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All aboard the comfy bandwagon

Thursday, 15th August, 2019 8:53am

As someone who works from home quite a bit, I’m always intrigued to find out what other home workers wear when they’re not in the office.

I’ve always resided firmly in the latter camp, generally rolling out of bed and throwing on leggings, various jumpers and cardigans and woolly socks. Even in summer, I am at all times prepared for a snow day and can’t take the chance of even being remotely chilly. Don’t get me started on what goes on with my hair when I’m working from home, as it usually gets thrown up in a hun bun.

For me, comfort has always been key, and being someone who has never felt the need to invest in leisure wear, I’ve always been happy to look a tragic mess when I know I don’t have to leave the comfort of my home office for the day. However in recent months I’ve been finding myself more and more interested in the world of stylish leisure wear and have even discovered a very niche style of airport dressing clothes.

Yes, that’s right, clothes specifically designed to keep you comfy and stylish looking while traveling through an airport, and of course being someone who likes to at least investigate a bandwagon if not wholeheartedly jump on one, I was more than happy to try on a few looks.

For the longest time I never really had any comfy casual clothes. I just wore jeans and t-shirts if I was having some down time and this absolutely baffled people who couldn’t understand how you could relax in jeans. I never thought about wearing tracksuits as it just wasn’t really my style but with so many different matching co-ord sets out there, I decided to bite the bullet and invest in one.

I am now the proud owner of two matching sets, one of which have never made it out of the house, but if an emergency occurred I could easily throw on some trainers and leave the house. The comfort level is off the charts and as someone who strives for ultimate comfort in everything that I wear, I certainly feel like I’ve been missing a trick all these years.

I’ve picked up affordable tracksuit sets in Penneys and H&M recently but I know Zara also has a whole section dedicated to leisure wear. I’ve also noticed that it’s all in very muted, neutral shades so very wearable for everyone. Of course I did go wild and found a leopard print, fleecy two piece from H&M which my husband thinks looks like pyjamas but which I have worn flying back from holidays and I didn’t receive any noticeable stares from other passengers thinking I had sleepwalked into the airport. Perhaps they were just too polite.

The label Never Fully Dressed is also a big advocate of airport dressing and has styled up a range of outfits specifically for going off on your hols.

Take a look at its styling videos for inspiration. I particularly like its sparkly gold two piece of slouchy top and wide leg trousers which would look good with trainers for your flight but could look equally good with a pair of heels if you’re jet setting off and need to go straight for drinks on arrival at your destination.

Basically anything matching will create maximum impact but with minimum effort. It’s also a good idea to throw your denim jacket over the top for travel as it’s bulky to have to pack it but makes a good cover up whatever the weather.

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