Jan 3, 2014

How Do You Lounge?

From left to right, to left...back to right. H&M Fleece Pants $13, hm.com; ZINKE Megan Raglan Tee $96, journelle.com; H&M Sweatshirt $10, hm.com; SANDRO Tatillon Basic V-Neck Shirt $155 $78, us.sandro-paris.com; BASE RANGE Sweatpants $120, lagarconne.com; H&M Jersey Top $10, hm.com; ZINKE Oli Shorts $68, journelle.com; 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Ottoman Knit Sweats $250, lagarconne.com; JULIANNE Maria Shorts $64, journelle.com

When is it time to retire those raggedy sweats you've been wearing at home? I have on black stretch capris that have, well, stretched to the point of no return. And an oversized men's plaid fleece pullover from about 15 years ago. An old green beast that I just can’t bring myself to throw out. It's hipster-retro-chic menswear!

Would I like to look like a glamorous old Hollywood siren in satin and lace, perfectly curled hair and red lipstick? Yes. But the older I get, the more I crave comfort. Especially at home. 

In fact, the first thing I do when I get home is change into my ‘indoor’ loungewear. Neurotic? Probably. But, germs outside. Everywhere! And come on. Even jeans, especially the ubiquitous skinny or low-riding pair, aren't comfortable. Which is why we're seeing the rise of Lululemon yoga pants or leggings supplanting jeans as our go-to casual staple.

So I spend an ungodly amount of time in loungewear, which I should note, just seems like a made-up word any combination of pajamas, workout wear, or just old clothes we wouldn't wear outdoors anymore. 

But all loungewear should be, first and foremost, comfortable, preferably made of natural breathable material, and have a high fuzz quotient during winter months. And preferably without velcro straps at the wrists (yes, one more awful detail).

So a new year, a new [non-green-plaid-fleece-wearing] me? Well, I'll throw out my black capris, but I'll save my favorite fleece for sick days. It stays on the shelf, for now. 

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