As we at Vogue approach one year since we packed up our cubicles and made working from home the new norm, there’s a natural longing to be back in the office. While we’re not quite sure of our official return date, thoughts on what to wear when we do have started to run through our minds.
Each Vogue editor certainly has their own distinct style, but there’s a clear common thread of optimism in all of our post-quarantine mood boards. With hopeful hearts, we’re preparing to say goodbye to wearing loungewear pieces on Zoom and hello to getting dressed up for face-to-face meetings. But of course, things will never completely be the same—we’ve all discovered some incredibly comfortable yet fashionable garments we’re likely not going to part with just yet.
It seems the Vogue consensus is to bring some of those elevated, easygoing wardrobe essentials with us once we finally return to the World Trade Center. Executive fashion director Rickie De Sole is looking forward to adding a comfortable pair of jeans to her work wardrobe for the first time, and senior beauty editor Lauren Valenti is relying on the polished touch of soft suiting. Pondering your own office return? You’ll find plenty of inspiration from my fashionable colleagues, below.
Lauren Valenti, Senior Beauty Editor
I’ve always gravitated toward the ’70s, but I foresee myself (and the world!) leaning even more into the glamorous attitude of the decade post-lockdown. That means dressing to the hilt, of course. So I’m thinking soft but tailored suits and separates by day, and sleek sequined and feathered dresses by night. Chic yet unfussy accessories, too. Who better to look to for inspiration than Lauren Hutton? Her Vogue spreads from the ’70s are simply iconic.