Lounging It Up. “All the trees are losing their leaves and not one of them is worried”.. And neither should we be. However, while the trees may be losing their layers, for us it’s time to bundle up.So why not do so stylishly? For me, style is a selfish thing, I dress for myself, not for anyone else. When I feel good in what I’m wearing I feel good in other areas of life too. And that is exactly what we need right now.

So I’m talking lockdown lounge wear. It’s tempting to reach for the same old leggings and tatty jumper you’ve had forever, (no judgement here!) but you might be surprised at how changing it up a little can improve your mood. Comfort and cosiness is key. Think colour! Pattern! Textures! Bright colours are scientifically proven to boost our mood. Be inspired by the colours we see all around us in nature at this beautiful time of year. Burnt orange, ochres, deep greens, mixed with soothing shades of grey. Mix it up with pieces you already have, like that classic cable knit jumper with your trusty joggers or that soft cashmere jumper with faux leather leggings for something a little bit unexpected and luxe. Ribbed knitwear is a big trend right now, it’s super flattering on all f igures and available at a variety of price points. Treat yourself to a co-ordinated set for an easy look that will feel put together even if you have to pop out for groceries!

Happy woman in warm plaid holding cup with hot tea over brick wall background and looking at camera

And can we talk about plaid SHACKETS?! Once relegated solely to wood choppers, they have had a major style overhaul and are now the only thing to be seen in for the fashion set. Personally I’m a big fan of the longer length versions, perfect for the incoming Autumn chill, but there are plenty of options out there. And locally we have a host of boutiques and fashion stores offering a variety of styles of cosy lounge wear as well as dressier options as the festive season approach-es.

Now more than ever these businesses need our support so once their doors reopen don’t forget to check them out and show them some love!
Shelly xx (Contributer)

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