Sick Day Outfits for the Office


With the start of the winter season comes the holidays, and snow, and that wonderful crisp feeling in the air, and colds. And of course when you’re sick all you want to do is curl up on your couch in your coziest pajamas and Ugg boots and binge watch Netflix until you feel better. But unfortunately sometimes when you’re sick you have to go to work. `Since no one wants to spend a bunch of time trying to look cute when you feel horrible and leggings, Uggs and your partner’s ratty tee is not office appropriate, I’ve come up with 3 never fail work outfits for when your sick.

Outfit 1: Grab a tunic tank in a pretty fall color and some soft stretchy trousers. Top it off with a boxy buckle cardigan like the one from H&M pictured above. Then to keep things comfortable grab a pair of low or no heeled black ankle booties, no one wants to be tottering around on heels when you’re all stuffed up. Grab a tote bag and toss your hair up in a messy bun.
Outfit 2: Pair a soft sweater dress with a pair of leggings instead of tights since they’re more comfortable. Once again I’d pair this with a pair of low heeled ankle booties, and then I’d add a simple necklace to dress it up a bit. This outfit is perfect for when you’re feeling extra ill because it’s almost the exact same thing as your high school sweatshirt and leggings you spent the whole weekend in, but it’s totally perfect for work.
Outfit 3: The last outfit is one I reserve for when I’m feeling my absolute worst and just don’t want to do anything at all. It’s just a simple cable knit sweater, a super soft flannel, and some stretch trousers. Pair them with a pair of pointed loafers in burgundy or hunter green and then add in just a pair of stud earrings. You look professional and preppy, but no one knows that your trousers may as well be leggings or that the flannel may as well be a pajama top.
For all three outfits I would keep my makeup really simple and practical. Tinted moisturizer, concealer, mascara, cream blush and tinted lip balm. Either braid your hair or throw it up in a messy bun. If your hair is to short to do either then just spray in some sea salt spray, stratically bobby pin any really misbehaving bits and go for the purposely messy bedhead look. And lastly I have a few essentials that I’d toss in my work tote before I head out the door.

Tumbler Cup: A tumbler cup, I like the venti ones from Starbucks because they’re huge. Fill it with tea or water and make sure you stay hydrated.

Kleenex To-Go Packs:
A couple packs of the Kleenex to go packs. These packs are cute and practical.

Tinted Lip Balm:
I don’t know about you but I always know I’m getting sick from how chapped my lips get. Fresh does it best, but Burt’s Bees also has some amazing lip balms.

Liz Earle Superbalm
: And then finally my absolute secret weapon, Liz Earle Superbalm. I use this for everything when I’m sick. On my hands, when my nose gets chapped and raw, as lip balm when I’ve misplaced mine. It smells lovely and herbal and it feels like an absolute treat. It can burn a bit if your nose is really chapped, but when the burning calms, it’s so soothing. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

This article was written exclusively for CgC Daily by Amanda Smith.

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I run a fashion and beauty blog called where I review makeup, skincare and haircare products, as well as ootd posts and clothing hauls. My time that isn't spent imursed in the fashion and beauty world, is spent reading and blogging about pretty books I've read or want to read on Tumblr.