Shorts, sweatpants, or leggings are probably the centerpieces of anyone’s go-to home outfit. But we're also guessing that you do not put much thought into these looks—you throw on those years-old shorts (maybe they’re even your sister’s hand-me-downs) and top it off with that T-shirt you still have from when you were thirteen years old. Admit. It.
Well, we’re making a case for stylish at-home looks, because why not? There's no harm in putting on an outfit with nowhere to go. And besides, we at Preview firmly believe that you don’t get dressed for anyone but yourself! Below, we’ve collated all the super extra ways you can sport those well-loved bottoms to add a little fashun to your everyday routine. Who knows? The rest of your household (or video call regulars) might follow suit.
1. For a quick pick-me-up: Black on black
An all-black ensemble is one of the easiest ways to look chic, so why don’t you apply the same tried and tested trick to your home uniform? Just take your black sweats and match with any black top—can be a shirt or a matching sweatshirt—et voila! It’s an outfit that streetwear advocates like Sofia Richie would approve of.
2. For a day of binge-watching: Pair your shorts with your favorite sweatshirt
For lazy afternoons when you feel like turning up the AC, getting snuggled up in your bed, and streaming your favorite shows until dawn, might we suggest a biker shorts and sweatshirt combo? The sweatshirt doubles as a blanker for when it gets a little chilly, plus the shorts make it easy for you to move (a.k.a. standing up for a bathroom break or grabbing your charger).
3. For intense work-from-home days: Shorts and a white blouse
Nothing says office attire than a cool white button-down or any bold-shouldered top for that matter. Inject the same empowering vibe to your WFH outfit by choosing your fave girlboss piece but double down on the comfortability by pairing it with track shorts or biker shorts. Feel like wearing heels? Go ahead, no one’s stopping you.
4. For chill backyard afternoons: Leggings and a sleeveless top
If you’re feeling a little outdoorsy (and you're lucky enough to have the outdoor space) or just wanting to dine al fresco, consider getting those rarely worn leggings out of your wardrobe. For a fresh twist, opt for cool-toned pieces like nude leggings and a blue sleeveless top like Patricia Henson’s. Complete the look with accessories, and you’re all set.
5. For a foolproof yet on-point look: An oversized tee with biker shorts
Oversized shirts are a home outfit staple, but they don’t look so chic when you match it with those shorts you’ve had since you were a teen. Well, know that you don’t have to give up your XL tees. Take your uniform up a notch by opting for biker shorts instead. We’re sure you have a pair lying around somewhere! Plus, if you need to run out for errands, you don’t have to change your outfit at all—just add cute kicks.
6. For milk tea afternoons: A creamy monochromatic look
If you’re obsessed with milk tea like 99% of the population, then why don’t you wear your heart on your sleeve and match your OOTD with your favorite beverage? Before placing that order, slip into beige-colored separates like gym shorts and a baggy tee. You can even go crazy and throw on those milk tea socks or milk tea slippers. Once you’ve gotten a hold of your drink, capture the moment and take a selfie with your S.O. It’s you and milk tea forever.
7. For when you’re in a festive mood: Fun printed leggings with structured tops
Nothing says "party" like printed leggings, but we bet the piece’s slim fit and eye-catching appearance have made you averse to trying it out. Well, since you’re at home, might we suggest you experiment a little? A safe strategy to making crazy leggings work is to pair them with sharp tailoring like a big bold blazer or a sophisticated jacket like Leandra Medine’s.
8. For self-care days: Super cozy sweats
Got a relaxing day planned out to give you time to reset? Maximize that precious downtime by playing up your outfit’s comfort factor. We’ve got one word for you: Sweats. Make like Ida Anduyan and Laureen Uy who have taken a preference for gray sweats as a stylish casual get-up. Plus, the soothing gray color will help you chill out, too.
9. For when you’re feeling basic: A cropped tank with shorts or sweatpants
There’s no harm in wanting to look "basic". Admittedly, there’s a mood for it. For days when you’re feeling cute or when your inner VSCO aesthetic suddenly takes over, go for something laidback like a ribbed tank top paired with itty bitty shorts or baggy sweatpants. Now, snap that OOTD and post it on your stories (grainy filter non-negotiable).
10. For when it’s a "running errands" kind of day: A nostalgic printed tee with pink sweatpants
If heading to the grocery brings back childhood memories of accompanying your mother and picking out your favorite cereal, why don’t you relive the past by donning a decidedly nostalgic outfit courtesy of a printed tee, pink joggers or sweats (a la Paris Hilton’s Juicy Couture), and accessorize like you were in the early 2000s? You may not be reaching for those sugar-infused snacks anymore, but in this adorable outfit, perhaps you will.
11. For when you’re feeling blue: A dose of color
Clothes can uplift your mood as much as they can express it. If it’s one of those melancholy days and you’re looking for a happy pill, you could try splashing on the color to your home outfits. Take those old tie-dye shirts, and mix it with an equally bright pair of sweatpants or shorts. If color-coordinating sounds like too much of a hassle for you, just choose one color and go for tonal dressing!