You might remember my last ode to sweatpants, well it was really my first ode to sweatpants. I firmly admitted I never really took part in this comfy athleisure category, unless it was a cashmere number that I deemed appropriate and the “fashion” version of sweatpants. Well, now that my life is currently in social isolation and WFH is my new reality, things have changed. Facetime and Zoom meetings are taking over my day, but I start my days as close to consistent as when I was going into the office—with a shower and picking out my outfit. A slight twist here, though, is that cashmere joggers are now becoming my day-to-day uniform over the midi dresses and wide-leg trousers I’m accustomed to donning in the office.
As a fashion editor, my job is to find the latest and greatest in clothing. I’ve come across my fair share of cashmere sweatpants that I love, but frankly, they’ve always broken the bank so investing in more than a pair or two just wasn’t an option. Couple that with not wanting to spend every day doing laundry, I’ve been more than happy to discover not one, but two new pairs of cashmere pants (which have a matching top if you fancy a head to toe look) that I’ve stocked up on to get me through the next few weeks to months.
Last fall, I was at a press preview for Summersalt which is where my discovery of good quality and relatively affordable cashmere pants began. The brand had their always popular swim on display, but my eyes gravitated towards the rack hanging in the back, glimmering from the sunlight through the windows. As one of the founders of Summersalt, Reshma Chamberlin, walked me back to the rack, her face was beaming as she talked in excitement about their new sleepwear and loungewear launching soon. I remember her telling me about how she wanted to make something affordable that was normally considered indulgent. And let me tell you, they hit the nail on the head with their joggers. They feel so perfect when you slip them on and instantly give you that feeling of indulgence and put togetherness. An added bonus for my lifestyle (and anyone else who has kids): they’re super easy to run around in when chasing after children in between WFH calls and meetings.
My other favorite is State Cashmere’s ribbed set from Amazon. This one only comes as a set and has great texture, which makes it unique from my other cashmere pieces. I do sport the outfit as a full-on look but I also use the pieces to create two different outfits. The pants look amazing paired with tees and hooded sweatshirts, while the sweater can elevate any pair of PJ pants. Not to mention, it also gives you an easy waist-up outfit for your next work Zoom meeting.
Now’s the time to indulge in some retail therapy you can actually wear over and over again, and trust me these pieces are basic enough that you can virtually wear them day in and day out while we get used to the adjusted to our new normal of social distancing.