As much as we enjoy donning our favourite blazers and straight-leg jeans to go to the office, our usual professional wardrobe is typically far less enticing when we're working from home.
And with the predicted end of the coronavirus pandemic still some time away, our yearnings for comfortable clothing while working from home are arguably as mental as they are physical.
After all, in a time ravaged with uncertainty, it makes sense that we'd retreat into as much warmth and comfort as we can, with a change in clothing an obvious choice as we practise social isolation.
And while it's tempting to shun your usual work uniform in favour of pyjamas, activewear or track pants, there is another solution: loungewear.
Beyond offering the comfort many of us are seeking as we hunch over our laptops at our dining tables (fixing posture is on the quarantine to-do list) while emailing our work wife that we miss her, they also deliver a sense of separation from our usual 'inside clothes'.
This, in turn, creates a new kind of workwear, one that provides comfort without compromising on the polished, professional feeling we seek—and without encroaching on the work-free emotions we attribute to our usual 'home clothes'.
Considering adding a loungewear edit to your at-home work wardrobe? From luxurious sleepwear you'll want to wear out (when this is all over, of course) to sumptuous knits and elegant sets, keep scrolling for the best loungewear brands you can buy in Australia.
Although they might describe themselves as "sleepwear for the modern woman", Lunya's collection of elegant washable silk basics, cocktail party-worthy pyjama sets and artfully billowing blouses and palazzo pants are certainly worthy of wear outside the bedroom. Model Emily Didonato and actress Yara Shahidi are both fans of the fans of the brand, and after one look at the label's oh-so comfortable collection, it's not hard to see why.
Washable Silk Set in Navy, $257 at Lunya.
Founded by two former fashion editors, Sleeper is a Kiev-based brand that's arguably best known for its highly Instagrammable feather-trimmed pyjama sets. The brand, however, also produces a number of understated lounge-ready pieces crafted predominantly out of natural fibres, all of which could go seamlessly from sheets to streets. Think: loose linen 'short suit' pyjamas, floaty silk dresses and playful print sets you'll never want to take off.
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Party feather-trimmed crepe de chine pajama set by Sleeper, $409.01 from NET-A-PORTER.
Don't let the crisp stripes fool you, Leset's loungewear is as comfortable as they come. Loved and worn by Margot Robbie, Gabrielle Union and Selena Gomez, the Los Angeles label's pieces are ideal for those pesky Zoom calls, offering all the ease of your favourite pyjamas with the polish of your go-to pantsuit. Moreover, the brand's "Night In. Night Out. All Set." ethos is infused across the entire collection, with the line emphasising easy, understated co-ords in soft cashmere and stretch knitwear.
'Alex' set of ribbed stretch-knit top, $195.10 and ribbed stretch-knit wide-leg pants, $223.82, all at NET-A-PORTER.
For those who like their loungewear with a 'French Girl' flair, consider Calé the answer to your sartorial cravings. Counting Gwyneth Paltrow and Taylor Swift amongst its A-list fan base, the label's name comes from the French slang word for 'comfort', and that's exactly what it delivers. The relaxed, wear-all-day silhouettes and buttery soft fabrics ensure maximum ease, while the unexpected cuts and textural details (seen notably on the brand's signature ribbed tees) give it an elevated finish.
Beatrice Rib Short Sleeve by Calé, $165.97 at NET-A-PORTER.
Renowned French resortwear label Eres may be well-known for its maillots, but its take on luxury loungewear is equally noteworthy. From slouchy cashmere jumpsuits to silk camisoles, its refined yet pared back aesthetic is present across the collection, giving your work wardrobe a home-meets-holiday feeling.
'Therapy' nightshirt jumpsuit, approximately $1,605.46 at Eres
Jasmine and Will
Australian label Jasmine and Will may be known for its sleepwear, but its timeless, affordable designs lend themselves to so much more. Worn by Lara Worthington, Elle Macpherson and Victoria Lee, the brand's draped knits, striped silk pyjamas and linen robes inject a resort-like aesthetic to your usual 'inside clothes'.
'Amalfi' Short Pyjama Set by Jasmine And Will, $139 at THE ICONIC
With an emphasis on soft fabrics that move with the body, organic cottons and relaxed silhouettes, Skin—as its name suggests—is what homewear dreams are made of. Founded by Susan Beischel in 2003, the brand's offering of intimates, loungewear and sleepwear pieces all echo the same 'comfort first' ethos, while unexpected design details like flared sleeves and ruched accents, give its minimalist aesthetic a healthy twist.
Therese gathered silk-blend habotai pyjama top by Skin, $315, and tawny cropped silk-blend habotai pyjama trousers by Skin, $315, both from MATCHESFASHION.COM