Ask CF: How Do I Dress Cute for Class When I'm Sick?

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Hey CF!

So, allergy season has hit full-swing where I live. Every day in class there are coughs and sniffles (most of the time from me!!). What is a good way to dress cute even while you're sick? Any tips for how I can wear makeup when my eyes are super watery all the time?

Thanks so much!

Sickly in Sweatpants

Our Response

Dear Sickly in Sweatpants,

Unfortunately, 'tis the season of sniffles, especially for those who suffer from allergies this time of year. While getting dressed and looking cute may not be high on everyone's sick day priority list, when you're sick all season it makes sense that you'd like a few days off from the uni hoodie-and-sweats days.

I have created three outfits below for inspiration. For each of these looks, I chose comfy casual clothes, but added in touches of on-trend elements. These ensembles prove that you can be comfy and cozy while you battle the drudgery of allergy season.

As for makeup, if your eyes are itchy and watery, I would recommend wearing little to no makeup at all. But if you do decide to put some on, stick with waterproof mascara and very little else -- you don't want the makeup irritating your eyes any more than they already are.

Here's to feeling better and dressing cute in the meantime!



Outfit # 1

sick day look

Product Information: Bag, Sweater, Earrings, Leggings, Boots, Necklace

There's nothing easier or comfier than a cozy sweater and a pair of leggings. To amp up the look, try a printed legging paired with an on-trend turtleneck sweater. Finish the outfit with some gold-toe boots, a bright red bag and simple gold jewelry.

Outfit # 2

sick day outfit

Product Information: Cardigan, Shirt, Earrings, Sweatpants, Backpack, Shoes

Believe it or not, sweatpants can be fashionable! For this ensemble, a pair of sweatpants paired with an oversized sweater and tee is an easy way to dress if you're feeling under the weather. Slip into some shearling moccasins, grab your everyday backpack, and you'll be good to go.

Outfit # 3

what to wear on a sick day

Product Information: Beanie, Dress, Cardigan, Boots, Tights

For this last look, I used a simple printed dress as the base. While some may feel like putting on a dress is too dressy, I find that dresses are perfect for lazy days because all you need is one piece and you're done. Next, throw on an oversized knit sweater, beanie, tights and an ankle-length Chelsea boot. You'll look so good that no one will suspect that you're sick!

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