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The Ultimate Night-in Outfit, Depending on How You Like to Relax

Make your time inside a little more fun by perfecting your at-home wardrobe.

By Caitlin Abber

With the clocks turned back and holiday music playing at the grocery store, the season of inside time is officially here. Sure, there will be nights out—fancy parties with passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne toasts at dimly lit restaurants, and weekend trips out of town in over-packed cars. Still, we’ll probably spend the majority of the next few months at home, under blankets, a new candle crackling on the nightstand. 

So let’s make the most of it, shall we?

Here are 7 outfits to wear, depending on how you like to spend your time indoors.

If you like being under as many blankets as possible…

There’s nothing like curling up under a million blankets on a chilly day. Warm slippers, a wool sweatsuit, and  Kate Baer’s new poetry collection, I Hope This Finds You Well. We recently profiled Kate for the M Dash and were taken aback by her honesty, humor, and (let’s be honest) gorgeous hair.

If you like watching Diane Keaton fall in love…

There’s nothing quite like a Nancy Meyers binge, especially when Diane Keaton is involved. Her love interests might be questionable (especially in Something’s Gotta Give…), but her outfits are iconic. You can channel her clean, classic style with the pearly white Shilo pants and the Cameron tank (this is after Jack Nicholson rips off her turtleneck). Top the whole thing with the decadent Frederick cardigan, which is the perfect sweater for romantically walking along the beach on a crisp November morning.

If you like being “want to swing by?”-ready…

Some of the best nights at home are the ones we least expect, like when you realize you made way too much chili and invite your neighbors over to dig in. If you like being up for anything, your best bet is a polished cashmere sweater, like the McKenzie, paired with some “do you guys want to play Twister?”-ready stretch pants, like the Finleys. Pro tip: Keep your Lana boots by the door, just in case a friend is randomly at the bar downstairs.

If you like dressing up for date night, even if you’re just ordering pizza…

You, the person and/or personal pizza of your choice, and an oversized sweater for added comfort—what could be better? The silk charmeuse Nene dress was made for this moment. 

The Nene dress, the Cathy sweater, and the Ella sandals

If you like virtual events way more than in-person ones (we feel you…)

There’s a reason we created our virtual event series, Inside Time. We know that the holidays can be stressful, and we all need more ways to unwind and relax that don’t involve rewatching You. The same goes for getting dressed to stay in—it should be easy! And nothing is easier than a sweater dress like the Effy. Just pop it on with a pair of earrings, and you’re ready to attend a wine tasting with Eater Wine Club, journal with happiness expert Gretchen Rubin, or learn how to do some cool nail art with Paintbox Nails—all from the comfort of your own home.

If you like to do yoga, or just feeling like you do…

Some days you’re doing downward dog in the living room, other days you’re eating pad thai in bed. We contain multitudes, and our clothes need to be up for whatever version of ourselves we’re feeling that day. The Rashida top and Stella leggings are a versatile combination that’s both stretchy and polished, meaning this outfit is prepared for anything.

If you like to relax, but aren’t a sweatpants person…

There are those among us (me) who like sweatpants, but generally prefer jeans. That said, if we’re doing cozy inside time, those jeans need to be as stretchy as the best pair of leggings. That’s why the FRAME Le High Skinny Crop jeans are my go-to. I love wearing them with a snuggly sweater, like the Luan.

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Caitlin Abber

Caitlin Abber is the Brand Editor at M.M. LaFleur, and an award-winning writer and content creator. Over the last decade she has held senior editorial positions at MTV, Women's Health, Public Radio International, and Bustle, and has bylines at InStyle and

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