A Stylish Way to Stay Chic at Home

’Tis the season to lounge around in clothes that are cozy and comfortable but fashionable enough so that a surprise pop-in from the-neighbors or photo on Instagram won’t have you cowering in the kitchen. Wendi McLendon-Covey, star of ABC’s The Goldbergs and the film All American Christmas Carol, gets it just right

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Actress Wendi McLendon-Covey cozies up to her stunt pooch underneath the mistletoe.


Tommy Hilfiger angora blend sweater, $129; 212-223-1824. Helmut Lang jersey skirt, $195; helmutlang.com. CHCarolina Herrera gold-toned bracelet, $110; 310-276-8900. Sethi Couture 14k pink-gold and white-gold diamond bracelets, price on request; sethicouture.com.

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Add a little glamour—but leave room to breathe

Say yes to this dress

The festive color and ankle length are chic; the Empire waist hugs at your smallest point and falls loose over your midsection. Too bare? Add a cardigan (hold the reindeer).


DKNY silk dress, $695; dkny.com for stores. Lulu Frost bracelet with glass stones, $205; lulu​frost.com. Jacques Levine satin and marabou mules, $98; jacques​levine​.com. Ileana Makri 18k black-gold ring with diamonds, price on request; ileana​makri.com.

Micaela Rossato

Elevate your trusty crewneck with soft cashmere patches and a (removable) collar. Alice+Olivia cashmere sweater with cotton collar, $297; aliceandolivia.com.

Gisel Florez

How tense could a family dinner possibly get when you’re wearing feathered mules? Exactly. Ladoux terry slippers with marabou feathers, $35; ladoux.net

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A dramatic cowl collar and three-quarter sleeves take a black basic from bah humbug to brilliant. Abi Ferrin La Perla knit blend dress, $335; abiferrin.com

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Meet your new on-trend shoe

All the rage this season: the D’Orsay flat, a ballet-loafer hybrid that makes for a kicky slipper. Jessica Simpson patent smoking slippers, $69; macys.com.

Gisel Florez

Have laptop, will shop

Buy last-minute gifts (or splurge on yourself; we won't tell) at Shopittome.com. The site features merchandise from 150 online retailers (including the likes of Bloomingdales.com and Bluefly.com) and tells you when the things you want are on sale in a particular size.


Combine daywear and sleepwear to relax in style

Mix it up

The trend is to team daywear that looks like sleepwear with sleepwear that’s chic enough to wear in daylight. Here’s how it’s done: a light coat in the softest cotton and flattering pajamas in an opaque, family-friendly silk.


Norma Kamali terry coat with belt, $485; normakamali.com. Hanro wool and lace camisole, $115; Saks Fifth Avenue. Julianna Rae silk pajama pants (top not shown), $190 for set; julianna​rae.com. Belle by Sigerson Morrison brocade suede smoking slippers, $195; piperlime.com.

Micaela Rossato

When your feet are barking, ease into velvet shoes dotted with tiny French bulldogs that can be worn indoors or out. C. Wonder velvet slipper loafers with 14k gold–plated studs, $158; cwonder.com

Gisel Florez

All the comfort of a roomy cardigan (more pudding, please), with an attached scarf-like detail. Lemlem wool jacket, $248; lemlem.com. Helmut Lang modal and cotton top, $140; helmutlang.com

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Silk drawstring pants are more playful when trimmed with ankle-grazing pom-poms. Figue silk pants, $150; figue.com.   

Gisel Florez

The modern alternatives to the holiday sweater

Layer a hint of shine over jeans, jammies or your best black pants. L’wren Scott for Banana Republic sequined cardigan, $98; bananarepublic.com.

Gisel Florez

Idea from the runway - wear pajamas all day

For a decidedly luxe-but-lazy daytime look, mix sleepwear with loose knits-just as Marc Jacobs, trendsetting designer at Louis Vuitton, did on the fall runway.


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First published in the December 2013/January 2014 issue

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