Something that you’ll love to wear when you’re not in the office.
I’m wrapping up this week of cozy comfort clothes with some fantastic loungewear.
But first, please let me make your life a little easier. If you’re like 90% of Americans, you know that you wear loungewear / activewear /sleepwear (call it what you will) more than you should.
And you also know that you regularly leave the house wearing that raggedy ________ (fill in the blank) even though you promised yourself that it would never see the light of day.
This is not a battle worth fighting!
Embrace the activewear trend – which is here to stay – and treat yourself to some stylish new casual clothes. And get rid of anything you wouldn’t want your boss / new boyfriend / ex-boyfriend / mother (or all of the above – it’s your choice) to see you wearing.
You will not believe how wonderful it feels to do this! That’s all.
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If you can afford just one new piece of activewear this winter, you’ll get the most bang for your buck with a sweater or jacket.
This Rosegold Robe by La Fee Verte reminds me of a long Missoni cardigan – and I would not hesitate to style it as a sweater. It has a detachable belt and sparkly lurex thread. It’s also one of the select gift items that are currently 20% off at Anthropologie – marked down from $148 to $118.40.
If sporty is more your style, check out the beloved Lululemon Scuba Hoodie II ($108, shown here in black and coal houndstooth), which comes in enough fun prints, bold colors and basics (yes, black) to suit anyone.
If you’d like a similar style at half the price, check out the Zella Pretty Moon Dust Hooded Jacket in Regular and Plus Sizes from Nordstrom ($49.90 on sale; regularly $68).
Moving on to pants, it’s amazing how far sweatpants have come in our lifetime (something you can look forward to telling your grandchildren about). You can pick from sleek basics like these Life is Good French Terry Pants ($52 from Zappos) or something surprising and unique like these Obey Lola Black Heather Floral Sweatpants ($58 from Zappos).
I was also excited to discover that many of Lululemon’s Wunder Under Pants ($82-$92, shown here in Garden Party floral) feature a print on the front but are solid on the back – where even I usually prefer to stick with basic black.
Comfy casual tops are probably the easiest place to have some fun with color and print. I recently bought this Heart Center Top ($58, Made in the USA) as a gift and this Tundra Baby Thermal Top ($68, Made in the USA) for myself – both from Sundance.
I also find that many of my print tops start off as part of my work / event wardrobe and have a longer second life as part of my casual / exercise wardrobe. The BCBG Agda Top that I featured last month is a good example.
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