Antonia O’Brien (@antoniaobrien) is a former stylist turned fashion influencer, presenter and film podcaster. At this unprecedented (surely the word of the year) moment, when we’re all locked down and no doubt increasingly fed up, we asked for her thoughts on loungewear and the little indulgences that make home life more enjoyable.
Read on for a timely reminder that style is a private pleasure as much as a public statement.
I’ve always needed a bit of lush comfort in my wardrobe, there’s something sacred about that moment when you dive out of your daily clothes and into something a little more comfortable.
My love and appreciation for soft layers and feel-good fabrics comes from my Mumma, who was cosy personified; she wore the softest cashmere that smelt like fresh laundry and J’Adore.
It was towards the end of my pregnancy that I really perfected my home uniform of super-soft jersey, silky separates and cashmere – because comfort really is key. With the current health crisis meaning most of us are living and working from home, there is no better time to choose clothes that make you happy.
After living in my Birkenstock Arizonas last summer, I’ve now invested in the sheepskin style and I have to say they’re worth it. Essentially, they’re slippers that you can wear outside and look great with a shiny pedicure. What’s not to love?
If you have followed my pages at Baby Magazine you will know that I’m a huge fan of Arket, the sister company to COS and H&M. It has become my go-to for basics from jeans and tees to tailoring, well-cut trousers with elasticated waistbands and loungewear; their cashmere tracksuit is at the top of my wishlist!
From dungarees to boiler suits, whether I’m pregnant, breast-feeding or neither, I love an outfit-in-one; perfect if you have a last-minute meeting on Zoom. So easy to wear and style, this khaki jumpsuit from maternity brand Hatch is such a cool cut and shape that you can wear it before and after the babe arrives.
I know in the grand scheme of things cashmere isn’t an ‘essential’ per-se, but sometimes you need that extra luxury. Whether you’re an expectant mama, a night-owl with a newborn or busy chasing children, make time for yourself and sleep whenever you can with the help of these cashmere socks and a matching eye mask, by Johnstons of Elgin.
In my opinion a long soak in a hot bath is the perfect tonic to a (strike out accordingly) tiring/stressful/busy/chaotic/long day. Vegan, organic and cruelty-free, Sister and Co’s Rosa bath soak somehow manages to restart my system and leaves my skin soft and smelling heavenly.
Of course, we couldn’t let Antonia go without finding out which is her favourite Jem + Bea design. We may all be locked down right now, but daily outdoor exercise with a tiny in tow means a good changing bag remains a valued friend. And one day soon we’ll all be out and about again…
Finding the Edie Eco Holdall was serendipity, we met just when I was looking for an overnight bag for Grayson with a little more room; it’s the perfect size for a day trip or weekend. Jem + Bea design with parents in mind (as you know not all brands do) and their pockets and details help me keep organised – which I am grateful for daily. A change of clothes, snacks for him and snacks for me plus the essentials like nappies, wipes and a handful of books and toys has made this a family favourite. Whether packed into the car or clipped onto the pram (the optional stroller straps are a great feature), it is such a smart and neat design.