How I Embraced Loungewear By Making It My Own

By Marlena Matute

 Dia fashion writer shares how her discovery of “feel-good fabrics” opened her eyes and her wardrobe to new levels of comfort.

It’s no secret that fashion has definitely changed in the last year. I’ll admit that before 2020 I was never one to really consider comfort for my everyday style. I think it’s the New Yorker in me, but I tend to put aesthetics and occasion first whenever I get dressed. Needless to say loungewear hasn’t been a huge part of my wardrobe. Until now.

It was only after spending the last 9 months basically repurposing some of my active pieces and sleepwear into comfy loungewear as I worked from home, that I decided to look into what sets loungewear apart from each other rather than just prints. And this is how I found out about what we at Dia have dubbed “feel-good fabrics” in our latest collection of plus-size loungewear. Did you know that there are so many different levels to comfort? Here’s what to add to your repertoire and how I suggest styling them to make them feel fresh this year.

Leaning into cozy comfort doesn’t mean that you can’t elevate the style into one for a stylish professional event if you’re working from home taking Zoom meetings.

Anything In Classic French Terry

Lightweight and moisture wicking, French Terry is comfy enough to hangout and breathable enough to work out in. Call it a win-win.

As someone who has taken to doing some yoga in the morning before I start working at my desk, I can honestly say that anything made from French Terry is a great option— it allows me to start my workday seamlessly. 

If this is your kind of comfort, consider our cotton-blend Arabella pullover and pants brushstroke print set. Sets like these are great because you can get dressed without having to think too much about it, much like dresses (but warmer). Also, if you’re not one for head to toe print don’t worry, I’m the same way so I totally understand. In this case I recommend breaking the print up by pairing the set with a solid accent piece. Or you can mix and match the top with a solid jogger or plus-size leggings. You choose.

Layerable Sweater Knit Sets

This wrinkle-resistant, super-soft, featherweight sweater knit is a dream come true. It truly is like wearing a silky smooth, wispy cloud.  

If you’re like me where you have those moments where you need to go from home to a quick grocery store run, this super-soft Jasmine hoodie and pant set is the one to reach for. The top even has a kangaroo pocket for carrying the basic essentials! Layer on a flannel shirt (I’m seeing this everywhere), swap your slippers out for some white sneakers, and you’re on your way to running errands in complete comfort.

Brushed Knit Tops

Leaning into cozy comfort doesn’t mean that you can’t elevate the style into one for a stylish professional event if you’re working from home taking Zoom meetings. Brushed knit pieces like this Odelia Balloon Sleeve Cardigan, are still perfect for wearing around the house, providing comfort, warmth and great style all in one. 

Brushed knits are great because they have the plushiness of cashmere and are easy to care for—simply throw it in the washing machine whenever it needs to be cleaned. Layer this cardigan over your favorite cami or tee and you’ll make a fashion statement from the comfort of your own home. 

Have you given any of these feel-good fabrics a try? Which of these is your favorite?


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Marlena Matute

Dia Staff Fashion Writer