Saturday, January 22, 2011

Loungewear Affair

Silk and Cashmere Cardigan
Years ago, my eldest son, who loved to make pronouncements in high school, declared: “My definition of a really good day is one when I don’t have to get out of my pajamas all day!” At the time, he was playing winter and spring sports that held practices six days a week. He appreciated the rare occasion when he could lounge in his pajamas—all day. (The last time I spent the entire day in my pajamas was the week after I gave birth to both my boys. But I don’t remember lounging.) These days, I can’t wait to peel off my work clothes and slip into a super soft cotton jersey top and pants. Ah! Fashion experts often tell us how many shirts, blazers, skirts, dresses and jeans we need to complete the perfect wardrobes. However, they forget: Loungewear is a “must” for the over 50 woman’s wardrobe.

I love to experience life as much as the next person. But I think it’s equally important to regularly stop in my tracks and lounge, taking the time to reflect on my experiences, think and dream. Successful lounging, however, requires the right clothing. Jeans, for instance, are not loungewear. I want garments that are soft and loose—pajama-like. I tend to lounge more in wintertime, when the weather is cold and messy. During a recent “snow day”—when there was nothing to do, but lounge—I perused loungewear online. I'm happy to report I found lots of lounging garments in a range of prices, including bargain loungewear...

Pima cotton is my current favorite lounging fabric. It's so buttery soft. Hessnatur has Organic Pima Cotton Tees currently on sale for $18. What a steal! Click on the picture below, which will take you to a Pima Cotton Tee that's not on sale. Then, click on the Sale tab at the top of the page. You'll find the $18 Pima Tees in that Sale section.

Organic Pima Cotton Tee

Or...this LONG SLEEVE TEE-M-BROWN reduced from $58 to $38 at Max Studio. It's also made of lovely, lightweight Pima cotton and comes in 4 colors.


The bottoms pictured at the top of the post are Silk and Cashmere Pant from Hessnatur. Silk and cashmere--is there a softer combination in this world? These bottoms, priced at $108, are available in three shades. Below the same pants are pictured in a different shade.

Silk and Cashmere Pant

I hesitate to post these Organic Cotton Velour Pants for $65 from Hessnatur. I know velour is a bit clique. But I love velour's velvety feel and it's a lifesaver in my drafty 1908 house.

Organic Cotton Velour Pants

The only terrycloth I've ever worn was the robes that some of the nice hotels I used to stay in for work left in the room. However, the Michael Stars French Terry Relaxed Drawstring Pant below look pretty comfortable. The pants, reduced from $98 to $58.80, come in two shades.

Michael Stars French Terry Relaxed Drawstring Pant

The only negative to lounging is that the inactivity usually makes me cold. So I invariably need an extra layer. The lovely Silk and Cashmere Cardigan at the top of this post is available for $98 from Hessnatur. The sweater comes in three shades.

I hesitate to post these next few garments, but I will because I love them. Let me explain. Lounging isn't about looking good; it's about being comfortable. Hence, I don't think about jewelry when I'm dressing to relax. But sometimes (all the time in winter!) I need to layer up. This Jones New York 3/4 Sleeve Open Cardigan (Black) reduced from $79 to $46.99 is a great "easy layer." I also realize that there are times--for instance, a weekend at the beach with friends--when I'm relaxing with other people. Even with friends, I probably wouldn't wear jewelry. But the photo below shows that a little jewelry helps you dress comfortably and look nice.

Jones New York 3/4 Sleeve Open Cardigan (Black)

I admit it: I love velour for an extra layer. I have a Michael Kors hooded velour jacket and I wear it constantly in winter. I don't, however, wear a velour matching top and bottoms--that's just a little too much. Below is Organic Cotton Velour Pullover for $58 from Hessnatur. It's available in rich, relaxing lavender and plum.

Organic Cotton Velour Pullover

And...Organic Cotton Velour Jacket for $78.

Organic Cotton Velour Jacket

Looking for something long and cozy? This LONG CABLE CARDIGAN SWEATER-M-HEATHER CHARCOAL is made of warm, soft wool and acrylic yarn. It's been reduced from $148 to $98 from Max Studio.


Or...perhaps, an extra layer with shorter sleeves. This HEATHERED COTTON COCOON CARDIGAN-M-L-HEATHER BROWN, also from Max Studio, is made of a lightweight cotton. It also be reduced from $98 to $68.


Michael Stars has two slub knit garments. There's the Michael Stars Cotton Slub Button Front Cardigan reduced from $128 to $51.20.

Michael Stars Cotton Slub Button Front Cardigan

Or...this Michael Stars Cotton Slub Button Front Vest marked down from $98 to $49.

Michael Stars Cotton Slub Button Front Vest

When it comes to loungewear, I don't mind spending a little more. My loungewear doesn't need to stand up to a lot of wear and tear--because I'm lounging. Consequently, individual pieces seem to last a long time. If, however, you'd rather save your clothing allowance for more "high profile" pieces for work and going out, there's very nice cotton loungewear at the Gap. Click on Gap Loungewear. Many pieces are on sale now and there are extra savings for online shoppers. Or for even better value, go to Lounge and Sleep at Old Navy. Don't be alarmed my the shorts at the top of the page. Scrolled down for cozy cotton tops and bottoms better suited for over 50 women. Lots of colors and styles, tops and bottoms, are on sale right now. Target doesn’t have a Loungewear link. But if you click on Sleepwear, you'll find cotton tops and drawstring, loose-fitting sleep/lounge pants.