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    NATALIE MORALES reporting: This morning on BOBBIE'S STYLE BUZZ , loving your loungewear. Whether we're running errands or heading to the gym, you don't have to sacrifice fashion for comfort. TODAY's style editor Bobbie Thomas from bobbie.com is here with some modern basics to update your laid-back look. Bobbie , good morning.

    Ms. BOBBIE THOMAS (Today Style Editor): Good morning.

    MORALES: This is a segment right up my alley, as you know...

    Ms. THOMAS: Yes.

    MORALES: ...I love -- the minute I'm done with here, I put on my loungewear or my workout clothes, so.

    Ms. THOMAS: And I have to -- you know, everyone at home...

    MORALES: You can be stylish about it, right?

    Ms. THOMAS: You walk around the building in your workout wear and you look really stylish.

    MORALES: Well, thank you very much .

    Ms. THOMAS: You do.

    MORALES: But meanwhile, you're wearing what is not really workout wear, but this is a very stylish way to wear very casual loungewear type clothes.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah. This is by Torn .

    MORALES: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: And what I really like is designers are using stretchy fabrics that you would normally think are for your sweats, and sometimes...

    MORALES: Like jersey, that jersey fabric that breathes...

    Ms. THOMAS: Stretch, jersey, cotton.

    MORALES: ...and doesn't wrinkle, which is great.

    Ms. THOMAS: Exactly. And I think sometimes when you walk into a store you think, `Really? Where would I wear that?'

    MORALES: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. THOMAS: And you can wear it with a pencil skirt to work, or on the weekend I wear this just with a, you know, pair of leggings or sweats, so it's versatile.

    MORALES: And it's very elegant. And you wouldn't even know that it's sweat suit material until you, like, look at it and touch it.

    Ms. THOMAS: Exactly.

    MORALES: So she looks great.

    Ms. THOMAS: I think the one thing I wanted -- I was inspired to do this segment...

    MORALES: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...because I feel like we invest so much money in our work wardrobe...

    MORALES: Right.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...or special occasions. And I think it's really important if you're going to wear -- you should wear comfortable clothes often, but cost per wear it's really a good idea to invest in something that doesn't cost a lot...

    MORALES: Right.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...that you can look more put together and not like you're digging out of the bottom drawer.

    MORALES: And has multiple uses. OK. So let's get to some of the looks that you brought for us today. And the first is a very chic look, but of course always very comfortable.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yes.

    MORALES: And let's bring out our model, Julie . And tell us how she's able to get this look. And you say it's all -- really all about the layers that we see here.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah. You know, long and loose. In the summer, it's hot, you don't want on anything too tight sometimes, but I love that it has this flow and this femininity.

    MORALES: It's gorgeous.

    Ms. THOMAS: And that kind of gives you an elegance, so even though she feel -- like you could be in pajamas curled up on the couch at home or you could go run some errands, shopping, meet your girlfriends for lunch in this. And this is kind of a nice way to think about the long loose layers.

    MORALES: And...

    Ms. THOMAS: The pants are by So Low and I love this company.

    MORALES: Those look amazing on her.

    Ms. THOMAS: Because if she turns to the side, you see the stitching on the side?

    MORALES: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. THOMAS: It's a -- it gives you this more flattering long...

    MORALES: A slimming look, right?

    Ms. THOMAS: ...a little slimming effect. It gives you that nice tuxedo line. And, you know, it's got this nice, like I said, femininity elegance about it.

    MORALES: And this hoodie, by the way, is H&M ?

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah, this is...

    MORALES: That is beautiful.

    Ms. THOMAS: It's gorgeous. And it's got this great, from the side, this kind of nice angle cut.

    MORALES: And that's a lining all the way in it, right, in the inside of it?

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah, it's just -- it's stitched in, the lining, a nice illusion effect.

    MORALES: It's absolutely gorgeous. All right. Thank you so much , Julie . You look very chic. Now of course you know I'm an avid runner and I know you brought something that really...

    Ms. THOMAS: This is for you.

    MORALES: ...is going to be just for me. Let's bring out Keshia wearing the sporty look.

    Ms. THOMAS: Well, this is an outfit by Under Armour .

    MORALES: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: And that's all the rage right now.

    MORALES: Huge trend, right.

    Ms. THOMAS: Hollywood is all about their West Coast casual. You see stars like Halle Berry and Carrie Underwood wearing all of this. And what's great, $29 for the shorts, 19.99 for the tank, it's bright colors. And this, what she has is a Hoodie Buddie . How cute.

    MORALES: Oh.

    Ms. THOMAS: She can -- these are actually earbuds in the strings so you can listen to music and put...

    MORALES: Oh, that's great.

    Ms. THOMAS: It's sort of like, you know, all meshed in, the technology and the trends.

    MORALES: Oh, so you just pull it on up through the sweatshirt. I see.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yep , she's showing it right now, she has her Nano .


    Ms. THOMAS: Keshia 's working it.

    MORALES: Yes. Very good.

    Ms. THOMAS: And then right there you can just put the earbuds without having all the strings hanging out while you run.

    MORALES: That's great. Because I have to knock the -- I knock the things out of my ears when I'm running.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah.

    MORALES: So very nice, Keshia . Looking great. Thank you.

    Ms. THOMAS: And it's all about, you know, as she walks away, just, you know, think about pop of color can make it look more fun and fresh while you are running those extra errands out between the gym.

    MORALES: Yeah, absolutely. She can go straight from the gym off to go buy some groceries.

    Ms. THOMAS: Exactly.

    MORALES: OK. Next we have Nancy and she's wearing a preppy casual look for us. Very preppy, very cute.

    Ms. THOMAS: Now Nancy looks great in anything that she wears...

    MORALES: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...but what I love is that if you're going to be in cut-off sweats somewhere, you know, in Nantucket or the Hamptons , wherever you're vacationing, put a button-down shirt with it.

    MORALES: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. THOMAS: And that's really going to help polish the look a little bit so you can go and have lunch with the family without feeling like you just stepped right out of bed.

    MORALES: Very cute.

    Ms. THOMAS: So it's just about the contrast. And this is Urban Outfitters . Very affordable. The shorts are by Madewell and the...

    MORALES: The Converse All-Stars looking great there.

    Ms. THOMAS: All -- a very classic look that's comfortable.

    MORALES: That's perfect. All right. Thank you so much , Nancy . And then trendy and comfort is our next look. Trendy really is our next category.

    Ms. THOMAS: Yeah.

    MORALES: And a lot of us don't put comfort together when it comes to trendy. And now these pants are pants that are all the rage, although I'm not sure that a lot of people know -- really know how to pull of the look, the harem pant.

    Ms. THOMAS: I get so many questions from viewers about, you know, certain trends, but the harem pant has been a big one.

    MORALES: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: `How do I really pull this off if I want to try it?'

    Ms. THOMAS: These are from H&M , $5.

    MORALES: What?

    Ms. THOMAS: So...

    MORALES: Five bucks.

    Ms. THOMAS: Five dollars, so -- five bucks. You can...

    MORALES: It's a trend that you can afford.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...you can afford to just try it.

    MORALES: Right.

    Ms. THOMAS: If not, if you don't like it, wear it to bed as pajamas.

    MORALES: Are there certain body types that should avoid -- yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: Well, actually it's more about what you put with it. You'll notice that Michelle 's got this cropped sort of top on.

    MORALES: Uh-huh .

    Ms. THOMAS: What you don't want is a shirt that's so long that's going to make you just look big all over. If you show the waistband and kind of the harem pant, believe it or not , this is a very flattering style for most body types. If you put a pair of heels on and a blazer with this...

    MORALES: Mm-hmm.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...this can go out to dinner and look kind of dressy.

    MORALES: I like it.

    Ms. THOMAS: So I think...

    MORALES: I think it looks fantastic on her, but I'm not sure it's made for me.

    Ms. THOMAS: Well, you know, I just wanted to show...

    MORALES: I need convincing.

    Ms. THOMAS: ...I wanted to show you how to put it together.

    MORALES: Right.

    Ms. THOMAS: And what I liked -- for $5, if you want to experiment with new silhouettes. That's really the key to updating your basics.

    MORALES: Yeah.

    Ms. THOMAS: Because a T-shirt, you know, kind of goes -- there's always going to be a T-shirt in style, but a different cut is something to play around with.

    MORALES: Great. Let's bring all our models back out one last time. Great job, ladies. Now I just want to put my loungewear on and be comfortable.

TODAY contributor
updated 7/15/2010 12:59:05 PM ET 2010-07-15T16:59:05

We all love our loungewear, but how often do you opt for comfort at the sacrifice of style? Chances are, when you want to curl up on the couch or run out to the drugstore, looking chic is the last thing on your mind. TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com’s Bobbie Thomas explains how to update your lazy look with some modern basics and a few styling solutions.

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Chic loungewear
Long, loose layers are perfect for those days when you feel like living your life in pajamas. A feminine fold-over pant worn with thin fabrics on top creates an effortless, yet polished look perfect for shopping or a relaxing lunch with the ladies. Just add flip-flops or pretty sandals for an elegant, no-fuss outfit option that’s so cozy you’ll never want to take it off. (Wide-leg fold-over pant, $73, Solowstyle.com, chiffon-lined hoodie, pink tank, $5.95-$49.95, Hm.com)

Sporty style
A huge high-five to those multitaskers who are able to fit in a run and run errands during the day. A workout wardrobe that transitions from one activity to another is key for those with busy schedules. Thanks to World Cup mania, “soccer chic” or “football chic” has never been hotter, and the unisex trend is not only cool and comfortable but a great alternative to the spandex days of yore (and who wants to go out in public wearing Lycra?). Pick a pop of color to bring new energy to your workout and your look while you’re out. Or put a modern twist on your old exercise routine with Hoodie Buddie, a hooded sweatshirt with built-in earbuds to keep you moving all day long. (Hoodie with HB3 technology, $44, Hoodiebuddie.com. Tank, shorts, sneakers, $19.99-$99.99, Underarmour.com)

Preppy casual
An easy way to look classic while staying comfortable is to pair a slouchy old favorite with a more structured piece. A soft cotton or fleece short combined with a tailored button-down blouse creates a smart look without being stuffy. Mix and match older, worn-in items with newer, trendier ones for an updated outfit that’s both simple and put-together. Perfect for days spent on the boardwalk or easy-breezy summer nights when you want to look polished while you relax and unwind. (BDG breezy-button down shirt, $38, Urbanoutfitters.com. Hi-Line fleece shorts, $48, Madewell.com)

Trendy comfort
You normally wouldn’t expect the words “trendy” and “comfort” to go hand in hand … so take advantage of the soft pant styles currently en vogue. New silhouettes refresh our basic tees and bottoms every season, and are an instant way to update your weekend wear. Experiment with different hem and neck lines, or substitute a simple, jersey harem pant with your favorite T-shirt and sandals. For a more daring look, slip on a structured blazer and heels with a slouchy-style pajama pant, and it will take you from daytime to dinner. (Striped Ottoman pocket tee, $32, Americanapparel.com. Black harem pant, $5, Hm.com)

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