by Jesse Holth –
With many of us working from home right now, it’s never been easier – or more tempting – to stay in our PJs all day long. While we might have to get dressed for the occasional video call, there are plenty of options for loungewear that will keep us looking professional and polished. Comfort is the top priority as we hunker down for the cold winter and spend extra time indoors during the second wave of COVID-19. What’s everyone wearing?
Sweatpants. These aren’t the huge, baggy sweatpants of yesteryear: from joggers to tracksuits, these stylish new pants are literally built for lounging. Sweats made of jersey, terry or flannel are particularly cozy. One of the best things about your new go-to pants is their lack of structure – they will bend with your body. No more stiff waistbands or tight legs. It’s no wonder they have almost ubiquitously replaced jeans!
Chunky Knits. Whether a warm turtleneck or oversized cardigan, these textured pieces make a statement – while keeping you comfortable and cozy. Your colleagues may not see below the torso on a video call, but pair a chunky sweater with your leggings and you’ll feel instantly put together. It’s the kind of outfit that could just as easily see you fall asleep on the couch as lead an important meeting.
Matching PJ Sets. Cute matching pajamas are all the rage, from floral designs to fleece-lined. You can opt for a crew-neck sweatshirt and drawstring shorts, or a boxy T-shirt set. If you choose something with a collar, you could go with a fun print or a material that you’ll never want to take off, like thick cotton or soft linen. Bonus: you’d be surprised how easily a collared PJ shirt can be mistaken for a blouse!
Thermal Wear. Not just for long johns anymore, a thermal shirt will keep you nice and cozy. The waffle knit retains body heat and layers easily. Throw on a necklace or pair with a cardigan, and you’re ready for the “office.” Single-tone outfits are the new obsession, so look for neutral combinations and monochromatic colour schemes to stay casual and chic. Don’t forget a pair of thick socks – or even fuzzy slippers. No one is looking at your feet!
Jumpsuits. One word: jumpsuits. Their construction and fit make them one of the most comfortable things you can wear. With flowy legs and a wrap-front top, it’s a professional look that is so easy to pull off. An elasticated waist and pockets take this outfit to the next level. You’ll have plenty of room to breathe, without adding so much extra fabric that it gets in the way while cooking or typing. Jersey, rayon or linen make for soft options that you can dress up or down. One benefit? It’s a single piece: no need to overthink; you can simply throw it on and be done. You might even feel like you’re still wearing pajamas.
Whatever your choice, it’s time to stay home and stay safe. So stay comfortable!