The seven secrets of comfort and style

10 October 2016

It’s the holy grail of fashion but is it really possible to be both stylish and comfortable? Fashion designer, Donatella Versace once said, What is comfortable fashion? To be comfortable, that can’t be in the vocabulary of fashion. If you want to be comfortable, stay home in your pyjamas.

While the idea of a day at home in our jammies sounds pretty tempting, we have to disagree with Donatella. Style and comfort don’t have to be mutually exclusive with a few simple tweaks.

1. Choose the right fabrics. Always go for natural fibres when you can. Fabrics like silk, cotton, linen, merino, cashmere and leather are designed to breathe and move with the body providing an instant style statement. There is nothing worse than finding yourself sweating away in a polyester shirt one hour after putting it on. Natural fibres may be more expensive initially but they will repay you with longevity, as you’ll be able to wear them time and time again and they will still look like new.

2. Go for the cut and fit that works with your body shape. It doesn’t matter how fashionable an item is: if it doesn’t work for your body shape then you will struggle to convey style, let alone comfort. If you love a particular item but know it’s wrong for your body shape, think about what it is that you like – is it the colour? Is it the length? Is it the detailing? Take inspiration from those aspects and search out pieces in a style that works for you.

3. Incorporate a trend.

4. Nothing says style like knowing what is in fashion. If a certain colour is big for a season, use it in your outfit. If embellishment, sequins or zips, are trending, look for items that feature them. These subtle nods to fashion means you can choose items that have more comfortable elements but still appear right up to the minute. One word… elastic. Now before you recoil in horror, hear us out. Elastic is the ultimate for comfortable fashion choices but you need to be smart about it. Trousers and skirts with elastic waists are great but always wear with a longer line top to disguise the waistband. Also look for denim that has a stretch element incorporated into the fabric – your stomach will thank you for it.

5. Add a statement accessory. Nothing says style like a standout pair of shoes, either in a knockout colour or with an interesting detail. You could be wearing your most comfortable clothes but people will notice the shoes first. A great bejewelled necklace will do the same trick, disguising the fact that you’re wearing your loosest shirt.

6. Keep it simple. Trying to cram too many elements into one outfit will be neither comfortable nor stylish. If you try to layer too many pieces, you will simple look bulky and will be constantly adjusting each piece to sit right. The same goes for jewellery. There is a reason Coco Chanel’s advice to ‘remove one thing before you leave the house’ is as relevant today as it was all those years back.

7. Smile and be proud of how you look. Confidence is the real winning element when it comes to having both style and comfort. When we feel good, we look good.