a swipe of lipstick when I don’t have time to do any makeup).
If you can’t decide what to wear to your next Zoom call, I’ve pulled together my favorite statement-making tops that will make you look professional and on top of your shit, and get you through this fall and winter working from home.
From top left:
Quilted puff sleeve top (under $50)
Collared sweater with rhinestone detail (under $20!)
Ruffled ivory blouse (under $100!)
Black lace high neck blouse (under $100)