As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with my sense of style and the realisation that what I really want from my clothes is comfort. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to look nice, smart, presentable, whatever, it just means that above all, I want to be comfortable! Dressing for comfort isn’t always the easiest though (without ending up in leggings and oversized tees all the time) and it’s definitely not something that many high street retailers lend itself too, so I thought I’d share my tips for finding pieces + rocking a comfortable fashion.
Try everything on. I can’t stress how important this is enough. Even if you don’t want to brave the fitting rooms, take it home and try it on before making a decision about adding it to your wardrobe. It could be the prettiest skirt in the world but if the fabric’s itchy, the skirt rides up or the buttons dig in, it’s of no use to it. Feel the fabrics, take a look at the seams, and move about in the clothes, figure out whether you’d be comfortable in it for more than an hour. 95% of the outfits in my wardrobe I’d be comfortable in for the duration of a long haul flight, and whilst it’s pretty extreme, it’s a good benchmark for good clothing!
Comfortable doesn’t have to mean frumpy. Some of my favourite, dressier wardrobe pieces are the comfiest clothes I own, just because you’re comfortable in your outfit, doesn’t mean you need to look like you’ve just come out the dark end of a three day flu. I pick looser fitting clothes that nip in somewhere, to feel comfortable without losing my shape.
Choose fabrics carefully. I like thicker knitwear pieces that hold their shape, sweaters with long sleeves that can be turned up at the cuffs to look more put together, skinny jeans with a little lycra so they stretch and stay soft. Good fabrics can instantly make a piece look more expensive and smarter, even if it’s the comfiest piece in the world.
Invest in accessories. One of my favourite things to wear is a combination of my high waisted black Zara leggings, and an oversized sweater from Diesel. It’s comfortable, slouchy + all black which is totally my jam. On it’s own though, it’s a bit too casual to wear out of the house. Pair it with my Michael Kors handbag and Ash Jalouse Boots with a slight heel, and it looks very Mary Kate and Ashley, in a good way. Good accessories can instantly smarten up a casual outfit if paired together well.
Price doesn’t always equal comfort. Just because something is more expensive, doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be more comfortable. Some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe are high street, and oh so comfortable, it just pays to spend some time looking around. I favour my Zara leggings over a pair I used to have from Whistles, and I love the H&M Conscious Collection basic tees much more than the tshirts I have from French Connection. That being said, it can be worth spending a little more to get comfort in some places. I tend to favour higher priced knitwear and shoes, but I save money on things like denim and tshirts.
Pick a comfortable, basic piece that has a twist. In these photos, I’m wearing a jumper from Next that I fell in love with back in November. I love the soft pink colour, the thick warm knit, but what sold me was the lace up detailing on the back. It doesn’t compromise the comfort of the item, but it adds a little twist and polish to the look.
If in doubt, layer. My soft American Eagle check shirts look much smarter with a black knit jumper over the top, and my super warm thermal long sleeved tees look really cute poking out from underneath a cardigan and scarf. Layering for some reason generally makes outfits look smarter + if done right, more expensive!
Spend an extra five minutes on your hair + makeup. I normally go for two of the three, good hair and makeup will excuse your leggings and tee, good makeup and clothes will excuse your in-need-of-a-wash hair, and good hair and a sassy outfit will distract people from an unmadeup face. It’s all about tricking people into thinking you’re more put together than you are
Are you a comfort over fashion kinda gal?
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