If you live in California or New York City, you might abide by the mantra, “style over comfort”. If you live anywhere else, or if you fancy yourself fashion-defiant, you might proudly proclaim, “comfort over style, any day!”

But is it too much to ask for both style and comfort? Of course not! We’re living in the 21st Century, after all. And comfortable fashion is more popular than ever.

Here are a few terrific fashion pieces that will not only enliven your wardrobe, but also make you feel super cozy no matter where you go.

If you want to sport a little sass in your step, jump into a draped jumpsuit, like this one offered by ModCloth.

A draped jumpsuit flirts with your body. There’s a sexy, nightgown-style looseness over your torso. It fits snugly against your hips, then playfully loosens around your thighs, and slightly retracts as it falls toward your heels. The draped jumpsuit has a casual look, but exudes a simple confidence.

The best part, though, is that jumpsuits are extremely comfortable. The texture is soft and they’re light and airy. Wear them on a warm summer’s day or at fashionable indoor events.

How about this for style versus comfort: skinny jeans versus leggings. Skinny jeans are considered the more fashionable, they go with everything after all. But are any pair of jeans truly as comfortable as the soft, stretchy elastic of leggings?

Thankfully, you do have the option of an in-between. “Jeggings” have the refined look of skinny jeans, and they also boast the easy stretchiness of leggings. You can slide them on almost as easily as yoga pants. They’re much better suited for extended movement or for long periods of sitting because they’ll flex with your body much more than regular jeans will.

There’s nothing wrong with yoga pants. But, sometimes, you just might need to wear something that looks a little sharper. With jeggings, you can do just that without sacrificing your comfort level.

Check out this slick pair by JAG.

Would you believe that one of the comfiest shoes on the market is also a flat? Check out these flats that feel like sneakers.

Now you can rock colorful, crisp flats without all the aches and pains. Who knew that you could build an ultra-comfortable shoe out of recycled plastic bottles? 

Flat shoes have a refined simplicity due to their sleek shape and build. Unfortunately, the beautifully flat shape doesn’t provide a whole lot of arch support for your feet, and so your feet can start hurting after long hours of usage.

But some flat shoes are made from superior materials that provide better support for your feet, so look for flats made with quality in mind. They’re also more durable, so while they’re classy enough to be used for more formal events, you can also wear them to work or during casual activities. And your feet will be well-cushioned all the while!

Dusters are undoubtedly one of the most fun coats to wear. Who doesn’t love a brisk stroll while a light fabric flutters in the wind behind you?

Velvet dusters, like this belted La Roux, can add a graceful air to your outfit. The texture of this duster is soft and refined; you could practically use it as a blanket when you’re not wearing it. Since it’s black, you can wear it while you’re sporting any color scheme.

With a velvet duster, you’ll be able to rock the classy “trench coat aesthetic” indoors, outdoors, and even on sunny days!

A caftan is an incredibly vibrant piece to add to your wardrobe. It drapes over the body very lightly. Caftans (also spelled, kaftans) are Mesopotamian in origin, and so they typically come with stunning, highly decorative designs.

Because they’re so delicately draped over your body, caftans are airy and comfortable. You can wear them around the home, and they might even provide some warmth during the winter since they cover so much of your body. Caftans also make for stylish loungewear, like these ones from Natori.

But you can also wear caftans to formal events, where they’re guaranteed to make a bold fashion statement. Check out these Ashro caftans if you plan on wearing caftans to social outings.

There you have it! Even after your night out has ended and even after you’ve come home from work, even when you’re spending the day indoors, these fashion pieces will keep your style in full swing, and your confidence and vitality will be, too!

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