We’ve made it past the year mark since most governments across the globe put country-wide lockdowns in place. In doing so, they inadvertently caused a boom in sweatpants.
Loungewear has reigned supreme for the past 12 months. Hoodies have become appropriate attire for boardroom meetings and it feels like an eternity since we were dressed in any other material but jersey.
But as the summer heads towards us, albeit a little too slowly for my liking, the walls of the virtual workplace look set to stay in place. Despite this, the temperature is one thing that is changing and that means your WFH gear is going to need a cooldown.
Slippers should be swapped out for sandals or slides. Linen can be welcomed back into the wardrobe. Quality T-shirts are even more essential for everyday use. You get the idea and we’ve enlisted the likes of Kim Jones x Converse, Raf Simons, and Bode to help make the summer loungewear switch.
A crisp white tee is the ultimate summer staple. As such, you’ll need a good quality option that doesn’t buckle under the weight of being worn on regular rotation. Fresh from the new Converse and Kim Jones capsule, this 240 GSM cotton T-shirt is the solid foundation for your summer loungewear looks.
When things really heat up, the tank top steps in and gives those shoulders a break. This vest, by Uniqlo, is ribbed for better fit and comfort. Its quick-drying tech means it won’t break a sweat when you do.
We’re sick to death of sweatpants and the warmer weather is lending a helping hand in giving them the boot. Now that shorts make a welcome return to the loungewear mix, it’s fair to invest in a pair that will turn heads on your way to the bodega, too. Bode does what it does best here, using reproduced fabric from the 1940s for a fire pair of British rugby-style shorts.
If you’re not a shorts kind of person, then it’s vital that your summer loungewear pants are lightweight. Taking inspiration from his native India, designer Harsh Agarwal and his label Harago serve up a stunning pair of linen trousers, handcrafted by local artisans.
It’s slides season! Well, almost. When it finally arrives, this might be the only thing that graces your feet for a good few months. Treat those feet to the new Raf Astra.
A bonafide summer classic, the Birkenstock Arizona has been seen on the feet of sun worshippers since the 1970s. It’s fair to say it’s tried and tested. This is a WFH staple that works for quick walks around the block, too.
If your spending the day on the couch, then the base of your summer loungewear should come in the form of some breathable socks, like this pair by workout outfitter Lululemon. And if you do venture outside — as we mentioned earlier, socks and sandals should not be taboo.
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