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JE KANTOOROUTFIT VOOR THUIS

YOUR OFFICE OUTFIT FOR HOME

What do you do when you work from home for a day? Then there is the logical tendency to grab something easy, just like you do on a normal Saturday morning when you sit down, rested, with a hard-boiled egg and the Saturday newspaper. But what if you suddenly have to work from home for many days in a row? What if every working day suddenly became a Saturday?

Every weekday morning, as a homeworker, I get dressed in office fashion. I do that because I want to mentally get into a work mode: I literally step into my office feeling. What I don't get into are shoes. I never wear them indoors at the request of my mother, the woman who promotes a clean household. That doesn't mean that I walk through the Kantelberg house in stocking feet, no, I wear old-fashioned slippers. At least old-fashioned, the hippest brands now have slippers in their collection, although they call them slipper (the English 'slipper', not the Dutch flip-flops), pantofola or occasionally even moccassino, although that is of course just Italian for moccasin.

The homeworker's shirt is made of linen.

I've noticed that I hang my jacket over my chair pretty soon after the workday starts. Apparently such a jacket is a step too far for the homeworker. But because I still want to dress up, I have found a solution: a linen-silk jacket. I call it a jacket, but in fact it is a vest disguised as a jacket. The Italian Lardini in particular has a few nice examples in its collection. These are flexible jackets made of a light, supple fabric that do not lie when you shift back and forth in your chair, but move comfortably with you. In the meantime, it feels like you're wearing a real jacket, with lapels and all. A cardigan is a neat alternative. Especially if you learn from the Italian Loro Piana. Those are no longer vests, it's more like pouring a silky varnish over a statue.

The homeworker's shirt is made of linen. Of course I would say, because it's spring and the sun is beating down quite a bit in my home office. I wear a tie with that, but I increasingly exchange that tie for a scarf. Such a scarf can be made of cotton or silk; it can be a solid color or a cool print. It all depends on the mood of the day. You can wear a scarf in many ways. The choker is probably the best-known method of wearing; you probably remember it from your old English teacher. It is a somewhat old-fashioned way of wearing it, you have to love it. Artists and house painters simply roll up their scarf and twist it around the neck with a knot. Fine, that's also possible. I like to roll up a scarf like this and drape it along the inside of the shirt, slightly (but not completely!) hidden behind the collar of the shirt. If you leave the top two buttons of your shirt open, such a scarf is, as it were, a line on the inside of your collar. There's something artistic about it, so it immediately makes you twenty percent more creative.

Arno Kantelberg is editor-in-chief of Esquire .
As the style pastor of the Netherlands, he guides men through the minefield of good taste.

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