Look Fabulous Even When You're Sick - The Ethical Fashion Way

As I type this I’m surrounded by a full glass of Emergen-C, a pile of tissues, and a pharmacy's worth of natural tinctures and lozenges. I’m sick y’all. It’s nothing serious thank god, just a run of the mill stupidly annoying why-do-I-get-this-every-year-cold. We all know we’re supposed to get plenty of rest when we’re sick, but with our hectic schedules and multiple commitments, that’s not always an option.

Sure we could run around in sweats, but I find that when I look like I’m sick I somehow feel worse. When I put in just a little bit of effort, I feel better, a little more energized. Maybe it’s enclothed cognition or maybe it’s just the placebo effect, but either way that little bit of extra energy helps me power through until I can fall back asleep on my couch.

I’m not advocating we all run around in 4-inch heels and with a full face of makeup, but there is a happy medium. A way to nurture our bodies as they heal and look cute af. That's the ethical fashionistas way isn't it? Take a bad situation and make it better through fashion!

 

Wear Statement Pieces

 Photo by Genieve Adams

Photo by Genieve Adams

This hack was taught to me by one of my first bosses and it’s genius. When you’re feeling sick (or in his case, hungover) you don’t want people focusing too much on your face. So wear something that will catch the eye and draw attention away from you and onto your clothes. Bright colors and bold patterns are my go to. Even some funky jewelry will do the trick.

 

Jumpsuits

 Photo by Felicia Lasalla

Photo by Felicia Lasalla

Jumpsuits are fantastic when you’re not feeling 100% because they’re an outfit unto themselves. No fuss no stress. Which is exactly what you need when you’re head feels like it’s stuffed full of fog. Plus my favorite jumpsuits are the ones that look stylish but feel like I’m wearing pajamas

 

 

Wear Layers

 Photo by  Anais Ganouna

Photo by Anais Ganouna

One of the most annoying parts of having a cold or flu is the fluctuations in temperature. One minute your burning up, the next you’re freezing. I never take medicine to reduce my fever if it’s below 102, and neither should you. A mild fever is our bodies way of killing off bacteria (don’t believe me, read more here). Instead, I opt for layers to help my body regulate those temperature swings. A t-shirt, a light cardigan, and a scarf usually do the trick. All of them light so I don’t raise my fever, but still substantial enough to take off the chill.

 

 

Choose Your Fabrics Wisely

 Photo by  Anais Ganouna

Photo by Anais Ganouna

Not all layers are made the same. When you’re sick make sure you’re wearing natural fibers. My personal favorite is sustainably sourced wool. Wool naturally wicks moisture away from your body keeping you warm but dry. It’s also wrinkle resistant so you can go from your bed to a meeting and still look fresh as a daisy.

 

Sometimes though the best thing to wear is your favorite pair of pajamas...while you lay on your couch and binge The Office. Which is exactly what I’m off to do. How do you like to dress when  you're sick? Let me know in the comments!