After eight months of working from home, I’ve finally landed on a routine that keeps me productive. I take my time with breakfast and coffee, since my commute is nonexistent. And I leave the house to walk the dog before any real work happens, so I don’t stand up at 2 P.M. and realize we haven’t breathed any fresh air. John Coltrane and Beethoven keep me focused.
I’ve rotated through some key work-from-home apparel as the seasons have changed. I wore Nomad shorts from April through September but switched to pants in October. Sweatpants are the obvious choice, but they’re often baggy and make me feel like lounging. Instead I’ve been wearing the Vuori Ponto Performance pant, which has quickly become my go-to work-from-home option.
Made from a breathable, four-way-stretch polyester-elastane blend, these pants are comfortable no matter what I’m doing. I’ll sit in them at my desk for days on end, but thanks to that material, I can also move with ease during late-morning stretching sessions. (In fact, it’s so stretchy that it tends to bunch up in the rise when I’m sitting around and can require a little adjustment as a result.) The fabric dries quickly, too, so if I wear them while walking the dog in the rain or snow, they won’t feel damp when I sit down immediately afterward for a Zoom meeting as soon as I get home.
I usually run in tights and shorts when it’s cold, but with the Ponto, I can go from sitting in front of a computer to running down the block without having to change. It’s little tricks like this—ones that cut down on logistics—that help me keep up my exercise routine no matter how hectic my workday gets.
In terms of style, the Ponto’s slim cut is less slubby than a normal pair of sweatpants. It has a relaxed look that says I haven’t given up, but I’m not trying too hard, either. That’s exactly what I want if I’m leaving the house for an errand and will be seen by anyone other than my wife and kids. If you’re in between sizes, I recommend sizing down for a better fit.
I’m a big fan of the thick drawstring waistband that keeps the pants up at all times. There’s a zippered pocket on the back that can accommodate my wallet, and the two pockets up front fit my phone and keys. There are several colors to choose from, but black is my favorite, since it goes with nearly everything.
At $84, the Ponto is pricey compared with a pair of old-school sweatpants. But its versatility makes up for the cost. I wear these pants more than anything else I own at the moment, and that will continue to be the case for as long as I work from home.