My typical loungewear is warm and cozy: Tee, hoodie and baggy sweatpants in bright colours and bold patterns. This includes Summer, because it doesn’t get all that hot in Seattle and I feel cold at the drop of a hat. But I’ll be vacationing in a hot climate for two weeks in November, so breezier loungewear is suddenly a necessity.
It’s important to me that my loungewear is soft, baggy, happy and fashionable. After shopping many retailers, I finally found exactly what I was looking for at Gap Body. I’m impressed with the quality, fit and colour variety of their fashionable, practical and flattering assortment this season. The fabrics are SUPER soft and luxurious, and they launder well too.
I ended up with two loungewear ensembles that are quite different from each other.
Wide Pants and Fluid V-Neck
I first bought DKNY’s Citi Essentials Pants at Nordstrom because I enjoy wearing flowing soft wide pants as loungewear. The stripes are fun and make me smile. These don’t cling onto your tighs like many of these styles tend to do, and are very soft and drapey. But I couldn’t for the life of me find a lightweight top with a neckline that did not slip off my shoulders. Then I found Gap’s Medium Weight Modal Tee, and although I don’t usually wear V-necks, the neckline is cut close to my shoulder neck point, so it stays put. It is SO SOFT. The tee looks great over the wide pants with a little side front semi-tuck and scrunched sleeves.
Tapered Track Pants and Pocket Tee
I don’t usually wear tapered lounge pants because they aren’t floppy enough for my loungewear needs. But I was attracted to the embroidered flowers on Gap’s Slim Terry Pants and tried them on anyway. They fit me as fluidly as they do the model, and to my surprise I loved them after I’d pulled up the hems for extra leg scrunch. I paired them with Gap’s Reverse Jersey Tee in blue, and once again scrunched the sleeves and semi-tucked the front at the side for a little more outfit structure. The tee isn’t as soft as the black modal tee, but it’s still very cozy, and does not fall off my shoulders. I bought the blue, but be sure to have a look at the red tee on the model too, to see how fab the shirt looks with scrunched sleeves.
I wear lounge clothes first thing in the morning before I shower and dress for the day, and at night when we wind down for the evening. It is important to me that I feel good wearing these wardrobe basics, so I give myself permission to not wear any old thing as loungewear. And I even go so far as to think about how the items look semi-tucked or with scrunched sleeves.
That said, I do understand if putting thought into the way you style your loungewear is a step too far. But for me, it’s just another way that I can have fun with fashion, so why not?