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the stylist’s notebook | when you’re sickly

16 April 2009

From the über adorable Maria came an email:

Dear La C,

First off, I really want to say how much I appreciate what you do, and the time and love that you put into your blog to give us readers inspiration and really helpful tips beyond fashion. I enjoy reading your blog (as well as your twitter updates :P), and I’m sure I won’t be the last person to tell you that 🙂

The main reason for writing this email is because just recently I got a really bad cold, and well, needless to say, I really didn’t feel like putting in any effort into getting dressed lol. But in particular, not just what would be best to wear when one is sick, but being sick in really warm climate 😛 I live in Miami, so you can only imagine what that must have been like. And I guess that could go into sort of like the situation of where it’s really hot outside and cold inside a building, like, what’s the best way to transition what you’re wearing from those two climates in a jiffy 😛

I really hope this makes sense lol.
Thank you so much!

I empathize wholly and fully with Maria’s situation. It’s quite unfortunate that we have both gotten nasty colds – my remedy? A heaping dosage of chocolates, hot tea, some Michael Buble, and a few magazines. All done sprawled on my bed. I completely understand in not wanting to put any effort into dressing. Having the sniffles does one no good – I do feel like sleeping all day. And the transitioning of weather from indoors to outdoors is quite the hassle. We’re on the same page, darling.

And it is in such circumstance I try to achieve that effortless look – a look we all know as one that actually requires effort in order to look effortless, much like how it takes makeup to look natural. Why must the world be so difficult at times?

It almost goes without saying that you should dress with comfort in mind: if you could curl up on a sofa in that particular ensemble, that is your sick day outfit! Of course that excludes the likes of sweatshirts and sweatpants. But do welcome leggings, opaque tights, dresses, loose tunics/tops, etc.

My sick-day outfit has quite the conservative color palette: it usually consists of grays and blacks. They simply are the most sophisticated colors – but of course, coming from me, you know such statement is biased. Anywho. My staples? A loose, long-sleeved tunic top or a shorter dress paired with black, opaque tights/footed tights (emphasis on the opaque, since we would rather not have derrieres a-hangin’ for the world to view) makes for the most comfortable outfit. I can easily snuggle in bed in a half a second, or run errands without fear that the public is seeing me at my worst. A lacy camisole or bra peeking through the tip of the neckline does make you feel just a bit more fabulous, helping you forget your sickly state. Oxfords or some kind of bootie pull the entire look together, adding a level of class and elegance. And this is when I go crazy with my collection of obnoxious rings.


And what makes this outfit even more practical, besides its level of comfort, is its ability to transition easily from indoors to outdoors. A light, cotton, long-sleeved top and tights provide enough warmth in the air-conditioned rooms; at the same time, they allow you and the fabric to breathe in the warmer weather. Of course the long-sleeves can be substituted for three-quarter lengths or short-sleeves – just check the weather beforehand!

Outfit no. 2: A bit edgier and grungy-er, but I thought I should attempt at offering looks that would appeal to different styles. Whether or not this attempt was a success or failure I shall overlook – it’s the thought that counts, right, darlings? I believe this outfit might be more suitable for the warmer weather, like in Maria’s state. A loose tank thrown over cuffed denim shorts (destroyed always looks so cute) is the base of the outfit. Add a light cardigan and/or (once again) black opaque tights depending on the current weather and voila! An ensemble that is quite chic whilst being comfortable. Flat boots or booties with heels can be chosen at your disposal!


Feel better, love!

Hot chocolate & les bises,

La C.

44 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 April 2009 9:16 pm

    You’re the best, thank you so much for the reply/post. 🙂

  2. 16 April 2009 9:21 pm

    Great post! 🙂 I find nothing is more comfy than cashmere, so in warmer weather, I have a fine cashmere short sleeved sweater dress that feels incredible & soothing…

    The long sleeved cotton top you posted above is gorgeous! Where is it from La C.? 🙂

    • 16 April 2009 9:45 pm

      Brigadeiro: It’s Stella McCartney; I think it might be available on net-a-porter?

      La C.

  3. 16 April 2009 9:46 pm

    Great outfits! When I’m sick, I get extra cold, so I’d recommend adding a pashmina for extra coziness. And yes, loads of jewelry!

  4. 16 April 2009 9:50 pm

    Wow! I love the first outfit especially the long gray top. I need that in my wardrobe asap!

  5. 16 April 2009 10:35 pm

    you put together the BEST outfits. ♥

  6. 16 April 2009 11:07 pm

    This is the perfect post. I am all for enlisting the assistance of a tunic top when you’re looking for something cute, yet completely comfy to wear. I turn to this type of outfit every time I’m feeling under the weather.

  7. 16 April 2009 11:17 pm

    now i have no excuse! hopefully on my next sick day i wont parade around in my sweats and bathrobe

  8. 17 April 2009 12:55 am

    Hello La C. I hate to admit that when I’m sick I usually dress down. It’s usually sweats and a t-shirt. These are great. I really like them. Take care. Cheers!

  9. 17 April 2009 3:09 am

    i want to get ill now so i can wear this!! 🙂


  10. 17 April 2009 4:51 am

    Hi there-these stylish outfits are bound to make you feel better! great choices my dear!

  11. 17 April 2009 5:14 am

    i love evry single one of them and i will be wearing them when i am sick..but shorts and sheer clothing i think will make me much more colder nad sicker but hey who cares! ;]


  12. 17 April 2009 5:54 am

    I adore those looks, they would look so effortless!

  13. 17 April 2009 6:24 am

    I wish I could be this glamorous when I am sick.
    Nothing but comfy clothes and the bed for me!!

    (I adore the outfits!) xxx

  14. 17 April 2009 6:52 am

    Great inspiration for putting together something chic and comfortable when you’re feeling anything but! thanks!

  15. thebaglady permalink
    17 April 2009 7:53 am

    Gorrrrgeous. I absolutely love the first one you put together! I don’t know any seventeen year olds who dress so chic-ly. Which is why you’re my favorite!

  16. thebaglady permalink
    17 April 2009 7:53 am

    Oops that sounded shallow. You know what I mean LC 😉

    • 17 April 2009 7:56 am

      thebaglady: No worries, my dear. Understood =] Quite flattered too!

      La C.

  17. 17 April 2009 9:21 am

    Great inspiration post La C! I totally love the last booties. The heels one! 🙂


  18. abdcforever permalink
    17 April 2009 9:30 am

    lol i always wear sweats when im sick but now i wont. i rly like the 2nd one a lot!! i hav shorts and a tank like that. i just need to by those boots, tights, + that cardigan. u think f21’s gonna have them?

    p.s.: u def are changing my style for the better! ive barely worn sweats this week & i usually do hahah

  19. 17 April 2009 11:01 am

    Love the idea of wearing sexy underthings when you’re sick. That WOULD make you feel better. At least a little.

  20. 17 April 2009 12:40 pm

    These advice posts are such fun, La C! Love your outift choices!


  21. 17 April 2009 1:40 pm

    Great outfits, La C. They’re so stylish that nobody need ever know Maria is ill. 🙂

  22. 17 April 2009 2:15 pm

    i love the first outfit. i think i would wear that if i was sick!

  23. 17 April 2009 5:31 pm

    bundle up with layers, that is my fav!

  24. 17 April 2009 7:44 pm

    The sweather in the first picture looks so nice and comfortable! Oh, me like!=D

  25. 17 April 2009 7:45 pm

    Great suggestions! I love how you’ve become the “Dear Abby” for fashion! 😉

  26. 17 April 2009 8:39 pm

    fantastic. while black/white/gray is pretty much my daily color palette, i’d be hard pressed to stray from it on a sick day of all times. i love these looks, and i also greatly appreciate the time and effort that so visibly goes into this blog. would you like to exchange links?

  27. 17 April 2009 9:29 pm

    Oh how fabulous! I want those clothes haha even on a regular basis!

  28. Rachael permalink
    17 April 2009 10:39 pm

    This may seem like a silly question, but wherever could i find the Chanel ring?

    • 17 April 2009 10:59 pm

      Rachael: No question is ever a silly question! =] It used to be available at eLuxury, but its available here (but you’re on a wait list). I want this ring so badly – but it’s only available in a size 6.5 which is much too big for my fingers! =/

  29. 17 April 2009 10:59 pm

    These outfits are perfect, I could definitely see myself in the second one on any old day when I am valuing comfort!

  30. 17 April 2009 11:52 pm

    Your outfit sets always have a way of putting me at peace, a tranquil state of bliss! 🙂

    Great selections (especially the shoes)

    PS: Thanks for your incredibly sweet comment, really stood out and made me SUPER smile when I read it. xo!

  31. 18 April 2009 12:42 am

    It’s so hard to feel pretty when you’re blowing your nose =) but these outfits will definitely make up for it and lift you up. Great tips, great looks and great blog! Enjoy weekend!

  32. 18 April 2009 1:41 am

    great advice, La C.! the first outfit is def. something i would wear when i’m sick – and i’m sure i have worn a version of it.

  33. 18 April 2009 8:45 am

    For the second look being slightly out of your usual range, I think you nailed it spot-on! ❤


  34. 18 April 2009 9:50 pm

    great suggestions. very cute blog i must say.

  35. 19 April 2009 1:42 am

    i added you to my hitch hike list because i love your blog so much! xxx

  36. 19 April 2009 2:32 am

    Great style!! Love your blog.

  37. emma permalink
    19 April 2009 1:01 pm

    Also comes in handy seeing as i’m off to Paris tomorrow and am going to be in the bus for hourrs and hourss(schooltrip)!

    xx from holland

  38. becs16 permalink
    20 April 2009 2:05 pm

    Great outfits.. sick or not!

    xo, Becs

  39. rossovelvet permalink
    22 April 2009 3:00 pm

    Challenging question….. and you answered it amazingly !


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