You guys! We had our first freeze last night, but when we woke up this morning we also discovered our first SNOW!
It only snows two or three times a year in Abilene, so we are freaking out in the best way. This snowy, cold weather has me wanting to abandon regular clothes and just wear cozy, comfy clothes all day long.
So how about diving into my PJ/loungewear capsule? We’ll chat how many pieces I have, my go-to uniform, my color palette, and how to start a loungewear capsule of your own.
WHAT’S IN MY LOUNGEWEAR CAPSULE
The drawer you see below houses it all, from leggings to bralettes.
I’ve got a total of 18 pieces in here: Two pretty sweatshirt tunics, two pairs of leggings, two comfortable bralettes, two long sleeve tees, and ten tees/tanks that I’ve collected over the past ten or so years.
I officially capsuled my loungewear around the time I started Unfancy, in 2014. Building it was less about buying new pieces and more about paring down to only the most comfortable pieces I already owned. I didn’t really set a strict number for it either — in fact, the first time I ever counted it was in preparation for this post. Instead, I just went with what felt right.
You might notice a theme of twos: two sweatshirt tunics, two pairs of leggings, two bralettes, etc. For me, two has been enough. These pieces do get a ton of wear, but they’ve lasted beautifully, even after many, many washes. I’m just now getting ready to replace one pair of leggings that recently got a hole in the bum. But even still, those super inexpensive target leggings surprised me and lasted nine years — way longer than I thought they would.
This capsule hasn’t changed much lately, but now that it’s cold outside again, I do have three things currently on my wish list: A cozy lounge cardigan — maybe this one or this one with a hood. This pair of super cozy L.L.Bean Lodge Boots. And another pair of leggings (to replace the pair that just got a hole in them).
I use IKEA drawer dividers to keep things organized, and I keep my workout gear in a seperate drawer.
As you can see, pretty much everything is a heathered shade of grey. In fact, I lovingly refer to my loungewear drawer as “The Grey Drawer.”
Why so much grey? Well, I like grey. But I especially like that grey doesn’t show dog hair. You know, since my pup constantly sheds little white hairs and I love to cuddle him. So, grey to the rescue!
To keep all this grey from looking too drab, I play up the contrast factor and wear dark bottoms with lighter grey or cream tops.
I think someday I’d like to get a little pop of color in there, like a blush pink. Maybe one day.
When it’s chilly outside, my uniform is always the same:
- A bralette and tee
- A tunic sweatshirt on top
- Warm socks
I like to feel put together-ish even in loungewear clothes, and this uniform always makes me feel cozy and cute — dressed enough in case someone stops by.
I can quickly convert this uniform into an errend running outfit by adding Birkenstock clogs, a parka, and a beanie.
But on the other hand, this uniform quickly converts to PJs, too. All I do is swap the leggings for sleep panties and shed the sweatshirt and socks. Done and done.
HOW TO START A LOUNGEWEAR CAPSULE
You probably already have a good foundation — it just might need to be uncovered.
Start by cleaning out your PJ/loungewear drawer and leave only your favorite, most comfortable items — the ones you reach for again and again.
(I don’t know about you, but most of my sentimental tees end up in my loungewear drawer, even though I don’t wear most of them. If you’re in the same boat, keep them, but just not in your loungewear drawer — that space is reserved for the pieces you reach for again and again.)
Once you let go of the things that are no longer serving you, focus on what you do have. Then, fill in any blanks.
My best advice for filling in those blanks? Avoid “stocking up” and instead, invest in just one or two cozy, comfortable pieces you absolutely love.
So tell me, do you have a loungewear capsule? What’s your go-to lounge uniform? Got any questions about my loungewear capsule? Ask away in the comments!
P.S. No post tomorrow, but I’ll see you Monday!
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