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After coming off a week of major fashion moments, I was definitely ready for an easy, no-brainer OOTD. I recently discovered the Japanese concept of one-mile wear (clothing you wear within a mile of your home) and completely embraced the idea. The reality is that most people need chic, comfortable clothing to run errands, pick up kids and deal with life’s little moments, without any hassle. Most of us don’t want to have to think too hard about an outfit that is going to be comfortable, functional and chic.
Madewell was the first to embrace this concept in the form of their own separate line, Mile(s) by Madewell. When I saw their Cha Cha Cha sweatshirt in store I didn’t even try it on, it was an immediate purchase. The cotton is oh-so-soft, and the non-hem waistline is super flattering with leggings or when tucked into jeans. Not only is the line comfortable and chic, but it’s affordable. 95% of their pieces are under $100 and the quality will survive many washings and wear and tear.
Everlane is another brand that creates high-quality, affordable basics perfect for mixing and matching. While they don’t specifically have a one-mile wear component, their pieces wholly embrace the concept with non-wrinkle, breathable fabrics that can withstand everyday running around.
I remember talking with a friend who moved abroad to Paris for a year. Being in one of the biggest fashion capitals in the world, the bar was clearly set very high. She remarked that Parisians couldn’t wrap their heads around how Americans dressed when making a quick visit to the market or to grab a morning coffee. Or, think of the way people used to dress when traveling. The idea of pajamas or flip flops aboard a flight was unheard of. While I’m all for comfort, I do advocate for a more elevated way of casual dressing for everyday.
What do you think of the concept of one-mile wear? How do you dress for a casual day of errands?
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