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Lounging In Front Of Others
What to wear to breakfast at your in-laws or to hang out at your childhood best friend's house over the holidays.
Sure, we all have our favorite throw on t-shirt and beat up lounge pants we wear when we get home from a long day…that will never see the outside world. But what to wear over Thanksgiving weekend when you might be staying with your brother-in-law…and making toast in your undies and favorite sleeping t-shirt will not do? Some thoughts on what to wear when jeans feel too ready for the day, but PJs too underdressed.
A nod to our summer Saturday uniform story, a simple formula to help you pack and look decent while hanging fireside. You most likely have a lot of these elements, so just a little list of what I'm planning to put together the week after next.
The grey lounging sweater
Ok, I can already hear you saying, oh my god, snooze! Not another grey cashmere sweater!!! And yes you probably already have something along these lines, but the point here is to show you the precise design elements that lend themselves to “I just woke up and threw this on".” And these elements are: a medium to thin weight as to not be too hot for wearing indoors. An open hemline. A length that grazes or slightly covers your bum (because we will get to the pants later…) And grey, just because it’s the ultimate lounge color: the sweatshirt’s sophisticated cousin who just got back from study abroad and is now using “quite” as a descriptor…I kid, I kid.
The knock around tees that are a little extra
A good knock around that you can throw on in front of others is made from cotton that is not too stiff or thick. I find when the fabric is too thick it doesn’t feel cozy and you don’t naturally gravitate toward layering it. It has sleeves that sort of hang or flutter down and a body that isn’t so tight that you couldn’t potentially ditch your bra.
The lounge pants
Not to be confused with sweatpants, lounge pants usually have an open hem or are made from…something other than terry. As a New Yorker, knock around pants are essential because one cannot wear the same pants that sat on the subway to read bedtime stories in my kid’s bed. But I digress, I love knock around pants. So lots of options below, from the best pajama pants that don’t totally look like pajama pants to velour pants, ribbed pants, knit pants and even Brunello Cucinelli pants. The essential guardrail for this category being: machine washable.
Who doesn’t love a little house shoe!? These don’t require much introduction. Just a fun little variety that are all easily packable. The Halflingers (IYKYK!) are slightly more bulky but IDK, maybe worth it.
FOR THE HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS!
And should you want to swap your lounge pants for…lurex lounge pants come 5pm, I say: NOT NO!
That’s all for today. We will talk before you actually leave for your Turkey Day travels but at least this helps you get a head start on packing.
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