Bringing It Home: Comfy Loungewear

By Sarah Huntington

At the beginning of 2014, fashion designers from Cynthia Rowley to Todd Snyder paved the way for haute-casual or sports-deluxe clothes during Fashion Week in New York. Now, more than ever, it is not only sexy to be strong, but sexy to wear sweats. Top-notch designers are jumping onto a trend that Nike and Under Armour have had on lock for years, where track pants are replacing the classic Americana t-shirt and jeans. Leggings and comfy sweats are being worn not only for a workout, but also for a night out (and for a night in too).

I have always been a tomboy. I have preferred pants to skirts, and only recently have I taken to wearing dresses (with high top sneakers of course). I was climbing trees and swinging from monkey bars in elementary school. I was swinging on swings as high as I could, and then jumping off mid-height. I was slaying my own dragons, and saving the princes from being locked away in towers.

In college, I preferred sweats to any other piece of clothing. And even now, my dressers are piled with workout gear. Life is just plain better in sweats (sweatshop free, made in USA, if possible). Lucky for me, a few years ago fashion house Celine elevated the sweats look, and now comfy sweats are no longer the baggy men’s Nike basketball sweats of my youth but tailored and comfy. What's best about the new designers taking on this athletic clothing trend is that I no longer feel like I have to change if I have an impromptu meeting or want to go to dinner. And best of all, I do feel sexy in my sweats.

Now with the days getting darker and New York getting colder, I find myself at 5pm wanting to do nothing more than snuggle with my dog and read a good book. The dark and the cold make lounging completely acceptable. And while sometimes I feel guilty for not always being active, there is certainly something great about napping and taking life a little slower.

Cozy up on the couch with some classic flicks  - instead of football  - while you’re waiting for the turkey to cook on Thanksgiving.

Madewell Je t’aime Short Sleeve Top Great for a low key day of RomCom flicks. 

Madewell Je t’aime Short Sleeve Top

Great for a low key day of RomCom flicks. 

Splits59 Loren Seamless Bra This is the bra you should buy in all colors. It is soft and perfect for low impact, but I would wear these all day everyday, to be honest.

Splits59 Loren Seamless Bra

This is the bra you should buy in all colors. It is soft and perfect for low impact, but I would wear these all day everyday, to be honest.

Soft Joie Grant Sweatpants  These are a must have for off-duty, but they have soft pleats and trouser pockets that make these sweatpants also stylish for the streets.

Soft Joie Grant Sweatpants 

These are a must have for off-duty, but they have soft pleats and trouser pockets that make these sweatpants also stylish for the streets.

Sincerely Jules Best Dressed Tee Best dressed on the couch. 

Sincerely Jules Best Dressed Tee

Best dressed on the couch. 

WILDFOX Run Forever Pullover

WILDFOX Run Forever Pullover

UGG Ansley Glitter Slippers 

UGG Ansley Glitter Slippers 

The best part of pre-Thanksgiving prep at my house is that we stay in our PJs all day, spend time together, and cook.

Alternative Apparel Move Breathe Deeply Tank

Alternative Apparel Move Breathe Deeply Tank

Alternative Apparel Brushed Eco-Jersey Wrap I love the thumb-holes on this top. 

Alternative Apparel Brushed Eco-Jersey Wrap

I love the thumb-holes on this top. 

UGG Camaya Boots

UGG Camaya Boots

Eberjey Cozy Time Legging After a long day, these leggings have an ultra comfy feel.

Eberjey Cozy Time Legging

After a long day, these leggings have an ultra comfy feel.

Wildfox Official Walk of Shame Tee Channel the college days where you woke up and didn’t know the person next to you. Be daring, channel your spirit animal and use this reversible shirt to show all you haven’t lost your swag. 

Wildfox Official Walk of Shame Tee

Channel the college days where you woke up and didn’t know the person next to you. Be daring, channel your spirit animal and use this reversible shirt to show all you haven’t lost your swag. 

Eberjey Cozy Time Slouchy Tee Perfect for giving yourself a big hug. This top has an ultra cuddly feel. 

Eberjey Cozy Time Slouchy Tee

Perfect for giving yourself a big hug. This top has an ultra cuddly feel. 

Let yourself get a little cheeky with your loungewear.

Blue Life V-Neck Striped Cape This striped cape features a long comfy silhouette. Pair with boots for an edgy look while running errands. 

Blue Life V-Neck Striped Cape

This striped cape features a long comfy silhouette. Pair with boots for an edgy look while running errands. 

Elizabeth and James “Uptown or Downtown” Tee

Elizabeth and James “Uptown or Downtown” Tee

UGG Grandle Leather Boots

UGG Grandle Leather Boots

WILDFOX “Driver Take Me Somewhere Sunny” Pullover

WILDFOX “Driver Take Me Somewhere Sunny” Pullover

A Fine Line Bowtie Tee

A Fine Line Bowtie Tee

Flynn Skye Perfect Printed Pant I love the polka dot detail of these pants, and the tapered leg makes them perfect for heels or boots. 

Flynn Skye Perfect Printed Pant

I love the polka dot detail of these pants, and the tapered leg makes them perfect for heels or boots. 

We just love that loungewear can be chic, especially with the NYC winter chill. 

Rebecca Minkoff Let’s Go to the Disco Tee

Rebecca Minkoff Let’s Go to the Disco Tee

Cynthia Rowley Bonded Leggings Neoprene-style leggings with a new, slicker style. Has more give and less bulk for a slimmer line.

Cynthia Rowley Bonded Leggings

Neoprene-style leggings with a new, slicker style. Has more give and less bulk for a slimmer line.

Soft Joie Beau C Sweatshirt I love the V-neck line on this comfy sweatshirt. 

Soft Joie Beau C Sweatshirt

I love the V-neck line on this comfy sweatshirt. 

UGG Olivia Boot

UGG Olivia Boot

Cozy at home, or out on the town, we love the weekend. This outfit does double duty.

Club Monaco Clark Cashmere Wrap

Club Monaco Clark Cashmere Wrap

Splits59 Astrid Saturn Back Pullover Grab this pullover that isn’t too baggy, but hits below the hip for a long, relaxed, stylish look.

Splits59 Astrid Saturn Back Pullover

Grab this pullover that isn’t too baggy, but hits below the hip for a long, relaxed, stylish look.

Spell Aloha Python Slouchies These cute and comfy slouchy pants are perfect for lounging, and then spontaneously meeting up with friends for an Old-Fashioned. Pair it with booties and a slouchy tee.

Spell Aloha Python Slouchies

These cute and comfy slouchy pants are perfect for lounging, and then spontaneously meeting up with friends for an Old-Fashioned. Pair it with booties and a slouchy tee.

Laid Back London (for Calypso St. Barth) Nyali Embellished Leather Boots

Laid Back London (for Calypso St. Barth) Nyali Embellished Leather Boots

 

 

A vagabond by nature, Sarah Huntington has traveled to Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Austria, Vietnam, London, and France... to name a few. She loves to travel, hike, and explore the world. She played collegiate basketball and studied Literature, History and Education at Connecticut College, and is currently a high school English teacher and basketball coach. Sarah is also a runner (completed the NYC Marathon), and her newest workout obsession is kickboxing. Sarah currently lives in Wilton, CT with her pitbull Jada, and enjoys spending her "free" time writing, reading, practicing yoga, working on meditating, and investigating all things related to fitness, fashion, and literature.