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Loungewear: My One True Love

Elasticated waistbands FTW

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I’m just going to lay out all my cards here from the get-go, but loungewear is my favourite genre of clothing BY A MILE. What’s not to love? It’s practically the law that comfy pieces come equipped with an elasticated waistband, the fluffier the better and they must be a 10 out of 10 on the cosiness spectrum. Slouchy clothing has always been a big part of my wardrobe. Growing up we were a ‘comfies on when you get through the front door’ kinda family and in my uni years I spent 95% of my time in leggings and fake Ugg boots and the rest in some kind of bum-skimming body-con number. Now I work from home it plays an even bigger role. There’s a lot of bumf I read in business books about dressing up and getting ready for the day to aid productivity levels and although I’m a big believer of an energising blast in the shower each morning, I don’t see anything wrong with slipping into something comfortable if that’s how you work best. It’s a perk of the job and for me, no good work gets done in denim, no matter how stretchy the waistband.

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You lot know that I’m a bit of a Marie Kondo fangirl, but I actually break one of her fundamental rules when it comes to loungewear. In her book she states that old and tired clothing should be thrown away or donated and not filter down into your personal ‘slouchy’ category, however – that’s where I source most of my comfy bits from. I know, such a rebel. My uniform usually consists of a pair of knitted jogging bottoms or leggings, a t-shirt and a jumper. The jumper is usually something something that I’ve accidentally misshapen or has gone bobbly, but it just too warm and soft to throw out. Sometimes I’ll treat myself to wearing one of my nice cashmere jumpers during the day. Fancy. Underneath I’ll pop a t-shirt, which is usually a slogan one that I’ve got bored of and so has slipped from my outdoor wear into my indoor wear drawer. Then on my bottom half I’ll go for a pair of knitted jogging bottoms, which I feel just look a tad fancier than your typical cotton pair – plus they’re warmer. Or I’ll wear a soft high-waist legging, which I actually quite like to wear because they hold in my gut and remind me to SUCK IT IN.

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So where to shop for the soft stuff? Of course there are the obvious spots of Next and M&S, of which I sourced pyjamas and loungewear from for years. Let me give you some specific recommendations though. The ASOS White range is a great place to purchase cashmere jumpers that don’t cost the earth and are chic enough for both loungewear and brunch-wear. I just threw this Black Turtle Neck Jumper and this Stripe Crew Neck Jumper in my basket because I was lacking both in my current capsule wardrobe and I knew they’d both be ones that I could don to meetings, but also wear around the flat too when I need warming up. For t-shirts I really ain’t fussy. The majority I own are ones that I’ve got thrown in with PR parcels that have branded hashtags across the front, although I do love this ASOS Choose Love number because all the profits go towards helping the refugee crisis, and so not only is it comfortable, it’s also your good deed of the day. Finally, for leggings I ALWAYS go for the Lululemon Align Pants. There’s just no question about it. They come in a range of colours, but the texture is just like butter (see my mini review of them here). Knitted joggers sound like a bit of a niche, but I usually find them on ASOS. The ones I’m wearing in this post are actually from REISS, although they don’t seem to have made it onto the site just yet this season, it’s worth keeping an eye out because these are loungewear and travel gold.

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LOUNGEWEAR CHECKLIST

1) Is it easy to wash? These are going to be items that you’re wearing a lot and so are going to be on constant rotation. I know cashmere isn’t the easiest, but check out my clothing care advice here.

2) Is it comfortable? There’s nothing worse than an unadjustable waistband that digs in, or a label that’s scratching your back every time you move (CUT IT OUT!), or a jogging bottom that cuts off blood circulation to your foot.

3) Could you wear the top half out to the shops? This is the question I ask myself to decipher the overall slob-level of my outfit. I like to wear loungewear that could be worn to the shops to grab milk, if I switched out the bottom half for a pair of jeans.

4) Is the postman going to think that I’ve just rolled out of bed? If the answer is yes then it’s best to retire whatever you’re wearing to your bedtime clothing category (a.k.a, my second favourite clothing category).


Photos by Lauren Shipley

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Comments

  • My favourite kind of clothing by far as well! And I also agree that being productive doesn’t mean getting dressed up and being all put together for the day, but rather being comfortable, at least to me!

    http://fannyanddailybeauty.com

  • I reward myself by getting into my comfiest after I finished working out. The only way to get me motivated once I return from the office.!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Em

    Gosh, loungewear really is the best. And the Lulu align pants are far and away the best leggings ever. Everlane also makes a pair of affordable cashmere joggers that I love and wear whenever I travel.
    xo,
    Em
    http://www.organicallyemily.com

  • As a fellow working-from-homer, don-some-cashmere-to-feel-fancy-er, I totally feel you on this post. Good loungewear is THE BEST.

    And it’s marked somewhat of a change in me. I used to treat loungewear purely as a Primark-only, misshapen old clothes affair. And then I got to my late twenties, started working from home more often, and I slowly began to see the importance of nice loungewear, pyjamas and lingerie. I think it’s the transition between “dressing for others” and getting older/learning to “dress for yourself.” I take the most pride in the things that people do not see.

    Plus, cozy working clothes makes you work better. FACT. And by fact, I mean i just made that up…

    Eire | Wolf & Stag

  • Those knitted joggers look sooo soft and cosy. There’s nothing quite like getting home and putting on your comfies after a long day in tight clothes! I definitely need to follow suit and invest in some nice lounge wear instead of just my usual pyjamas..

    https://www.ophelialune.com

  • As soon as I arrive home from the office each afternoon, I go straight to my closet and put on my sweatpants! I hate being home wearing denim and work trousers. So damn uncomfortable!

  • I love loungewear too – great post!

    xo, Elisabeth
    http://elisabethhayes.com

  • I love loungewear! This post reminded me of your “loungewear for life’ jumper! I wear it all the time 🙂

    Kendal // Life With Kendal

  • Who doesn’t love being at home, or coming straight home and changing into their loungewear!?

    Sara – Flemingo

  • Emily Louise Reynolds

    Where are those beautiful prints behind you from?!

  • Loving this cosy look! Nothings better than being at home in your loungewear x http://www.justsavxnnah.com

  • Yes! I love loungewear, it is honestly my favourite thing to shop for! Could you wear the top half out to the shops is always a must for me, although I have started to wear my sweatpants to sainsbury’s so maybes my bar is just pretty low these days

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • I’m not so sure I would trust someone that doesn’t love loungewear! Thanks for introducing me to the Asos White label–that striped sweater is calling my name!
    http://www.caitlincawley.com/

  • Emily Rose Clark

    I am in 100% agreement with the loungewear love going off around here! I have a loungewear love to reveal here, could not recommend the Oysho brand more. It’s Italian-based I believe but it’s all available online, the textures and materials are incredible (eco warriors will find love here too) and the sizing is excellent, for the loungewear, activewear and luxurious underwear ranges. LOVE! Check it all out here and thank me later 😀 https://www.oysho.com/gb/

  • Loungewear is LIFE.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

  • I love my loungewear… and I just spotted you’re reading the book at the top of my wishlist, Dress Scandinavian! How is it?

    Besma | Curiously Conscious

  • Yes! Loungewear is the best! Changing into my comfy clothes is literally the first thing I do everyday after work. Although I usually also have a pair of fluffy socks to complete the look 😉
    Those cashmere jumpers though *__*
    x

  • HarrisonBeach

    Couldn’t agree more! Loungewear for life!! http://www.byharrison.com

  • Lisa Autumn

    Haha yesssss.. I LIVE in loungewear 90% of the time.. the best!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • kforkarli

    I love loungewear but in humid weather it isn’t as pretty as yours. My choice is elasticised shorts and slouchy tees. Always on the hunt for more!

  • toneis

    for the best and most reasonable cashmere “joggers” look here – swedish brand – i have a pair and they are brilliant 🙂 maybe they ship to england https://indiska.com/no/Tilbehør/Loungewear/LANA-PANT/p/105776825GREY

  • Alexandra

    Funny timing on this post, I just returned that same Asos sweater a couple of days ago. Very lovely quality, but it was just a bit too short for me.

    And yes, loungewear is the bomb.

  • This reminds me I need to update my loungewear! Those sweatpant joggers look comfy.

  • Lily Manon

    I absolutely love loungewear, they are so comfortable! Must go and buy some more.
    xx

    http://lilymanon.com

  • Elisha Maè Iveson

    God bless buttery soft clothes! I live in my jogging bottoms and tees from Brandy Melville – cosiest things ever!

    Elisha-Maé | http://www.elisha-mae.co.uk

  • jasmine b

    Thanks for the recommendations Anna just been on ASOS doing a bit of a shop. made sure i used your link, hope you get the commision, my only way of saying thanks for entertaining and educating me. Your easy my favourite lifestyle blogger and youtuber xxx

  • catherine ♡

    You can never have enough loungewear! I’m obsessed with Next lounge wear at the moment x
    http://www.cocoamay.co.uk