A Loungewear Capsule Wardrobe

May 19, 2020

A Loungewear Capsule Wardrobe

Loungewear is synonymous with house clothes, at least to me it is. A loungewear capsule needs to be packed with items that make you feel comfortable yet suitably dressed; seamlessly blending ease of wear with presentable style.

I want to be 'properly dressed’ yet not so much so that I feel awkward lounging on the sofa or uncomfortable sat at my desk working. I need to be able to potter about the apartment, working, doing chores, enjoying my free time. It’s a fine line that requires versatile clothing that can mix relaxation with getting stuff done.

This is my loungewear capsule covering everything from passable working-from-home clothing to about-to-head-to-bed sleepwear with lots of versatile wardrobe basics when you want (or need) to stay indoors. If you’re currently working from home and need help with comfortable at-home work wear, my work capsule wardrobe will help you.



A Loungewear Capsule Wardrobe



T-Shirts

Tees are a classic for a reason. Comfortable, easy to wear, and so nondescript you can get away with wearing one even if you need to dive into a video call at the last second. My favourites are the Everlane Organic Cotton Box-Cut Tee and Organic Basics Organic Cotton Tee (both gifted). I keep a couple of neutral colours in my wardrobe, including the standard black and white tees as well as a pink and brown option.



Cardigan

Thrown on over the top of a pair of leggings and t-shirt, the Dorsu Cardigan is perfect for looking like you made an effort. Tied at the waist with the thick fabric belt, it's even ideal as part of your working from home capsule wardrobe. This lightweight cardigan is comfortable whether you're at your desk or on the sofa. The Nadinoo Haiku Jacket or Roake Quilted Jacket are nice alternatives, although slightly bulkier and definitely lean more towards coat than cardigan.



Leggings

For gentle movement and lounging on the sofa, I wear my Everlane Perform Leggings (gifted). They're sleek looking and give you that put together appearance with minimal effort. The fabric is buttery soft and molds to your shape with a flexible waistband, making them super comfortable to wear around the house. Reviews of my favourite sustainably-made leggings can be found here.



Sandals

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or balcony, a pair of sandals will come in useful when lounging at home. I slip mine on when I escape to the roof for a little sunshine or nip to the post office to drop orders off. With or without socks, Birkenstock have that ugly chic appearance blending comfort with style depending on how you view them. I've heard good things about Teva and Chacos too, if you're looking for other options.



Co-Ord

Switching out the leggings and tees for something even more relaxed is a habit I'm guilty of especially after a long bath and skincare routine; or in the morning when I'm drinking my coffee and watering my plants. Wearing a cute co-ord helps me to switch from 'doing stuff' to 'ready for bed' and vice versa. I think nightwear deserves its own section of a loungewear capsule, and owning a set that makes you feel really good is priceless. I have the Cotton & Push Friday Night Set (gifted) with cami and shorts, handmade from organic fabrics in the UK. It's comfortable to wear, a little bit sexy, and just the right choice for when I'm not quite ready to get dressed and don't really want to sleep just yet. Looking for more options? This is my guide to sustainable sleepwear.



Socks and Slippers

When it comes to socks, I highly recommend Organic Basics for their durable, organic cotton sock range. Want to know more? I've written about my favourite socks in my wardrobe basics guide. When it comes to slippers, I've yet to find a pair that are super comfortable, ethically-made, and durable. Choice is slim but these toweling slippers by Natural Collection are a good option if you're looking for something comfy.




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