Five tips to help you dress comfortably for work while on your period

For many of us, our periods come once a month, and it can be tough. From painful cramps to drowsiness and bloating, the last thing on our minds is putting a work outfit together.

While comfort is key, that doesn’t mean having to compromise on your own personal style. We’ve gathered a few handy tips to help you dress for comfort (and style) while on your period in the workplace.

1) Try looser fitted trousers rather than jeans

When you’re on your period, being bright and energetic all the time can be the last thing on your mind. Curling up in bed and sleeping the day away sounds dreamy and perfect! But it doesn’t have to be that way.

That’s where loose fitted/elasticated trousers come in to save the day. They require minimal effort to put together, making it a match made in heaven when you’re on your period. Try pairing culottes with a nice blouse to trick people into thinking you’re all put together. If culottes aren’t your cup of tea, here are a few other trouser options:

  • Leggings 
  • Jeggings
  • Wide-leg trousers
  • Ankle grazer trousers
  • Flared jersey trousers

Invest in some period-proof pants

Not only do period pants feel like regular underwear, but they are also absorbent, durable, and environmentally friendly. They can be worn alongside traditional feminine hygiene products or as extra protection on those heavier flow days.

Better yet, they are super discreet so no one will know that you’re wearing them. That means you spend less time running to and from the bathroom, changing your pad/tampon, and more time smashing your day at work. Let’s raise a toast for cost-effective and sustainable choices!

3) Opt for loose-fitting dresses

Now, we know what you’re thinking: wearing a dress on your period? Are you insane? No, not at all. Dresses are perfect to wear even in the colder months. We’d suggest opting for loose-fitting dresses as the last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable in an already uncomfortable situation.

Another great tip is to pair dresses with biker shorts and tights. They help to keep your pad/tampon/menstrual cup in place, so you can worry less about unexpected leaks. Here are some comfy, easy-to-wear dresses to try wearing on your period:

  • Maxi dress
  • Slip dress
  • Ruched dress
  • T-shirt dress

4) Wear comfortable shoes and ditch the heels

We get it, nothing looks classier than a gorgeous pair of high heels. They’re glamorous, can boost your confidence and people can’t help but notice you. But they should be a no-go during your period. Why you ask?

When wearing heels your pelvis tilts back, putting pressure on your lower back, which causes lower back pain. Now, we don’t know about you, but cramps combined with back pain do not sound fun! So, ditch the heels and opt for flat shoes such as:  

  • Loafers
  • Ballerina flats
  • Mules
  • Moccasins
  • Oxfords
  • Canvas shoes such as converses
  • Fresh white sneakers

5) Dark clothing is your best friend 

We’ve all been there: you’re on your period, working away and forget to change your pad. Low and behold, you stand up from your seat and there’s a huge stain. Although it can be embarrassing, it is totally normal!

If you’re worried about unexpected leaks, dark colours will be your go to during your period. Simply swapping from light to dark colours will help mask any stains and alleviate any worries you may have around leaking. 

We hope these handy tips help you feel confident and stylish at work during your period, because you deserve to feel good! If you want to learn more about all things periods, feminine hygiene retailer Bodyform have recently put together an infographic on bodily fluids to help you keep in tune with your what’s going on down there.

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