Written by Amy Scalia
This time of year, it’s just natural to reach for cozy knits, slubby socks, and sherpa-lined anything to feel comfy and warm. But after two years of social distancing, working, learning, exercising, and (gestures broadly at everything) from home, these comforting wardrobe staples are here to stay whether we’re hunkering down or venturing out. From loungewear and work from home must-haves to activewear and outerwear for braving the elements, here are some of our favorite features and new styles.
When it comes to loungewear, soft, breathable materials and comfortable fit are key features to look for. Opt for a matching set, and it automatically makes you feel more put together. And when you add sustainability to the mix — like with this Recycled Cashmere Blend Sweater and Jogger set — it’s next level. The Unwind Tunic Sweatshirt and Fleece Jogger is another favorite sustainable set with their super-soft brushed cotton that puts your body and mind at ease.
You can also style up a loungewear set so you don’t need a wardrobe change when your day switches gears. Easily add a casual layer, like a denim jacket, on top of your loungewear set and complete the look with your favorite pair of sneakers. Throw on some sunnies and some simple jewelry and you're ready to run errands in your loungewear set.
Work from Home Must-Haves
It's hard to be motivated when you’re working in the same thing you rolled out of bed wearing, so getting dressed for the day can mean the difference between a productive or challenging one. That being said, you’re home, so staying comfy is key. A work from home wardrobe is all about striking a balance between professional and comfortable.
Aim for an outfit that’s soft and cozy, but you could still wear out of the house. You want to appear ready to get work done, not take a snooze on the couch (even if that’s what you fully plan to do on your lunch break). On a Zoom call? Easily polish up what’s in frame with a button down top or Shawl Collar Pullover. Statement accessories like a headband, earrings or necklace finish your look with some effortless flair.
Leggings make the perfect accompaniment to a nice sweater or oversized top. Made from the softest fabric with just the right amount of stretch means you can relax and move around more easily—and your coworkers on that teleconference will be none the wiser. Need a little extra warmth? Opt for the Sweatshirt Legging, which fits like a legging, but comforts like a sweatshirt. Need to dress it up a bit? Reach for the All Day Denim Legging, which offers the structure you need to feel dressed for the job, but fabric so stretchy, you stay comfortable all day.
When you don't feel like wearing pants or leggings, an easy dress is a great go-to. The Cozy Crewneck Sweater Dress, Easy V Neck Dress, or Midi T-Shirt Dress topped with a Cocoon Cardigan are some of our favorite looks.
The Legging isn’t just perfect for working from home or running errands, it’s also versatile enough for your next sweat sesh or yoga flow. It also has an adjustable hem that extends over the foot like a sock to get extra cozy on the couch.
If you want a more compressed fit and activewear look for your next workout, opt for the Manduka Legging and Bra set, made to move with your body while keeping you comfortable with features like ultra-cooling moisture-wicking fabric and supportive yet delicate straps.
Outerwear & Coldwear
When you’re outside, versatility will help you brave any elements that come your way. Enjoy more time in nature, and any weather it brings, with a Packable Anorak. Or, the 4-in-1 Jacket is made to work overtime so you don’t have to. With reversible nylon on one side and quilted knit on the other, you get two jackets and two vests all at once. Perfect for agile adventuring and traveling light.
And because you have enough vying for your attention, your clothes shouldn’t be one of them. Added functionality helps to keep you in the moment, especially when you’re on the go and purposefully active. Little hidden gems, like built-in backpack straps on outerwear like the Sherpa Bomber, allow you to easily peel off layers to stay comfortable and connected to your activity.
No matter if you’re venturing out or cozying up inside, we hope these suggestions offer inspiration to bring more comfort and ease to your new year ahead.