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.

Shopbop Wishlist :: Back to Basics

Last year, I wrote one of my most popular posts ever: The Five Piece French Wardrobe. It was based on a concept I read where you build a closet of basics (the best you can afford to buy) and then just splurge on five "fun" pieces each season. It's half minimalist, half fashionista. I spent most of last year building my basics closet, and I've filled out the list really nicely! There are still a few checks left to complete though, so I've added a few things to my Shopbop wishlist to watch. I've purchased a few of my basics wardrobe from Shopbop already, like my classic leather bag and a gorgeous LBD, so I think they're a great resource to shop when you're trying to stock up on classic pieces.

Claire Vivier Clutch | Kenneth Jay Lane Studs

This post is a collaboration with Shopbop, but I added each of these things to my wishlist myself. I'm very good at shopping, so I can definitely be trusted.

Closet Confessions :: Inventory Pt. 3

It's been a while since I updated my closet inventory for you guys - so I wanted to take a few minutes and do a quick update.

With my recent lifestyle change - I moved from working at home (casual wear) to in an office (business professional) - I definitely added several things to my closet in the transition. I also did another ruthless purge where I got rid of everything that wasn't my style any more. Here are some updated numbers:

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The part of my closet that showed the biggest improvement was dresses. I've always loved dresses, and I've always loved buying a new dress for special occasions...and then never wearing it again, because I'd already been photographed in it. I still held on to a lot of them though, because I remember looking so darn good in them. I finally came to terms with the fact that some dresses are really re-wearable and others are just...not. And thanks to the discovery of Rent the Runway, I can keep my closet free of special occasion dresses.

I also forgot to include skirts and shorts. There are less, though. I tossed anything too short, tween, too small or in a shape I didn't love.

Shoes remain in limbo, because I've always thought of them as a collection more than anything else, but I'm starting to list a few that are too small or too ridiculous for real life. I've been gravitating toward the same few pairs of shoes lately, so it won't hurt to clear out the flops. Plus, as a JustFab Brand Ambassador, they continue to gift me new pairs so I'll become overrun if I don't be a little choosy. Bags have also gotten a nice cut. I've sold a few impulse buys, given a few to friends, and listed a couple more. I pretty much only want to carry the nicer ones now, so there's no reason to hang on to the others if they'll just take up space.

It's weird, the biggest thing that's happening in my closet right now is that my taste has changed a lot. A lot of the pieces in my closet not only didn't fit my style any more, they didn't fit my lifestyle either. Could I be growing up?? No way. That's weird.

Moving forward, I'm going to try a one-in-one-out policy and toss something every time I pick up something new; even as I was counting tonight I found a sweater that I was like, "Whaa? How did this make it?!" I also see my closet now as more of a revolving door concept. Once I get tired of things, I think I'll donate or sell them to make way for new and better things. I tend to want to wear my newer items more often, so this makes sense for my closet in the future.

Miss a previous part of this journey? You can catch up with Inventory Pt 1 & 2 (along with the rest of my closet confessions) here.