Last week, several of you asked for some ideas for what to wear at home. This is a topic I’ve been meaning to cover for some time, so thanks for the prompt!
What To Wear Around The House (Besides Pajamas)
I’ll admit, most days you’ll find me in a comfortable pair of jeans and a sweater, even if I have no plans to leave the house. Maybe I’m a bit Type A, but I like to feel ready to go out (or answer the door) at a moment’s notice.
Maybe you’ve recently retired, or are caretaking at home, or have other projects that require ease of movement. You want to be comfortable but pulled-together and presentable too, so are looking for clothing that’s a step up from pajamas or sweats.
Because I like to feel ready to pop out the door at any time by just adding shoes and outerwear, I’ve looked for pieces that are comfortable enough to wear around the house, but are also appropriate for running errands or meeting a friend for coffee.
I’m going to focus a little more on pants than tops, as I think they’re the more challenging part of the equation. While jeans work for me at home, many of you have asked for other options.
Athleisure has become mainstream, and lends itself well to a Sporty Chic aesthetic. These pants are available in Regular, Tall and Petite sizes. Throw on a cable-knit sweater and utility jacket for running errands. (Or a pair of snow boots and a puffer coat if it’s frigid where you are now.)
If the side stripes are just a bridge too far for you, here’s a sleek jogger style pant, available in olive and black. Love the zipped pockets. This has travel wardrobe potential!
The drawstring waist gives this style a more casual vibe, but paired with more fitted and/or structured pieces it could easily be street-ready.
I picked up pair of these knit cords to try during one of the Black Friday promotions. They’re incredibly soft and surprisingly flattering. I like them with sneakers. Offered in several colors in Regular, Petite and Plus sizes.
And if you want a pair of comfortable pants that will dress up or down, travel well and wear well, it’s hard to go wrong with these stretch crepe pants. Regular / Petite, and Plus. (No pockets, though. If that’s a deal-breaker for you, check out these slim slouchy pants: Misses/Petite, Plus.)
If you prefer something a little more structured, these Easy Chinos are nice option. Offered in multiple colors, sizes 0-16. (I think they run a little large…I tried them on and thought a 4 was best fit.) If you want a warmer option, the Italian Go Weave pants are a similar cut in a wool blend. In general, I find Everlane is a good source for well-made basics at reasonable prices.
Being one those perpetually cold people, I’ve been pretty much living in my cashmere sweaters the last few weeks.
The ease of a sweatshirt, the warmth of cashmere. This is a fun option to pair with those jogger pants!
If you’re sensitive to animal fibers, here’s an easy cotton sweater, offered in several colors and up to size 3X.
Elevate Your At-Home Look
Here are a few tips to feel more put-together, without sacrificing comfort.
- Stick to the same color and silhouette guidelines that you use for your work or social wardrobe.
- Rather than a plain sweater or top, opt for stripes, a pattern, or favorite color.
- Add earrings, a casual bracelet, or watch.
- Wear a little lipstick and/or perfume if you like it. Just for yourself.
- Use an apron or a crafting smock to protect your clothing while cleaning, cooking, or doing any projects that could get messy.
- And if they can’t be mended or cleaned, don’t keep those obviously stained or worn-out pieces “just for wearing around the house.” It’s not true that no one will see you. YOU will see you, and you deserve better than “worn out,” even just for everyday.
More Options To Wear At Home Or Out & About…
What do you like to wear when you’re relaxing or working at home?