Two weeks into lockdown and I’ve had to step up my cosiness factor three-fold. Investing in loungewear has been a big step change for me. See, I’m used to wearing sequin boots or lime green snakeskin heels 80% of the time. When I’m home, I’m in joggers or an old t-shirt. I didn’t ‘get’ the point in purchasing matching loungewear sets. I have seen the error of my ways now and wanted to share my loungewear edit for lockdown.
Where to buy loungewear?
As much as I’d love to say I swish around my flat in Olivia von Halle and Vince, I want to keep it affordable. The world is extremely unpredictable at the moment and many are feeling the financial pinch so it was important for me to pick affordable pieces. Now, I pride myself on championing accountability within the fashion industry, particularly when it comes to sustainability. None of those brands are sustainable but it’s important to highlight affordable options at the moment. Lockdown has financial implications for many people who are freelance or have had hours cut. I’ve previously written about sustainability and the importance of mindset. I rarely shop at high street or fast-fashion retailers but when I do, it’s a very considered decision and I keep those pieces for years. So please buy well, take care of your clothes and wear them for years to come.
I scoured the internet and my favourite places to pick up loungewear at reasonable prices are ASOS, Missguided and Nastygal.
Key loungewear pieces
Right so now we know where we’re shopping I want to break down the key pieces you need. Matching loungewear sets are super cute and Instagrammable, I’m into it. But my approach to building my loungewear wardrobe was to buy lots of separates to mix and match. This is also my approach to holiday packing and it gives you double the outfit options.
When I’ve been building my loungewear edit I decided to stick to a colour palette. This means that I can mix and match most of the pieces I’ve bought and just throw them on without overthinking my choices. I’ve gone for pastels or neutrals, but you can pick any colours which you’re drawn to.
The foundation of my loungewear wardrobe is…joggers. I love a knitted co-ord as much as the next woman, but nothing beats the comfiness which comes with a good pair of joggers. The most important thing when dressing for comfort is to size up. My favourite joggers are two sizes bigger for a super oversize look. I bought some shorts too for when the weather improves, we’re going to be in lockdown for a while.
I also bought a bunch of vest tops and I went for texture, so lots of knits and a couple of fluffy tops too. When pairing things together, I mix and match them with different joggers or leggings easily. I have a few hoodies to wear too but I don’t actually find them super comfy to wear all day around the house. They’re better styled with hair up and I don’t have the patience to do my hair most days.