Like it or not, leisurewear has had a big upgrade.
I mean it’s now a staple, more than a staple even, an essential. Leisurewear is an extensive range of clothing we wear all the time. We are at home more, we are moving more and hopefully, we are more creative in what we wear with these functional pieces.
How we wear it is an interesting question?
Gone are the days when a tracksuit was considered a lazy option – and I know some women would never ever consider leaving the house in one. I was that woman once; the woman who looked despairingly at travellers or shoppers wearing what I considered to be “private” clothing. There is a strong case for leaving leisurewear at home where it belongs but there are also exceptions. We are living in different times and comfortable pieces, more than ever, have a role to play.
Wearing a tracksuit doesn’t need to be lazy. We don’t need to venture out or be at home in an un-groomed state – “comfortable” is not an artistic license for letting go. Traditionally our mind set may have equated a hoodie and track pants with a long lounge on the sofa, no make-up and a bad hair day. It doesn’t have to be that way. What we wear and how we present ourselves in these types of pieces opens up a whole new fashion experience.
Like the weekend’s example, it’s all about the mix.
I’ve been mixing my leisurewear up big time. My best blouses have had an outing with my favourite soft pants and a hoodie has been worn under a cashmere coat. The trench has always been a firm favourite with leggings and a tee. I’m thinking the lace-up boots can work with a soft track pant and simple tee if a 3/4 coat goes over the top? There are a zillion workable combinations and no reason why we have to wear our leisurewear traditionally. Just adding a gorgeous coat and a pair of boots with our comfortable wear elevates the look to a whole new level.
My day-to-day has changed and that’s why I need to be flexible and consider the way I work my clothing. Dressing up is important to me but it’s become more for me than anyone else. The “going out” is definitely less and the exercise decidedly more. It’s a positive thing; how we live and dress has definitely changed.
Today, I’m in and out.
Working now; jobs later. track pants + lace blouse is an unusual combination and I know that. You know what? It works right now. It’s getting cold in London so I’ll swap my mules for some trainers, add a coat and out I’ll go. I’ll be cosy and comfy and still look ok.
We are adaptable creatures us woman, at least I like to think so. xv
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