It’s Friday, which means a weekend of kid activities and errands. It also means a weekend of yoga pants and tees, because why bother getting dressed if you’re just going to be grocery shopping and watching soccer, right?
Wrong. There’s no reason to use the weekend as an excuse to look like a slob. It is entirely possible to be stylish and comfortable at the same time. Even on the weekend. Even with kids.
It’s time to redefine weekend wear. The first step is to stop making excuses for your slovenly weekend look. You might find, in fact, that taking the time to get dressed for whatever is on the schedule — soccer tournament, grocery shopping, kid birthday party — makes actually doing that thing a little more fun.
The secret to being both stylish and comfortable on the weekend is to think about the details. There’s nothing wrong with a basic jeans-and-tee silhouette — it’s kid-friendly and easy to wear — but don’t stop there. Add a great necklace or pair of earrings, or a bright scarf, or a simple belt. Don’t overdo — one accessory is plenty, particularly if it’s something striking. Or choose pieces with some embellishment, like the ruffled tank pictured above (from Banana Republic). Still an easy piece to wear, but more interesting than a plain tank.
I love these looks from Banana Republic, not so much because there is anything special about the pieces themselves, but because I appreciate the way they are styled. These are basic pieces — sweaters and tanks and tees — but the addition of a statement necklace or a scarf or a belt changes the whole silhouette. An essential weekend uniform — jeans, tank, sweater — becomes a style statement with just that one detail.
These are all looks that you could recreate with things you own; they are all looks that are appropriate for a trip to the grocery or a kid birthday party or a two-day soccer tournament. These looks are comfortable and casual but not slovenly. They’re perfect for the weekend.
Your turn: what’s your weekend look? Are you making an effort, or have you given up?