Work From Home, Mullet Style: Business on Top, Party on the Bottom

We’re with you in pining for the days when we can reconnect with our communities in person, but in an effort to see the silver lining of the COVID-19 crisis, let’s raise a glass to the joys of the work from home (WFH) lifestyle: short commute times (personal record: 24 seconds from bed to desk), an endless supply of coffee, and the fact Zoom calls only show you from the midriff up. 

Enter what we like to call “mullet style,” where professionalism matters on your top half but not so much on the bottom. Here’s a collection of nine styles for every WFH occasion.

The Ultimate Party-on-the-Bottom Bottoms: KAVU Salty Sailor

KAVU kills it when it comes to style that doesn’t take itself too seriously—and nowhere is that more clear than their line-up of fishing-inspired shorts. The Salty Sailors feature a loose fit (no liner in here, gents) and elastic waist, perfect for kicking back on a conference call. $65 | KAVU.com

The Hey-You’re-Lucky-I’m-Wearing-Pants Pants: Tentree Bamone Sweatpant

Back in the B.C. (Before Corona), the Bamones would have been the jam for casual Saturdays and cabin weekends. Now, they’re perfect for client meetings as well. And we love them, not just because the 50/50 organic cotton/recycled poly material is cozy (and, oh, they are so cozy). Tentree’s feel-good mission to “create aspirational outside products … for those who identify with the outdoors, but are not defined by them” and dedication to planting 10 trees for every single product purchased allows us to do double-duty as consumer and conservationist. $64 | tentree.com

The Overachiever: Toad&Co Women’s Taj Hemp Pant

Outwardly, linen pants give off a message of casual chic, but the one wearing them knows that’s just a ruse for lightweight comfort. That’s especially true with Toad&Co’s Taj pant thanks to a wide-leg silhouette and hemp/Tencel material. A touch of spandex ensures movability even when logging long hours behind your dining room table/desk. $80 | toadandco.com

The Sleek and Sporty Style: Vuori Performance Joggers 

Vuori prides itself on making products designed to move in. We would argue that their Performance Joggers are as just as good for casual WFH days where “movement” entails getting up to make another cup of coffee. $84 | vuoriclothing.com

The Workout-Ready Pair for Him: Under Armour Men’s Sportstyle Joggers

One of our favorite aspects of the WFH set up is the ability to sneak in a quick midday workout and nobody’s the wiser. The Under Armour Sportstyle Joggers have great stretch and wicking capabilities for that squat session you want to sneak in, and then dry fast so there’s no discomfort when you hop back online. $60 | underarmour.com

The Workout-Ready Pair for Her: Fjällräven Abisko Trail Tights

With four-way stretch and a comfort-enhancing high waist, you can head straight from a solitary hike up Mount Sanitas straight to your home office—no need to change out of the Fjällräven Abisko Trail Tights. $113 (on sale!) | fjallraven.com

The Happy Pants: Cotopaxi Ara Jogger

Quarantine got you down? Pop on Cotopaxi’s Ara Jogger and you can’t help but smile at the vibrant yellow color pop on the cuff. With a wide waistband and two-way stretch, these joggers will put some pep in your step for the exciting daily excursion to the mailbox. $80 | cotopaxi.com

The No-Zoom-Calls-Today Sweat Set: Prana Cozy Up Summer Pullover and Ankle Pant

For WFH days without video calls, pull out Prana’s Cozy Up combo. The Summer Pullover features a French terry fabric for a strong dose of lived-in comfort right out of the box, but three-quarter sleeves and pleated back provide style hits you won’t get with your pajamas. Add the Ankle Pant for bonus stylish comfort. Pullover $79, Ankle pant $80 | prana.com

The Throwbacks: Icebreaker Cool-Lite Yanni Culotte

Those of us who grew up in the 80s and 90s remember the swingy style of the culotte. Icebreaker introduces an updated version of this blast-from-the-past made with their signature Merino wool. Toss the Yannis on for WFH bliss—and maybe cue up their namesake on Spotify for some smooth work tunes. $98 (on sale!) | icebreaker.com

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