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Outfits Under $100: 3 Laid-Back Loungewear Looks


College girls lounging at the dorms
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Old t-shirts, ripped sweatpants, and worn-out hoodies: we all have our tried-and-true favorites for lounging around the house or catching some shuteye, but would you want that cute guy or girl on your floor to see you in them? The truth is that those pajama go-tos ain’t so pretty.

When you’re living in a dorm, a sorority house, or perhaps just having sleepovers of a different nature, it’s a good idea to invest in some pretty sleepwear. Here are three budget-friendly looks that will have you aching to cuddle up with hot cocoa and a good book … or a good guy:

Outfit #1: Sporty & Stylish

Outfits Under $100: Loungewear - Sporty
Product Info: Yoga Pants, Shirt, Tank, Slippers

If you’re a sporty girl who’s always bound for the gym, try loungewear that’s as active as you. These clothes pull double duty: they’re both soft enough for bed and durable enough for breaking a sweat on the elliptical. You’ll never have an excuse for not getting out of bed in time for a morning workout, and you’ll look great when you’re just hanging around the dorm. Just swap the slippers for sneakers first!

Outfit #2: From Sheets to Streets

Outfits Under $100: Loungewear - Sheets to Streets
Product Info: Sweater, Tank, Leggings, Moccasins

Have you noticed sleepwear keeps looking more and more like streetwear? Take advantage of stylish loungewear and effortlessly go from your sheets to the streets. Each item in this outfit is extra cozy and intended for bed, but together and separately the clothes work just as well outside the house.

Outfit #3: Flirty & Feminine (Under $75!)

Outfits Under $100: Loungewear - Flirty
Product Info: Slippers, Slip Set (comes w/ undies), Cardigan, Shorts

Sleepovers with your boy/girlfriend or crush are a fact of college life — it  could be an innocent crash on the floor after a night out or it could be … less innocent. Whichever the scenario, it’s normal to want to impress them. That’s why every girl should have some pretty, flirty jammies in her wardrobe. Worn alone, this slip would be too revealing, but when you add some sweet ruffled shorts and a cozy cardi, it becomes classy, not trashy.

What do you think?

What do you like to wear to bed? Do you have any embarrassing jammies you hide from your friends? Do you like these outfits? Please leave a comment!

Posted on on November 16, 2010 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , ,

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22 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: 3 Laid-Back Loungewear Looks”

  1. 1
    November 16th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Love the cardi in the last look! I find them to be very comfy!

  2. 2
    November 16th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Outfit #3 is a super cute look!

  3. 3
    November 16th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Second look wins.

    I’d like the 3rd look more if it was a for-self look, you know? It’s not- it’s to make sure you look good for whoever’s about to get some lovin’, regardless of the fact that your clothes are coming off. Cute, sure, but if we’re only going to put it soley for someone who’s not going to remember it (and you know boys won’t lol) can we at LEAST lower the price?

  4. 4
    November 16th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Yeah I have been shopping in the loungewear section of GAP a lot more recently because their lounge pieces are so cute and I can wear them to class!

    Lovin it!

  5. 5
    November 16th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    i love the third look! it’s super girly–thank the lord looking feminine never goes out of fashion! not like i’d care otherwise :D

  6. 6
    November 16th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    i love that second look!!

  7. 7
    November 16th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    Oh I love this! Despite what Tim Gunn thinks, I loooooove yoga pants, they’re lifesavers.

  8. 8
    November 16th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Thank you for giving girls ideas on how they may wear pajamas out of the house that do not look like pajamas. Flannel checkered pants and a sweater shirt and slippers as day wear is terrible. It is nice to see that others recognize that there had to be something better.

  9. 9
    November 16th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    @ Mallory – About look #3: It wasn’t my intention to create an outfit solely for someone else. I wrote, “It could be an innocent crash on the floor after a night out or it could be … less innocent,” meaning it’s natural to want to feel cute when your crush is in the room regardless of the scenario. The situation doesn’t have to be sexual. Before my boyfriend was my boyfriend, he would fall asleep in my dorm while hanging out, or he might crash over after a night out. It always innocent. But I still wanted to look cute and feminine because it made me feel confident. Today, if I wear cute pjs or lingerie, it’s because it makes ME feel good; he has told me he couldn’t care less what I wear (and I’ve read the same sentiment in many women’s/men’s mags). The most important thing is dressing to give yourself confidence, and that’s what I tried to create with my outfits. Dressing for yourself, especially to make yourself feel good and confident, should always come first.

  10. 10
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    This is such a great post! Loungewear is the one thing that I never put any thought into, even though I wear it every day before bed. I’m definitely going to treat myself and buy some cute pieces – thanks for the inspiration!

  11. 11
    November 17th, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I love outfits 2 and 3. Especially outfit 3. I like looking sexy for me, not for my boyfriend. But outfit 1 should be for the gym or for lounging. I find it unsanitary when people lounge in clothes meant for the gym

  12. 12
    November 17th, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Adorable outfits, but I should hope nobody is spending over $100 on loungewear and pajamas. Seems kind of absurd…

  13. 13
    November 17th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    @ Ali – Thank you for saying your point of view, I appreciate it and understand. I agree that we should always dress for ourselves even when we’re looking to impress other people. Now, I read the part about innocence but a lace camisole/thong set isn’t all that innocent, you know what I’m saying? I think you should’ve created a fourth look for the innocent “crash in your crush’s” room- something still flirty, girly, and cute but just not a thong over kinda-see thru boxers. That’s a bit provocative for a sleepover, no?

  14. 14
    November 17th, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Does anyone have a problem with spending over $100 on loungewear?

  15. 15
    November 17th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    *and by that I mean nobody spends over $100 on loungewear…I realize my previous comment may be construed differently

  16. 16
    November 17th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Love all 3!! Lounge-wear is the best especially in the winter, but the link for the slip set is broken :(

  17. 17
    November 17th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I might as well wear a top with just undies on lol jk but seriously I love the flirty and feminine clothes and I do wear those to sleep, not just for lounging around.

  18. 18
    November 18th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    @ Monique (not Mallory!). I get your point entirely. I also thought the light pink shorts are a bit racy- I like pyjamas that I can walk around in, and don’t have to worry about flashing my friends! I don’t think all of these are suitable as sleepwear at all.

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    November 19th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I’ve love lounge wear so much since I started university. Living in the dorms, some days when just hanging around and studying it was nice to just have something that I wouldn’t have to change out of to go to bed, but I could still run to the caf. to grab something to eat in if I wanted to.

  20. 20
    November 21st, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    im going to get an outfit like #3. i spend alot of time at my boyfriends apartment but he loves when i wear cute pjs.

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