23.04.2020

LOUNGING AROUND

Stay-at-home looks to inspire your style

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Images: Widjan Arendse-Hendricks, Onthatile Morake + Nandipha Mqoco

We’re finding our small joys where we can and one of these daily pick-me-ups includes soaking up loungewear inspiration from those who do it with aplomb. We chat to Nandipha Mqoco, Widjan Arendse-Hendricks and Onthatile Morake about their effortless dressing philosophies because, sometimes, putting together a covetable loungewear look requires more than just rolling out of bed in your trusty track pants and your best friend’s oversized shirt that you “forgot” to give back.

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What’s your everyday stay-at-home style?

The baggier, the better. Oversized garments with super-comfortable fabric for the colder seasons and maxi dresses for when it gets really hot.

What do you love about your ultimate loungewear look and what are the key pieces?

Firstly, it’s my favourite colour. I’m really into pastels lately and you can never go wrong with a monochrome look. Secondly, there’s no better way to look chic in the most effortless way than wearing an oversized men’s shirt, which you could always steal from your dad, boyfriend, husband...

Any styling tips you can share to take a loungewear look from ready for bed to ready for business?

  1. Comfort and functionality are always key, but if you want to take your outfit to the next level, then colour coordination is something to be mindful of. It makes a world of difference.
  2. Add dainty jewellery in gold, rose gold or silver to your look – a single gold chain, anklets, small gold hoops or diamond studs.
  3. Try comfy headgear such as beanies or, my personal favourite, furry bucket hats.
  4. Ditch the slippers and opt for a comfy sneaker for those days when you have to be productive at home and get some work done.

What do you suggest avoiding when it comes to mastering loungewear?

Stay away from whatever makes you feel uncomfortable. For me, that would be denim. It’s not warm nor is it a fabric that I could wear for hours on end. Delicate fabrics that can’t afford a coffee stain and fabrics that need to be dry cleaned or can’t handle being washed frequently are a big no.

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What’s your everyday stay-at-home style?
My stay at home uniform has changed dramatically since the start of lockdown. Comfortable knitwear varieties have replaced structured shirts, while relaxed trousers have replaced tailored ones. I’ve found some solace in the simple act of changing out of my pyjamas and into comfortable but put-together outfits – and it’s helped avoid spending the entire day in bed.

What do you love about your ultimate loungewear look and what are the key pieces?
This look consists of three basic building blocks when it comes to getting dressed without too much thought. The knitwear is breathable and roomy, so I can move from one task to 10 others without feeling constrained. The cinched cuff on the sleeve is key to avoid getting food stains on it and a quick roll-up means I can wash my hands with ease. These Mango trousers unfortunately have little elasticity, but they are about two sizes too big, so I can lounge about and still get the enjoyment of wearing them at home. The ballet flats have been in my wardrobe for over a year and are the softest leather, as well as easy to slip on and off. Honestly, they feel a bit like fancy slippers.

Any styling tips you can share to take a loungewear look from ready for bed to ready for business?
The reality is that one person’s bedtime track pants and sweater could be someone else’s loungewear preference. One thing that makes my loungewear feel refined is mixing elevated basics with something slightly tailored. Throwing an oversized blazer over a basic cotton T-shirt is a game-changer.

What do you suggest avoiding when it comes to mastering loungewear?

I’d avoid wearing white (especially if you like experimenting with cooking and baking), heels that clink and clank around the home (be mindful of your neighbours if you live in an apartment block) and scratchy fabrics.

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What’s your everyday stay-at-home style?

Cosy made cute: items that are comfortable as pyjamas, but that count as decent clothes in case I need to pop out to the shops.

What do you love about your ultimate loungewear look and what are the key pieces?

For this look, I’m wearing a grey sweater with drawstring sleeves by Missguided (they have a great selection of loungewear items) and my adidas Alphaskin Sport Tights in Legend Ivy (the best. They feel like a hug, but for my legs). After a day of lazing around and working from my couch, I can swap the sweater for a training tank top and do a quick home workout session.

Any styling tips you can share to take a loungewear look from ready for bed to ready for business?

Pair your loungewear items with the right items – a cosy sweater with jeans and white sneakers can take your look to the next level.

What do you suggest avoiding when it comes to mastering loungewear?

Don’t sacrifice your comfort. Opt for soft sweats and cosy tops and, if you’re going for leggings or tights, make sure they’re not too tight.

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