Lazy Girl’s Essentials: No 1. The Cardigown

Soooo, it’s cold out. The snooze button has been hit many times already. You are now late. But it’s soooo warm and snuggly in bed! What’s a Lazy Girl to do? Grab your Cardigown , of course. 

In the morning struggle to look vaguely presentable, the Lazy Girl will  find  it immeasureably easier with a Cardigown readily to hand. The night before, the Lazy Girl can throw, ahem, I mean gently lay the following within arms reach of their bed, meaning they can grab them and then dress in the comfort of their warm cosy bed. Then – tadaaaa! – Lazy Girl can emerge from the bed already dressed! Looking vaguely presentable , and at least, not looking like they’ve  spent the last 30 minutes hitting the snooze button. 

Here’s the Lazy Girl’s list of things to chuck on the floor the night before:

  1. Socks, bra, undies. Must be clean, (natch!) & as soft and comfy as possible. 
  2. The Lazy Girl’s Uniform: Comprising of: Leggings, Long bum-covering top/sweater dress and Uggs or uggalikes. Preferably all soft, comfy and in colours that flatter you and go together well. 
  3. The Cardigown 
  4. Optional extras if time: dry shampoo, deodorant. 

Quick brush of teeth and hair, and you are good to go.  If you need to. Preferably, you’d follow the Lazy Girls Quick beauty routine too. (More on this in a future post) And have a reviving cup of tea. And a nice sit down. But, hey, if you had to answer the door/ do the school run/ run a multi national company single handed you could. 

The beauty of the Cardigown (and the rest of the Lazy Girl’s Uniform) is that it feels cosy, like you are wearing PJs and a dressing gown, but to the outside world, you are dressed! Presentable. Not maybe the height of style, but not too shabby. If you manage to choose your Cardigown in a colour that is the most flattering to you, you might find it becomes your most loved clothing item. It’s also really easy to dress up a bit, with maybe a scarf or a long necklace. Sling that lot on before you dash out of the door and voila! Instant polish.  And an extra 30 minutes in bed. 

Now, you may need to dress up a bit more than this. But once you are out of bed, and already in your Lazy Girls Uniform, preferably after having a reviving cup of tea, it’s easier to then stand in front of your wardrobe and select a more suitable outfit when you are already comfortably dressed and warm. 

Now, I am not talking about something made of fleece. No. Nothing that actually looks too much like an actual dressing gown. Not like this

I’m thinking something more of a cabled wool longline cardigan with an open front that can be drawn around tighter with an integral belt, ideally. The same style as a dressing gown, but more of a look of a knitted cardigan. Something like this Very gorgeous faux fur trimmed white number , or this or  this. This grey number from Falmer at Matalan would be good too. This “cardi coat” from Kettlewell looks like it might fit the bill, and is also hugely reduced. 

These are just a few ideas from a trawl of the net, and I haven’t seen or tried on any of the above in real life.  C’mon – I’m a Lazy Girl, after all! 

Here is a pic of a few of my very own cardigowns (yes, I have a selection!) from Apricot, Falmer at Matalan, Kettlewell and Although I’m afraid I purchased them quite some time ago, so most of them are no longer available. But, you get an idea of the type of style I mean:

So, you need never answer the door to the postie in a ratty old tshirt and tatty dressing gown again. And doing the school run in bleach stained trackie bottoms and a fleece will be a thing of the past. Probably. If you see me in any of the above, don’t be surprised. Sometimes even throwing the Lazy Girls uniform on the floor the night before is too much trouble. 😉

Even Dr Ted is getting in on The Cardigown – here he is in his very own from Primark:

So, what do you think? Would you give the cardigown a try? Maybe you are already rocking one right now?! Or maybe you feel it’s not for you?  I’d love to know! 


3 thoughts on “Lazy Girl’s Essentials: No 1. The Cardigown

  1. I’m rubbish at big cardigans! Give me neat little ones for spring and autumn and I am great with fit and colour, but for this cold, cold bit of the year I spend all my time shivering in layers that looked warmer than they are or drowned in not very flattering waterfally things… and the blooming war between all the sleeves! Why are sleeves never wide enough on jumpers and cardigans that top off the ensemble!

    That Kettlewell cardigown is rather lovely though, especially the cherry red.


    1. Hey Michelle! It’s difficult finding the right thing, isn’t it? Have you considered a soft snuggly sleeveless poncho? If you wear a comfy long sleeved top in a bright colour, you can pop the poncho over the top. No hassles with sleeves being wide enough, and you have some neatness with the long sleeved t shirt top.


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