Just because someone loves you doesn’t mean they need to see you looking less than fantastic—sweats? pilled sweater or stretched-out yoga pants, down-at-the-heels slippers?
We’re all tempted to save our worst for those closest to us.
Dying for comfortable
What do we really want when we get home and want to relax? Most likely, it’s comfort and familiarity—clothes that don’t require a lot of thinking.
Here’s the good news: We can get that feeling from clothes that are either so worn they are cozy, or we can buy new cozy clothes that look good being worn.
Treasures in the closet
A peek in your closet may reveal some pieces that could replace the down-and-out clothes you’re wearing now.
So let’s rethink what you have.
Consider repurposing some of your clothes. Example: An older cashmere sweater might be a little boxier than is current, but putting a long T-shirt underneath it will make it fresh and just right for hanging out in. Or last year’s favorite jeans might not pass muster for going out but will be great for staying in. Add a cozy cardigan and you’re set.
Repurpose your flirty dresses
Got dresses you don’t get to wear very often? Maybe the neckline is too revealing for daytime, for instance. Transform it by adding a cardigan or a V-neck pullover. Slip on some cute flats or slippers and you have super-cute but casual look that’s perfect.
Shopping for new stuff
If you feel like nothing in your closet is worth saving, the great news is that lounge-around clothes don’t have to be expensive.
We tend to spend money on our work clothes, because we’re trying to impress clients and co-workers. Let’s take some of that money put it toward our lounging clothes instead. (Hint: As a bonus, you can retire those old and worn sweats you’ve been hanging on to!)
Change it up
This is a fun shopping trip to look forward to. If you want, you can have fun with new lounging clothes. (You’re probably pretty buttoned down at work, in dark colors and neutrals; consider brighter colors and/or patterns for these pieces.)
For optimal coziness, look for super-soft cottons, cashmere blends, or linen. Get out of those Spanx and into stretchy leggings. Pair them with a V-neck sweater or cotton hoodie. Ditch the heels and slide into some slippers or flats. Done!
If you’re not sure how to create a cozy, stylish wardrobe for hanging around at home, let me know! I’d love to help.
Ketura Persellin is an image consultant and personal stylist in Washington, DC, and surrounding suburbs. Whether you’re going out or staying in, she can help you build a stylish wardrobe that suits you and your life as it is right now. Please contact her for a complimentary get-acquainted session.