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These Elevated Loungewear Looks Are Replacing Our Go-To Sweatpants
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These Elevated Loungewear Looks Are Replacing Our Go-To Sweatpants

Pajamas, but make them fashion.

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If you're completely over wearing sweatpants every day, I completely feel your pain. Although I love a comfy casual look, I've been yearning for a chic yet practical alternative to my baggy sweats and oversized t-shirts. Not that I don't love a matching sweatsuit, but every now and then a girl needs to pull out that 'feel good' outfit, even at home. As life on the outside is slowly reopening in most areas, some of us are not fully prepared to embrace normal everyday constricting outfits quite yet. At the beginning of the sweeping stay-at-home orders, I raced to get my hands on the most comfortable at-home staples I could find. Now that we're entering a new year, I'm ready for alternatives that still meet my everyday needs without making me look and feel frumpy.

As we slowly transition back to everyday ready-to-wear looks, I am now in the market for stylish pieces perfect for both staying in and going out. The new anti-sweat trend has arrived, meeting all of our needs when it comes to elevated comfort and style. Comfortably worn at home, luxury loungewear is solving our stay-at-home fatigue, smoothly moving us towards sleek all-day looks you'll never want to take off. If you're in need of sophisticated loungewear ideas, scroll to find a few of my favorite looks!

Feather Duster

This champagne feather duster is the perfect embellished silk house coat. Perfect for staying in or going out, this is a super chic addition to your luxury leisure looks. I'm obsessed with this color as it's a soft rendition of an elevated at-home look featuring a low v-neckline, button-down detailing, and an unforgettable feather back and sleeve detail.

Satin Separates

Perfect for a winter beach getaway, this is a 90's inspired three-piece look we all need in our lives. With "its lightweight material flowy enough for summer and its heavy-weight drape made for year-round-luxuriating," this is the perfect go-to satin look. Achieve this look with the Laina Rauma satin bikini along with the matching pajama pants and long sleeve oversized button-down.

Geometric Prints

It's all about the dramatic sleeves for me in this floral print kimono robe. Nothing is more relaxing than a silky kimono and fresh linen sheets on the perfect Sunday afternoon. Doubled as a dress, this is perfect when in need of a touch of luxury in your life.

Kimono Dress

It's all about the dramatic sleeves for me in this floral print kimono robe. Nothing is more relaxing than a silky kimono and fresh linen sheets on the perfect Sunday afternoon. Doubled as a dress, this is perfect when in need of a touch of luxury in your life.

Luxe Pajama Set

Satin is always a major look especially when worn as a casual outfit. Whether lounging around the house or out and about, it's always a major vibe. When outside the house, pair a satin two-piece with a vintage-inspired shoulder bag and a bold cat eye sunny for an outdoor sophisticated look.

Satin Feathers

The 'Party Pajamas' set is perfect for a weekend escape to Martha's Vineyard or lounging on your back patio. One of the most iconic PJ sets on the internet, this is a major look for the modern fashionista. Pair with a house slipper or flat loafer for a comfy chic outfit.

Cardigan Dress

Undeniably elegant, I'm obsessed with this oversized knit. The Hanifa brand has managed to perfect the balance of chic versatility transforming this classic style into a cozy chic staple every woman needs in her closet. Designed to complement your waist and natural curves, its classic wrap dress design is meant for everyday comfort and flawless style.

Satin Robe

We all love the perfect robe to prance around the house but the robe to wear on a night out is revolutionary. 2020 has shown us that functionality and style can coexist within our day to night looks. Make this look your own with a clutch and jeweled pump for an elegant twist on a classic silhouette.

Velour Set

The Velour tracksuit is yet again taking over the mainstream leisure world with a major upgrade. Whether you have outings to attend or have a comfy luxe moment at home, the oversized velvet look is perfect for an updated yet throwback early 2000's look. Super soft and draping, this is another look you'll never want to take off.

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Black Women, We Deserve More

When the NYT posted an article this week about the recent marriage of a Black woman VP of a multi-billion-dollar company and a Black man who took her on a first date at the parking lot of a Popeyes, the reaction on social media was swift and polarizing. The two met on Hinge and had their parking lot rendezvous after he’d canceled their first two dates. When the groom posted a photo from their wedding on social media, he bragged about how he never had “pressure” to take her on “any fancy dates or expensive restaurants.”

It’s worth reading on your own to get the full breadth of all the foolery that transpired. But the Twitter discourse it inspired on what could lead a successful Black woman to accept lower than bare minimum in pursuit of a relationship and marriage, made me think of the years of messaging that Black women receive about how our standards are too high and what we have to “bring to the table” in order to be "worthy" of what society has deemed is the ultimate showing of our worth: a marriage to a man.

That's right, the first pandemic I lived through was not Covid, but the pandemic of the Black male relationship expert. I was young – thirteen to be exact – when Steve Harvey published his best-selling book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Though he was still just a stand-up comedian, oversized suit hoarder, and man on his third marriage at the time, his relationship advice was taken as the gospel truth.

The 2000s were a particularly bleak time to be a single Black woman. Much of the messaging –created by men – that surrounded Black women at the time blamed their desire for a successful career and for a partner that matched their drive and ambition for the lack of romance in their life. Statistics about Black women’s marriageability were always wielded against Black women as evidence of our lack of desirability.

It’s no wonder then that a man that donned a box cut well into the 2000s was able to convince women across the nation to not have sex for the first three months of a relationship. Or that a slew of other Black men had their go at telling Black women that they’re not good enough and why their book, seminar, or show will be the thing that makes them worthy of a Good Man™.

This is how we end up marrying men who cancel twice before taking us on a “date” in the Popeyes parking lot, or husbands writing social media posts about how their Black wife is not “the most beautiful” or “the most intelligent” or the latest season of trauma dumping known as Black Love on OWN.

Now that I’ve reached my late twenties, many things about how Black women approach dating and relationships have changed and many things have remained the same. For many Black women, the idea of chronic singleness is not the threat that it used to be. Wanting romance doesn’t exist in a way that threatens to undermine the other relationships we have with our friends, family, and ourselves as it once did, or at least once was presented to us. There is a version of life many of us are embracing where a man not wanting us, is not the end of what could still be fruitful and vibrant life.

There are still Black women out there however who have yet to unlearn the toxic ideals that have been projected onto us about our worthiness in relation to our intimate lives. I see it all the time online. The absolute humiliation and disrespect some Black women are willing to stomach in the name of being partnered. The hoops that some Black women are willing to jump through just to receive whatever lies beneath the bare minimum.

It's worth remembering that there are different forces at play that gather to make Black women feast off the scraps we are given. A world saturated by colorism, fatphobia, anti-Blackness, ableism, and classism will always punish Black women who demand more for themselves. Dismantling these systems also means divesting from any and everything that makes us question our worth.

Because truth be told, Black women are more than worthy of having a love that is built on mutual respect and admiration. A love that is honey sweet and radiates a light that rivals the sun. A love that is a steadying calming force that doesn’t bring confusion or anxiety. Black women deserve a love that is worthy of the prize that we are.

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