Full disclosure – bras and heels – yeah, we don’t know her anymore.
Now that I’ve established isolation as a lifestyle, my daily “fashion” (if you can even call it that) has definitely changed. I was laid off in late March, so I’ve just been freelancing from home since then and I don’t know about you guys but throwing on my cutest items to lounge around for a few hours just doesn’t feel right. With that in mind, here are the pieces I’ve been wearing under the “cute for not going anywhere” umbrella.
Plaid Lined Shacket
When looking for oversized items, I always search the Men’s section first. I didn’t realize how much I would love this jacket until I received it. It is perfectly oversized, warm without being heavy or hot, and it’s got that lived-in faded neutral fabric. I picked this up in the color birch in a size 3X and it hits high/mid-thigh. The length makes it perfect for pairing with biker shorts and crops but it would look equally cute over a light turtleneck and high waist jeans.
Sweater Vest Dress
I take a lot of my style inspiration from Zara (my toxic trait) and I’ve been drooling over the shapeless sweater-dress look, which can be hard for a curvy girl to pull off – and let’s face it, nearly impossible to achieve with the size range at Zara. Amazon had the answer for me with yet again another Men’s piece; this V-neck sweater vest. I have it in the shade gold-beige, again in a size 3X for under $27 dollars. It honestly looks just as great as the higher-end options. I like to layer this over skirts that just peek out under the bottom, or go bottom-less with tights and booties. I might mention it pairs amazingly well with that plaid shacket.
Forest Green Leggings
I know in this modern world, leggings are everywhere and easily accessible, but these actually changed the game for me. I ordered these first in 2019 in the color lilac to complete a Disneybound look as Boo from Monsters Inc, but it was my time wearing these at the parks that I discovered how soft, comfy, and incredible these leggings are.
Fast forward to October. I picked up this second pair in forest green, selecting the “plus size” sizing option, although I can fit the XL as well. High waisted, totally opaque, with a velvety fabric feel, these keep me warm and enhance all my indoor cozy experiences.
This blog wouldn’t be complete without mentioning some of the jewelry I’ve been picking up. I ordered this lock necklace in the “lock link choker” style back in September and its made the perfect addition to my necklace layering ensemble. It is a statement piece that can be worn on its own or paired with daintier options, and it is the perfect length to fill most necklines. It is a true yellow gold without looking brassy or gaudy. As if it wasn’t perfect already, its only $13 dollars. Seriously, I’m obsessed.
Borg Aviator Jacket
When I’m shopping, I have 2 attitudes; to use Ethan Craft’s words, ‘the sting and the slow burn’. This oversized fluffy borg jacket definitely gave me the sting, and though I didn’t buy it instantly, I snatched it up as soon as I could utilize a sale. To say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. And my confidence in wearing it has skyrocketed since these days I rarely have to worry about getting makeup on the pure white fabric. When I am running out, whether I’m walking my dog or grabbing groceries, I work this beauty into my jacket rotation with casual pieces like sweats, or more tailored options like jeans.
Black Croc Booties
I think something comes over me every year at the start of fall and I get the undeniable impulse to buy (another) pair of biker booties. In my own defense, I have yet to find the perfect pair. Last year’s boots have laces that refuse to stay tied, not to mention the (3-4) hour comfort limit in terms of wear time; and the pair I had before that was a Christmas gift and slightly too big for my feet, but I digress. I’m making it official – this is the biker bootie I’ve always wanted.
It’s honestly the gold detailing for me, but if that’s not enough, the luxe croc texture just steps this boot up a notch. As a larger-calf girl, these booties hit the perfect height on my bulky legs and there’s no pesky heel or extreme arch support to make the shoe uncomfortable. There’s no outfit this shoe doesn’t look amazing with and might I add, this item makes an excellent holiday treat.
Faux Leather High Waist Pants
You guys. Last year I searched high and low for the perfect pair of faux-leather pants and this buttery smooth pair answered my prayers. They are fitted without being restrictive or tight and they stop perfectly at the ankle (not that slightly above ankle length that is in style ATM, but a true ankle length). I love the zipper detailing on the side for a bit of interest and THE STRETCH! The stretch on these is like a warm winter hug. I tend to wear these anytime I want to look hot, but they look just as cute with casual tops like sweatshirts as they do with luxe fabrics and standout prints.
Barney’s Aviator Jacket
Bad news first – this jacket is no longer available, however there are so many styles like this on the market and because I truly do wear this jacket multiple times a week, I decided to include it.
I bought this faux leather Men’s aviator jacket in late 2019 primarily as a warm jacket option for my trip to Paris, and let me tell you – it ended up being *essential* to my survival. I have this in a size large and got it on sale for half the original price! If you’re looking to pick one of these up, I’ve linked a bunch of options below.
Asos | Aviator Jacket at $103
Asos | Topshop Jacket at $121
Express | Vegan Leather at $125
Nasty Gal | Plus Size + Faux at $65
Washed High Rise Jeans
Rewinding back a million years before a little thing called Covid-19, I was actually on a great track with my health and fitness journey, and I was down to my lowest recent weight of 190. My pants were starting to get a little too roomy, and these faded mom jeans in size 15 are the first replacement pair I picked up. Coming back to the present, I laid in bed for 6+ months and put on a tragic amount of pounds, but impressively these jeans still fit; probably because unlike a true 90’s mom jean, these offer a generous 1% stretch.
Moving on from my personal pity party, these are probably my favorite pair of mom jeans. While I rarely have a reason to squeeze into restrictive clothing, I put them on a few times a month to make sure they still fit. They cover the ankle, they’re sufficiently distressed, faded but not whitewashed or too bright in tone, and they don’t flatten my already small butt.
Neutral Colorblock Sweater
While there’s clearly an obsession with soft neutrals presenting itself in this blog, traditionally I’m a big fan of color, so I’ve needed to build up my beige inventory. I snagged this cropped neutral sweater in February and I tend to throw it on with just about anything – the aforementioned mom jeans, sweat pants, leggings, and everything in between.
Ivory Fuzzy Pants Set
In the same purchase (let’s face it, we all make big Fashion Nova orders) I snagged this cream-colored fuzzy set, which I also have in periwinkle blue. I love how warm and lightweight it is, and the textured fabric feels so perfect for the chilly winter months. I love to wear the cropped top with leggings, jeans and sweats as well. Keep in mind this fabric does tend to stretch out and lose its shape so careful lounging activity only is recommended.
Black Biker Shorts
My go-to pair of biker shorts has definitely been this nylon/spandex pair. I have them in a size 1X and XL, but I prefer the larger size just for the roomier fit. I also have these in orange and silver, ideal for coordinating with all my different Disney spirit jerseys, but equally cute with crop tops and oversized jackets and dusters.
Mocha Velour Set
I’m (obvi) a big fan of sets, but this might just be my favorite on the list. This mocha brown velour duo literally makes me feel like a cuddly teddy bear. Because the top is designed to be oversized (and because I’m actually a medium/large in tops) this 1X shirt doubles as a shirt dress when I’m feeling a bit bold. I usually wear these pieces together but I also wear the top alone with long socks and booties or my plaid shacket to make a completed lewk.
(Almost) Matching Sage Green Set
I hate how often I give into my craving to shop at Missguided. While I have definitely decreased my fast-fashion shopping, I still pick up pieces from big online brands now and then, however in this case, I 100% stand by my purchase. This pale sage green bodysuit (currently sold out) and faded 90’s joggers are comfy, casual, but the complementary colors make me feel put together. I usually style these pieces together with layers of gold chain necklaces, but they can be matched with other pieces to dress the look up just a bit.
*If you’d like to search for this top, the official product name & SKU are “green crew neck long sleeve bodysuit, 10172759008”
Cropped Knit Sweater
Another Missguided item is this super cropped knitted sweater in the color stone. I have this top in white and grey also, but I often reach for this one in particular. It is almost the exact same color as my rainboots, which are finally useful to wear, and this goes well with a lot of my plaid pieces. I usually style this layered over a dress or collared top, or just with a variety of joggers and sweats for casual day wear.
I think many of us have been practically living in slippers, and while I have a couple of pairs I adore, I tend to reach for my slipper socks more often. I have three pairs, including this adorable Minnie Mouse style. Unfortunately, these are no longer available, but I’ve linked a similar style along with my Jack Skellington pair and a pair of buffalo check ones perfect for Christmas.
True & Co Bras
Late July True & Co reached out to collaborate, and months later I still can’t stop wearing these bras. They literally feel weightless – none of those tight band lumps or cleavage spillage. I work out in them, sleep in them, they’re honestly the best (not sponsored!) and I definitely recommend them.