Also ideal for a mid-afternoon slumber.
In my ideal world, I would spend all summer relaxing on a daybed overlooking the Mediterranean, catching up on my Goodreads queue, and only leaving the villa to pick up essentials like natural wine and fresh pasta. I would live in loose, white linen pajama sets and flowy coverups. A suntan, consistent hydration, and full nights’ rest would replace my makeup bag. Though my application for Italian coastal living is still pending, I have already started working on my fantasy wardrobe of breathable, unfussy warm-weather clothes ideal for dozing off into a mid-afternoon slumber with my finger still sandwiched between two pages of my current novel. Currently I may be doing my summer reading from a fire escape with a sweeping view of an abandoned lot, but it will be in premium loungewear. Here, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite loungewear pieces for luxuriating—even if the only cool breeze kissing your skin is from a leaky window unit.
Norba is a Ukrainian activewear and essentials brand founded by two sisters, Olha and Helen Norba. Their clothes are utilitarian in their minimalism while maintaining the sense of easy elegance at the brand’s core. I am currently obsessed with their line of loungewear made of tencel—a light, sustainable fabric option. This white set is perfect for days when it’s too hot to leave the house. Just throw over an oversized button-down for a dusk dog walk or wine run.
This PJ set is too adorable to be relegated to the bedroom. Pair it with sandals and a basket and you’ve got the perfect farmer’s market-to-park outfit. While this set is made of cotton, Saylor is generally a sustainably-minded brand with a “Full Circle Shop” that allows you to shop and sell used Saylor garments.
Last summer, I was living with a roommate whose entire summer style consisted of oversized Victorian nightgowns, and I’m starting to think she was onto something. They’re incredibly comfortable for around the house, and with the right styling, they look fabulous on the town. I love this one by Toit Volant a) because it's adorable and b) because the brand makes all of their garments in their own factory in Los Angeles.
This loose jumpsuit has Zoe Kravitz in Big Little Lies written all over it. Made of a light, breathable, biodegradable rayon knit, it looks incredibly comfortable and chic in a laidback, yoga mom way.
Sleeper is another Ukrainian brand I love, and this pink linen set is the cutest. It’s what Sharpay Evans would wear if she went through a granola phase and could work with anything from a heeled sandal to a cowboy boot.
This dress is bright, adorable, and essentially a robe. Made from triacetate—a durable, wrinkle-resistant, semi-synthetic material that is more sustainable than its fully synthetic counterparts—it's a great option for throwing in your suitcase en route to someplace fabulous on the water.
Live the Process does athleisure right. This little jumpsuit is as good for day lounging on a chaise as it is for an afternoon workout and is unique enough to make a statement while out. If you are a yoga pants girlie who wants an elevated-but-effortless look, this one is for you.
I am on record as a slip dress fanatic, so obviously, I have to include at least one on this list. This one by Paloma Wool has a stunning orchid print and is made from 95 percent viscose certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.