The hybrid work-leisure trend: what does it entail, and would you wear it to work?

The hybrid work-leisure trend: what does it entail, and would you wear it to work?

An employee of one of the area’s major banks, Emily Tan, wore tailored dresses with high heels and a full face of make-up every day of the week. Her wardrobe will be different when she returns to the office (as some of us have begun to do this year, slowly but surely) because of the pandemic and the months she spent working from home.

To keep things casual, she said, she plans to wear loose-fitting dresses and flats or sneakers. She will also only wear light make-up, she added to CNA Lifestyle.

As recently as 2021, there were no meetings held in the office, and many of the meetings were conducted online. Nobody knows who you are when you’re wearing a mask, so there’s no point in dressing up. I wore my previous OL (Office Lady) attire for a recent client meeting, but my boss wore a polo tee. “I believe that dressing more casually has become more acceptable in recent years.”

Workleisure is a hybrid of business casual and athletic wear.

Workleisure is a new term coined by the style elite to describe this new approach to business attire.

It’s a mix of traditional business attire and athleisure (a portmanteau of “athletic” and “leisure”; something you can wear to the gym and out). Sporty leggings, a yoga top, a sports jacket, or a hoodie are all examples of items with a stretchy component.

Additionally, the level of comfort is an important consideration. Working from home and attending Zoom meetings in T-shirts and loungewear has made it acceptable to see your coworkers and bosses in casual attire after a couple of years. Also, it’s hard to go back to stiff shirts, ties, pressed pants, and pencil skirts, when it’s easier to wear loose dresses, stretch pants and polo shirts.

The hybrid work-leisure trend: what does it entail, and would you wear it to work?
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Founder and life coach Lai Han Sam said, “WFH has shown the possibility of comfort while working, and has made us push the boundaries of being comfortable yet professional. I have noticed a shift away from the traditional business formal attire toward something more comfortable. People are eschewing ties and dress pants in favor of more casual attire made of a variety of materials. The extent to which you can dress more casually depends on the culture of your workplace, your industry, the position you hold, and the image you want to portray,” he explains.

It may be best to start by following the dress code at work and then make adjustments over time,” she concluded. It’s important to think about whether or not your ideas are welcome and appropriate where you work. Dressing formally is a preference for some of my clients, who use it to signal their brains to go into work mode. To help you make a decision, consider the following: Will it have a negative impact on your professional brand? Is there a dress code in place at your workplace? Does the way you dress affect the way you work or how much you get done?

As a communicator, Serene Lim appreciates the new work-life balance that the trend offers. Her career in the media and communications industry has given her “more flexibility and creativity around what we wear,” she said.

The only thing that matters is that you present yourself in a professional manner and that you don’t look like you just stepped out of the gym. No, I can’t speak for every industry, but I’ve seen men in sporty shirts at my previous MNC too,” she said.

“As long as you don’t look sloppy or like you just rolled out of bed, I think most outfits are fine. A Lululemon tank top, nice cardigan, joggers, and sneakers would be appropriate work attire for me. It’s also possible to wear pajamas as separates. However, shorts are still a no-no in most workplaces “she threw in another point.

“Even if you’re the CEO, you can get away with wearing a hoodie or jeans to work thanks to the growing influence of tech companies. This trend was accelerated by the pandemic and WFH regulations. Attitudes toward work and its significance in our daily lives have shifted as well. When you return to work, you may not be expected to dress to the nines, as many companies have adopted a hybrid model.

A new trend, workleisure, has already begun to take hold in our modern world, it appears. Designer Neo Lirong, who founded White Trousseau, a lifestyle brand for women, says that celebrities like Hailey Beiber and Kendall Jenner have pushed athleisure to new heights.

According to Hailey Beiber and Kendall Jenner, “people are inspired by the sporty chic vibe of Hailey Beiber and Kendall Jenner,” she said.

‘Workleisure’ can be a cute trend, but you can still look office-appropriate and professional by pairing a cropped top with track pants and a blazer.’ If you don’t want to go all out, you can wear a sweatshirt with more formal pants. At the same time, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your work environment. With an oversized shirt, yoga pants can be fashionable as well as functional. The collar adds to the formality of the look. Dressing up a simple T-shirt in the office isn’t as difficult as you might think.

The hybrid work-leisure trend: what does it entail, and would you wear it to work?
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According to Neo, “high-waisted wide-leg pants would be appropriate and more comfortable than the old pencil skirts or tight-fit dresses even if you work in a bank. When it’s time to go back to work in a suit and tie, people are opting for looser, more casual suits and ties. Silk and satin, as well as other softer materials, are hot right now.

In terms of footwear, sneakers have taken over. Heels are extinct because there are no formal events and fewer social gatherings. Even if you prefer a more formal look, you can still wear leather loafers to the office if you prefer. For our pandemic essentials like masks and hand sanitizers, larger bags are also in style. These are the hottest fashions of the season. “If you show up to work in your old clothes, it may give the impression that you haven’t updated your wardrobe and aren’t keeping up with the pandemic.”

WFH has shown us that it is possible to be both comfortable and professional at the same time.

For the people who work at the local fast fashion label Love Bonito, being comfortable at work is not only trendy, but it’s also beneficial. They’ve accepted this possibly irreversible shift in work culture. Last year, their 153 Singapore employees were encouraged to take a midweek break and let it all hang loose as part of an HR initiative dubbed “Wear-Lounge-to-Work Day.”

The hybrid work-leisure trend: what does it entail, and would you wear it to work?
A loungewear look from Love, Bonito. (Photo: Love, Bonito)

For Love, Bonito designer Liu Tingzi, “Workleisure” is a new way to describe business attire that incorporates both practicality and aesthetic appeal. As a result, one can easily transition from phone calls to the couch. Cotton and rayon are the most popular fabrics for work-to-play clothing because they are lightweight, breathable, and quick to throw on.

Additionally, there is an unspoken rule that one must always look presentable when dressing comfortably for a special occasion. We don’t want anyone showing up to work looking like they just got out of bed, so please don’t do that. Being unclean and untidy is an indication of a person’s lack of grooming. If you’re looking to build a work/leisure wardrobe, I recommend investing in quality pieces that can be worn with everything from jeans to skirts to loungewear.”

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