Many of us have been there before: a long night of merrymaking that somehow ends up making you feel as if you were drugged, hit by a bus, then afflicted by the most heinous stomach bug known to mankind. If you’re anything like me, you shudder at the memory of your most recent life-altering hangover.
What to do, however, when these lowest of low moments occurs when you actually have something to do (i.e. not a Sunday)? Perhaps the rehearsal dinner has left you seemingly out of commission for the next day’s wedding? Or maybe Wednesday night happy hour turned into a long cab ride home very early Thursday morning? The long term effects of heavy drinking are scarily infinite, and I’m hardly encouraging this sort of behavior, but mistakes happen, and even the most prim social drinker faces the problem of not being able to sleep until noon and watch television in sweatpants all day.
There’s nothing worse than waking up in a painful haze, not exactly sure how you will be able to keep on keepin’ on. Clearly, every event calls for a different plan of attack. For brevity’s sake, I offer you three sure bets that will offer some much needed comfort, support, and cover-up.
A shirtdress is a great basic piece that we should all own if we don’t already. It’s great the morning after for many of the same reasons it’s great all the time: an incredibly comfortable piece of clothing that allows you to look put together with minimal effort and is easy to dress up or down. I’ve chosen this example from Theory because it’s light and breezy – a linen/viscose/spandex mix – and comes with the belt. That means, fewer sweats and no fumbling through your closet looking for the right accessories when you can barely see straight. Cheaper alternatives abound: check J. Crew or Gap.
Your shoe choice here will be determined by your plans for the day. Obviously, comfort is king on this day, and the Nike Air technology and rubber outsole on these simple and modern gladiators make the difference. If casual sandals aren’t appropriate for your event, it should be obvious that you should opt for some sort of flat. I’m not a massive fan of the menswear look, but a pair of laceless oxfords would work, as would riding boots.
I’ve clearly saved the most important for last. Who cares what else you’re wearing when a pounding headache precludes you from hiding the fact that you’re struggling to survive? Keeping your lids shaded behind a sweet pair of sunglasses can go an incredibly long way on any day, but of all days, do not forget to bring them today. These Marc by Marc Jacobs shades should do the trick, but if you’re not feeling the cat-eye trend opt for the most classic pair on the market: RayBan aviators. Designer price tag a bit too much? I’ve had great success with the selection at Target in the past, and I’d be willing to bet they’ll have a pair that will fit your face shape, style, and budget.
Aside from dressing the part, I recommend a cold under-eye compress – my favorite is an ice cold can of whatever’s in the fridge, as the rounded shape seems to sit perfectly on my ocular bone – and a packet of Emergen-C Super Orange in my first of many glasses of water. Hopefully, this look will help you hide the ugly truth from the world while you slowly and painfully recover all day. And, because I’m sure you have sworn off drinking for the hundredth time after the morning’s torture, these tips can help you get through just about any “down” day.