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.
Chic loungewearLong, 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 styleA 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 casualAn 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 comfortYou 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)