The only wardrobe you need in 2020: Clothes you can nap in and wear outdoors too
It’s time to put on your big girl *scratch that* any pants
With Unlock in full swing and the lockdown lifted, we’ve been dealing with a conundrum. With no office to go to or people to meet, the last few months have been quite an unfashionable existence. Our definition of loungewear consisted of a mix of faded boxer shorts, papa’s old t-shirts and kaftans we promised we’d return to mom but never did.
Wearing ‘proper clothes’ was limited to a quick trip to the grocery store or heading to the gate to pick up food delivery. We’d mastered this tedious fashion gymnastics between home clothes and outside clothes. But now as we venture into the great outdoors more often and create our social bubbles to safely meet friends again, we’re scrambling.
While some have been disciplined with their food and workouts and even managed to lose weight during quarantine, we found comfort in paniyaram, chocolates and trying our hand at every buzzy food trend that came our way. There’s no going back to those skinny jeans now.
We decided we don’t want to compromise on comfort any more by giving up our loungewear. Sifting through the latest label drops and lookbooks to put together a new wardrobe, we’ve managed to find clothes that are comfy enough to nap in, but also put-together enough to step out to run errands and meet people.
Loungewear you can actually leave the house in
The PJ Tweak by Tweak India x Mint & Cotton
This ‘eye’ catching set will take you from day to night with ease.
You lounge at home in the navy shirt and matching pyjamas, jump on a work video call and show off the dazzling pocket embroidery.
Need to step out? Replace the PJs with jeans and you’re good to go until you get back home and jump into bed.
These have you covered for all your daily needs.
Price: ₹1,800 for the set
Popsicle noodle strap dress by The Burnt Soul
A cross between a beach cover-up and your favourite nightie that nani hand-stitched for your fifth birthday, this dress is the living embodiment of your happiest childhood memories.
The soft breathable handloom cotton in monochromatic checked print makes it perfect for every season.
Dare to go braless around the house and just pop on some gold jewellery and a pair of tan sandals (bra still optional) if you’ve got brunch plans with friends.
Price: ₹ 3,800
Feet up caramel loungewear by Essgee
We consider the name more of an instruction, and we’re happy to comply.
Made of breathable linen that can handle a mid-October power outage without leaving you swimming in a pool of sweat, the beautiful colour is like candy against your skin.
You’re going to have a hard time prying yourself out of this set even when you finally venture out for coffee dates or socially distanced hangouts in the park.
Dip neck sleep dress by Dandelion
Suffice it to say this a far stretch from your grandma’s nighties. The bright orange colour and rope print of this poplin cotton dress could fool anyone.
We’re taking inspiration from this image and setting up a beach blanket in our balcony with books and a glass of rosé. Sunday lounge party for one.
Olive stripes top with boho pants by Label Raasleela
This set is made using pure cotton for ultimate comfort. Don’t be frightened by the bold colour of the pants. The olive hand block printed top perfectly complements and balances it out if you’re more used to wearing neutral shades.
The pants have an elastic waist that won’t squeeze our post-lunch food baby. The outfit is smart enough for those last-minute Zoom calls and to step out for a trip to the store.
Price: ₹2,850 for the set
Baby blue tie top set by Moonbow
Made of crinkled cotton that won’t betray the fact that you haven’t seen your iron in 6 months, this stylish hand-dyed set is the ultimate hybrid: Pyjama-meets-kurta.
Loosen up that knot to make yourself comfy post-lunch, or slip on a pair of mojris and eclectic costume jewellery to do your Navratri visits in the neighbourhood.
Summer hemp knit dress by Sui
Sui is one of the few Indian brands that make clothes using hemp. It’s an eco-friendly, sustainable, highly absorbent and light material. Which makes this dress by Sui a great buy.
It’s sleeveless and light, we’d be lying if we say it didn’t make great post-lunch nap wear. You can layer it with a shirt and roll up your sleeves for a lunch date with all the friends you’ve been putting off meeting.
Olive free size jumpsuit by Urth
We love a good jumpsuit. This one by Urth is made of a smooth satin that you’ll want to keep running your hands over.
The olive green works great with Indian skin tones as well. It’s free size easy-breezy for daytime wear and the gathered waistline will compliment different body types. It gives it an extra zhuzh for when you need to make it to a social-distanced meeting.
The only downfall of a jumpsuit is stripping down every time you need to use the loo, but we don’t mind.
Soft-touch top and trousers by Zara
The soft-touch material used by Zara will make you feel like you’re wearing a cloud. What’s not to love about that?
You can wear these as a matched outfit with their high-waist trousers and sleeveless top, or even buy them separately and do your own mix and match.
They’re available in different colours but we love the neutral light grey that you can then pair up with colourful accessories.
Taupe joggers with drawstring by NUSH
If you’re still not ready to give up on track paints, then find a pair you can play with. We suggest Bollywood’s beloved joggers.
These baggy pants with forgiving elastic waistlines and tapered hems will be your new fashion friend.
Team them up with a tank top and some indie jewellery and you’ve got yourself an athleisure crossover look. No one would guess that half an hour ago, these were the same pants you dusted khakhra crumbs off while laying on the sofa.