3 Pieces that Got Me Out of My Quarantine Style Rut

After a year and a half of rotating between sweats and leggings (and only dressing up from the waist up), anyone else feel like they’ve forgotten how to dress? I’ll be the first to admit that I was in a style rut. Don’t get me wrong –– I was excited to switch things up from my quarantine looks and to think up new outfits as the world opened back up. It’s just a skill I hadn’t put to much use as of late, but it’s like riding a bike, right? And, sure enough, it’s nothing a little in-person retail therapy couldn’t fix. 

Getting to see and feel clothes IRL got my creative juices flowing again. Stepping into the likes of Zara and Aritzia, I immediately felt inspired again and was ready to part ways with my tie-dye sweatsuit (not for good, of course). I snatched up a few key pieces that made the transition out of loungewear into venturing out clothes a little less daunting and a lot more fun (I’ll get to the details in a bit). 

If you prefer to shop online and are new to a store or brand, here’s a tip: check out the size charts, size and fit info, and customer reviews of items you like on its website. Oftentimes, it will have a fit criteria when a customer goes to write a review and/or customers will comment on the fit of an item. It just may save you a trip or two (not to mention, money on clothes you don’t end up returning). 

Without further ado, here are my go-to post-pandemic must-haves (let’s just say I don’t miss my sweats): 

One of the staples I’ve been wearing on repeat is high-waisted denim (aka Mom jeans as my boyfriend likes to call them). Anything high-waisted––skirts, trousers, workout leggings, you name it––is having a moment in my wardrobe. You might be thinking, “Really, jeans?” Although they may not be as comfy as sweats, if they have some stretch to them, you’ll be golden. I grabbed these two pairs on my first shopping excursion post-quarantine. I love that they can be worn casually with sneakers or dressed up with heels.

Zara Cropped Knit Top
Zara Z1975 Mom Fit Jeans
Cuyana Mini Double Loop Bag
Nike Air Max 90 SE

Zara Ruffled Asymmetric Bodysuit
Zara ZW The ’90s Full Length Jeans
Melie Bianco Bianca Green Mini Crossbody Bag
Dolce Vita Paily Heels

I’ve always had a thing for matching sets and faced with my don’t-know-what-to-wear-after-quarantine conundrum, I’ve been reaching for them now more than ever. They instantly give off a put-together look when they really don’t require any thought. What’s more, you can create multiple outfits from one matching set by wearing the top and bottoms separately. For example, pair the top with your favorite pair of jeans and the bottoms with a white tee or bodysuit. These sets check all the boxes.

Carbon38 Twist Front Cami
Carbon38 High Rise 7/8 Legging

APL Women’s TechLoom Pro

Aritzia Wilfred Desire Vest
Aritzia Wilfred Ibiza Pant

Just because we’re transitioning out of the quarantine uniform and starting to dress up again, it doesn’t mean we still can’t be comfy. Enter: breezy dresses. Effortless and cute, they’re the perfect look to welcome post-pandemic life and summer. I picked up this olive green number from Target (they have so many versatile dresses right now!). I took the belt that it came with off and either replace it with a thin belt when I want to give the dress more shape or I go sans belt (you can’t go wrong either way!).

Universal Thread Women’s Sleeveless Button-Front Tiered Dress
A New Day Women’s Sleeveless Ruffle Hem Dress

Universal Thread Women’s Ruffle Sleeveless Tiered Dress

Eileen Fisher Lee Espadrille Flat

Frye Ivy Low Lace
BC Footwear Day One Sandal

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