Being comfortable doesn’t mean you can’t be fashionable, especially given the recent athleisure trend. These days everyone is running around in sneakers and activewear. But, there is a fine line between fashionably comfortable and looking like you might end up on the snarky “People of Walmart” website. I talked more about this and offered a no-fail “formula” in my Plus Size Athleisure Outfit post. So if you haven’t read it yet, start there.
Ok, so now that we’re on the same page, I wanted to take this concept one step further. In today’s post, I hope to show you how to take an “in-the-home outfit” and easily change it to a trendy put-together look you can confidently leave the house in. I got this idea from my blog survey as nearly 30 percent of you said that you either work from home/are a stay-at-home mom or are retired. And several of you commented that you were looking for ways to look stylish and comfortable when at home.
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Plus Size Joggers Outfits
Lessons While Working From Home
As I mentioned awhile ago, when I first lost my “real” job, I was really struggling. I was depressed, lost, and broke, just to name a few of my problems. I threw myself into this blog. And although I was working everyday, I rarely left my house. I didn’t have a reason to. So my daily routine changed dramatically. And not in good ways.
Suddenly, I no longer had to see anyone. There was no expectation to shower, put on makeup, put on a cute work-appropriate outfit, or even brush my hair. The bar for my personal grooming dropped so low that I was proud of myself if I managed to wash my face and brush my teeth. And I lived in old leggings with holes despite having closets full of beautiful clothes. These were dark times, my friends.
Of course, part of that is just the nature of depression. But ultimately those daily habits of personal grooming, self-care, and dressing for the day, help keep me feeling positive and ready. Meaning, ready for life. Like if a Fed Ex delivery comes or a neighbor drops by, I won’t have to hide because I’m wearing an old dirty t-shirt with no bra and have unintentional dreadlocks. I know it because I lived it. I was so unkempt that I felt like I would just die of embarrassment if anyone saw me. So now I understand that I want to be ready to run a quick errand or meet a friend for coffee last minute. I not only want to be ready, I want to feel ready.
And I’ve learned that having that intention of looking my best keeps me feeling good about myself and confident. Now that’s not to say that I’m putting on a full face of makeup or I’m dressing like I used to for a professional office. And I certainly have days when I slack. But, I strongly believe I can look great and be comfortable. There is no need to sacrifice style for comfort.
My In-the-Home “Dream Outfit”
So this first look is meant to be worn at home. It is my “dream outfit” that I can wear working at my laptop or just having a Netflix & chill kind of day. It is super comfortable but still nice enough that I will open the door for package deliveries. And with just a few modifications I can head out for errands, coffee, shopping, or whatever I need to be ready for. I also added in a few comforts that I currently have and love or are on my wish list.
Just as there are “comfort foods,” there are “comfort clothes.” And this plus size draped cardigan is the quintessential comfort clothes. It is made by Barefoot Dreams, a brand known for their ultra soft fabrics, coziness, and luxury. They make socks, blankets, robes, sweaters, plus size cardigans, and basically anything you’d want to be “cozy.” And while I think this cardigan is great for comfort and lounging at home, it can also be worn out and about.
My dream outfit also includes my favorite tees, which I have talked about often. I also recommend these tees, especially for softness. I also have and recommend these wireless headphones and these Prosecco Rose candles if you like floral scents. Little luxuries. And from my wish list, the UGG shearling slippers, which I am seriously considering in the gold, and some Madewell joggers. By the way, Madewell now has extended sizes up to a 24/3X. Although I don’t find the collection thrilling, they have some great staple pieces and it is always nice to see more options in plus sizes.
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Plus Size Joggers Outfits – In-the-Home
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This second outfit is for heading out of the house stylishly. As I said above, that beautiful and soft Barefoot Dreams cardigan can absolutely be worn for any casual occasion. But I wanted to show that you can swap it out for a biker jacket for a completely different and trendy look. A denim jacket works too. Add a scarf, practically any color, pattern, or print will work since the outfit is completely neutral. Swap the slippers for sneakers. Remember to choose “elevated” sneakers, like the ones I talked about in that Plus Size Athleisure Outfit post.
I included a cute wristlet because they are so easy to carry, with a strap around your wrist. I have a studded Michael Kors wristlet (similar) that I use as a wallet. It has slots for my credit cards and I can squeeze in other essentials, like my phone and sunglasses, as needed. I keep the wristlet in a larger handbag with other less important items. That way, when I am in a hurry or don’t want to be bogged down with a heavy bag, I can just grab the wristlet and go!
Plus Size Joggers Outfits – Outside-the-Home
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