When it comes to fashion, it might seem like comfort is something you have to sacrifice. However, that shouldn’t be the case. For decades, women have been restricted in our style choices from shoes that bend and angle our feet in uncomfortable positions to clothes that limit our movement. But today, we have more choices.
While we love style—have you seen the Little Mix x PLT collection, it’s amazing—but we think it’s officially time to say goodbye to aching heels, too-tight waistlines, and scratchy fabrics if they’re not making you feel your best.
Whether it’s risking being cold, itchy, or self-conscious, your comfort just isn’t worth surrendering to look the part. Not convinced? Keep reading to find out why we think your comfort (both physically and mentally) should always take priority over style:
You’ll Feel More Confident
We’ve all been there, you’re wearing something trendy that you wouldn’t typically wear but couldn’t resist buying because your favorite influencer told you that you needed it. Now you’re out and about wearing it and you’re feeling self-conscious. Obviously, this isn’t ideal.
For example, if you’re not a dress or skirt kind of girl but still want to look put together, shorts can be dressed up or down to create a look that’s more you. Instead of trying to force yourself into clothes that simply don’t suit you, make comfort and style work for you. The secret to looking your best is feeling comfortable in the clothes you put on. If you’re uncomfortable in your outfit, others will be able to tell.
You’ll Be in a Better Mood
This is true in virtually every situation. If you’ve worn a pair of wedges or tight pants to an amusement park, you’re likely gotten over your outfit choice by the middle of the day. Similarly, if you never wear heels and your force yourself to wear them for an event, you’re going to be in pain by the end of the night. Instead, choose something that you’ll be comfortable in, like a pair of slip-on sneakers or dressy flats, depending on the occasion.
We’ve all spent those nights freezing or miserably uncomfortable for fashion’s sake. But you know throwing on your sweatshirt and well-fitting jeans would feel way better. So why not start making comfort your priority? If you’re ready to take the next step to make your wardrobe more comfortable, check out these versatile ways to style hoodies for ideas.
You’ll Be More Focused on the Moment
If you’re preoccupied thinking about how uncomfortable you are and regretting your outfit choices, you’re probably not taking in the moment. Whether it’s trying to cover up your body, hiding from photos, or just being stuck in your thoughts wishing you’d chosen something different, you’re going to regret it later. Let’s face it, missing out on the fun or making memories with your loved ones just for the sake of fashion is a shame.
How to Make Comfort Your Priority
Fortunately, nowadays you have more options than ever to look fashionable while still feeling comfortable. Forget about the pressures of society and social media, it’s time to start wearing what makes you happy. That said, if you are a fashionista at heart and simply can’t make the compromise, you can easily achieve both goals with a variety of looks, from athleisure (think cute leggings paired with your favorite jacket) to loungewear (lounge pants are easy to move around in). Here are a few of our ideas for how you can begin to prioritize comfort in your wardrobe:
- Choose soft and breathable fabrics (cotton, linen, rayon, etc.)
- Pick out clothes that suit your body type (or that you feel are flattering)
- Figure out your exact sizing (have someone take your measurements)
- Stop buying pieces just because they’re on trend (if they’re not your style, avoid them)
- If you feel guilty about fast fashion, fine eco-friendly clothing lines to buy from
- Always consider where you’re going and what you’ll be doing when you get dressed
By following these tips, we’re confident that you’ll be able to break the cycle of uncomfortable, burdensome fashion and start viewing your wardrobe in a whole new way.