Responsible Loungewear Capsule Part 2

Ready for a really comfy week? Awesome, me too! After enjoying a March break blogging vacay last week I’m definitely still in the mood to embrace some low-key style and lots of my favourite casual looks, which I’ve never shared on the blog before!

But before we dive into outfits, I’m going to give you an update on my Responsible Loungewear Capsule. Having had no first hand ‘capsule’ experience until now it’s been a great learning exercise. Once I decided I was going to give this section of my wardrobe some much needed attention, see Part 1 here, I started really digging in and trying to get to the bottom of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to loungewear. Thank you for all your suggestions too!

Creating this mini capsule has been really interesting. It has meant I’ve had to pay close attention to how I gravitate towards different styles and outfit combinations, to plan ahead and make some very calculated omissions and additions to this section of my closet. Previously I’d barely given it any thought but now, about a month later, I’m happy to report that the experience so far has been fabulous! I’ve made some great progress and I’m at a point now that I think I’ll be content with my comfy capsule for at least the next full season and then some, which is exactly what I was aiming for.

So let’s take a look at: 

  • MY LOUNGEWEAR CAPSULE UPDATES (Including Where I Started, What I Parted With and What I Added)
  • MY UPDATED CAPSULE (Including All 15+ Items)
  • MY GO-TO LOUNGEWEAR OUTFIT FORMULAS 
  • WHAT’S ON FOR THE WEEK

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LOUNGEWEAR CAPSULE UPDATES


WHERE I STARTED: In PART 1 of this capsule series I talked about where I was at with my loungewear situation. It wasn’t totally desperate but there were certainly a few key issues that needed addressing, which were:

  1. Logistical Mayhem. I was pulling pieces from all over the place for after work or weekend use. I always felt like I was ‘stealing’ from my real closet but then I wouldn’t wear many of the pieces for work anyway. Basically it was just a jumbled mess in both my head and in reality. Plus the pieces I enjoyed wearing were few and far between so most of the time they’d be in the laundry bin and I’d be out of luck!
  2. No Designated Spot. I hadn’t assigned a specific place in my closet for my comfy clothes which made them hard to find and when I can’t find something within a few seconds, well, I just wear something else. So pieces I love were getting forgotten and going unused.
  3. Needed A Major Edit. My main closet is a lean machine but my workout, loungewear and sleeping clothes hadn’t been properly edited or organized in way too long. It was time to say goodbye to a few items in my loungewear that I didn’t love but had hung onto for one reason or another.

WHAT I PARTED WITH/RELOCATED:

  • Any ill-fitting, stained or just plain old unwanted t-shirts went into the donation bag.
  • I moved my leggings, long-sleeved tee and graphic sweatshirt to my camping gear.
  • I relocated my Birks back to my Summer footwear section.
  • I’m considering saving the cozy moon boot/slippers for next Winter but since they’re not really my style they might get donated too. Especially since I have slippers I love now.
  • I also brought in a few tops and a sweater from my main closet.

Once I’d remedied those key factors (organize, designate a spot, edit) I was well on my way to a more functional loungewear capsule. I consulted my wish list and began taking steps to incorporate a few key new pieces. I wanted to ensure anything I added would be responsibly made and highly utilized so with that in mind, some key criteria also included:

  • More pet-friendly materials, meaning heathered grey and charcoal to camouflage lint and fur.
  • Sleek, contemporary design so I can feel both comfortable and chic.
  • Easy to maintain items that are extremely versatile and easy to mix and match.
  • Interchangeable palette of neutrals and classic patterns like stripes and plaid.

So from there I started shopping. Now, I wouldn’t expect the average person to add this many items, this quickly. 6 months would probably be a more natural timeline in reality. But since I’m a blogger, with some awesome friends behind some beautiful brands, I was able to take broader steps towards a completed loungewear capsule in a short time span.

WHAT I ADDED:

SAVING FOR LATER:

There are a few things on my loungewear wish list that I’ve decided to save for later this year, when we’re facing another cold season. Those items include: warm, wool socks, long-sleeved tees and flannel leggings.

I also left out sleepwear from this update in particular because I’ve decided to tackle that section of my closet separately. I’m assessing my needs now that Spring is arriving and as it turns out, it’s not all that easy to find sleepwear that’s made responsibly and fits my criteria. So I’m holding out until I do. Plus, there’s more than enough to talk about on the loungewear topic as it is. So I hope you don’t mind that we’ll be saving sleepwear for another day soon!

With that, let’s dig into my updated loungewear capsule! 


MY UPDATED LOUNGEWEAR CAPSULE


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FLANNEL SHIRT | OLD* | I love this well-worn plaid boyfriend shirt from Zara. I usually wear it open over a tank with culottes but it’s also great buttoned up over sweatpants. It’s super soft but still fairly warm and easy to launder. *linked to similar by Reclaimed Vintage

GREY TERRY CULOTTES (aka Lela Trouser) | NEW | c/o CORRINE | These are quite literally the most gloriously soft pants ever. My friend Susan (mastermind behind Corinne) hand makes the most incredible, ultra comfy but totally stylish pieces out of this exclusive heavy French Terry and I’m obsessed. I wear a Small. Made responsibly in LA. More on these tomorrow!

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SLOUCHY TEES | OLD + NEW | I can’t help it, Everlane just makes the best t-shirts. I decided to add 2 new Box-Cut Tees (white and charcoal) to my capsule and moved an old relaxed linen tee over from my main closet in hopes that I’ll get more use out of it. Made responsibly and imported. For the box cut tee I size up to a M for the slouchy fit that I love.

LIGHT GREY CARDIGAN | OLD* | This piece has gotten a ton of use considering it was a freebie and not exactly aligned with my style. It’s not my favourite because it’s starting to look a little overworn but it’s still a great piece to throw on in a pinch. *linked to similar made in USA

BABOUCHE SLIPPERS | NEW | Carrie Forbes via Garmentory | These slippers are total GAME CHANGERS and exactly what I was looking for. I had them in my Garmentory cart for ages and finally pulled the trigger with some store credit. I’ve honestly worn them almost all day every day since. They’re the perfect shape that feels a little bit polished but still super lightweight and cushioned for mega comfort. Each pair is handmade in Morocco. Size up for a true fit (I have a 38 and wear a US 7).

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BLACK TERRY CULOTTES* | OLD | These were the first pair of pants I tried by Corinne and I totally fell in love. These have been worn and washed a ton of times and have kept their rich black colour and shape very well. They don’t stretch out at all either. The only drawback is that pet fur loves these so I have to keep a lint roller handy if I want to wear them a few times in between washes. I wear a Small. Made responsibly in LA. *linked to similar with longer inseam

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MODAL SWEATPANTS (aka the Dressy Sweatpant) | NEW | c/o ENCIRCLED | At first I wanted to add a pair of Encircled’s Minimalist Leggings but after trying a couple of sizes I found they just weren’t meant to be (they’re revising the waist height for the next run so I’ll try them then, but it came up too high on me). Instead Kristi (founder of Encircled) generously offered to send me a pair of the Dressy Sweatpant to test out and I instantly fell in love. They’re made of a delicious Modal material that feels so amazing it’s hard to describe, but it’s something along the lines of silk and jersey mixed with terry. Anyway it’s awesome, the cut is super cool and they’re made right in Toronto! I wear a Small. More on these this week. 

FITTED TANKS | OLD | These have been in my closet for years now and they’re basically like new. I got them on a whim at Anthropologie and they’re still available. They’re the perfect fitted tee for under sweaters and tuck into pants easy since they’re not too long. I wear a Small. Imported.

LONG GREY DUSTER | NEW | EILEEN FISHER | This piece was my loungewear ‘splurge’ because I’d been lusting after this perfect long, modern, charcoal duster/cardigan for months. I had it sitting in my cart for a few weeks and slowly but surely the price kept dropping (Nordstrom has some amazing Eileen Fisher sales) and when it hit 55% Off and my size was still available I pulled the trigger. Um, so yeah, best thing I’ve added to my closet all year and I haven’t gone a day without wearing it since it arrived. I wear an XS. Made responsibly and imported. More on why luxury loungewear items are worth it this week! 



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EASY JERSEY PANT | NEW | c/o EILEEN FISHER | You guys I’m an EF addict and I’m not even ashamed! I received these pants as part of The System collab I did and they’ve been amazing. They’re the perfect incognito sweatpant because of the sleek shape and slinky black jersey. I wear an XXS. Made in USA.

SLOUCHY STRIPED TEES | OLD* | These were impulse buys back in the days when I frequented Joe Fresh and have surprisingly held up really well (hand wash/hang dry helps). I felt it was time to move them into the capsule for good since I wear them every week and they’re perfect slouchy material to tuck in and/or layer under cardigans.*linked to similar made in USA

CHUNKY CARDIGAN | OLD* | I bought this beauty before the holidays last year and have worn it A TON this winter. At first I resisted adding it to my comfy capsule because I felt like it should be saved for more presentable occasions but I love wearing it and figured I would get a lot more use out of it if I accepted it was a part of the capsule. Doesn’t mean it can’t leave the house with me whenever I want! *linked to similar made responsibly and on sale

GREY TERRY TUNIC (aka City Sweater) | NEW | c/o CORINNE | This is exactly the type of tunic sweater I was hoping I would find for this capsule. I wanted something that would be contemporary in shape and fit but still super soft and comfy like a sweatshirt. This one is called the City Sweater by Corinne and it’s made of the same dreamy French Terry as it’s matching culotte counterparts. It’s basically heaven in sweatshirt. I wear a size Small and it’s perfectly oversize. Made responsibly in LA. More on this piece tomorrow!

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COTTON SWEATPANTS | OLD | Base Range | These are a true sweatpant, just updated with great detailing like a thick, flattering elastic waist, slim but relaxed fit and a perfect weight black cotton. Love these so much I might add the ivory pair one day. I wear a size Small. Made responsibly of organic cotton in Portugal.

OVERSIZE STRIPED TEE | OLD | This old fella was a super cheap find and won’t be going anywhere until it’s irreparably stained or damaged. It’s just a giant striped tee that can be worn tunic style or front tucked for a slouchy look. No longer available but I linked to a responsibly made one I’d be buying from the men’s section. 

And that my friends, is my Spring Loungewear Capsule! 



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 GO-TO LOUNGEWEAR OUTFIT FORMULAS


As I’ve been documenting and paying closer attention to my loungewear needs and tendencies I’ve discovered that I gravitate towards two formulas in this area of my closet. Those being:

FORMULA #1 – Oversize top (tunic sweater, oversize tee, boyfriend plaid) + slim comfy pant + slippers + usually topped off with a beanie for extra toastiness.

FORMULA #2 – Base Layer (tank or tee) + wide comfy pant + cardigan + slippers.


WHAT’S ON FOR THE WEEK


Turns out there are a TON of different ways to create those two formulas within this capsule. So over the next 4 days I’ll be sharing a couple looks every day that each embody one of these uniforms. It’s going to be so fun to play with a totally different genre of style and one that I dare say is under represented in the blogosphere. I hope you’ll tune in!


 SO LET’S HEAR WHERE YOU’RE AT ON THIS TOPIC!

HAVE YOU ADDED ANY NEW LOUNGEWEAR GEMS LATELY? 

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO AFTER HOURS UNIFORM?


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22 thoughts on “Responsible Loungewear Capsule Part 2

  1. Paper Label is a company from BC that is ethically and sustainably made in China. They have PJs, loungewear and athletic apparel.

    This is J is a company that is made in Canada and carries PJs and headwear.

  2. I have been ruminating about this topic for a while trying to come up with my own loungewear/weekend wear. I noticed that since my workday wardrobe is more polished and buttoned up that I tend to put more thought and emphasis on those items since I’m in them more than loungewear. I come home from work and immediately put on my pajamas, which I don’t like. Sometimes my husband will want to go to dinner after work and I feel like I want to get out of my work clothes, but then I don’t want to thrown on something too comfy looking. I also find when the weekend rolls around I have no idea what to wear so I throw something together that I’m not completely in love with and end up feeling frumpy. I just found your blog yesterday and I have to say your outfits have given me a lot of inspiration for new ideas. Great job!

  3. I’m terrible when it comes to loungewear since I tend to stay in the same outfit all day until bed time, but I do have to say I *love* Corinne Collection. I bought her cropped tee with the knot detailing over black Friday and it is one of my favorite recent purchases. I think the Corrie Top in French Terry would layer really well, and I’ve been looking for a cropped sweatshirt to pair with my Storq dress and skirt.

  4. Dangit! I was just thinking that I don’t need to buy anymore shoes for a while and then I saw your babouches (babos with a cushioned sole!) and now I am so tempted. What is the sole like? Is there any arch support? From garmentory’s website pictures, it almost looks like a crepe or cork sole. BTW I like the loungewear capsule as I tend to dress more casually even for work. Great post!

    1. Thanks Sung-Ji! Glad you’re liking the loungewear capsule series. The sole on these is like a dense foam so it’s really light and comfy. There’s not much in the way of support but even with high arches I find them better than most flats I have. Hope that helps! Xo

  5. Being a little nitty bitty here… it says that Base Range are made in Peru but I think they’re made in Portugal.

    Love the fact that you’re posting about loungewear! It’s something I’m doing at home now because I’ve decided that being in the most special place in the world (home) deserves wearing something you love and makes you feel good.

    1. Hi Jonna, Thanks for the fact check, you’re right about Base Range being made in Portugal. So much knitwear is from Peru so my brain got confused 😛

      I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for reading! xo

  6. I really love how pulled together this is. I was a bit surprised there are so many pieces but it kind of makes sense if you reach for something from this capsule everyday. Makes me rethink my one old sweatshirt and baggy jeans I pull on every evening. Great post!

    1. Thanks so much Bronwyn! I see what you mean about the number of pieces but I hate doing laundry so a fair amount of options is key for me otherwise I run out too fast. 😛 xo

  7. Very nice post, Lee. I just organized a “comfy capsule” for myself this weekend, just in time for the first day of Spring today. Happy Equinox– the season change almost always makes me want to clean and get rid of old stuff! Also, please post pics of you looking oh-so-cozy in this great capsule collection. It is beautiful, even though it is Comfy Town. We want to see at-home-Lee-bee looking stylish, even in her lounge wear. It makes us feel inspired and prompted to try and envious and hopeful, all at the same time! Thanks!

    BLW // http://www.radiantearthart.com

    1. Ah Britt you’re too good! Thanks for the encouragement and positive words 🙂 Lots of comfy outfits coming down the pipeline! Hope you had a wonderful first day of Spring! xo

  8. After your first post regarding lounge wear I realized I did the same as everyone: just wearing old, not loved pieces from my wardrobe as loungewear.
    It didn’t make me feel happy but I never thought about it from another point of view.
    After your post I wanted to change this section as well.
    I found a very nice sweatpant on sale and I now want to see if I can find a cardigan and some nice tee shirts.
    When the evening comes I get cold very easily so I really need something to keep me warm and which is not just stylish 🙂

  9. Hi Lee,

    I love the items you’ve chosen as I am looking to add to my loungewear with more responsible brands. I have been lusting after Monrow made in LA lately https://www.monrow.com/blogs/the-m-o/so-fresh-n-so-spring. Here in southern california we are all about loungewear and surf brand wear. Hopefully more sleepwear, loungewear and surf brand clothes will shift to more responsible manufacturing practices in the future. Thank you for spreading the word about responsible brands!

  10. Thanks for covering critical wardrobe segments like loungewear, rain gear, and sleepwear! These parts of our wardrobes are just as important as what we wear to work and when we’re out being social. I know I want to feel like I still have my personal sense of style even when I’m teleworking or hanging out comfortably at home. If I can feel put-together rather than sloppy, it’s a huge confidence boost.

    I think the less-glamorous aspect of loungewear makes it something that fewer style blogs spend much time on, so I really appreciate you doing this. I’m very excited to see your styling, and you’ve given me a lot of ideas for organization already.

    1. My pleasure Liz! I honestly couldn’t agree more with what you said too. Thanks for tuning in, so glad to hear the series has been helpful so far! xo

    1. Thanks for the suggestion Shelby! I’ve actually got a bodysuit by Miakoda on it’s way to me right now! I’ve heard good things so I hope it works out. Love what they’re up to! xo

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