As I write this, I’m sitting in the coffee shop (as usual), and it is cold, grey, and rainy outside. Overall, perfect. I love these sorts of days, especially if I have a latte on hand. But for whatever reason, I just barely have the energy to type anything up today. Which is exactly what has inspired my topic this week. Low energy fashion. Because some days, it’s just hard to wake up.
If you can, obviously, you should stay in bed. Leave your pajamas on all day, wrap up in a fluffy blanket, and just rest. Every single one of us needs a day like that sometimes. A do-nothing day. It keeps us from running ourselves into the ground, and it’s necessary for our mental health.
But all too often, a full-on do-nothing day just isn’t possible. In my case, I had some important errands to run today, so staying in my pajamas wasn’t an option. Now, of course, some people are cool with leaving the house in their jammies, and that’s fine, but I’m not one of them.
The good news is that you only have to summon the barest minimum of actual effort to look chic these days. Right now, fashion is very relaxed. Comfortable is the new sexy. So if you woke up this morning without a lot of energy to spare, you’re in luck.
First off, I recommend wearing pants with an elastic waistband. Sweatpants, leggings, what have you. None of your clothes should pinch or be uncomfortable in general, but sometimes you don’t realize how restricted you feel until you slip into something nice and stretchy.
Pro tip: there are such things as “jeggings” now–leggings that look like jeans. So you don’t have to sacrifice that quality jeans look if you don’t want to.
Next, consider a hoodie or oversized sweater. The bigger and more shapeless the better. If it looks like you dug to the very depths of your closet, you’re doing it right. Tight, form-fitting stuff isn’t really what’s trending right now anyway. And remember, our goal is to be as non-restrictive as possible. Just think cozy. Soft and cozy.
Bonus: when you wear something that’s basically formless, you don’t necessarily have to wear a bra.
Lazy day hairstyles are popular, though not usually for me. (I’m kind of a not-a-hair-out-of-place sort of person). That being said, here’s what I suggest on your low-energy day: brush your hair…and then get it out of your face.
A messy bun is a stylish choice. Also, for reasons unbeknownst to myself, scrunchies are back in, so if you have any left over from 20 years ago, now’s the time to dust them off.
And, if you’ve found yourself in a particularly bad slump, and you don’t even have it in you to pick up a hairbrush, well, that’s still okay. Just grab whichever hat is physically closest to you, and pull it on as you head out the door. Boom, fixed.
Bad hair day? No such thing.
As for makeup, it’s not necessary at all. Not even a little bit. And there’s something to be said for the completely natural look. But if you’re like me, you may still want to add a little je ne sais quoi.
In my experience, if I had to choose just one thing to apply, it would be eyeliner. When I don’t feel like putting on a full face, I put on my eyeliner and call it good. I feel like it makes my eyes pop, and that’s the most important feature anyway. Windows to the soul and all that.
But I’ll admit, eyeliner can be a pain to put on. So my second recommendation is lipstick. Just put your lips on and forget the rest.
I preach self-love and self-care 24/7, and I’m never going to stop.
Resting and recharging are vital to a healthy lifestyle. Especially if you are an always-on-the-go sort of person. Nobody can simply be on all the time, forever. We aren’t machines, and even if we were, we would still need maintenance and care to function.
If you just can’t summon the energy today, don’t worry about it. You should listen to your body.
Just chill out. For one day. It’ll be fine.
(You’ll still look cute).
Have a beautiful week.