We're in Our 50s, Working From Home, and Are Relying on These 7 Cozy Items


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Janet Gunn is the inspiring influencer behind The Grateful Gardenia. Originally from Texas, the 58-year-old style guru is now settled in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and dog, Buster. She's worked as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, flight attendant, actor, jewelry designer, and beyond. In other words, she has a ton of experience and an equally cool personal style. Melissa Meyers is a Los Angeles–based influencer with a focus on beauty, style, travel, and wellness. Her blog, The Glow Girl, aims to empower women to embrace the best version of themselves, age gracefully, and cultivate a glow from the inside out. She also happens to be 55 years old and has a penchant for masterfully styling trends. Here, the fashionable duo teams up to discuss the basics they swear by. Oh, and don't forget to follow them at @janetgunngratefulgardenia and @melissameyers.

Working from home is the new norm for us, in particular, for a while. So we wanted to share some of our favorite pieces to be comfortable and chic when working remotely and social distancing.

Since we both conduct business out of our home offices on the regular, we have firsthand experience in crafting WFH looks. We know there may be the temptation to stay in your old pajamas all day long (we get that), however, we think making the transition from the PJs you slept in the night before to something else can inspire you to stay motivated and create a positive structure for the day ahead.

So with that, we're here to showcase our top comfy picks that work for us, but could definitely work for anyone at any age. Bonus, most of these items can also be mixed and matched to create that perfect combo of cozy and chic. (Also note that some of the photos below were taken before we started social distancing but are used here for outfit inspiration.)

1. Elevated Sweatshirts and Flowy Blouses


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Let's start at the top. For the ultimate comfort, think sweatshirts, cozy sweaters, T-shirts, and button-ups. For a bit of a chic vibe, try throwing on a flowy blouse and tying it at the front.

On Melissa Meyers: Frame crew-neck


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On Janet Gunn: Grayson top

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2. Leggings and Joggers


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A style once reserved for the gym or a fitness class, leggings and joggers have made their way into our daily lives. It’s the perfect choice for transitioning from an at-home workout to at-home working.

On Melissa Meyers: Varley leggings

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3. Stretchy Jeans


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It's all about fabric with extra stretch when choosing jeans or pants to wear when working from home. You want to be comfortable whether sitting behind your desktop or curled up on the couch with your laptop.

On Melissa Meyers: Mother jeans, Elizabeth Reid socks

On Janet Gunn: Veronica Beard pants, Elizabeth Reid socks

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4. Sweatsuits


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Thanks to a plethora of stylish brands out there, sweat sets are a favorite in chic comfort.

On Melissa Meyers: Sundry sweatsuit. R0AM slippers

On Janet Gunn: Aviator Nation sweatsuit, R0AM slippers

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5. Printed Loungewear Sweats


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The next best thing to staying in your pajamas all day? Loungewear sets. Think luxurious sets for a comfortable glamour vibe.

On Melissa Meyers: PJ Salvage set, R0AM slippers

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6. Statement Slides and Slippers


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It's nice to have comfortable shoes to keep close by for around the house or when you step outside to get some fresh air. Our favorite styles are fashion slides and slipper styles.

On Melissa Meyers and Janet Gunn: Jill Burrows slippers

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7. Cozy Socks


(Image credit: Melissa Meyers and Janet Gunn)

Cozy socks to keep our tootsies warm as we shuffle around the house are a must.

On Melissa Meyers and Janet Gunn: Elizabeth Reid socks

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Next, check out the best basic clothing items for women over 50.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.