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What To Wear at a Retreat – Outfits to Inspire You

By Sandra Roussy January 04, 2023 Makeup and Fashion

Sometimes we simply need to get away from it all and take some time for ourselves. Retreats and spas are great ways to unwind and practice mindfulness.

Are you heading out to a retreat? Will this be your first retreat? A retreat can be anything from a weekend getaway at a luxury spa to a week-long silent meditation in a remote forest.

Although you’re not going to a fashion show and don’t need to dress to the nines, you still need to wear appropriate clothing while you are there.

Our top 3 picks for retreat outfits:

  1. Tie-Dye Dreams
  2. Soft Moss
  3. Casual Black & White

Here are a few outfit ideas that are appropriate for retreats and that may inspire you. The items shown are listed below the outfit but look in your closet to see if you have anything similar that you can use to put your own outfits together.

Dress for Comfort

First of all, let’s remember that the main thing to consider when putting together your clothing for a retreat is comfort. Depending on what type of retreat you are going to you may be doing some yoga or other type of exercise and you may be doing some meditation that is typically done sitting on the ground or on a small cushion. This requires clothes that have stretch and don’t dig into your skin.

What to Bring

Bring clothing and essentials depending on the climate of the location of your retreat.

Make sure you ask the retreat if they provide things like towels or other accessories needed for your stay.

Tie-Dye Dreams

Tie-Dye Dreams

These fun tie-dye cropped leggings from Lululemon look great with a white t-shirt and navy accessories. Remember to purchase your leggings in the proper size, even size up if necessary. Nothing is more uncomfortable than leggings that are too small.

lululemon Align™ High-Rise Crop 23″

Back in Action Short Sleeve Shirt

Insulated Wool Shirt Jacket

Nike Fontanka Waffle Runners

LAUREN RALPH LAUREN Charlotte Logo Jacquard Wrap Scarf

Soft Moss

Soft Moss

Matching your top and bottom creates a softer look and may make you look taller. Moss green is a relaxing and soothing color and is great for retreats or yoga practices. Here the top is heathered and the bottom is solid, creating a textured look.

Groove Super-High-Rise Split-Hem Flared Pant Nulu

Plus Size Cozy Long Sleeve Pleat Button Back Top

Nike Victori One Slider

Back to Life Sport Bottle 24oz

The 5mm Mat Made With FSC-Certified Rubber

Luxurious Alpaca Solid Scarf

Casual Black & Gray

Casual Black & Gray

You can never go wrong with a black & gray outfit. Heather gray is synonymous with relaxed and casual. Ruanas (or open-front ponchos) look great, are super easy to wear, and are an excellent choice for a retreat.

LAUREN RALPH LAUREN Reversible Knit Ruana

Women’s Plus Size Cozy Raglan Top

St. John’s Bay Workout Pant

Clarks Cloudsteppers Breeze Bali Slip-On Shoe

Throwback Velocity Gym Bag

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Are you going to a retreat soon? What type of retreat do you prefer? What will you be packing in your bag? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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The Author

Sandra is the middle-aged woman you hear about who sheds everything she owns and sets out into the world to rediscover and redefine herself. After more than twenty years spent in the fashion industry designing collections for brands such as La Senza, Victoria’s Secret, and JACOB Lingerie, she shifted her path and pursued her longtime passion for writing, traveling, and photography. Sandra was published in the NY Times best selling book Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It. A deeply personal essay hand-picked by Elizabeth Gilbert about loss, facing fears, and going after dreams. Visit her website:

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