Photographed by Bibi Borthwick, Vogue, February 2020
Clothing wise, 2020 has been the year of loungewear. When stay-at-home orders were first put into place last spring, transitioning from traditional office wear into loungewear was an easy, and welcome change. Comfortable clothes gave just that— comfort— in a confusing, uneasy time.
As the months passed, my affinity for good loungewear became a slight addiction. I’ll spend who knows how long autonomically looking through countless sites for their latest, most elevated take on a sweatsuit. While most sweats made the cut in the earliest days of the pandemic, time had taught me to be more discerning. No matter how cool or comfy they may have seemed, sweats that lacked polish inevitably made me feel like a slob after a few wears— I craved matching sets that were as cleverly designed as they were comfortable.
Recently, JW Anderson and Uniqlo released the latest range from their ongoing collaboration. The collection included shirt dresses, sleek coats, and cozy turtleneck sweaters aplenty. While many of the styles flew off the shelves in the first days of the collaboration’s release (as expected), I found a hidden gem that still remains in stock: an elegant, grey half-zip sweater and matching pants. Upon arrival, I felt like I had met my match. Finally, sweats that had accomplished the hefty task of making me feel utterly put-together, comfortable, and not at all messy. These pieces were technically in the men’s section, but the fit is slightly oversized, tailored, and polished— a task that could only be accomplished by an innovative designer like Jonathan Anderson.
I’ve spent days in this set. I’ve worn the pants and the half-zip together with a sleek overcoat on top and my favorite Chelsea boots, and separate with a pair of jeans and a crisp turtleneck poking out from under the half zip. For $60, the comfort, polish, and versatility of this designer set truly feels like a steal. Here, the sleek sweatsuit to add to your repertoire now.
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