Hollywood Stylists Offer Tips On Work From Home Attire

Marc Gordon
Mar 27, 2020

Let’s be honest, working from home basically is an excuse to wear the same sweatpants for an embarrassing amount of time. That’s okay, we’re all in the same boat. Here to save the day and add some inspiration to your daily outfit choices are stylists behind Viola Davis, John Legend, and Nicole Kidman. A group of Hollywood stylists shared with The Hollywood Reporter their advice on how to elevate work from home outfits during the outbreak. The Hollywood Reporter contributing editor and executive style consultant Andrew Weitz (who has worked with Elon Musk and Tom Brady) says there’s no need for a suit and tie for a Zoom business call.

“Depending on your business and who you are speaking with, it’s a toned-down version from what you would wear to the office,” says Weitz. He advises pairing a blazer with a button-up or a sweater to give the best mix of professional and casual. “No one needs to know that you are wearing sweatpants or shorts with these looks.” Weitz says colors like blue look good on camera, but to make sure it isn’t with a loud pattern or too bright. “For men, you can never go wrong with a white button up and navy blazer or a navy sweater. Safe and fail-proof,” adds Weitz, who is offering virtual closet cleanses to clients.

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John Legend’s stylist David Thomas agrees to avoid anything “fussy or too detailed” as “this can be distracting.” Thomas told The Hollywood Reporter, “While you don’t want to appear overdressed and blind to the current state of the world, you also don’t want to appear like you’ve let yourself go. A jacket is too much, but simple knitwear, or a nice fitted shirt worn casually, can work.”

Nicole Kidman’s stylists, Julia von Boehm, has been giving quarantine fashion tips via video chat to raise money for three charities: World Kitchen Center, World Health Organization Covid-19 Response Fund, and Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid 19 Response Fund. Boehm’s services range from $300 to $600. She says to stay away from “very casual” attire. Guess it’s time to put on real jeans.