Following a year of sitting at home in sweatpants and pajamas, it isn’t easy getting back into the groove of dressing up whenever you leave the house. To most of us, the idea of looking stylish accompanies the dread of having the feel uncomfortable all day. But not all great outfits are hard to wear! Here are a few tips to help you put together outfits that are both stylish and comfortable.
Wear leggings instead of pants
Leggings can be the perfect substitute for jeans or trousers. If you choose to substitute leggings for pants, it is important to make sure you choose the right kind of leggings. Unless you’re going to be working out or you’re going for an athleisure look, avoid sports or running leggings and pick cotton one’s instead.
For a more formal outfit you could opt to wear leggings that mimic trousers by featuring seams and zippers. Paired with a long blouse or shirt with a blazer, leggings are the perfect option for comfort in a formal environment.
Make sure you have several pairs of leggings tailored to the different weather conditions in your home town. A thin cotton pair of leggings are perfect for a summer day, while you can invest in fleece lined leggings to wear in the winter.
Leggings also come in different colors and prints. A pair of plain black or navy blue leggings will create the classic look, but don’t be afraid to play around with different prints including checked and animals prints. At the end of the day, your outfit should represent you and your style.
Layers! Layers! Layers!
Layers are an easy way to ensure you’re dressed for the constantly changing weather. You can always take a layer off if you’re warm, or put one on if you’re cold. However, apart from just temperature control, layers can add an element of style to your wardrobe.
Most of us are familiar with putting on a cardigan or a coat to keep warm, but the layering game can do so much more! Want to wear your summer dress a little longer even though summer is over? You can layer it with a long cardigan! Got to rush for a business meeting after a casual lunch with friends? Add a long layer to your simple outfit and you’re ready to go!
The addition of a long layer in the form of a statement coats, trench coats, cardigans, duster or wool coat can make even the simplest outfit of jeans and a t-shirt look smart and chic. The right layers can help you dress an outfit up to suit any occasion.
A good rule of thumb when buying long layers to add to your wardrobe is to allow for variety. Invest in pieces that will add different vibes to your outfit. Try to include a formal black/navy blue coat, a bright colored piece either in red or mustard, a light colored piece in off-white or beige, a checked or striped piece, a fur/fluffy piece, a patterned or printed piece, and something that is versatile and water resistant.