Beyond the Closet :: Active, Lounge and Sleepwear

I'm one of those weirdos that believes that your off-duty clothes should be just as cute as what's in your closet. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. If you look good for a workout, you feel good. And when you feel good, you workout harder. It's SCIENCE or something.
  2. The more I feel sloppy at home, the less I want to do. Plus, I live with a dude and I still have that feeling that he'd appreciate me not looking like a Cathy cartoon.
  3. Sleeping in cute things makes me feel cute. It's one of life's little luxuries. The living with a dude thing still applies here too.

I've spent a lot of time and money on an off-duty wardrobe and while I'm still working on perfecting it, I have a few tips for putting as much thought thought into what you wear around the house and to the gym as you do the rest of the wardrobe.

GYM READY

I'm that person that buys new workout clothes every time I re-start a workout program. I tend to buy in outfits (Fabletics is great for this), but now that I've gotten a good collection going, I can do a lot more mix and matching. I have a soft spot for "Magic Pants," which are any fun, funky and awesome leggings that give you that extra boost of energy to make your workout even better. Zara Terez has the BEST patterned and colorful leggings. I'm obsessed. It's not just leggings that you can play with, though. Beyond Yoga has some really interesting bras with cool backs. Carbon38 has some of the coolest tops I've seen. If you haven't checked out Forever 21's selection of affordable workout wear, it's legit. I recommend shopping online, since my store was pretty wiped out. Other affordable places to pick up cute active wear include Marshall's, TJ Maxx, and of course...Target.

LOUNGE OUT

I started trying to up my lounge wear game last year with a collection of leggings, tunics, and sweaters just for home. I used to try and keep on my cute clothes as long as possible, but after multiple drips and spills while cooking and a strong desire to take off my pants as soon as I got in the door, I started building a collection of comfortable clothes that were never intended to leave the house. This was for a number of reasons. Mostly though, it's because I have a dog that SHEDS. If I can take off my "work" leggings and put on my "house" leggings as soon as I get home, then I avoid getting pug hair all over my nice leggings. I'm still working on this category, because I've found it's much harder to put together a cute lounge outfit than sleep or active. I've been buying a lot of funky printed pants from Amazon (these can double as Magic Pants, too!) and long t-shirt dresses. Like I said...work in progress.

SLEEP TIGHT

Getting married obviously means that you let down your guard and really be yourself around the one you love. And while I'm all for that, cute PJs is just as much about me as it is him. Shockingly, I don't have any photos of me just hanging out in my pajamas, but here are a few of my favorite shops for super cute sleep stuff. I've ordered from Adore Me a few times recently and LOVE the sets. The fabric is soft and the sets are cute; my favorite is this short PJ set. I also like shopping Dillard's and Victoria's Secret sales for good sets - I prefer shorts with tanks & tees to gowns or long pants (I run really hot at night!). And don't neglect to get yourself a good robe or two - I have one for after I shower, one for getting ready, and a super soft one that I cut the ties off of to make a drapey cardigan to wear around the house when I'm cold.