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Wear This Not That: 7 Easy Lazy Day Outfit Swaps


Lazy day outfit cover
Photo Credits: 1, 2

It’s October, which means the weather is starting to cool down, school is in full swing, and you may already be knee-deep in midterms.

For some, cooler weather is an opportunity to experiment with new fall trends and showcase new autumn styles. However, for most on-the-go college students, cool weather and a busy schedule means one thing… sweats. With so much going on in other parts of our lives, it can be difficult to dedicate any time to looking fashionable.

As tempting as it is to reach for those sweatpants, a stylish CF girl can do better! Below, I’ve put together a list of comfortable alternatives to your go-to lazy day pieces:

1. Maxi Skirts Instead of Sweatpants

Two maxi skirts
Product Information: 1. Threadsence 2. Forever 21

A cotton or jersey knit maxi skirt is just as comfortable as a pair of sweatpants – promise! In addition, these effortlessly chic pieces look ten times better than old sweats and allow for many more outfit possibilities.

Plus, when the weather gets cooler you can layer a pair of leggings underneath your maxi for an extra layer of warmth – go for fleece-lined leggings on those extra cold days!

2. Chunky Sweater Instead of a Sweatshirt

Two chunky sweaters
Product Information: 1. Boohoo 2. Nasty Gal

With the resurgence of ’90s style, chunky sweaters are easy to find and a better fashion option than your average pullover hoodie. Since they’re so popular at the moment, there’s also a vast number of styles and colors to choose from, meaning you’re bound to find one that matches your style perfectly.

For an ultra-trendy vibe, check out edgy cutout sweaters, ’90s-inspired oversized styles, or cute and quirky graphic sweaters.

3. Oversized Cardigan Instead of an Old Jacket

Two cardigans
Product Information: 1. Boohoo 2. Forever 21

An oversized cardigan is my personal favorite item on this list – I highly recommend investing in one. A large chunky cardigan is way more comfortable than an old jacket and makes any outfit look super stylish.

Also, since these cardigans are large by nature, it can be easier to layer clothing underneath – a great choice if you’re already experiencing cold weather.

4. Boyfriend Shirt Instead of a Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

Two boyfriend shirts
Product Information: 1. ASOS 2. Forever 21

A button-up boyfriend shirt is a fab alternative to a long sleeve t-shirt and you won’t have to compromise comfort or warmth. In fact, wearing a flannel boyfriend shirt will probably provide more warmth than an average long-sleeve tee!

5. Boxy Top Instead of a Graphic T-Shirt

Two boxy top
Product Information: 1. Forever 21 2. LuLu’s

Keep your charity run tees for gym time or lounge wear, then invest in a boxy top for lazy day outfits. Boxy tops are loose and are often made of of soft materials, so they’re just as comfy as your regular graphic tee, with a few more style points. Also, their styling capabilities are endless, especially if you find some in versatile colors like white or grey.

6. Rain Parka Instead of a Generic Rain Jacket

Two rain jackets
Product Information: 1. Karmaloop 2. ASOS

When it starts raining, my campus turns into a North Face/Columbia fashion show. You can stand out from the crowd by investing in a cute rain jacket. You could go for a trench coat style, an army parka style, or just a fun rain jacket with a flattering silhouette.

7. Ankle Boots and Socks Instead of Uggs

Socks and booties
Product Information: 1. Old Navy 2. ASOS

This is a trick I learned (quickly) last year as I endured my first Chicago winter. Although there is probably no shoe as comfortable as the Ugg, a pair of cozy socks and leather boots will provide just as much warmth.

Uggs aren’t known as the most fashionable boots, so this combination can instantly upgrade an outfit while keeping you comfy. Also, it isn’t hard to find knee-high cozy socks if you want to wear taller boots.

Mix and Match

Three comfortable outfits
Photos via ELLE: 1, 2, 3

The items on this list are meant to be swapped out with their corresponding articles of clothing. So, if you’re thinking about wearing a t-shirt and sweat pants, wear a boxy top and a maxi instead. Thinking about a sweatshirt and Uggs? Swap them out with a chunky sweater with ankle boots. It’s so easy!


What do you think? What are your lazy day outfit ideas? Do you wear any of these items regularly? Let us know your opinions in the comment section!

Posted on on October 10, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “Wear This Not That: 7 Easy Lazy Day Outfit Swaps”

  1. 1
    October 10th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    The maxi skirt is the best idea! I’m more of a maxi dress kinda girl but I love the idea of a maxi skirt and a cami with a denim jacket for fall!

  2. 2
    October 10th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    That was SO in-place. Right now I’m in the middle of one of those busy months at uni and fashion, no matter for my big love for it, is slightly falling behind. Definitely, the maxi skirt and the ankle boots are must-haves.
    Great job!

  3. 3
    October 10th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I love the idea of wearing my maxi skirt into the fall, what shoes would you recommend wearing with it? During the summer I’d wear it with flat or slightly heeled sandals, and I’ve put those away for good (sigh). I want to pull it back out but I have no idea what footwear to wear. I feel like it just looks silly with most boots.
    Thanks for any ideas!

  4. 4
    October 10th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Given the amount of posts on CF that feature graphic tees on their own or part of an ensemble, surprised to see that they made it onto this list…

  5. 5
    October 10th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I agree on everything except maxi skirts.. I don’t think they are comfortable AT ALL. Instead of sweatpants I wear jeggings or regular jeans..

  6. 6
    October 10th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Absolutely love this post! Simple yet put together. I will try this for sure!

  7. 7
    October 10th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Maxi skirts have become my new lazy day outfits! I absolutely love them!

  8. 8
    October 10th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Investing in a week’s worth of super-thick boot socks was the actually best thing I’ve ever done for my wardrobe! I live in a cold climate and I used to wear ugg-type boots for lack of anything warmer but now I can wear all my thin leather-like boots nearly all winter and it’s made me look so much more put together!

    I’d love to see more posts like this!

  9. 9
    October 10th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I like everything else that was suggested but … ‘Boyfriend Shirt’?! Really?! I see some girls on campus wearing them but no matter what, it always looks … unkempt. Not at all cute. I’d much prefer a more fitted (what I mean to say is, not huge but not fitted) flannel shirt or something like that.
    Seeing girls wear these huge boyfriend shirts and trying to make them look cute … it just doesn’t work, in my opinion. It’s just not the same as an oversized sweater.

  10. 10
    October 10th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Love these lazy day outfits! Prefer the boxy top over the graphic shirt though. Thank you!

  11. 11
    October 11th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I do the ankle boot thing all the time! Also riding boots. In fake leather and if you have good enough traction, they can double as classy rain/snow boots as well.

  12. 12
    October 11th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Super cute tried some of these trends already & I luv it. Especially the oversized cardigan & chunky sweater.

  13. 13
    October 12th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Love all these looks! Especially the oversized cardigans, sweaters, and boyfriend shirts. Sometimes I get lazy with my fashion for class but now I don’t have an excuse to not look cute!

  14. 14
    October 13th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    This is such a cool, practical, and helpful post!! Love it, I’m definitely going to bookmark it so I remember this next time I’m feeling lazy (which let’s be real, is pretty much every other day)

  15. 15
    October 16th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    I like maxi skirts and would also like to see what shoes to wear with them in the fall, but the aren’t nearly as comfortable as sweatpants or even jeans

  16. 16
    October 18th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for all the positive feedback! I’m really glad you all liked the article.

    Alyssa and Emma: Yes, the maxi-shoe struggle is real! In fall I might wear black tights with my black flats, which is subtle so it never looks off. Also, if you had a maxi with a slit or one that didn’t run too long, you could actually pull off some ankle booties with fun socks. I’ve seen this done very well but I think it helps to be able to see more of the shoe, instead of just the tips which can definitely look awkward. If you don’t have one of these skirts, you could just try to wear your maxi skirt higher on your waist and belt it if it’s too large.

    I hope that helps!

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