12 Cozy Pieces of Loungewear Perfect for Working From Home

Cotopaxi/Amazon
Cotopaxi/Amazon

About one week into self-quarantining, I asked myself a disturbing question: How often should I be washing my pajamas? The pajamas that I was, at that point, wearing basically around the clock?

You can imagine how horrified I was to discover that some experts recommend washing your pajamas every three to four wears. And that’s just when you’re wearing them to bed, not when they’re your new work uniform.

I placed a panic order for additional pajamas, and also started looking around for new loungewear that would allow me to work comfortably from my couch without looking like a total slob in Zoom meetings. Here are a few suggestions in case you, too, have found yourself in this situation recently.

1. Amazon Essentials Lounge Pants; $9–$25

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These cozy joggers are super soft—the women’s are made of terry, and the men’s of fleece—come in a number of colors, and, even better, they’re affordable, so you can buy a few pairs to keep the comfort going all week long.

Buy it: Amazon (women's, men’s)

2. Tracksmith Crew; $82-$88

Tracksmith

These comfy crews do double duty: They’re smart-looking sweatshirts for all your Zoom calls but also serve as a layer for morning runs (if that’s your thing). I can’t get enough of the women’s Union Crew—which is made of a breathable recycled cotton and Tencel blend and has a dropped shoulder and dolman sleeves for a looser fit. The men’s Hare Crew is made of a cotton-polyester blend that doesn’t pill. Tracksmith’s running tights (women’s, men’s) are also comfortable enough to wear on your couch, and their merino wool Harrier long-sleeve top (men’s, women’s) has both anti-microbial and odor-resistant features, perfect for those who can’t currently make trips to the laundromat. (Tracksmith reports that sales of that shirt are up 122 percent!)

Buy it: Tracksmith (women’s, men’s)

3. Amazon Essentials Terry Shorts; $13–$14

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It might be too hot for pants where you are; if that’s the case, consider these terry shorts from Amazon, which go from the couch to an at-home workout and back with ease.

Buy it: Amazon (men’s, women’s)

4. Icebreaker Tabi RealFLEECE Long Cardigan; $150

Icebreaker

This sweater—which is 88 percent merino wool—is basically a chic robe that you can also wear as a light jacket out in the real world. One reviewer calls it “supremely cozy, yet structured and elegant,” with “nothing scratchy inside, just a dense, almost terry-like layer of airy warmth.” That’s thanks to RealFLEECE, a fine merino wool reinforced with a nylon core to ensure durability.

Buy it: Icebreaker

5. prAna Natassa Crinkled Tunic; $40

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This Tencel modal tunic, which comes in three colors, is chic and designed to be crinkly—so if it’s a little extra wrinkly from time spent on your couch, no one will notice!

Buy it: Amazon

6. Cotopaxi DO GOOD Sweatshirt; $65

Cotopaxi

Made of organic cotton and recycled polyester, this sweatshirt, which comes in green and black, isn’t just cozy—it has a message we can get behind. Plus, this is a purchase that gives back: Cotopaxi puts 1 percent of its annual revenues toward the Cotopaxi Foundation.

Buy it: Cotopaxi (women’s, men’s)

7. Mack Weldon Sunday Lounge Pants; $68

Mack Weldon

Mack Weldon says that these cotton flannel pants are “built for Sundays around the house,” but they look so much like actual pants that you could easily wear them outside and no one would be the wiser.

Buy it: Mack Weldon

8. Carve Designs Avery Beach Pants; $64

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Mental Floss staff editor Kerry Wolfe has these pants and loves them. “They’re lightweight and comfortable, so they're great for lounging on the couch or wearing during a virtual yoga or dance class,” she says. “Plus, they're cute enough to wear in public without making me feel like I've stepped out in pajamas.”

Buy it: REI

9. Glerups BR Slipper; $76–$141

Glerups

When you’re getting cozy while quarantining, don’t forget your feet! These unisex wool slippers will conform to the sole of your foot for the perfect fit. They come in a variety of colors and have a rubber sole so you can wear them outside if necessary. There’s also a version without a rubber sole for in-house use only.

Buy it: Amazon

10. HOKA ONE ONE Recovery Slide; $50

Hoka ONE ONE

If you’re running more often these days, you might want to consider picking up a pair of these recovery slides for lounging around the house. Made with EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate), they’re lightweight and super cushy—a.k.a. perfect for tired feet. Reviewers say they’re great for plantar fasciitis; according to one, “I have had these things for 3 days and I can't even express to you the difference they have made. My Plantar Fasciitis has been extra obnoxious lately and I can tell you that these absorb everything.”

Buy it: HOKA ONE ONE

11. Out of Print Library Stamp Shirt; $20–$32

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If you, like us, are missing your local library, bring those just-checked-out-a-book vibes home with this cotton-polyester blend shirt from Out of Print.

Buy it: Amazon (men’s, women’s)

12. Amazon Essentials Short Sleeve Polo; $7–$15

Amazon

For those meetings when a collared shirt is necessary, you can look put together while still keeping it comfortable in these polo shirts from Amazon.

Buy it: Amazon (men’s, women’s)

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Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
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If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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Turn Your Laptop Into a Multi-Monitor Hub With This Lightweight Accessory

Mobile Pixels
Mobile Pixels

If your dining room table has been doubling as your work-from-home station over the past few months, you’re probably missing the extra space, supportive chair, and the dual-monitor setup at your old office. The Mobile Pixels Trio, a portable triple-screen laptop monitor accessory, is designed to give you the space that multiple monitors provide without needing to be hardwired in a cubicle.

The Mobile Pixels brand offers an innovative multi-screen laptop accessory that's easy to use. Once you fit the magnetized accessory to the back of your laptop and plug it in, you simply slide the extra screens out and start working. The product began on Indiegogo with a single monitor attachment, but the new Trio model comes with an additional monitor, bringing the total number of screens at your disposal to three.

The lightweight tool comes in two sizes, Trio (12.6 inches across) and Trio Max (14 inches), and is compatible with any Mac, Linux, Chrome, or Android device with a USB connection. The Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max can be configured however you want, so if you need one monitor to be in portrait mode for design and coding work, you just need to turn the screen and you're good to go.

Right now, both sizes are discounted, with the smaller screen going for $214.99 and the larger one for $269.99.

Price subject to change.

Mobile Pixels TRIO: Portable Dual Screen Laptop Monitor - $214.99

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