1.03.2010

Style Secrets: Stylish When Sick

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
Fannie Lou Hamer

I really can’t say that I blame you. In fact, I’m sure I would feel the same way if I found myself in your current situation. It is completely understandable that when you’re feeling under the weather you want nothing more than to collapse into a heap in your rattiest pair of pajamas, tuck yourself under a fluffy comforter for optimal warmth, and surround yourself with boxes of tissues, Bon Bons, and fashion magazines that will see you through the sniffles in true sickly style. Unfortunately, harsh and hectic schedules do not always allow for such luxuries.

One cannot hide away from the world catering to a minute cold by spending the day in hibernation; at the same time you do not want to frighten random passersby with garish garb or red-rimmed eyes courtesy of a pesky ailment that has deemed it appropriate to plague you. It is at this particular time that you must embrace effortlessness.

Attempting to fool the world by trying to conceal your feverish condition via blazingly colored clothing and ravishing red lips is often the quickest way to signify that you are, in fact, unwell. By retaining an understated, natural, effortless glamour about your person, your look screams bright-eyed and bushy-tailed – exactly what you want.

As with everything, however, creating an uncomplicated presence is not as simple as slithering out of bed and scampering out the door. It takes time and planning to get that offhand appearance; whilst staying true to the number one style rule of being sick: maintaining comfort. To put it bluntly, if you are unable to cozy up in your clothes, be it on your best friend’s couch or in your own private boudoir, then your frail form is accoutered incorrectly. As long as you keep this maxim in mind, of course, you are well on your way to looking stylish when sick!

A Drapey Dream Fitted frocks and tops are one of the most magnificent ways to highlight your curves and show off your figure; but when the flu bug bites the absolute last thing you want is to feel confined in your clothing. At times like this drapey duds become a classy comrade which ensure that you maintain complete blissful elegance without forsaking your trademark sassy style.

Tunics, short dresses, and billowy blouses are essentials for your I-don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed wardrobe. The loose fit makes getting from here to there more comfortable in your suffering state; while retaining a bohemian-inspired ambiance that makes your appearance very nonchalant and indifferent – two temperaments that only work to make you more irresistible to cute boys!

“‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.”
Henry David Thoreau

Search for styles with slight embellishments like the knotted bust line of mark’s Knot Just a Tee-Shirt; empire waists which flutter and flow about your form in a haphazard yet heavenly fashion like the Stay Tuned Tunic; or cuts with versatility which make it simple to switch up your look in seconds like the Wear With All Mini Dress. Pieces like this stand the test of time and never fail in making one look chic – regardless of how miserable you may currently feel!

The Tight Stuff My loves, we spend countless hours per week striving to tone our thighs and gluteus maximus muscles in a fashion that will keep our bodies tight, fit, and capable of donning any type of legwear that piques our interest; therefore it is only fair that, as the fashionistas we are, we peruse opaque tights, pretty patterns, and luscious leggings at a time when we need a bit of bottom half bliss. And that, darlings, is when we are feeling downright debilitated!

Denim is spectacular when we’re feeling energized, revitalized, and hotter than a firecracker sizzling in Times Square on New Year’s Eve; when you’re feeling unfabulous, however, they take on the role of the devil. The J Brand 10” Ankle Skinny Jeans that once made us feel fantastic now make us feel frumpy; the Citizens of Humanity Morrison Slim Boot Cut Jeans that made you feel beautiful yesterday have turned beastly and now make you feel bloated; the Joe’s Jeans’ Chelsea Ultra Slim Moto Jeans that looked marvelous in the dressing room mirror just last week have become malicious by making you look massive. By all means, do not toss these items into the garbage no matter how much your last dose of NyQuil tempts you to do so; simply set them aside for another day. One needs resilience, buoyancy, and flexibility when they are weak; thus, ditch the denim during this delicate time and embrace styles with stretch!

“If you treat a sick child like an adult and a sick adult like a child, everything usually works out pretty well.”
Ruth Carlisle

Slip a pair of Commando’s Matte Opaque Tights on under a tunic that covers your tush for a cozy effect that tantalizes; show a playful sliver of skin via Only Hearts’ Lace Tights – the perfect pairing for your feisty frock; or mimic the denim look with mark’s Blue Jean Denim Leggings. Keeping your legs covered when you’re tormented by the chills is a complete necessity in your quest to “get well soon,” yet harbors the ability to take your look du jour to new heights; ergo, let your bubbly, effervescent personality shine through and have fun with your legwear!

Happy Feet Slippers may be whispering sweet nothings in your ear at this very moment; but please do not make the mistake of traipsing out of doors with nothing but these accoutering your feverish feet! Around the house slippers are absolutely fantastic at ensuring your toes stay toasty; but their scant fibers do not hold the same power once worn out of the confines of your cozy abode and onto the chilly concrete that is omnipresent in the big, bad outside world. As an aside, they also make one feel completely dumpy at a time when what you truly need is a kick of desirability. For this reason alone, slide those shabby slippers underneath your bed and stuff your tootsies into something a little more stunning!

Levende Waters once said “Funny that a pair of really nice shoes makes us feel good in our heads – at the extreme opposite end of our bodies.” Such words are completely true. Fabulous footwear has the ability to transform one from the inside out. They add that special je ne sais quoi to your look, whilst boosting your confidence at the very same moment. Of course, when sick, it is your mission to keep your feet looking chic yet feeling contented all at once. Blissful booties and out-of-this-world Oxfords satisfy both of these prerequisites.

“It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.”
Dave Barry

Oxfords and booties possess a type of hoity-toity class that makes it possible for you to induce stares with your style, despite the fact that you are sick as a dog. The aesthetic of both is very highfalutin and fun; yet proffers an air of elegance that streamlines your silhouette, and pulls your entire appearance together with a seductive smirk to the world.

You may adore stilettos; but now is not the time to don such killer shoes. When one is feeling under the weather, their balance is not at its best; therefore, stick to flats like Steven’s Melin Pinked Perforated Oxfords or Frye’s Erin Oxford Flats. The old-fashioned styling contributes a touch of retro glamour to your dress, while adding a snazzy shape to your overall look. If you absolutely must have an extra hint of height, look for well-shaped wedges like Jeffrey Campbell’s Tick Wedge Booties or chunky heels like Ash’s Easy Long Cuff Booties. These two designs will give you the lift that you’re looking for without surrendering satisfaction!

A Jumble of Jewels! Anyone who told you that accessories were unnecessary at a time when you are unhealthy was sadly mistaken! A splash of sparkle makes everything better, including a runny nose or aching bones. On that account, go wild! Raid your grandmother’s jewelry box for vintage finds of the pearl variety; beg your BFF for permission to play dress-up with her diamonds and rhinestones; and, most importantly, dig through your own bureau for baubles that will make you twinkle, shimmer, and glitter like the gorgeous creature you are!

“A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison.”
Francis Bacon Sr.

Bigger is most definitely better in terms of jewelry when you’re feeling less than fabulous. The bedazzling brightness of such pieces detracts attention from your pasty pallor; whilst shedding a bit of light upon your good taste in trinkets. Oversized cocktail rings like Alexis Bittar’s Onyx Oval Klimt Ring and Noir Jewelry’s Midnight Ice Double Knuckle Ring are a must. Their design is over-the-top and ostentatious allowing them to flirt coquettishly and play a subtle game of hanky-panky with anyone who dares glance in their direction; while ornamenting your frail fingers in true high-fashion!

Looks for Those Feeling Lousy Kittens, I realize that you are suffering at the moment. That your mind and body feels weak. Please do not let this get you down. I would never leave the side of an ailing friend; therefore, I have put together full ensembles with you, my bedridden besties, in mind. Simply choose the style you want to rock for the day and slip it on for optimal sassiness that will have you feeling better in no time!

A slouchy, pale gray off-the-shoulder top layered over a lace camisole (allow it to peek out if you’d like), black leggings, Oxford flats, a handful of your favorite chunky bangles, and a long necklace or two.
A loose-fitting black mini dress that falls just below the derriere, patterned or lace tights to add texture to your lower half, wedge booties, and massive rings.
An empire-waist top in a neutral tone, denim leggings, black or gray booties with a chunky heel, and an erratic assortment of rings, bracelets, and necklaces.

“I could have another moan but I’m sick to death of my own whining.”
Steve Bruce



Fashionably yours!


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63 comments

Dina's Days said...

Ha! What a creative post! Sure beats the big ugly red sweatshirt I wear when I'm sick. I would love to see an entry on how to stay fabulous when moving. I have looked like a semi ran me over this entire week.

Diane said...

thanks for all the tips and ideas erika! lord knows i'll need it this winter...i swear i ALWAYS get sick this time of year. so far, so good...

Jen said...

amen. i love this post so much. when i'm sick all i want to do is curl up in bed but sometimes i have to venture out of my room. and yes, jeans are horrible when you're sick. i'm definitely taking your advice with loose tops and tights for when i'm under the weather. :)

Mimi said...

I love the idea of looking stylish while being sick. It's great! I also love your clothing and accessory choices. A drapey top and leggings are a wonderful idea.

meraldia said...

Useful tips! It's a very usual feeling for me :(

janettaylor said...

U are so right, dearest Erika. I love tunics and leggings with comfy boots/booties in my "sick mode". :-S Comfortable & quick. That's perfect, if U haven't a fit organism. :-S


X♥X♥

Leia said...

Excellent tips! I hope this doesn't mean that you're sick, though. Luckily I've been able to avoid the flu this winter - I blame my new addiction to honey-sweet cinnamon-spiced green tea :) - but I will definitely keep these tips in mind next time I'm ill!

yiqin; said...

The lace leggings are so cute <3

mom & son said...

that's right! hibernating is the word this winter.
all i want is to snuggle my pillows.

love those shoe esp the wedge.

Leah said...

Even if I'm not sick, I'd definitely wear drapey tops. I just love 'em. I hate clothes that are constricting that's why you see me always wearing loose clothes.

This list includes all my must-haves during my normal days. Is that bad? I hate it that people will think I'm sick during my normal days. Hahaha!

Couture Carrie said...

You are a life saver, darling Erika! Love these simple yet chic looks you've put together. Such a well-written and useful post!

xoxox,
CC

P.S. Totally bought that Rodarte for Target leopard dress and loooooove it, although it is scandalously short!

P.P.S. Snagged that first photo for my inspiration file; adore it!

Jacqueline said...

I totally agree with your outfit and styling tips when you feel sick or have the flu. The tops have to be loose! I love the last photo too. Great and interesting post Erika! xoxo

www.FashionSnag.com

Jen said...

Such a great post for this time of year, when everyone is feeling snuffly and blue. I'm all for some drapery and a woolly cardigan - definitely what I'll be wearing when I go back to work tomorrow! :(

xx

LAUREN said...

Brilliant! I never know what to wear to school when I'm borderline ill (I can't miss more than a day of school without getting super behind!) so I usually throw on yoga pants, flats and a cardigan. Finally, some inspiration... and it all looks so cozy :)

Meg said...

Great post. Even though I'm not sick, it made me feel better.

Luinae said...

This is a really good post, I especially agree with the super accessorizing!

Blair Waldorf said...

Where is that white tunic from? It's adorable!

Aury said...

This is a Great post Erika! You've come up with the perfect mix of comfort and style, a mix that has eluded many a fashionista. I'm favoriting and saving it for reference purposes!
xoxo

Aury said...

This is a Great post Erika! You've come up with the perfect mix of comfort and style, a mix that has eluded many a fashionista. I'm favoriting and saving it for reference purposes!
xoxo

Margherita&Eleonora said...

we love all of what you posted.
amazing!!!
xx

http://sisterslovefashion.blogspot.com/

Rachel Scarlet said...

Definately the an empire-waist top combo! Oh darling, I LOVE wearing a lot of of accessories, mostly rings and necklaces. I did not know that you have been reading my other blog spot as well. Thank you darling! For taking the time. Yes I do play the piano and the maybelline's mineral makeup is pretty cool! It works precisely as the description says it. Lots of hugs and kisses!!

Cheryl said...

this is great! i'm actually right in the middle of writing a piece for Easy Peasy and hotmomsclub.com on the beauty side of being pretty while you're sick (eye brightening pencils, creams for undereye circles, healers for flaky noses, etc). Will be sure to send the link when i'm done!

Senorita Fashionista said...

Always wonderful advice! With 2 little guys and mountains of snow around me, my go-to outfits are usually tunics with leggings or tights! Makeup is always a difficult task when you are sick, best items to have are waterproof mascara and a great cheek stain! Keeps you bright eyed and fresh. xoxo Jolie

labelllefille said...

I LOVE this post! I hate being sick but what I hate even more is LOOKING miserable even if I feel it. I will definitely be taking your advice in the future! xo

http://labelllefille.blogspot.com/

la petite fashionista said...

haha i love this. i remember doing a post on "sick fashion" a couple years ago when i was home sick from high school :( i like being super cozy & in a wrap cardigan with a big cup of hot tea

xoxo

Elizabeth Marie said...

Current attire is leggings tucked into cuuuuuute boots with a heel, a DKNY tunic thing i have to show you and a cardigan. It's comfy and works running errands, etc.

But by 8pm, the yoga pants, wife beaters and hoodies come on.

Love you love you

Treacle said...

Chic + comfy...what a fantastic post!

MizzJ said...

Great tips, although I like wearing this style on my healthy days too! Any tips on how to look less sick in terms of makeup?

Toothfairy said...

I would wear this on my not sick days though...

and if I am sick, I'd rather run around in something easier :P

loves

Sherin said...

Fabulous tips!! Last time I was ill, I spent 4 days in my pj's!! I promised myself (and Leia) that I would never do that again. So this is really helpful. I love the idea of wearing a lot of jewellery.

wreckedstellar said...

Fabulous post- love all of your picks, esp. the black and white oxfords! I'm definitely someone who throws on a sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers, and a high ponytail with no makeup on when I'm feeling sick. Need to get out of that habit :) xo, Mel

nookie said...

great tips!
thanks so much for the vote sweetie!

Jenny said...

I'm loving that metallic handbag!

Hope you'll check out my fashion blog at http://jennysopencloset.blogspot.com/

B a la Moda said...

Love the post! In fact I am not feeling any good today. Hopefully I won´t be sick tomorrow and If I am, I will follow your advice.

xoxo
B* a la Moda

Emily said...

this is such a helpful post. If I ever do get sick this winter *knock on wood* I will follow this advice! :)

clarewbrown said...

Great tips on how to be fabulous when sick! It can be tough and sometimes you wanna just throw style out the window. But these tips help you be comfy and fashionable!

S.Elisabeth said...

From the Brigitte Bardot pic to the Thoreau quote, this was perfect. I definitely will follow this advice when I feel crummy!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

As a girl with a cold right now, this post was a Godsend! "Drapey Dream" sounds about right....

Fashion Court said...

i've tried to transform my lazy outfits of a tshirt and jeans to something a bit more chic .. like leggings and a tunic. i hate being lazy when it comes to style, but it happens ;p

miss jordan. said...

Great tips.
I need to use some of these, lol.

Julia said...

Lovely post, you always have the most creative ideas! I agree that it is best to get dress up when you are sick and detest going out in sweats because it just screams sickness.

xoxo
FashionEye

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Omg this is seriously a brilliant post. Whenever I get sick at work, I'm in no position to show up wearing jammies. Lol. I have to dress to the max, especially if I'm attending a city meeting or conference. I wish I had seen a post like this a year ago when I was getting the flu like every other month. Instead, I put on my usual skin tight pencil skirts and suffered in business suits too. What misery. I'm definitely taking all this advice this year if I (heaven forbid) get sick again!! *knock on wood* LOL

wonderfelle said...

this post is perfection since i'm feeling sick and really need to do laundry so i'm already dreading the "what am i going to wear" conversation with my closet in the morning. oh if only i could wear cozy leggings to work!

sexylegsandbody said...

Woow, what a post, very informative and interesting!
I love tights, so I really enjoyed that part.

Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving a thought, Neira seems to be a well loved girl, very popular and I am glad she entered the leg show.

Have a wonderful day, it is on me!
Colin.

LML said...

very creative post - and true! this is exactly what i wear when im not feeling so good, but really want to :)

K said...

While I still hope to not get sick anytime soon, this post is quite helpful! Of course, the bright red nose will still give me away.

Corrine/Frock And Roll said...

Oh, you are wonderful. You must've read my mind! I've been sick with tonsillitis for the past few days, and have been feeling about as stylish as a dishcloth, so these tips are FANTASTIC!

Lilee said...

i just love the black and white brogues!

Leah said...

Erika, I won't be able to wait for your post today because I'll be up, up in the sky by then. Such a break from my habit. Catch you tomorrow. xoxo

AudreyAllure said...

love those tights!

daisychain said...

What an amazing post,
you rock darling x

MissNeira said...

Aw its so hard to feel fashionable when youre sick, I just want to wear a blanket 24.7. But I love that 3rd drapey top, the strap is awesome

COCAMIA said...

I will use these tips since today, right now, I am feeling under the weather. Thank you for another great post...xo

SogniSorrisi said...

Great post!!

Style, via TIa said...

Happy New Year from the girl who always tries to look stylish even when sick. Mostly because it makes me feel better.

Valentine Devlieghere said...

Good post! ;)
I love it!

Rachel said...

This is pretty much the perfect post for me right now as I've gotten a slight cold. :( Not fun, but unfortunately it's something that we all must deal with it.

But I must say, all of your style tips are wonderful. For one, I completely agree with the Levende Waters quote about shoes. There really is just something about a great pair of shoes that can put a person in a much better mood! And it's funny that you should mention adding all sorts of accessories, as I've found myself wearing more accessories than usual today. (Including two cocktail rings.) :P

Hayley said...

What a great idea for a post! Great ideas there!

xoxo

Jessica said...

What a great post! It's true, sometimes when we're sick, we have to suck it up and deal with the day. Comfortable chic clothes are the ideal antidote to the sniffles!

nicole said...

Oh myyyy Erika, I looooove this post!!! I'm sorry I wasn't able to comment on it sooner! Great shoe picks, I saw those at shopbop too, but I esp love the peeptoe wedge! I think I definitely need to lose a good chunk on my holiday weight before I even consider those tight skinny jeans lol. And I couldn't agree with you more about piling on the jewels!!

Monique said...

Great post ! And by the way I bought today a pair of oxfords just like the ones in your pic! Black and white! They are gorgeous!

xoxo

teenfashionista said...

OMG I can't even begin to say how much I love that eyelet top. Beyond gorgeous, and so comfy I'm sure!

I love wearing embellished fair isle sweaters when I come down with winter colds... they instantly make me feel more cheerful :)

ediot said...

brigitte looks so gorgeous in that photo. and i have to say. what inspirational post. love those denim leggings and the first boots.

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