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Ask Chris Black: Can You Recommend Some WFH Fits?

The author in his go-to WFH fit of a Uniqlo button-down and Stussy shorts. Photo: Chris Black

If you’re looking for the most powerful hair dryer or the handiest chef’s knife, those things can be easy enough to find. Other objects of desire are a little more taste-based. What’s the next status water bottle or hand wash, for instance? If you have a burning question about the next fanny pack or Noah rugby shirt, Chris Black is here to answer it in a regular column.

You have previously said the first rule of working from home is “getting dressed,” so can you recommend some WFH fits? Ideally, anything I might buy would be versatile enough to wear to the office (or out in public) when I am not required to send emails from the couch.

I will mostly be in my Stussy shorts and Uniqlo button-down. Simple, comfortable, breathable, and the fit fits into my normal “Ivy Sport” look.

They’re available in a range of colors, and I say go for a fun one that will brighten your day. Every little bit helps.

If I decide to really get dressed, it will be in a white-with-blue-piping Henry pajama set from Sleepy Jones. It’s the suit and tie of loungewear!

But maybe you need more glamour, more panache?! Immediately upon receiving this question, I had to throw it to the enlightened brain trust behind @WFHFits, a timely Instagram account dedicated to chronicling only the best looks during this difficult time. I’ll let the masters take it from here …

Never has there been a more vital moment in your life to get dressed. At last, you can truly not care what anyone else thinks, because they cannot see you. Comfort and chic for you — not for that weird guy who sat two rows over and would keep asking you to come to his Escape Room birthday party — are the highest priorities. With that in mind, how about a matching tracksuit by Adidas?

If you are craving fancy comfort, slap some caviar on a blini (or just eat a protein bar) in Charvet slippers and a Versace robe — excuse us, dressing gown. People who look and act like the Monopoly Guy cannot have a … monopoly on this look! The truly stylish proletariat must seize it back! ONWARDS TO YOUR CLOSET!

What’s in your social distancing shopping cart? Looking for essentials for riding out the coronavirus as we face the prospect of weeks stuck at home. 

Guys, we are going to have a lot of time on our hands. As a social butterfly, this is actually my nightmare! First, watch Harry Styles do an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Deep breaths. Now, onto some things you can buy once the concert is over.

I’m not too fond of board games, but for some reason, I love Jenga! It is almost physical and can be easily played with just one other person — or even by yourself (though, heads up, you will always lose when playing alone).

You definitely need a yoga mat (extra thicc) for at-home workouts, like this simple black one without a lotus-flower print. You can use it for daily stretching as well. If you need a serious at-home workout (and trust me, you do), the Kira Stokes app will have you sporting a six pack by the time it’s okay to leave the house again!

Pick up some ankle weights, too. They will make the at-home workouts a bit harder. You can also keep them on for your daily outdoor walk. The price shown is for a 5 lb pair, but Amazon has heavier options, too.

Maybe you are the handy type (I am not!). If so, this would be an excellent time to turn your bathroom into a spa by getting a big boy, high-pressure shower head. Namaste.

I am sure you have blown through your Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Disney+ queues. It’s time to subscribe to the Criterion Channel (which you can do for $11 a month, or $100 a year). It will allow you to show off your new in-depth knowledge of cinema to your friends who are stuck inside and watching Gilmore Girls … again. And if you need book recommendations, sign up for Read Like The Wind, the free monthly newsletter from New York literary critic Molly Young. It’s good! I also subscribe to The Monocle Minute. It’s free, comes every morning, and has a nice measured view on, well, everything. The New Consumer, a newsletter about how and why people spend their money, helmed by business and technology writer Dan Frommer, is also great (non-alarmist) reading during these uncertain times. It starts at $20 a month (or $200 a year), but knowledge is power baby!

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Ask Chris Black: Can You Recommend Some WFH Fits?