I know exactly how this time of the year goes: I spend a great deal of time rueing the day that my mum ever learnt to cook such bloody nice sausage rolls because following a few days at home, I'm now 94% pastry and 6% sausage meat. I've already cancelled my pre-planned New Year's spin classes due to an emotional oscillation between needing to get fit and being terrified of exercise.
And as a result, I end up not feeling my best, and therefore, I know I'll be using up an inordinate amount of time each day from here on out experimenting with wild new (probably hideous) outfit combinations that are then discarded. It's dark outside, and it's a bad, bad time for my bank account. I think we can all agree, now that Christmas has been and gone, winter is slowly losing its appeal…
So it's no wonder many of us have very little enthusiasm for getting dressed. But I'm not one to be scruffy or give up that easily. So I've decided to plan in advance and prep all of the perfect lazy-meets-cosy ensembles that I can get away with in public for the foreseeable.
Sure, they're not as comforting as a slanket or as enjoyable as that octagonal box of Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisps, but they walk the line between relaxed and smart quite nicely—ideal for this end of the year lull. Keep scrolling to see what to wear when you don't even want to get dressed…
Monikh specialises in this kind of off-duty cool, so in addition to this simple jeans-and-knit outfit, there are many more to find over on her Instagram.
AlexaChung Patchwork Wool Sweater (£290)
A blazer will never fail to help make you feel sharp (even if your mind is still in sleep mode). Look for styles in subtle, neutral shades that'll blend seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe.
Ganni Prince of Wales Check Blazer (£280)
We don't know about you, but throw on a pair of knee-high boots with just about any outfit and we feel instantly elevated. Try it—you won't regret it.
& Other Stories Leather Knee-High Boots (£205)
Knitted dresses have become a popular fashion choice over the past few winters, giving you all of the comfort you'd want from a cold-weather look, only in a more elegant form than a tracksuit.
Nanushka Canaan Merino Wool-Blend Dress (£300)
Simple but so effective, a delicate shoulder-strap bag will bestow even the most casual attire with a ladylike appeal by way of the '90s.
By Far Rachel Shoulder Bag (£313)
You can rewear that party skirt well into the New Year just by throwing on a slouchy jumper and using your fave ankle boots. Easy.
Topshop Ochre Satin Midi Skirt (£29)
Nothing's more comfortable or flattering than a loose-fitting, waist-tied jumpsuit. Trust us (and Nicole) when we say this is a very good option.
Topshop Seattle Utility Denim Boilersuit (£59)
Even if your outfit is ultra-basic underneath, a standout checked coat will forgive all your fashion sins.
Topshop Black and White Checked Coat (£89)
For those days where you really do have to smarten up your act (New Year is still on the horizon, after all), something pink will make you feel instantly glamorous. Thanks for the reminder, Emili.
Ghost Meryl Dress (£145)
Much like the shoulder bag, collared blouses feel dainty and sweet—and look 10 times fancier than a hoodie and T-shirt.
Zara Tweed Top With Poplin Collar (£26)
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
Next, see the nine pieces we'll be buying with our Christmas money.
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