• Kara Martin

Stay Inside... In Style

Sure, it sucks that we’re still in the grips of a pandemic, but the good news is that it’s forcing us to stay in (thus reversing damage to the environment) and stay closer to what really matters – loved ones, ourselves, health, safety and sanity. If you can’t go out, go within, so to speak.


In these crazy times, we’re certainly not going to judge anyone for wearing the same crusty pyjamas seven days in a row while you “wait it out”. But the problem with that "plan" is that we just don’t know how long we’ll be waiting for. Your days will start to bleed into each other. Days turning suddenly into months of self-neglect – the start of a domino effect to illness in both body and mind (trust me, I’m a yoga teacher).


Studies show that mimicking your normal routine – getting up at the same time (okay, roughly), showering (okay, occasionally), dressing "up", having a healthy breakfast etc – can make you feel better and keep you from losing track of an entire day suddenly spent sulking in bed or freaking out about how long you still have inside.


Maybe you don’t have to wear a pantsuit anymore while you conduct your corporate Zoom meetings, but you can still look fresh and fashionable with a wardrobe of well-made lounge wear. Because, although you are not what you wear, but what you wear can certainly make you feel better.


Here we’ve handpicked some looks and pieces we love from Caribbean designers that make staying in feel a little more stylish. Keywords: Easy, Light and Lounge-y...



NWANNIA

Fresh off the cutting table and ethically made too, these two whole looks (above) from the new BREAK'WEH Collection by NWANNIA are the epitome of chic-meets-chill. Roomy pants and Asian-inspired robes with not a zip or button in sight? Why, yes I'll have more pizza!

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FENTY

Who's more chill than Rihanna? Naturally, a lot of her clothing reflect that, too. Like this mood-lifting psychedelic crop. An oversized fit and slouchy shoulders allow for maximum comfort and "loungeability". The style is such that you don't have to tuck or cinch this shirt into anything. Plus it has a collar, so you can still maintain that "professional" feel on camera.

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Frère

Haitian-at-Large Davidson Petit-Frère has become one of the most influential men in menswear with his take on classic tailoring, design and attention to detail. More known for his suits, your office-wear is well taken care of with him; but a tracksuit is also a suit, is it not? At home it is! And when Davidson gets his hands on one, he certainly does not skimp on luxury and detail. We love this sky-blue bomber and trackpant tribute to Athleisure and Resort Wear for home.

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WILLOW & OAK

It might be paired here with a bikini (and you're certainly free to rock one around the house if you want to, no judgment!) but a kimono in general is one of the easiest, chicest ways to effortlessly layer any look - even the very same crusty t-shirt you refuse to take off right now. What's even better about this take on a classic is that drawstring details at the arms allow you to tie the sleeves at any length, plus built-in pockets can hold your phone, remote, couch snacks... just saying.

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ENVE

Anything over-sized that still manages to make you look business-ready yet feel at ease is a winner in our books, just like this bold, asymmetrical shirt-dress by St Vincentian label ENVE. Black and white always makes a person look smarter; so do stripes. And guess what? The horizontal stripes double as massive pockets. Yes, yes, yes.

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AISLING CAMPS

Specializing in knits, Aisling Camps is a go-to for clothes with comfort, and this "lazy girl's three-piece suit" below can be used together or separately in any number of ways. Each item is handmade using chunky Italian yarn, is stretchy, breathable, and perfect for going from desktop to Downward Facing Dog on your yoga mat. The versatile set also comes in white.

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