Here we are in 2021, and we are still sheltering at home. For the most part, at least…depending on where you live. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t worn jeans much in quite some time now because of all this. I do try to wear them on occasion to jump start my brain to productive mode, but those comfy clothes definitely call my name eventually during the day. Either way, trying to stay somewhat stylish is a bit more effective when trying to stay focused and get stuff done than staying in my pajamas is. So, why not find a middle ground? There are so many fun options for fashionable loungewear out there that are sure to help pick up your mood and get you up and running (in a figurative sense). And of course, there is a lot of great sustainable loungewear out there to fit that mold.
When it comes to fashion, sometimes less is more. That’s why I’ve been a fan of Alternative for quite some time. This well known Atlanta-based brand has excelled at creating some of the most soft wardrobe essentials in the industry. Their mission of providing “that soft, lived‑in look and feel of our favorite vintage tee” has helped them land themselves on numerous celebrities and influencers alike, as well as style and comfort-conscious folks like you and me. But of course, it definitely helps that they are also one of the most well known sustainable brands out there! Over 80% of their products are made with either recycled or organic materials, and everything is manufactured under sustainable and fair labor practices. They also have implemented a G2 wash, which allows them to use 60% less water, and non-toxic dyes are used for all of their vintage-inspired tints.
Sustainable and Soft Closet Essentials from Alternative
Part of the appeal of fashion is how crazy creative some designers get. It’s an art form, after all, and oftentimes I like window shopping as much as adding pieces to my closet, just to enjoy the artistry. But no matter where the latest trends and looks might take you, there’s nothing better than timeless pieces that will go with anything and keep you comfortable. If they are sustainable, they’re even better, of course! Alternative has been a longtime favorite of mine and I honestly don’t know what took me so long to write a full post about them. I’ve worn items from them in various reviews! My absolute favorite is a lightweight black cardigan wrap with a long cowl neck in the back that can be put over the head, and long sleeves for a super cozy fit (you can see it featured in a post here). I love shopping closet essentials from Alternative because as stylish as I like to be most of the time, I still just have those days where all I want is to be comfy first. Don’t get me wrong though! This brand definitely has some super cute pieces! Sometimes, less is more.
Turtleneck Tunic and Plaid Jeans
It was just a few months ago, I couldn’t help myself…Revolve had a sale. I was trying to ignore the barrage of deals flooding my inbox, but you know how it goes, right? I’d just take a peek…and BAM, those plaid Joe’s jeans did me in. I’m kind of a sucker for rocker or punky looks, or any piece that can make a fun juxtaposition with something with a totally opposite vibe. These awesome jeans are the Joe’s In Line Zip Skinny in Coated Red Plaid, and they have the cutest angled zippers below the front pockets! I decided to wear them yesterday with a new piece I grabbed from Aerie (now sold out, similar here), this charcoal sleeveless turtleneck. My Alternative cardigan goes with me almost everywhere (similar here), as a grab-and-go piece that’s lightweight enough for this silly California winter that can’t make up its mind. I’ve worn it for many of my outfit posts! You might also recognize my Steve Madden Troopa Boots from my Rag & Bone legging post last week too. They are just too comfy and convenient, much like the cardigan, and I love the earthy dark navy blue color! Just another day snapping some quick shots while at work…
The Joe’s In Line Zip Skinny in Coated Red Plaid is still available at 6pm here, but there are very limited size options! If you don’t see yours, you can do as I always do and hunt them down on Ebay…
Here’s a little collection of plaid jeans, sleeveless turtlenecks and lace up boots similar to those shown in my look above!
Black and Olive Earth Tones
It’s funny, I was just going to call this “Distressing and Stripes,” and realized there was a pattern here…I had already named a post that last August (see here)! I guess I have a subconscious style preference. Anyway, two of my favorite pieces here are my black Alternative cardigan I got years ago and Level 99 Tanya in Crawford jeans, which are a deliciously soft high rise that just go with freaking everything. I just got this Long Sleeve Striped Pullover in Olivine (similar here) by Splendid from Hautelook (one of my favorite online haunts). This is my first item from Splendid, finally, and it definitely lives up to all my expectations! Olive is one of my favorite colors, and this Olivine shade is so pretty. The stripes are a navy blue color too, although they look black in these photos. I always like keeping contrast up with my outfits by wearing something black, but this time I went almost all black with one olive green piece to break it up. The boots are the Lace Up Quilted boot from American Eagle Outfitters (another similar one here), and I’ve been wearing them around to break them in for festival season (can’t wait)! My necklace is made from jasper, onyx and pyrite beads from Midwinter Co., one of my favorite jewelers. I love how well olive green and black go together!
I’m kind of blanking on something to post today…this past week has been nutso crazy busy…so here’s me being me during my lunch hour on Monday. I’m wearing a new pair of leggings to review for Denimology from a brand called Freddy (seriously, the epitome of “butt lifter” jeans, these seriously have silicon strips under the bum and around the waistband…think butt bra but are extremely comfy!) and my favorite casual pieces from Alternative Apparel, the burnout tunic (similar) and the “Palm Springs” Slub Throwover (I love it, so versatile and surprisingly warm. It’s not available anymore, but here’s a very similar style from Splendid). The shoes are a Hautelook purchase I made for $19 a few weeks ago, the Penny pump by Envy.