Maybe it's that Carrie Bradshaw factor — how she appeared effortlessly comfy and cool all at once while folding laundry or organizing her closet. Slipping out of your daywear doesn't have to mean surrendering your style to your college sweats or your boyfriend's tee (though, admittedly, we have a soft spot for those pieces, too). Instead, we've combed the market for the most covetable loungewear, from a sweet, floral-printed romper to a pajama set that you may just want to wear outside the bedroom. Click through for 11 pieces that pull double duty as the comfiest, chicest gear to throw on at home or even style up for the street.
>> Piamita, the new line from W's Karla Martinez and designer Cecilia de Sola, combines classic pajama shapes with sleek tailoring — resulting in a collection of luxury loungewear that's just too pretty to keep hidden. Priced from $180 (for tank tops) to $450 (for dresses), the debut Resort 2012 collection is available at Shopbop and Barneys, and features menswear-inspired oxfords, flowy tap pants, and graphically-printed column dresses in silk and chiffon. Click through to see and shop the entire lookbook, modeled by Julia Stegner.
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While we may be gearing up to hit the holiday party circuit in our sequined-embellished ensembles, we're equally excited to catch some downtime at home, bundled up in our comfiest loungewear layers. To offset the glitz and glam attire with something a little more relaxed, we've compiled our 15 favorite pieces for keeping a low holiday profile. Whether you're channeling Nanook of the North or just don't feel like putting on "real clothes," these plush cable knits, sherpa-lined slippers, and pretty pajamas should keep you at the top of your off-duty game. Click through to see and shop our low-key holiday hangout picks.
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Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr shared an intimate pic of her nursing baby Flynn, and we realized an inarguable fact: that woman is meant to model sleepwear. Yes, she's glowing and totally in her maternal element, but she's also beautiful in her feminine floral robe. Now we're inspired to revamp our boudoir, so we combed the market for some Miranda-worthy lingerie and loungewear that will totally make you want to ditch your day outfit.
>> When it's cold and dreary outside, we're keen on cozying up indoors. This Winter, we suggest you lounge around in our chic options from Bamford, J.Crew, Anthropologie, and Burberry. Vintage-inspired pajamas, cashmere robes, shearling-lined slippers . . . staying in never looked so good!
It's always the times when I'm lounging around in my ratty PJs that I just so happen to get unexpected visitors. It's like the phone doesn't ring until the second I'm comfy on the couch. I'm tired of shuffling around the house looking like laundry, so I'm taking my plight to the Fab Community: can you style me up with a chic-but-cozy loungewear look? Something that's comfortable and relaxed, but still stylish enough to impress any last-minute guests. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
If this wobbly economy has got you spending more time at home, consider homebody chic with Juicy Couture's new affordable intimate apparel collection. "We wanted to create beautiful, feminine basics that felt soft and buttery to the touch of the skin," said founder Gela Nash-Taylor.
Graphic tees, pajama bottoms, and nightgowns are supposed to fall somewhere in between everyday ready-to-wear and cozy sleepwear. Retail prices range from $14 for panties to $125 for robes. Not bad compared to Juicy's main line.
I always feel as though I've discovered treasure when I come across a loungewear line that's comfortable and stylish. It's especially great when I want to wear said loungewear outside the house. Even better is when the line is eco-friendly.
Spreegirl is that kind of triple treat. Its selection of sleepwear, designed to be fashionable, is colorful, sassy, with a touch of retro. The prices: $33 for panties, $60 for a romper. I particularly love the colorblocking, like with this New Rave Bra ($39). It's sporty, girlie, and funky all at once. Try greeting your house guests with a Spreegirl piece; the compliments will come pouring in.
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Ali Kay and Anne des Barres are a match made in heaven — Diane von Furstenberg heaven, that is. DVF introduced the two: Anne was working for her at the time, and Ali was her son's girlfriend.
From the chance introduction, Keep Me was born — a new loungewear collection without all the frills. In just the year and a half that Keep Me has existed, its first collection sold out at Bendel's, and it has garnered celeb fans like Jessica Alba, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Aniston, and Courtney Cox. No wonder: Ali and Anna decided to stick with muted solids accented by athletic-inspired striped elastic — sounds cozy, luxurious, and even a little sexy.
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How many times has this happened to you? You're lounging at home, not expecting any guests, when all of a sudden...knock knock! Shoot, you're in your robe, or nakie, but you still need to answer the door. Pyjama Room is here to help.
Actress and founder Emilia Fox started the brand to give whole new meaning to the way you dress at home. Comfortable sleepwear, loungewear and pajamas are flattering and feminine. Options include loose trousers, camis, babydoll dresses, wrap tops, boxer shorts, and smocked tops. They come in colors like black, taupe, grey, sand and grey stripe, and sand. Prices range from $75 to $170.
Go on, stay at home in your Pyjama Room ensemble and see if you ever fear the door bell again.
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