Winter loungewear swaps to make for lockdown 3: the best jumpers and leggings to keep you cosy

Lockdown 3 means we’re looking to winter warmers

Chevron knit, £85, Boden 

The lockdown last spring saw us grappling with heatwave dressing for indoors, but our current winter stay-at-home orders throw up an entirely different set of sartorial demands. 

Firstly, unless we want to have the heating on full blast all day, cosy knits are a must. These can’t just be any old jumpers, however: work video calls mean we need to look stylish, so any moth-ridden pieces are a big no. Layering will also be key this lockdown, and while short-sleeved T-shirts and jersey shorts passed muster last time round, the current chill calls for warm leggings and cardigans, particularly if you like to pop out for a lunchtime walk. 

It’s for that reason our loungewear collection needs an update to see us through lockdown 3. Here are the pieces you need in your arsenal… 

Swap jersey T-shirts for fine knits

Jersey tops are still a great base for layering, but if you’re not into sporting a handful of layers at your home desk, a warm but fine knit is ideal. 

Cos do great iterations in chic neutral shades that only need a pair of gold earrings to be Zoom-ready. Those with deeper pockets should head to Eric Bompard or Brora for printed and fairisle options that make a statement. 

Cashmere crew neck, £249.50, Eric Bompard; Cashmere crew neck, £168, J.Crew; Contrast knit, £79, Cos 

Swap your shorts for joggers

Comfy shorts were a go-to last year: ASOS sold over 18,000 pairs between March and June. Now, with the temperatures close to zero across the UK, shorts are no longer cutting it. Instead, look to their longer, cosier cousin: the humble jogger. 

While we played it safe with camel and grey shorts, a pair of pastel or bright joggers will cheer up our at-home winter looks a treat. 

Sweatpants, £17.99, H&M; Cuffed track pants, £94, Pangaia; Les Tien jersey pants, £185, Matches Fashion

Swap jersey leggings for woolly bottoms 

On a whole, jersey leggings serve us well on off-duty days, but you won’t regret plumping for a warmer option this winter. Mango has a great selection of thicker ribbed versions, and it’s worth having Chinti & Parker on your radar if you’re hoping to invest in a wool pair to see you through. 

Those keen on something looser through the leg should head to Madeleine Thompson for chic cashmere wide-leg trousers, and to Zara for ribbed versions that have matching knits. 

Madeleine Thompson cashmere trousers, £355, Net-a-Porter; Knitted leggings, £49.99, Mango  

Swap shackets for cardigans

The t-shirt + khaki shacket + linen trousers proved to be a winning combination over the first lockdown, but given their cotton composition, they’re not particularly winter-friendly. Look to cardigans to take their place: they've handily been having A Fashion Moment over the past year, so are widely available at all price points. 

Olivia Rubin’s joy-bringing rainbow numbers feature gem buttons, but if you’re after something less outrè that you can wear regularly, & Other Stories has an array of puff-sleeved options. 

Mika cardigan, £250, Olivia Rubin; Cardigan, £65, & Other Stories

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