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Here’s a guide on how to elevate four casual stay-at-home styles into sleek ensembles worthy of a night out.

By Lindsay Samson

Mar 25, 2021

Loungewear is the undisputed fashion comeback kid of the past year. Since the first lockdown began, working from home has become the new normal for many and accordingly, we’ve all been consistently slipping into something a bit more comfortable. And while some are eager to start getting dressed up again in the traditional sense, we’re of the opinion that, with a little considered accessory and footwear choices, you can still look supremely put together without having to let go of your comfy loungewear pieces. Read on to discover how to retain the coziness of snuggling up at home even when it's time to venture into the outside world and shop our elevated loungewear edit here.



1.

The Tracksuit

We can think of nothing easier to lounge around in than a tracksuit. And luckily for us, more and more designers and labels are putting their own spins on the loungewear staple and delivering sets that are as comfy as they are stylish. Case in point; Viviers’ high fashion, artisanal ombre styles. Available as a yellow and gray set, as well as a blue and brown version, comprising a boxy roll-neck top, a full-zip jacket, and drawstring pants, they’re perfect for a day spent working from your couch. But, with a few considered accessory choices, they’re also easily turned into a head-turning after-hours ensemble. Ditch your daytime sneakers or Birkenstocks for a chic, slip-on mule like Shekudo’s block-heel versions, add a gleaming piece of ear-candy like IAMISIGO'S I AM MOUNTAIN earrings and Khokho Collection's Ball Bag, et voilà; you’ve just elevated an inherently casual outfit into an exercise in laid back luxury.

I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1
I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1

IAMISIGO

I AM MOUNTAIN Earrings No.1

$298
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule
Leather Kakawa Toe Mule

Shekudo

Leather Kakawa Toe Mule

$210
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio
Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio

Viviers

Ombré Blue and Brown Tracksuit Trio

$1,200
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk

Khokho Collection

Ball Bag in Chalk

$495
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo
Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo

Viviers

Ombré Yellow and Gray Tracksuit Duo

$730


2.

The Kimono

Kimonos are some of the most romantic loungewear. With their long sleeves, flowing form, and floor-skimming lengths they exude a sense of opulence and vacation-ready ease. And while you may be slightly hesitant to don them anywhere but beside the pool, we’d like to make the case for trying them as a chic throw over on a beautiful spring day, a look that’s actually fairly simple to get right. A slinky dress in a corresponding shade looks sensational beneath a vibrantly colored kimono; all that’s left to do is figure out your accessories. Reform Studio’s Mini Afro Basket Bags might be small, but with their classic bucket-style silhouette, they pack a serious punch, and their somewhat rustic style will gently temper the innate glamour of a piece like Awa Meitie’s hand woven kimono. Finish things off by stepping into Loza Maléombho’s Clear Fah Regal Sandal and add some understated polish with the Frond Drop earring by Ami Doshi Shah.

Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Clear Fah Regal Sandals

$110
Kimono
Kimono
Kimono

Awa Meité

Kimono

$247
Frond Drop Earrings
Frond Drop Earrings
Frond Drop Earrings

Ami Doshi Shah

Frond Drop Earrings

$280
Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold

Reform Studio

Mini Afro Basket in Black and Gold

$250
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold

Reform Studio

Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold

$230


3.

The T-shirt

The T-Shirt: it’s the ultimate chill-out-mode essential, the one item we all have numerous versions of. They’re also—bonus!—one of the easiest items in your wardrobe to dress up. IAMISIGO’s Patched Front T-Shirt is the perfect neutral base upon which to build a seriously stylish ensemble. Look put-together in a pinch by tucking your tee into a pair of flowy, wide legged trousers (Viviers’ Samurai style is an artisanal, silky choice), then add a flatform sandal and gleaming hoop earrings. Pichulik’s Ouroboros gold-plated brass hoops are subtle choices albeit with a beaded twist, while the Loza Maléombho’s Uri or King K Sandal will keep things comfy and terrifically on-trend. If you’re looking to dial up the sophistication, try styling your T-Shirt with a tailored blazer and trouser set, then tie the look together with a timeless leather shoulder bag like one of Okapi’s Yemaja versions.

Patched Front T-shirt
Patched Front T-shirt
Patched Front T-shirt

IAMISIGO

Patched Front T-shirt

$137
Small Burnt Amber Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Burnt Amber Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Burnt Amber Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Burnt Amber Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Burnt Amber Yemaja Shoulder Bag

OKAPI

Small Burnt Amber Yemaja Shoulder Bag

$1,915
Ouroboros Medium Earrings
Ouroboros Medium Earrings
Ouroboros Medium Earrings

Pichulik

Ouroboros Medium Earrings

$145
White Uri Sandals
White Uri Sandals
White Uri Sandals

Loza Maleombho

White Uri Sandals

$170
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals

Loza Maleombho

King K Sandals

$170
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag

OKAPI

Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag

$1,390
Samurai Pants
Samurai Pants
Samurai Pants
Samurai Pants
Samurai Pants
Samurai Pants
Samurai Pants

Viviers

Samurai Pants

$540


4.

The Leggings

Although black leggings are no longer really the streetwear staples they were in the early 2010s and are now usually relegated to gym sessions and cozy Sundays spent on the sofa there are still certain pairs, and methods of styling them, that can result in a pretty polished look. Rendered in a digitally created, intricate blue pattern, the Antique Baroque Leggings from Nigerian womenswear designer Lisa Folawiyo are one such style. And while we’re certainly not against pairing them with an oversized, boxy tee and slippers while bingeing your favorite TV show, they also make a major statement when paired with another power print. With its corresponding motifs, Folawiyo’s long-sleeved Antique Baroque High-Neck Top makes for the perfect bold companion to these printed leggings, and together the two separates take on the appearance of a form-fitting jumpsuit. But if body-con is not your thing, try the clashing stripes of Diarrablu’s Fatu Top, and let Patrick Mavros’ Sea Urchin Wire Cuff and Ndoro Graduated drop earrings serve as pared-back finishing touches

Lines Black Fatu Top
Lines Black Fatu Top
Lines Black Fatu Top

Diarrablu

Lines Black Fatu Top

$95
Antique Baroque Leggings
Antique Baroque Leggings
Antique Baroque Leggings

Lisa Folawiyo

Antique Baroque Leggings

$398
Antique Baroque High-Neck Top
Antique Baroque High-Neck Top
Antique Baroque High-Neck Top
Antique Baroque High-Neck Top

Lisa Folawiyo

Antique Baroque High-Neck Top

$418
Ndoro Graduated Earrings
Ndoro Graduated Earrings
Ndoro Graduated Earrings
Ndoro Graduated Earrings

Patrick Mavros

Ndoro Graduated Earrings

$230
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl

$390
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender
Kabrousse Weekender

Bouswari

Kabrousse Weekender

$400