When most people are preparing for their freshman year of college and living in the dorms, they buy bed-risers, mattress pads, and anything and everything to organize those tiny closets. I, on the other hand, bought pajamas. (OK, to be fair, I obviously also eventually bought all that other stuff, but PJs were first on my list.)
I’ve always been a pajama girl. I like to look nice when I’m around other people for the most part, so if I’m going to hang around you in my PJs, I want cute ones. I also tend to get uncomfortable in my pajamas quite easily, so they’ve got to feel soft, and a little luxury doesn’t hurt anyone. So, you’ll know I was elated when I realized my favorite pieces in my closet are basically considered the normal clothes we wear every day now.
Soma is known for their expert-fitting, comfortable bras, but their loungewear and pajamas are everything I need to get out of bed and onto the couch in the morning (maybe even my desk if I’m feeling extra special). Because the clothes we normally only wear from 8pm-8am every day are now our 24/7s, we deserve to look and feel our best.
Instead of popping on that blazer and jeans and being sad all day, here are ways to make the comfiest clothes in your dresser actually feel professional.
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Follow the same styling principles
Most of us know the styles that work best for our bodies and what styling tricks to use to look the best. So, why not follow this same framework for your loungewear? For example, if you prefer to stick to one tight piece and one loose piece, you can do this easily with leggings and a baggy sweatshirt or joggers and a tight tank. Soma’s loungewear might feel like pajamas, but the high-quality fabrics and neutral (but trendy) colors make them look classic on video calls for work. Styling your loungewear in the same way you would your normal clothes gives you the same feelings of professional and put-together without dealing with zippers and stiff denim.
Choose clothes that are lounge and work-appropriate
Instead of focusing on lounging in loungewear and working in workwear, invest in pieces that do both. “Business casual” is a little different than it used to be, meaning looking nice doesn’t have to come from a suit or dress like it used to. When you want to feel professional for work, opt for pieces that are both comfortable and slightly tailored, like a classic pair of joggers. You’ll feel more put-together than if you were wearing a pair of joggers, but you also have to change out of them before you head to the living room for your daily workout, creating the illusion that you actually are changing tasks. These Sunday Pants from Soma are aptly named: Sundays are simultaneously breezy and “I’m about to get my sh*t together,” and these pants do both tremendously.
Invest in good fabrics
When it comes to pajamas, a breezy, smooth fabric is everything when it comes to both comfort and style. Make your PJs totally Zoom-meeting-appropriate by choosing a pair that looks and feels luxe. All of the items in Soma’s Cool Nights line look way more expensive than they are, meaning you’ll look presentable even when you’re wearing what you slept in. This is also a great time to go matchy-matchy with a set; it’s like the suit equivalent of working from home if you ask me.
Wear a bra
Obviously, no one is actually seeing this step, but hear me out. Whether you’re rocking yesterday’s T-shirt, a hoodie, or a nice sweater to ~dress up~, wearing a bra underneath will make everything look more polished. You’ll sit up straighter, and you’ll fill out your tops more. But just because you’re wearing a bra doesn’t mean you have to resort to those God-forsaken wire torture devices either. Soma’s Enbliss bra is the bra we never knew could exist. Even though it doesn’t have wires, it has moldable cups that look good under every tee you could possibly imagine. It’s available in bralette, racerback, plunge, and wire—you know, for the days you just want a little normalcy.
Do your hair and makeup
You’d be surprised by what can look good just by swiping on a little blush and mascara. Take the time to brush (maybe even style, if you’re feeling wild and crazy) your hair and put on whatever makeup makes you feel good. Whether it’s a tinted lip balm and CC cream or a full beat, you’ll feel more like yourself, even when you’re wearing the most comfortable pajama set on Earth.
Add a robe
Early ‘00s and ‘90s TV had the art of chic pajamas down to a science, and the #1 trick I’ve learned from binge-watching it all lately? Never underestimate the power of a chic robe. Whether you’re wearing a T-shirt and leggings or a sexy chemise, a robe just makes it look a little more elegant and styled.
Wear a nightdress
Could it get any more comfortable than a dress?! I swear by a sleep dress for their comfort, breathability, and middle-of-the-night-bathroom-break ease. Soma has dozens of sleep dresses in their Cool Nights line, made to feel cool and breathable while you’re sleeping. From short dresses to midi-lengths, add on a denim jacket and your fave slippers and you’re ready to take on the day—without even stepping out of your PJs.
This post was in partnership with Soma, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.