21 Mar 2020

The “At Home” Diaries: Can We Look Good In The Sweats?

The At-Home Diaries No4: Can We Look Good In The Track Gear?


Probably not, but they sure are comfortable.
Before my last trip to Australia, I decided to re-think the plane gear. I mentioned the backpack; it worked super well and if I ever travel again, this bag is a winner. For the first time in my life, I included a tracksuit, with a hood, so I could sleep in my own comfort. The search was relentless, I tried many and then I found Ninety Percent. The most comfortable and flattering, if that’s possible, pants and top I ever had.

Fast forward three weeks and here I am still wearing the sweats. Not every day but in the interests of full disclosure, they have been working pretty hard for me.


My logic is this: There will be days when comfort has to win.

The social distancing and virtual lockdowns we face are tough, emotionally and physically. Life as we knew it has changed and we are all looking into the future with different eyes. Yes, I’m very positive and “enjoying” my quiet time but I admit to waking up with an anxious ball in my stomach some nights. I don’t dwell and I put an audiobook on immediately, work with the calm and the feeling soon passes.


How long will this last? Nobody knows but it may well be just the beginning and if feeling comfortable on some days helps me, then I’m all for it. On other days I will dress up like the Met Gala has not been canceled and celebrate solo with all my heart. Moods will fluctuate and some will handle the estrangement and fear better than others but what does give me comfort, apart from a comfortable hoodie and an easy pair of pants, is knowing we are together in this.


Mixing it up in not only my daily routine but also my fashion choices is how I’m playing this one out. I won’t save the best for last and neither will I deny myself the cosy when my mood strikes. This is not letting go, giving in or settling, this is all part of the nurturing we need right about now.



Maybe tomorrow I will wear a tulle skirt with this sweatshirt and satisfy both inner voices. xv




At Home: In The Sweats

fitted long sleeve dress  ||  tie-dye hoodie  ||  cotton sweatshirt  ||  cotton track pants  ||  cotton jersie hoodie




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19 Comments

anitapelayorivera

Good morning beautiful Vicki Archer! I think that we can make those sweats swing with this: attitude. That smile of yours, that gorgeous “chevelure” of yours piled high and the energy behind it all is the real garment. Everything else just hangs graciously. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Vicki

We must keep our “energies” on high alert :) All will be well if we can do that…

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Josephine

Yes I am definitely wearing comfy clothes at the moment. Although I seem to be busier than ever getting essenial things done like queuing at the fish mongers and veg shop. It is a challenging time. I too wake in the night not knowing what the next day will bring. All the best to you and your family.

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Vicki

Thank you… and to you Josephine… look forward to a catch up when all this is behind us :)

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Mumbai

Seems you bear the crisis perfect because you look so young and relaxed on that pic.
Carry on even in sweats…now it’s time to let us drift a bit

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LA CONTESSA

TIMING is perfect on this TOPIC!I was asked yesterday if I was “LIVING” in sweats!I did not answer as I don’t OWN ANY SWEATS!I have made an effort TO DRESS and put make up on the LAST FIVE DAYS OF LOCK DOWN!It makes me feel BETTER over all.Don’t get me wrong I could easily hang out ALL DAY in my NIGHT DRESSES but that drives THE ITALIAN MAD!!!
Today I put a long flowing Dress on that has a slip to match as I am SO COLD here in CALIFORNIA!
It is a GOLD/yellow……..it is WARM as it is made of synthetic material.I have my CATHERINE ROBINSON cashmere socks on with my slippers.Catherine is from ENGLAND have you looked at her site?I think you might enjoy that.I have a few of her shawls and LOTS of the socks!!!!!!!!She is a beautiful person inside and out!STAY WELL VICKI……….loved the photo on instagram TODAY of the blooming TREE!
XX

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Vicki

Another thought I also had.. was caftans… very you Elizabeth… and also beloved by me… As long as we are gentle on ourselves with whatever it is, we will be ok.. and make sure to stay safe and others around us. Big kiss xx

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Michelle à Détroit

Vicki,

Throughout this unimaginable ordeal, we’ll all look to your musings to keep us buoyed and focusing on the positive. Maintaining a comforting cocoon in our new home has also helped me tremendously. Tidying, organizing, paying special attention to meal preparation, and continuing the daily rituals of home life. In addition, pigging out on the entire series of Sex and the City is HIGHLY recommended.

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Michelle à Détroit

Forgot to mention, I have invested in sweats that are fitted rather than baggy. Fitted sweats are just as comfortable and definitely more attractive looking.

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Vicki

Thank you, Jen and I love our community here … especially now… I don’t feel lonely when I think of us all in this together. xx

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Trudye

I agree with Mumbai! You do look so relaxed and happy!
Thanks for the inspiration on the cozies. I was not familiar with this brand, but after reading about their intention, I am all in! I will be placing my order after I finish posting! Stay well, Txx

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Suzanne D. Grable

Vicki,
I guess that you connect to people sometimes without knowing anything about them to find that they have like things in common as simple as clothes. I have ordered 2 pairs of shoes from Everlane but no clothes as of yet. I have been looking because they have pants that go around the real waist and I think they are much more flattering. I wondered if the size runs true but will have to order to know. The day glove shoe is so very soft and comfortable. I regret that Everlane does not have a phone number to call for information. It is a scary time here and hope that they will soon find a cure. So many live lost here. Have the best day and May God Bless, Suzann

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Vicki

It’s a very frightening time… I have heard of two more people I know with the virus today… hopefully they will be ok… Everlane fits true to size for me.. and I found the fit excellent.. which was what I loved.. no sending back! The trainers are so great and I’m wearing them most days for my walks… Take care, Suzanne xx

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