Lessons in luxe loungewear: what to wear to work from home

From cashmere jumpers to designer tracksuits — being a slob just got decidedly chicer

30 March 2020

We know we’re not the only ones guilty of spending this period of self-isolation predominately in our pyjamas, getting dressed from the waist-up only when the occasional Zoom meeting calls for it. But for those of you missing your daily dose of sartorial motivation, there are a host of decidedly more presentable loungewear sets that will boost your mood and keep you comfortable at the same time. Here’s our pick of the bunch.

Madeleine Thompson

Aether jumper, £372; Notus trousers, £372

All hail the queen of cashmere. When it comes to comfort, Madeleine Thompson knows best. What began as a small beanie hat project has transformed into a global brand, with celebrity fans including Sienna Miller and Jennifer Garner. The designer’s cashmere tracksuits in zany prints tick all the WFH wardrobe boxes. Her style signifier is a neon rainbow stripe, but our top pick is this leopard print twin-set — wear together now and with jeans and a white T-shirt in the great outdoors (remember that?).

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Le Kasha

Italy cashmere coat, approx. £1,201

The team behind French fashion house Le Kasha is highly selective when it comes to its fabric choices. Only the best will do — 100 per cent silk, 100 per cent Italian linen, 100 per cent cashmere farmed from Kashmir goats. It’s been the brand’s ethos since it was founded more than a century ago, and to much success — it was Le Kasha that Coco Chanel called upon to create her first ever suit collection. Less indulgent than Chanel tailoring but no less luxurious, Le Kasha’s cashmere and silk separates are the ultimate uniform for those who want to feel dressed without actually getting dressed.

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BOSS

Nature-print sweatshirt, £139

BOSS is one of a number of luxury brands pulling out all the stops to help with the pandemic response — the German fashion house has recently announced it will be manufacturing 180,000 face masks, which will be donated to public facilities. What better way to show your support for the brand than investing in one of its many loungewear pieces? A refreshing take on camouflage, BOSS’s terry cotton sweatshirt is a contemporary update on a classic style. Beige leaf and flower motifs overlaid in an abstract print form the basis of this comfy sweat, which is finished with a ribbed ivory trimming. It’s even crafted from organic cotton for extra eco points.

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Lauren Manoogian

Lauren Manoogian AW20

When Lauren Manoogian founded her eponymous jewellery collection in 2010, little did she know that a decade later she would instead be revered for her treasured knitwear collection. A chance encounter with a wool factory inspired her to change her course. Today, sustainability is at the core of the brand, which uses only natural fibres and undyed yarns, giving her collections a uniformity. Alpaca coatigans, fisherman sweatshirts and wrap skirts in cereal shades are all hand-loomed, with many taking more than 20 hours to complete.

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Olivia von Halle

Gia London tracksuit, £995

If ever there was a reason to stay in your pyjamas all day, it’s Olivia von Halle, whose silk printed sets in kitsch prints are the stuff of duvet day dreams. To encourage you from your slumber, look to the designer’s cashmere tracksuits instead. Both her block colour and striped two-pieces have been worn and loved by Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez — and they can’t all be wrong...

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Jumper1234

Reebot Rainbow jumper, £185

Designed in London and produced in Mongolia, Jumper1234’s plush 100 per cent cashmere jumpers and tracksuit sets are the work of skilled artisans and designers who have honed their craft for many years — and it shows. Their prestige doesn’t mean they shy away from fun design however, and those who live for bright colours will love the brand’s rainbow striped, millennial pink and neon orange sets. Wallflowers need not apply.

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Pangaia

Photography by Marili Andre

Pangaia’s tracksuit sets are made using 45 per cent recycled cotton and 55 per cent organic cotton. Each piece is produced using a lower water consumption dyeing process and environmentally-friendly dyes. The brand’s three core colours sell out fast with each restock, but there’s no shortage of day-glow hues to choose from — and frankly, why wouldn’t you?

From £114, thepangaia.com

Eberjey

Blair High Low hoodie, £106; Blair high-waisted retro runner, £106

The maker of the softest pyjamas in the world also makes a mean loungewear set. Originally founded as a lingerie brand in 1996, Eberjey has since expanded its remit to include charming two-piece pyjama sets and plush loungewear. This terry cotton tracksuit in heather grey is the ultimate WFH outfit, with a cropped fit and high-waist to make you feel a tiny bit more put together — even if you’re still sat in bed.

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