The Key To Dressing Comfortably: Go 'Fake Fancy'

11/30/2013 08:46 am ET | Updated Nov 30, 2013
  • Ellie Krupnick Senior Editor of Viral Content and Strategy, The Huffington Post

Our longterm love-hate relationship with sweatpants and Uggs stems from a sad but everlasting fact: We prefer to be comfortable than stylish.

Yes, it's true. Comfort and ease are key when getting dressed, meaning we like wearing clothes that don't limit our abilities to, say, bend down to tie our shoes or run to catch a bus. But we don't like looking like slobs, either. Hence "fake fancy," the art of looking dressed up when in fact you are super comfortable.

How to ace the "fake fancy" thing? Here are eight of our ingenious tricks:

Leather Leggings
After sweatpants, leggings are basically the comfiest bottoms a girl can wear. But they're only acceptable outside the house in certain fabrics. Cue the "leather" leggings (which may or may not be some synthetic material). Wear 'em with a tee and a jacket, and you've got yourself a trendy outfit.

leather leggings

Collection Leather-Front Pixie Pant, J. Crew, $398; Paloma Faux Leather Leggings, Paige Denim, $249; Tough Break Leggings, Nasty Gal, $28.80.

Head-To-Toe Black
"Is she wearing leggings or real pants? A blouse or just a tee? A hoodie or a swingy jacket?" They won't be able to tell when every piece is black. If it worked for Johnny Cash...

all black

Pointelle Stitched V-Neck Sweater, LOFT, $44.50; Brewzzer Boot, Steve Madden, $129.95; Velvet Leggings, Zara, $35.90.

Wedges
They elongate the leg and add height, but they are so much easier to walk in than heels. A sweatshirt and jeggings suddenly become acceptable when paired with sky-high wedges.

wedges

Corbyn Wedges, Jessica Simpson , $110; Dwaenia Wedges, Aldo, $110.

Red Lipstick
Jeans, a t-shirt and sneakers says, "I was just too lazy." Jeans, a t-shirt, sneakers and red lipstick says, "Yep, these sneakers are ironic -- this outfit is more dressed up than you even realize."

lipstick

Marvelous Moxie Lipstick, bareMinerals, $18; ColorBurst Lip Butter, Revlon , $7.49; Lipstick, NARS, $26.

High-Heeled Boots
With your ankle securely encased, boots are certainly more comfortable than stilettos. Plus, with boots, you can wear any cozy, garishly-patterned socks you want and no one will be the wiser.

boots

Rockiie Boots, Steve Madden, $250; Halifax Boots, Anthropologie, $595; Rhumba Boot, Aquatalia by Marvin K., $698.

A Leather Jacket
Whether it's real or "vegan," leather always looks nice. Leather looks like you tried. You can take the style factor of just about any outfit up several notches by tossing over it a leather jacket. Didn't Brando always look pulled-together?

leather jackets

Distressed Biker Jacket in Vegan Leather, Free People, $250.46; Maxi Flap Leather Jacket, Mango, $289.99; Kenya-AP Jacket, Aritzia, $585.

A Statement Necklace
Your worn-in V-neck tees won't look so ratty with a blingy necklace on top.

necklaces

Sutton Necklace, Stella & Dot, $128; Snow Queen Bib Necklace, Urban Outfitters, $32; Crystal Posy Collar, BaubleBar, $44.

Flared Jeggings
We realize the name of this garment sounds heinous. But hear us out. How amazing does Victoria Beckham look when she steps out in those floor-grazing, uber flared jeans that make her legs look six feet long? Amazing. Replicate that high-octane denim look in jegging form -- all the drama of a major leg-elongating flare, but with all of the comfort of leggings.

jeggings

Dark Wash Flared Jegging, Lane Bryant; Stretch Denim Flared Jegging, Free People, $35.81; Michele Flare Legging, Hale Bob, $73.99.

More comfy pieces we swear by:

Comfy Clothing That Doesn't Look Sloppy

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