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Work-from-home clothing? It's a thing

Our weekly “716 Style” feature in The Buffalo News' Home & Style section is on hold for now. But we've noticed a different type of fashion story popping up these days: work-from-home clothes.

On social media, people are sharing tips for staying productive at home, including how getting showered and dressed will make one feel refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Another warned that while leggings are a comfortable work-from-home option for many, it's probably a good idea to try on any jeans that you've abandoned for now. Just to be sure – well, you know.

Websites such as Who What Wear are covering the topic, with articles about dressing comfortably yet chic when working remotely.

Yes, fashion feels frivolous during this unprecedented time, but there’s an argument to be made, some write.

"Dressing for the tasks ahead of you will make you feel more motivated, and is also a helpful practice in case of unexpected video meetings," notes @indeedCanada in one post – just one of its tips for boosting productivity while working from home.

Fashion also can be a distraction.

Susan Grelick, legislative director and counsel to the New York State Senate and former Amherst town supervisor, is well known for her collection of hats, handbags, jewelry and clothing.

An article on her personal style was published in The Buffalo News in February 2019 in our 716 Style series, then called Fashion Friday.

She recently posted a photo of herself on Facebook in which she was wearing an outfit that matches her  spring decor. She wore vividly colored Lilly Pulitzer leggings and a bright pink-and-yellow sweater.

"Sending sunny thoughts," she wrote in her post.

"I've been wearing a lot of colorful clothing – a lot of leggings and oversized sweaters," Grelick said in a phone call Friday morning.

She said her friends encouraged her to post photos of her stay-at-home outfits.

Until we relaunch our 716 Style series, you can check out some of the previous fashion features here.

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Have examples to share about how daily life is changing for Western New Yorkers? Reach out to Susan Martin at

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