The other day I left the office at around 6:58pm, ran—actually ran—toward the Q express train, and by some stroke of luck, ended up way uptown for a facial about 17 minutes later. Though it's admittedly not the easiest to sprint through Manhattan in a skirt and mules, this part of the evening is not when my outfit failed me. Even when I got to the spa, it was all good slipping into a white fluffy robe and flip flops. Generally speaking, everything was amazing—including the triple series of Natura Bissē masks and countless extractions. There's something disorienting about getting a facial—or probably any other procedure during which you lie down for more than five minutes—and something even more disorienting about putting uncomfortable clothes back on afterward. So, below you'll find what I wish I'd worn: an easy-going, almost beachy group of items that go on and off way easier than a little quality time with the high frequency machine (a thing that was actually used on my face to purify my skin after a bunch of extractions).
Laura Siegel Kaftan: The idea here is to pop on something really loose-fitting that feels as close to wearing a blanket as you can get. This is your best option if you're looking to step out of the spa bathrobe and still feel equally comfy.
Babaton Jordyn Shorts : The previously-mentioned kaftan certainly isn't a dress—you want to be able to move easily and sit down on the subway without a second thought, right? Shorts are the next step. These have a pull-on waistband and are made of cotton. *insert 100 emoji here * These shorts are it.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Palma Low Heel Sandals : Assuming that your whole day doesn't hinge on the facial appointment and you're heading somewhere afterward, kind-of dressy sandals with a little lift are a nice option (particularly if you're essentially wearing a draped cloth up top). Make no mistake though, these sandals are like clouds on the feet. They're more secure than a slide, but they still have just one easy buckle to get them on and off.
Dom Vetro Dark Caramel (Cola) Ernesto Sunglasses: We've reached a crucial step: sunglasses—and if not sunglasses, a hat. Because if you've had extractions, some distraction around the face is welcome. It's also worlds better than trying to apply makeup on freshly volcanic-looking skin.
Madewell The Corsica Straw Beach Tote : It's not just a crossbody-or-clutch kind of day if you're headed anywhere remotely clinical. You'll likely take home at least one brochure, pamphlet, or product—and you'll need somewhere to put it. Plus, if you're taking the time to care for your skin, chances are you probably have at least one other standard errand planned for the day, too—laundry or Duane Reade run, anybody?
Image of Grace Mahary via Getty. Admittedly, you can also wear almost all this stuff to the beach. Pair it with a cool bikini underneath, and you've got yourself a new destination outfit.