Over the past year, the clothing industry has been offering us more casual options—at least in the U.S. I visited J.Crew about a month ago and observed that loungewear accounted for 100% of the new merchandise. I don’t lounge that much, I thought. The hours between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM aren’t for sweatpants.
I prefer to save athletic wear for workouts and loungewear for evenings at home on the sofa. Most of the pieces in my closet are structured—pleated skirts, button-ups, and sheath dresses. I generally favor clothing that retains its shape on the hanger, but my work-from-home routine warrants clothes that are a bit more casual. I acquired a few pairs of shorts last summer, but I’m starting to consider my warm-weather, work-from-home options early this year.
What’s comfortable, cool, polished, suitable for answering the door, going for a walk, and jumping on a Zoom call? The athletic dress seems to fit the bill. I don’t mind looking like I’m going to the country club. Instead of court or golf shoes, I’ll be wearing my Superga sneakers.