What to Wear Instead of Sweats

MORE’s resident style expert shows how to go casual and comfy — without looking sloppy.

By Charla Krupp
Fashion expert Charla Krupp. (Photo: Michael Waring)

Start with a laid-back pencil skirt and long-sleeved tee. Charlotte Tarantola’s classic cotton pencil ($105) and Jones New York Sport’s caramel T-shirt ($25) can go to work; to dress them down, just add a pop of color. BCBG Max Azria silk-cotton short-sleeved cardigan ($128). Kate Spade nylon hobo ($245). Hunter lime rubber wellies ($98). And, yes, you can wear three greens at once.

Look 4: What to Wear…

...for airport hops or browsing yard sales and flea markets

A long, easy sweater, slim gray jeans, and loafers look relaxed but polished enough for unexpected encounters with work colleagues or your ex. Layering a same-color tank beneath makes scoop-neck sweaters simple to wear. White House Black Market cotton blend sweater ($88). James Perse ribbed cotton tank ($39). DKNY Jeans ($69). Isaac Mizrahi for Target loafers ($30).

Look 5: What to Wear…

...for farmers’ market shopping, errands, or a casual brunch with the kids

Dark cropped pants, a feminine cardigan in a flattering color, and slingback wedges work for everyone. Graham and Spencer’s polished cotton pants ($253) in rich indigo whittle your shape just like black, while Uniqlo’s cotton-acrylic sweater ($30) over a Petit Bateau tank ($30) keeps the focus above the waist. Naturalizer canvas wedge espadrilles ($59).

Originally published in MORE magazine, March 2008.

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