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Night To Day Lounge Wear – Our New WFH Uniforms

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Pajamas, loungewear, and athleisure are really winning the “most worn” award of all the clothes in my closet right now, and I won’t pretend that I’m upset about this side effect of working from home. I go from pajamas to workout clothes, back to pajamas – often accenting my “outfit” with a very dirty apron for the meal portions of the day (I really need a new apron). The rest of the EHD team said they were feeling pretty similarly about their current wardrobe choices, so we though it would be fun to do a “night to day” (to night to day, to day to night – GET IT?) fashion story. Which would have essentially been a story about pajamas that you could slightly dress up for a “daytime look.” But that would have required putting on denim or something else which didn’t have an have an elastic waist.

That would offend my new outfit philosophy of “cotton and elastic only, forever.” For example, I put on an underwire bra the other day, in an experiment to see if I was “ready” to start wearing them again. Not surprisingly, the constricting metal cage imprisoning my love pillows felt really rude. I just don’t want to be wearing the fashion forward, constructing jeans and underwired bras of my office going days right now. So I pulled the plug on our original story idea, and instead we pivoted to a general story theme of COMFORT. What I actually want to be wearing while sitting in my home office all day (aka sitting at a desk propped up on paint cans shoved into guest room). Still, I didn’t need too much, nor did I feel like curating a ton of these comfy outfits on my own, so Sara and Veronica volunteered to also show off their loungewear.

But I’ll kick things off . . . .

Cape Jacket (Similar) | Leggings (Similar) | Vans

Only being able to shop online these days has made me think way more about what I need. And I really want pieces guaranteed to fit, fill a hole in my wardrobe, and be totally comfortable. Everything in this story is from Nordstrom, and I genuinely love it all.

The first things I needed were workout clothes (you know, for all the serious home workouts I’m doing these days), and my new workout running cape has a shape that makes me very happy. The one thing I am doing really regularly is going for walks/runs, and when I wore this out on a recent walk in the neighborhood I almost felt pulled together.

I love how boxy and wide the cape is, with more fitted arms (and a hood should I want to go incognito up here). And those are my first pair of vans, which is weird, but I am enjoying them thus far and finally feel cool for the first time in my life. Although I think the “cool” way to wear them are with, like, a floral prairie dress (so unexpected!). But I wouldn’t take fashion advice from me right now, I think “matching pajamas” is a cohesive outfit.

PJ Top | PJ Bottom (Similar) | Slipper (Similar)

I finally tried the brand Eberjey (the blue top) and it’s very soft and flattering. The matching pants that look SO CUTE just sold out, but I think they have them in different colors. I feel like a broken record when I say this, but I like the silhouette of a boxy top with fitted arms. It’s apparently a thing for me.

Those long john joggers, with the droppiest of drop crotches, are extremely comfortable and breathable. Please be careful attempting a drop crotch, once you go drop it’s hard to go back.

Pajama Set (Similar)

Like I’ve said before, wearing matching pajamas is like making your bed, but for your body, and at night. This set sold out yesterday (I’m sorry), but if it comes back in stock know that it’s a really nice mid-weight/warm set and extremely comfortable with a good drape. It’s almost a flannel.

I’d also like to note that this is Brian’s first time taking shots of me “modeling” and it was equal parts fun and painful for both of us – he did a good job, but staring at an empty coffee cup with that peaceful look on my face while he was taking photos of me was harder than it looks (and I think I like the unposed photos so much better these days anyway).

Robe (Similar) | Pajama Set (Similar)| Socks (Similar)

My next high fashion look is another PJ set, but in a summer weight – with a short sleeve top and pants with a little ruffle at the hem. These are a little see through (you might see panty/bra lines), but still have a good drape. I also think it’s important for you to know that the “flowers” on my nightstand are 9 months old – dried perfectly from the photo shoot and I have no intention of refreshing them.

Now onto Sara and Veronica, who also like to only be comfortable these days in lounge-y clothes and athleisure. It’s a team experience. Take it away, Sara.

Fleece Zip Up | Leggings | Sneakers (similar)

Honestly, I never quite understood the whole “go for a walk” thing, but now that it’s really my only chance to get outside, I GET IT. I love going for a walk now. I’ll listen to loud dance music and do some speed walking (and dancing), or play some jazz and take photos of all the pretty plants around the neighborhood that I want to put in my own front yard. Recently it’s gotten WILDLY hot, but this is what I was wearing every evening when I went for my long walk. That fleece pullover is the single most comfortable item of clothing I own. It’s soft on the outside AND inside, is so cozy and warm, and I really like the colors. It just happens to match these active wear leggings – which have an ultra high waistband, super soft fabric, and a phone pocket which is essential for holding my phone and house key while I go strolling. I’m still wearing these leggings for my walks, but I’ve opted for a t-shirt on top these days.

Sweatshirt | Joggers | Ugg Slippers

This is pretty much my every day work outfit. I’ve decided that putting on jeans every day is unnecessary, and I’m much more comfortable in a pair of joggers, a sweat shirt, and some slippers. Em and I are both big fans of Uggs, and I especially appreciate how well they keep my ankles warm (is that just a me problem?). These joggers are perfect for lounging at home or running errands. They’ve got a really cute, subtle stripe pattern and texture, and are gathered at the ankles so they don’t drag on the ground. And finally, I love a graphic printed tee or sweatshirt, and that super soft one with a Los Angeles reference was an instant favorite.

PJ Top | PJ Bottom | Slippers

Finally, this is what I’m wearing all weekend long. I love a coordinated set, but I also love simple neutrals. This sweatshirt and sweatpants lounge set give me both. And the material is light enough that they aren’t too warm to wear for a full day of lounging. But my favorite part about this outfit are those slippers. They are SO. COMFORTABLE. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a pair of slippers more – they’re soft, warm, easy to slide on, and keep my toes amazingly toasty. I’ll be buying these for the rest of my life, and if that’s not an endorsement I don’t know what is.

Alright Veronica, you’re up next . . . .

Sleepy Head Pajamas

First of all, these pants are so soft it’s insane. It feels like I’m strutting around wearing clouds for pants!! Secondly, I am a huge fan of cute pjs sets and this gal is a goooood find. The top is a little boxy which is perfect for sleeping – not too tight and not too lose. But I would recommend sizing down!

Sleepy Head Pajamas
Ditsy Floral Pajamas (similar)| slippers (similar)

Again, I am 10/10 all for a cute & cozy pajama set and this one checks both boxes. It’s ultra comfy and I think it could pass for a good grocery story or running errands outfit without looking too much like pajamas. The size runs a little big, but I think it’ll shrink a bit in the wash.

Ditsy Floral Pajamas (similar)| slippers (similar)

Ok, back to me (Emily). That’s it for our looks, and we KNOW that a lot of those items are sold out (good stuff goes fast, thanks to your quick fingers!), so I rounded up a few of the pieces I almost bought from Nordstrom which are still (hopefully) in stock. And to be honest, I’m thinking about moving a few more of these into my cart still.

1. Sneak Peek Sleep Shorts | 2. High Waist 7/8 Leggings | 3. Long Sleeve Active Tee| 4. Cragmont Fleece Jacket | 5. Short Pajamas | 6. Short Jersey Pajamas | 7. Linen Jogger Pants | 8. Stripe Pullover | 9. Dry Tempo Shorts

Who else is loving the lounge wear life right now? Or do we have anyone who is working from home, but still putting on jeans everyday? We applaud you and your fortitude. Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to go change into my afternoon sweatpants.

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Tarynkay

My husband is working from home and wears full on office clothes, including button down dress shirts. He insists this is necessary for morale. He does do a lot of video conference calls. So right now he is going through 3 outfits per day- work out clothes, pretend office clothes, and pajamas.

He keeps gently hinting that the kids and I should get dressed too, but that seems like a waste of a perfectly good quarantine to me. My younger son has been wearing pajamas 24/7 since March. I really don’t have a problem with it. They spend loads of time playing outside and school and chores get done. We are just as productive in our “soft pants” as the kids call them.

Julie

“But that seems like a waste of a perfectly good quarantine to me.” 😂 I love this so much!

Hahaha this is the best response 🙂

Rachel

Haha love this. “For morale” My husband is also wearing his office clothes (which is a uniform) every day working from home. I’m always trying to avoid being in the background of his zoom meetings in my pyjamas.

Summerfall

I am putting on jeans and a sweater to WFH at least a few times a week. I’m an attorney and I feel more prepared for difficult video conference calls if I’m at least dressed in something other than PJs or sweatpants. Although Fridays I generally go for sweatpants since I’m less likely to have to be “on camera.”

Maybe the fact that the only video calls we do are with each other really lessens the need for “pulling it together.” If we had to chat with clients we’d probably at LEAST put on a clean top, haha.

Molly

Yep, I am working from home and still putting on jeans every day AND an underwire bra. Maybe just because I am afraid of how dissatisfying they will feel later (when normal life resumes) if I let myself slip into pajamas all day every day for however long this lasts. When I was at home with new babies and breastfeeding I lived 24/7 in this incredibly comfy velour warm up suit. But I made a rule for myself that I wasn’t allowed to leave the house in it. Even to go to Target or the grocery I made myself put on real pants. I will admit I’m not great about showering so hair is usually dirty and I’m often too lazy to put on make up (and I have rosacea so I look really rough without it). I just couldn’t let myself go out in a velour track suit on top of everything else!

Oh wow, a bunch of troopers in the comments! I have only put on real pants once in 7 weeks and I think I’m just going to be wearing stretchy waistbands and t-shirt dresses FOREVER after this.

But WOW everyone I work with is so CUTE!!! I love all your night-to-day-to-night looks!!!

Lisa

I’m living in my skinny stretchy jeans, T-shirt, and sweater or fleece. I don’t feel awake until I switch into regular clothes, a bra, and contacts. It’s still cool here, so I can still wear a beanie in the garden, but it’s not helping my hair any.
To “dress up” I wear earrings and fix my hair.
I love my lightweight cotton harem pants for summer. They have almost replaced long flowing skirts for me. I think they work great with a simple tshirt and can be dressed up or down.

Eva

As far as loungewear/WFH clothing goes, the Lou & Grey upstate sweatpants are literally the most comfortable pants I’ve ever worn. I bought two pairs and end up just rotating between them and they are all I wear now. Definitely a bit on the pricy side for sweatpants but honestly worth it and they often have coupon codes available if you order online!

Heather Amsden

Oh my gosh Eva, yes! My friend told me to buy them and I have been living in them since the day they were delivered.

Heather Amsden

Oh Emily, I felt the EXACT same way when I donned an underwire a couple weeks ago. All my comfy bras were in the wash and I thought, ‘why not?’ ugh! I lasted about 30 minutes. Will we ever be able to go back???? Stay tuned!

Heather Amsden

Also, is someone working on the cute but functional apron post? Please tell me someone is working on it.

Sheila

I’m a big fan of the pinafore/aprons from Rough Linen:
https://www.roughlinen.com/collections/linen-aprons-pinafores

Suzanne

I’m wearing loose cut off jean shorts right now. And I actually like wearing clothes during the day. I put on my yoga clothes for my yoga Zoom class, then I change into jeans, shorts, pants, or joggers, with a variety of tops depending on my mood. I love clothes, and I’ve always dressed for myself rather than others, so who cares if no one sees me. I’m going to wear my new Christy Dawn dress one of these days once I get around to washing and steaming it. I think it’s important to wear what makes you feel good, and there are a lot of cute lounge clothes out there, as you’ve modeled for us. Oh, and I wear slippers all day, everyday unless I go outside for a walk or to work in my garden.

Oh yes, loungewear every day here too! I sell super comfy cotton Bathrobes in my shop, so that’s ALWAYS my go-to these days!

https://shopantiochia.com/collections/bathrobes

mallory

I just got this jersey jumpsuit from Aerie and it feels like a DREAM. I will be living in it until further notice, tyvm.

https://www.ae.com/us/en/p/women/dresses/aerie-dresses-jumpsuits/aerie-track-jumpsuit/7495_9687_383?nvid=pdp%3A0713_9936_121?cid=PLA_Aerie_Brand_Womens_Dresses

LouAnn

I have basically been living in JoyLab leggings. I think I put on shoes once this week — a pair of those rubber birkenstocks. Ha. My feet are going to be REALLY rebelling when it comes time to put on real shoes again.

I *LOVE* my rubber birks – have two pairs!!! I’d be totally fine if I just wore them and never put on real shoes again, tbh.

Michelle

What’s the brand of the actual drop crotch joggers you posted a pic of?

Honeydew! The link below the photo works – just sold out 🙁

I know it’s off topic but I love that blanket on the bed and wondering where that is from?

Dee

I had the exact same question in my mind!!! Thanks for asking!!!!

Courtney

I’m also in the PJs –> athleisure –> workout clothes –> PJs cycle. I haven’t worn non-elastic waist paints in 6 weeks! We do have a rule that we have to change out of our PJs during the day (we have to have some standards), but not into real clothes. The closest I get to an underwire is a nursing bra, and I honestly don’t know if I can ever go back to underwire. So now I’m on the hunt for a comfortable, supportive, lined, non-underwire … This post is reigniting my desire to find the perfect pair of joggers.

Hannah

Went to shelter in place right as I was about to buy maternity clothes, and have gotten away with living in leggings for 2 months. At this point I don’t think I’ll have to buy any work maternity clothes since I’m a teacher and schools are closed through the end of the year. Huge cost savings, and way more comfy for me!

I know the post was focused on loungewear, but could you guys share where that huge bolster pillow on Emily’s bed is from? I can also go find a mountain house bedroom post, which probably says!

emily jane

Em! As I was reading this post (which as a longtime sufferer of chronic pain who has spent almost 2 decades cultivating her ‘comfortable clothing you can wear to the grocery store that no one would EVER know were actually pajamas’ game who could even be a guest contributor, I choose to read -regardless of my expertise on the subject ; )- just for the chance to ‘visit’ The Mountain House), I was thinking “Something is different about Emily in these images -I wonder what it is..?” -and then you shared the reason: Brian took them!!! How very sweet -seeing you thru his eyes accentuates your beauty (so sweet I felt I must comment -even before finishing my first cup of coffee when apparently creative punctuation and run-on sentences are the only available options! Rather than waiting for the caffeine to kick in and wake up ‘the editor’ part of my mind, I am posting my thoughts as-is in an effort to engage beyond the vacuum of my mind and/or my physical property lines… On that note: thank you to everyone at EHD for continuing to share on the blog during these extraordinary times. These peeks into your homes, lives… Read more »

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