12 Work-Ready Style Buys That Are the Comfort Equivalent of Leggings

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In 2020, getting ready for work has become a weird phenomenon. Our usual office-friendly outfits have been replaced with more comfortable alternatives (looking at you, leggings), and now that all IRL meetings are taking place via Zoom, wearing pants at all has become completely optional. But if months of lounging around in sweats has left you yearning for something a bit more "business" than "casual," we've got you with some of the most comfortable clothes for work money can buy.

Below, we've rounded up some cute, cozy staples that you'll want to wear long after you return to the office. Rest assured, these staples are perfect for any work situation—even the ones that take place on your bed instead of at a desk.

1. Flora Dancia Katie Linen Dress,  $178

First up: Straight from our favorite new loungewear brand, this linen dress is equally at home for a night spent at home on the couch as it is ready for a Zoom or IRL office meeting. Choose your own adventure, but either way, it's about as comfortable as it gets.

Shop now: Flora Dancia Katie Linen Dress,  $178

2. Babaton Sable Button Up, $138

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This oversized silk blouse will make you feel like you're still in your PJs but make you look like you're ready to take on the next board meeting. Cue a thousand compliments from your colleagues.

Shop now: Babaton Sable Button Up, $138

3. Theory Wide Leg Pull-On Pant In Silk Georgette, $168

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The benefit of investing in these pants? Not only will you want to wear them every single day you're working from home, but you'll also be able to wear them when it comes time to go back into the office, too. They're made with super-soft silk and have an elastic waistband and wide-leg fit for the perfect combination of comfort and style.

Shop now: Theory Wide Leg Pull-On Pant In Silk Georgette, $168

4. Athleta Skyline Pant, $89

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Leave it to Athleta, the brand behind some of our favorite pairs of leggings, to have a pair of work pants that are just as comfortable as the worn-in sweats we've been wearing around the house since March. Plus, the paper bag-style waist will be just visible on your video calls, which means people will know for sure how cute you look.

Shop now: Athleta Skyline Pant, $89

5. James Perse Draped Cotton Jersey Dress, $235

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If you've ever tried the Outdoor Voices Exercise Dress, you know damn well that dresses can be just as easy to wear as workout clothes. This professional-looking pick will have you looking primed for the office, but its jersey fabric will leave you feeling like your entire body is wrapped in your favorite soft t-shirt.

Shop now: James Perse Draped Cotton Jersey Dress, $235

6. LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL Women's Reversible Matte Jersey Dress, $93

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Get two dresses for the price of one with this reversible little number, which gives you the option of wearing a bright magenta print or flipping it inside out and rocking an LBD.

Shop now: LAUNDRY BY SHELLI SEGAL Women's Reversible Matte Jersey Dress, $93

7. Époque Évolution White Shirt, $148

If you're looking for a classic white button-down that's structured yet breezy, consider this one the perfect pick. It's ultra-breathable to the point that it won't ever show sweat, which means you won't have to worry about pit stains during your next big Zoom presentation.

Shop now: Époque Évolution White Shirt, $148

8. J. Crew Going Out Blazer in Stretch Twill, $168

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Since you probably haven't put on a blazer since the pre-quarantine days, this stretchy option will help you ease back into suiting life. Pair it with some full-blown suit pants—or even jeans and a t-shirt—and you'll look boardroom-ready from the waist up.

Shop now: J. Crew Going Out Blazer in Stretch Twill, $168

9. Local European Le Cargo Pant, $110

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Nothing says "comfort" quite like a pair of cargo pants, and this slouchy pick are as close as you can get to wearing sweatpants without having actual sweat pants on.

Shop now: Local European Le Cargo Pant, $110

10. Cos Sleeveless Layered Top, $63

You'll be the center of attention on your next Zoom call in this shimmery—yet work-appropriate—pick, which will make you feel extra fancy even on days when you aren't leaving the house.

Shop now:   Cos Sleeveless Layered Top, $63

11. Norma Kamali Shirred Jersey Bodycon Skirt, $110

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Leave it to designer Norma Kamali to craft a skirt that will have you swear you're wearing workout-wear every time you slip it on. Pair it with your favorite silky blouse or cozy sweater and get ready to want to curl up in your desk chair (or, ok, on your bed) all day long.

Shop now: Norma Kamali Shirred Jersey Bodycon Skirt, $110

12. Rec Room Open Back Dress, $118

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Rec Room touts its products as "seasonless staples," and this dress is truly one you'll want to wear all year long. It has short sleeves and an open back for added comfort and breathability, and the

Shop now: Rec Room Open Back Dress, $118

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