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How to Dress Comfortably and Look Your Best on Lazy Days

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We all have those days. You know. The ones when it is hard to roll out of bed, get dressed, and start the day. As an athlete, job holder, and student I know finding clothes that are comfortable for all occasions, but still look chic, can be difficult.
Certain items should be avoided on lazy days. Even though I know we all want to wear bunny slippers, sweatpants, and pajamas all day every day they do not aid in looking chic. Try out a combination of the items below to dress comfortably and look your best!
The Bulky Sweater
My go-to comfy outfit  in the winter is a combination of a sweater, leggings, and boots or Nike’s. One of my favorite items in my closet is a turtleneck sweater from Zara. This sweater can be dressed up or dressed down and worn with leggings or jeans, depending on my level of laziness for the day! I personally bought this sweater slightly too big so that it would be even more comfortable for lounging. I love the comfort of a turtleneck and the fact that it is warm and fashionable.

Zara: Polo Neck Sweater $12.99

Zara Polo Neck Sweater, $12.99


Cozy Leggings
Second, a pair of black workout or dressy leggings is much needed. I personally love Lululemons plain black long leggings because they make it easy to change when I am going straight to a workout, and I can also dress them up with a sweater and boots.
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Lululemons Pace Tights, $98


The Perfect Shoes
Third, shoes can make a huge difference in your daily comfort. I recommend either a pair of knee high boots to dress your outfit up or classy Nike running shoes to maintain a casual look.
 
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Sam Edelman Penny Boots, $150


 
The Shirt Dress
As we enter the spring season, I also find it necessary to have a comfy outfit on the cooler side. On warmer days, I tend to reach for a T-shirt dress, Birkenstocks, and a sweater. This shirt dress from Forever 21 is a perfect example of what to wear in the spring. It is as comfortable as a T-shirt, yet still looks stylish. Pair it with Birkenstocks and a Nordstrom cardigan and you are set!
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Chambray Shift Dress, $27.90


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Papillio Arizona Soft Footbed Rambling Rose Brown Birko-Flor, $99.95


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Nordstrom Collection Open Front Cashmere Cardigan, $135.90


By simply owning the above items, you can build an outfit to wear for nearly any occasion. Whether you need to be dressed for a meeting or want to be comfortable for class, it is possible to be lazy and look chic.
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Featured image courtesy of Forever21

You Are What You Wear: Examining the Emotional Connection of Clothing

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How are you feeling? Are you in a good or bad mood, and do your clothes tell onlookers more than you think? Some researchers are interested in the connection between what’s on your back and in your head, examining the emotional connection between moods and clothing.


Confidence and Clothes
What types of clothing are appropriate for a job interview, even if the job entails working in a kitchen or cleaning bathrooms? Most dress formally for the occasion as part of the need to impress the interviewer and better their chances of getting the position. As a form of respect, people dress to impress. It’s an unstated but understood sentiment. Also, those who do dress well get inspired when wearing a snazzy tie or fine dress. There’s a close connection between confidence and clothes.
Baggy Clothes and Soggy Feelings
Those who are not feeling well or deplete of energy may throw on a pair of sweatpants and flip flops to go to school, the corner store, or to a friend’s house. Studies show that those who are depressed dress in baggier clothes. Why dress down when you’re feeling down? Often, clothes and accessories are an extension of the wearer. For example, when an onlooker compliments your shirt, choice of earrings, or watch, it’s common to say, “Thank you.” Yet, technically, the compliment was directed toward an object you own and not you.
bad-hair-dayClothes Make the Man
The Spotlight Effect is similar to over-inclusion; a person thinks they are getting more attention than reality reflects. Those who think, “Everyone is looking at me” may be more prone to have those thoughts if they have a bad hair day, or conversely, they’re feeling good about what they’re wearing. We can observe many examples of clothes as a sign of superiority or inferiority. The notion of “rags to riches” connotes that a person was once poor or destitute enough to literally wear rags but became rich, bettering their state. Kings and queens wear robes made of fine linens and crowns encrusted with jewels. Prisoners wear ugly colored jumpsuits.
Cloth and Comfort
Yoga Woman photoOf course, we can’t deny the how clothes can influence us physically. For example, we wear comfy pajamas when we want to relax or wind down from the day, getting ready for bedtime. Getting matching pajamas for the family ensures a level of comfort that “day clothes” can’t match. We wear clothes to dictate our level of comfort regarding the weather, time of day, season of the year, and degree of activity. For example, yoga pants, ostensibly manufactured for the exercise activity, is now sought by those who once coveted sweatpants for the same reason. Coincidentally, “sweatpants” were once manufactured for joggers, athletes, and those sweating due to exertion.
Researchers observe materials, colors, and how clothes fit dictates how we feel and at the same time tell onlookers about the wearer’s internal state. The next time you open your closet and choose a pair of baggy jeans rather than a tight skirt or custom-fitted dockers, consider why, examining if there’s an emotional connection.
Vicky Blake is a working mom and earns her living in healthcare. She enjoys being able to share her thoughts and insights with an online audience. You can find her posts on a number of relevant websites.
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Dr. Scholl’s Review

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As we age, it seems that our feet tend to get sore and beat up from everyday activities. From long commutes to running errands to wearing heels, I’ve noticed the effects of a busy life on my feet. Everyone knows the household name of Dr. Scholl’s, a savior when it comes to shoe comfort and the convenience of comfort it brings. Dr. Scholl’s helps all types of foot pain and conditions such as bunions, arch pain, athlete’s foot, blisters, shin splints, odor, and dry skin. With  various products ranging from insoles, blister cushions, and odor fighting sprays, you can find all your feet necessities! Check out my thoughts in this Dr. Scholl’s Review!

unnamed-3Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk Fresh & Cool Insoles are perfect for the busy woman. The super comfy insoles have small cut-outs to help circulate air flow and a moisture-wicking top cloth that help keep feet dry. A great feature of the insoles is that they are removable, so you can wear them in any pair of shoes. I tried the insoles with a pair of uncomfortable tan oxfords I own and the insoles felt like heaven. I was relieved from the pain and I really love the extra support and padding from the insoles.

Dr. Scholl’s Odor-X Ultracool Insoles for men are great for the hot weather. The insoles have three layers that work together to provide comfort while keeping your feet odor free. The top layer is made out of a wick-away cloth that keeps moisture out, the second layer is made with an activated charcoal and baking soda blend that helps prevent any signs of odor, and the last layer is a honeycomb insole that helps promote airflow while keeping feet cool and cushioned.

Be sure to try Dr. Scholl’s inserts; they feel like you’re walking on fluffy pillows. You don’t need to punish your feet by ignoring the signs of pain; instead, reward them with relief and comfort. Dr. Scholl’s products can be purchased at retailers such as Target, CVS, and Walgreens. The DreamWalk Fresh & Cool Insoles retail at $7.99, and the Odor-X Ultracool Insoles retail at $9.59. To learn more about Dr. Scholl’s, go to Drscholls.com.