The power of comfort dressing, according to 3 Australian creatives

The power of comfort dressing, according to 3 Australian creatives

The power of comfort dressing, according to 3 Australian creatives

“When I feel comfortable, I’m more carefree and that’s what gives me confidence and power.”

I love all my clothes equally, but when it comes to it, I will save my loose, knit pants from a house fire before I will ever think to pull open my jean drawer. No matter what I do, whether it’s a day of work, going out for drinks or sitting through a movie, I dress for comfort above all else. Just the idea of a tight waistband makes me shudder.

Over the years, I’ve been on a mission to find the perfect balance between style and comfort. Slowly, I’ve managed to curate a handful of fashion bloggers who provide me with constant outfit inspiration, as well as a range of trusty brands that specialise in stretchy materials and slouchy silhouettes. I feel a sense of confidence in wearing an outfit that aligns with my sense of self, rather than clothing I feel pressured into wearing.

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There’s something powerful in rejecting dominant cultural ideals around clothing. While for some people that might be refusing to wear tight, ‘sexy’ clothes made to appeal to the male gaze, for others it could mean doing away with fashion that sits along rigid gender binaries. Each person’s idea of what is ‘comfortable’ will likely be different. And whether comfy means wearing an oversized knit or thigh-high boots, dressing in a way that makes you feel at ease in your body should always be prioritised.

Another major drawcard for the case of comfort dressing is the sense of mental clarity and freedom it offers. When we feel less physically constrained and able to represent ourselves through our clothing, we’re less likely to be held back by insecurities and more inclined to feel a sense of power and confidence.

And when it comes to comfort, there really is nothing worse than a pair of ill-fitting or poorly constructed shoes. Vans’ new Old Skool Overt ComfyCush Sneaker is made for the creatures of comfort. Appealing to fashion bloggers and streetwear buffs alike, these sneakers have mastered the art of fusing comfort and style. Building on the original Old Skool Vans silhouette, these sneakers feature a 360-degree ComfyCush foam midsole as well as a removable insole for maximum cushioning.

With increased foam support in the tongue and collar of the shoe, as well as materials that allow for airflow and breathability, these sneakers were designed to ensure absolute comfort. Taking cues from heritage styles with the signature side stripe and Vans waffle sole, these sneakers are proof you don’t need to compromise on aesthetics in the pursuit of comfort. To spark some styling inspiration, we asked three Australian creatives to show us how they style their ComfyCush Sneakers.

Josaia Bruinsma, stylist and model
For me, dressing comfortably just means that I can go about my day feeling confident and carefree. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Whether I am wearing sweatpants or skinny jeans, at the end of the day, I dress for myself and no one else. This is why feeling comfortable in my outfit is one of the most important things for me.

When I feel comfortable, I’m more carefree and that’s what gives me confidence and power. Dressing comfortably is something that should come naturally – don’t force it, just wear whatever you feel like wearing.

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Jonti Ridley, writer and content creator
As someone who’s both neurodivergent and non-binary, comfort dressing and access to accommodating fashions can make or break my every day. Playing with form over function can often be exciting and liberating but as I get a little older, I find my sensory issues require more accommodation for day-to-day living. Over-extended arches and a dramatically splayed right foot mean making the commitment to a pair of footwear for the workday is one of the more anxiety-inducing parts of my mornings.

I was beyond excited to hear about Vans’ new ComfyCush range, transcending gender binaries in their classic Old Skool shape and repivoting their focus on reducing [the] daily wear and tear of being on your feet all day without compromising [on] style. The slightly extended ledge on the back of the sole also gives great leverage and makes them incredibly easy to step out of quickly on set or at the front door after a long day. No exaggeration, I’ve worn them so often since they arrived – my previous go-to sneakers are now quietly gathering dust while I try to justify extending my spending budget just enough to add a second colour to the mix.

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Sabrina Leina, stylist
Those that see me in my day-to-day, whether that be on set or on a lazy Sunday afternoon, know that I don’t particularly indulge in the idea of ‘comfort dressing’. It’s either my bathrobe at home or heels with a tracksuit at most. I think comfort dressing is subjective – it’s what makes you feel liberated; your best no-masking self.

I love the idea of getting the job done regardless of what you’re wearing or what you should be wearing. There’s merit in either option, and it’s a personal win to debunk the initial doubts or judgements of people that think otherwise. Dress to what makes you feel good internally, as well as what makes you feel capable.

@sabrinaleina_

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