As a reflection of the times, brands, influencers, and editors are no longer forgoing comfort for style and have instead found a way to make both a priority. Whether you’re getting dressed to stay at home or searching for a chic-off-duty look, the secret to building a cosy and comfy outfit is investing in relaxed core staples made from elevated materials. Garments like sweatpants and fleece pullovers that were once reserved for lounging are being reimagined for the new season.

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With just a glance at the latest offering from some of the biggest names in fashion, you’ll quickly realise that the idea of easy dressing is having a major moment — and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Prada showed an extensive offering of luxury thermal “long Johns” and satin slips for its Spring/Summer 2021 collection. While Dior’s Resort 2021 show took a less on-the-nose approach, presenting a more laidback version of the free-flowing gowns that Maria Grazia Chiuri is known for. Regardless of your personal preference, there’s an undeniable influx of cozy staples on the market and it’s worth taking notice.

Not sure where to begin? Ahead are a few outfits to get you started on the right path.

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Slouchy Knitwear

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One foolproof way to create a cosy outfit is by pairing a slouchy jumper with more polished pieces. Try styling it with a printed slip skirt when transitioning through the seasons.

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Akira Naka Greer Knit Cardigan

Cut for a relaxed fit, a cardigan is an integral part to any cosy look and Akira Naka’s drop-shoulder iteration will give the outfit a soft, yet modern feel. 


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The Elevated Sweatsuit

A true wardrobe hero, a classic sweatsuit is the epitome of easy dressing. Find styles made of quality materials to wear with luxe accessories to give an otherwise casual outfit an elevated feel.

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Talentless Women’s Big Sur Premium Sweatpants

Talentless’ sweatpants are a great elevated option for taking sweatpants beyond the comfort of your couch.  


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Retro Atheleisure

Retro gym shorts are a great alternative to denim cutoffs. Trade your favourite worn tee in for an oversized work shirt to balance the sporty feel. Follow the style-set’s lead by dressing yours up with ample accessories.

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Telfar Logo Patch Track Shorts

In line with the vintage trends of recent years, a pair of retro track shorts is a laidback alternative to more restrictive piece. 


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Cottage Core Dressing

One of the easiest ways to embrace the viral “cottage core” trend that’s taking over social media is by having a few lightweight and airy dresses on hand.

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Holzweiler Bjerkelia Shirred Stretch-Cotton Seersucker Midi Dress

Very few pieces say comfort quite like a free-flowing maxi dress. Holzweiler’s seersucker version is a great way to embrace the season’s “cottage core” trend. 


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Easy Separates

You can repurpose those loose-fitting separates you relied heavily on in the spring by mixing and matching them to create a colour-coordinated outfit that’s comfortable. Adding a pair of chunky boots aids to the laidback feel.

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L.F.Markey Henry Pleated Cotton Shorts

Investing in a pair of long cotton shorts is a great way to ensure comfort on days when you you have to be more put together.


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The One-Step Outfit

A billowy dress is a one-step outfit that you can wear, regardless of the season. Opt for an ankle-length style that can be dressed up and down with ease.

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Le Sirenuse Positano Nellie Embroidered Cotton Maxi Dress

When deciding on a dress, be sure to go with a style that’s bold enough to make a statement on its own, but can be pared back with sneakers when necessary. 


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Distressed Knitwear

Whether feigned or authentic, a distressed sweater is a great way to give your knitwear collection a must-needed boost. Plus, regardless of what you pair it with, you’re bound pull off a look that’s both comfy and cool.

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Acne Studios Kantonia Striped Distressed Knitted Sweater

Distressed for a worn-in feel, Acne Studio’s sweater would look just as good with biker shorts as it does a well-tailored trousers — both are ultra-comfortable looks for everyday. 


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Posh Pullover Look

Perfect for days that require a few extra layers, pair your favourite plush pullover with pleated trousers and loafers for a balanced look.

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Sandy Liang Otto Fleece Jacket

Sandy Liang’s fleece jacket is a signature in the brand’s lineup season after season. Try styling it over a slip dress with combat boots when the temperature drops.


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Relaxed Coordinate Sets

Invest in pajama-style coordinate sets to create an outfit that’s cosy, yet chic. For a more laidback approach, style the look with chunky sandals or sneakers off duty.

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Sleeper Ruffled Linen Pajama Set

Designed to be worn both in the bedroom and out and about, Sleeper’s luxury pajamas are the two-in-on set you need to stay cozy. 


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Classic Slip Dress

The classic black slip dress is a comfortable staple that every well-dressed woman needs in their arsenal. Wear yours well into the cold-weather months by layering it over a second-skin turtleneck top.

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Cushnie Silk-Satin And Velvet Midi Dress

Cushnie’s silk-satin midi dress is detailed with velvet panels for a more elevated feel. 


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Varsity Sweaters

The collegiate trend is set to be big for Fall 2020 and an oversized jumper or sweater vest is essential in executing a super cosy outfit. Whether you layer it over a collared top, or sport it by itself with leggings, there are a wide range of styling options to choose from.

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Maison Margiela Wool Mix Sweater Vest

Go all in on that deconstructed varsity dressing look.


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Modern Kaftan

A kaftan is a foolproof way to chic, yet easy dressing. From knitted designs with varying necklines to a range of prints and materials, theres an expansive offering of more modern styles on the market.

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Cult Gaia Florence One-Shoulder Dress

Cult Gaia’s one-shoulder dress puts a modern spin on a kaftan with its tie-detailed neckline and asymmetric hem. 


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