We all like to be comfortable in the clothing we wear, so why are they so often the opposite of comfortable? Whether it’s wire sticking into your side, itchy fabrics, tight fits or sky-high heels, it’s no secret that women’s clothing is often more focused on looking good than feeling good. But everyone has that one pair of jeans or a shirt that shows you that you can definitely have it both if only clothing companies would try a little harder. So let’s see what all the ways we see comfortable clothes coming back to us are:
The invasion of sportswear
Have you noticed how it’s completely normal for us to see people walking the streets in their gym clothes? Now think about how often you’d see that a few years ago: not only was it rare to see, but it was pretty much always considered bad taste and “trashy”. However, with a little help from celebrities and influencers showing up dressed in sweatpants and sneakers, the sportswear trend has taken over everyone’s closet. And once you get into the rhythm of dressing in comfy clothing for everyday life, it’s really hard to go back to skinny jeans that leave red marks on your stomach when you sit down. However, sportswear is still not really considered appropriate in many workplaces, especially for CEOs and specialists. But for most college kids, young adults, people who work in casual companies and don’t feel like suiting up – sportswear is basically all they own right now. It’s not hard to see how and why since it’s so easy to combine sportswear with other clothing to make a look that is appropriate for any place or event, while still being comfortable. For example, wearing yoga pants and a T-shirt might not be appropriate, but swap the top out for a tunic that covers the booty and you are good to go for a day at the office.
The biggest crime of women’s fashion is by far uncomfortable shoes. Sometimes they are just so darn cute that you absolutely fall in love with them, even though you see that the height of that heel is going to give you issues. But we still wear them and deal with gel pads, Band-Aids, blisters, and sore feet because the shoes are what make the look – right? Well, influencers and fashionistas of the world have taken on the task to disprove that by making amazing looks with shoes that are both stylish and comfortable. You can find classics likeArizona Birkenstock sandals paired to create some amazing outfits. A lot of these trends actually stem from Asia, where wearing casual, comfy and often oversized clothing has developed into a trend. And you know that sandals that are worn by people who are on their feet all day like nurses are going to be extremely comfortable both for your feet and your back. But sandals aren’t the only option. We can’t talk about comfortable shoes without mentioning sneakers, which now come in so many different styles and patterns that you can definitely find ones that are also appropriate for the office, or even a formal event.
While body-con and slim fit used to be all the rage, we are now seeing a rise in boyfriend jeans and mom jeans, oversized knitted jumpers and big, baggy coats. We are simply changing the rules of what is considered fashionable so that we can be both comfortable and look good. With these casual and oversized looks, it’s important to remember that you can easily get lost within the clothing. To prevent this, create a contrast of shapes by wearing skinny jeans or yoga pants with an oversized, loose top, or a fitted top with baggy jeans. If you’re wearing a big, shapeless sweater-dress, add on a belt to define your waist and get some figure back. An oversized coat will look stylish when paired with other stylish items like a good pair of pumps or a dress but wear it with sweatpants and you might just end up looking homeless. You can follow a lot of fashion bloggers that show you how to incorporate comfortable pieces like these into your looks while avoiding looking like you’ve just gotten out of bed, so if you’re just starting to experiment, you can try following their tips until you start creating your own looks.
The only reason why we have so much uncomfortable clothing is that we’re buying and wearing it. If we were to stop buying uncomfortable shoes and clothes and just gave our money to the people who make both fashionable and comfortable pieces, the industry would very quickly change and we would all get a bigger variety of comfy clothing. So, next time you feel like a piece of clothing is holding you back from living a comfortable life – it’s time to say goodbye to it.