I am thrilled to announce another Witty + Pretty contributor, Lillian Charles! She has her own wardrobe consulting and styling biz, works at Lululemon (read: her fitness gear collection is to-die-for), and runs around town looking fab and inspiring and supporting other women (we actually met after one of Cara’s Flywheel classes, in which I couldn’t help but adore her hootin’ and hollerin’ energy). In her debut article, she’s addressing something I am seriously so excited about. I’ll let her take it away…
Juicing is cooler than 1,000+ calorie blended coffee drinks,
Strong is the new skinny,
And, in the vein of active, healthy lifestyles,
Leave your sweatpants on…add stilettos.
Gone are the days of corsets, hoop-skirts, and girdles (for the most part) but let’s be real, there are still plenty of UNcomfortable items we ladies put on for the sake of fashion. As far as I’m concerned, that whole “beauty is pain” sentiment is for the birds.
In my humble opinion, beauty, fashion, style, or whatever-you-want-to-call-it can be expressed and explored quite comfortably. If, at almost any given moment, I’m not comfortable enough to go to sleep in my clothes, I’m probably hating myself (never a good look) and dying to change. Lucky for me and anyone else who gravitates towards comfy and chic/sporty and sexy, the “borrowed from the boys” look is all over the place. All hail these J. Crew ads:
If you haven’t caught on yet, here’s the idea: Sweatpants + stilettos + accessories = effortless, luxurious, and stylish.
Note: Stilettos aren’t for everyone, and remember, the goal is comfort, so wear your most comfortable heels–I swear, when you’re rocking an elastic waistband and super-soft pants, foot pain magically seems to lessen.
Here are some ways to get your stylish sweat on…
Pictured: Lululemon Athletica Studio Pants in wren, GAP sparkle-ribbed black tank top, BCBG pumps (circa 2005).
All of these looks would be less cohesive without the accessories that pull everything together. The jewelry elevates the slouchy bottoms and communicates well with the stilettos, yes? Well all know certain outfits can be rather bland before finishing touches.
My approach to personal style is: Get real, be comfortable, be confident, and DO YOU. The only necessary trends to follow are the ones that work for your individual lifestyle, budget, personality, etc. So, the next time you’re staring at your closet wondering WTF to wear out on a Friday night, throw on your sweats as if you plan to stay in……
Then add stilettos (and bling).
$145 - zalando.co.uk
$310 - farfetch.com
$28 - theiconic.com.au
Stay tuned for more from Lillian and check out her website if you want to get to know more about who she is and what she does!