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Step Into the Lounge

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The fashion world has never been one to sacrifice style for comfort, and typically considers stepping outside of the house in your pajamas akin to a mortal sin. Not only does it declare to the world that you’re a sloppy, frumpy mess, but we can’t help but feel that if the rest of us have to get up in the morning and put on real clothes, so should everyone else.

But fashion is constantly changing, and what’s out is often in again before you know it. What was taboo on Tuesday is fab on Friday. So it’s no surprise that loungewear-inspired threads are in for Spring. In their Spring runway shows, designers like Proenza Schouler and Narcisco Rodriguez showed sheer, shiny slip dresses; the former in supple silk and neon netting, the latter in sleek, minimalist cuts in understated nudes and neutrals. And Michael Kors sent fluid, wide legged trousers down the runway alongside gauzy white tees and laid-back linens.

Easy-going, loose, flowing: now this is a trend we can get behind. For those days when you think it’s too hot to leave the house, think again. A combination of floating kimonos, oversized silks, and slinky slips harmonize to create a comfortable, laid-back look that’s luxurious as any ball gown, without the fuss. It's a sensual style; there's something inherently intimate about donning a slip, or something made from slippery silk.

Proenza Schouler, Opening Ceremony, Issa, Haute Hippie© Proenza Schouler, Opening Ceremony, Issa, Haute Hippie

Right of the runway, Proenza Schouler’s Slip Dress epitomizes the luxe-lounge trend. This frock is chock-full of cool details; from the sheer black-and-white layers, to the contrasting ultra-bright ruffles and chain appliqués, this is not your mama’s slip dress. Wear this one out at night, underneath a tailored blazer, with a skinny belt and fierce, black patent leather heels. Or, go casual in ballerina slippers and an oversized cardigan with a shawl collar.

For go-to warm-weather trousers, look no further than the ultra-oversized Opening Ceremony Wide Leg Pants. In delicate cream silk, these voluminous pants are pleated and pretty. Work the exaggerated silhouette with a fitted navy or black tank on top, a sash belt and embellished sandals (flat, or sky-high depending on the occasion or your mood).

If Mrs. Roeper went to fashion school, she undoubtedly would be the brains behind the oh-so-fabulous Issa Silk-chiffon Print Kimono Dress. This dress needs no introduction. The style and print are pure 1970’s-maginificence – is red and purple the perfect color combo or what? Rock it with confidence in and out of the house, with metallic wrap-around sandals, jingling bangle bracelets and a floppy hat.

You can’t go wrong in the Haute Hippie Silk Tunic – literally. With pants or shorts, skirts, denim or linen, flats or heels, this top rocks. The slouchy, low-cut style is sexy and the bright poppy color is the perfect accent to Spring’s brights and essential neutral white. Experiment with proportion; try it tucked and un-tucked, belted and flowing free, with long lengths and short ones.

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