Could loungewear actually be healthier for us?
Beyonce once said; 'If you don't jump to put jeans on, baby, you don't feel my pain' and we could not relate more to that statement.
We've all been there, sucking in to squeeze into a pair of skinny jeans for the sake of fashion, then finally sitting down for dinner and realising that breathing would not be on the menu.
It's an uncomfortable feeling, but discomfort aside, could the restrictive nature of tight clothing actually be having a negative impact on our health?
Tight clothing may restrict blood flow
Studies have shown that tight clothing may restrict blood flow, and it's not just your jeans that are the problem, spanks and activewear are also a common offender.
Restricted blood flow may increase the appearance of varicose veins in women, and show other symptoms of poor circulation, including numbness and tingling in the legs and feet.
Loose clothing allows your body to function optimally, making an even better case for loungewear being the new socially accepted norm.
It may promote the development of cellulite
Don't worry, tight clothing doesn't cause cellulite to form, but it may hasten its appearance. Garments that restrict blood flow may lead to the development of fat nodules in the thighs.
Not that any woman should ever care about the appearance of, or formation of cellulite on their legs or bum (IT'S COMPLETELY NORMAL) but it's worth noting that if this is something that is of concern to you, opting for comfy, looser outfits in those areas may be of interest.
In other words, we're just looking for another excuse to wear loungewear for every occasion ;)
Breathing becomes an issue
It's one thing to feel like you can't breathe, but it's another when your outfit is actually obstructing your ability to move oxygen effectively through your body.
Tight jeans and spanks prevent the diaphragm from descending fully while breathing, which can lead to hyperventilation, panic attacks and general shortness of breath.
As if that weren’t enough, shallow breathing doesn’t properly oxygenate the brain, leading to a lack of concentration, anxiety and stress.
Digestion can be impacted
Tight clothing around your belly can constrict your stomach from fully expanding during digestion, which can lead to indigestion and acid reflux. It may also lead to constipation, intestinal pain, and abdominal swelling.
"It's a very common problem," Dr. Orly Avitzur, medical adviser to Consumer Reports, said to HealthPop.
"When you put pressure on the abdomen, your food doesn't digest. It risks not being able to be digested properly especially for people who have reflux esophagitis, heartburn or chronic heartburn. Tight clothing can aggravate those problems," he added. (Article by CBS)
It's ironic that we often want to wear loose clothes when we're feeling bloated, but in fact, our tight clothes might actually be another cause of bloating.
In conclusion, design a wardrobe that fits you, not the other way around. Status Clo focuses on comfortable, stylish pieces that can be transitioned from home life to social outings, and even styled up for work.
Check out our most transitional sets here