Malle, who was seven and half months pregnant during the Sunflower dog mom shirt and by the same token and height of the pandemic, started a “rotating uniform” of “striped boyfriend t-shirts”. Many of my colleagues among the Vogue editorial staff have gravitated towards bold printed shirts, striped sweaters and bright colors as well while working from home. So states “bright colors look better” and we couldn’t agree more. When the first shelter-in-place orders were put in place, I was living in a different apartment in downtown Brooklyn, one where my bedroom doubled as an office. Natural light was minimal and the lines between my work and personal life quickly became blurred. It wasn’t until I moved in April to Bed Stuy that I found an apartment I fell in love with. Sunlight poured into the living room and not only were my spirits uplifted, but it helped me embrace a fresh work-from-home style that didn’t consist solely of T-shirts and sweatpants. I found myself reaching for my tried-and-true favorites (albeit ones that were still ultra comfortable). My favorite Proenza Schouler tie-dye skirt, cozy Jacquemus striped mohair cardigan, or my vintage Miu Miu blazer I snagged from my colleague, Liana’s Schmatta Shrink pop-up shop. These former workplace staples have found a current place in my daily WFH wardrobe. Their vibrant color blocking, pleats texture, and tie-dye swirls have counterbalanced my otherwise black, monochromatic wardrobe. They double as Zoom-appropriate pieces up top, but are also surprisingly comfortable for working at home too. After three months in quarantine, I’ve learned that comfort and confidence reign supreme, so if I can achieve both, then that’s a win right? Mondays are usually my busiest mornings—full of back to back Zoom meetings. In order to ensure I start my week on the right foot, I always try to actually get dressed on Mondays, which helps put my mind in a working state after a weekend of being unplugged. I love this color-block blouse and skirt set by Proenza Schouler. Its wrinkle-free and comfortable pleats texture makes it an easy work-from-home choice. I’ve also found that creating a workspace that is both clean and simple has kept my mind uncluttered at a time when it feels we’re being inundated by the news. I used a few favorite coffee table books as a laptop stand and always keep a fresh scented candle nearby. It helps me feel relaxed, especially when the days feel longer than usual.
Sunflower dog mom shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
As summer is here in New York, my secret WFH formula is to wear a tank top during the Sunflower dog mom shirt and by the same token and day, but throw on a blazer when I have a call. I actually prefer to keep my apartment temperature at 68 degrees, so it’s always chilly enough to wear a light jacket, even when it’s sweltering outdoors. I decided to finish off my look with a pair of Dior clogs I bought secondhand that were a steal. While I haven’t been able to sport them as often as I would like, putting them on after months-long quarantine has given me small moments of joy. Working at a media company, we’re always looking ahead to the next story, but during this time in self-isolation, I’ve been trying to carve out some time to pause, sit, and reflect on the work that we’ve done in the past. I’m especially proud of Vogue’s June/July issue, which features a single red rose by Irving Penn on the cover. It was a special issue, not only because it signified both hope and a reawakening, but because it was put together while the entire Vogue staff was under lockdown, when no photoshoots were possible. It was a tremendous effort and one that makes me feel proud. I love to start my days with writing my to-do list. It helps me organize my thoughts before the day inevitably takes unexpected twists and turns. If there’s one silver lining to working remotely, it is that I can still wear my favorite fall outfit in the middle of summer, and my body will never know the difference (thanks to cutting out my daily subway commute). This Proenza Schouler tie-dye skirt is one of my go-tos, partly because its velvet texture is ultra comfortable against my skin. If you can’t tell already, I’m a big fan of Jack and Lazaro’s work. More recently, I’ve been obsessed with their sandals collaboration with Birkenstock. I’ve been wearing them nonstop. As the week eases towards the end, my wardrobe follows suit. One of my favorite work-from-home hero pieces is my Jacquemus striped cardigan. I love to throw it on over a T-shirt and it makes me feel put together while cozying up on the couch or while sitting at my desk during a meeting. During this time at home, setting aside to read in the evenings has helped me separate my work life from my personal life. One book I’ve been reading is Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong.