9 New Outfits to Try If You're Overwhelmed by the Concept of Dressing Up Again

Earlier this year, I realized that I'd become less savvy at quickly putting together a cool outfit. I think this is mainly because I'd kind of forgotten what clothes I own (aside from comfy lounge ones, of course). Just like any skill, the ability to put together a good outfit can get a little rusty without practice. When you spend many months just deciding which matching sweatsuit to wear with which slippers, that's enough to throw anyone out of outfit-planning practice.

As vaccination rates have thankfully increased in the U.S. over the past couple of months, venturing back out into the world is something many of us have started to be able to do, and I think we've all come to realize that we need outfits to do so. If—on top of everything else—that has you feeling overwhelmed, I 100% get it. So I took some time to search for easy outfit ideas that are a bit dressed up, but not in a complicated way. Read on to steal them for your own outfit arsenal this spring and summer and to shop pieces that capture the vibe of each outfit.

Short-Sleeve Button-Down + Pleated Trousers + Flats
Post-pandemic outfit ideas



This back-to-business look is chill enough to wear pretty much anywhere.

Cardigan + Slip Dress + Kitten Heels
Easy dressed-up outfit idea



A dress and heels may seem intimidating, but not when the dress is comfortable and the heels are low.

White Dress + Socks + Sneakers
Easy going-out outfit



You can't go wrong with a midi dress and sneakers, especially when those sneakers are New Balances and are styled with socks.

Tank Top + Printed Pants + Loafers
Easy summer outfit



Take a break from jeans and opt for a pair of flowy printed pants paired with low-key items (e.g. a tank and loafers).

Tiered Dress + Platforms Sandals
Effortless summer outfit



Dare I say this two-piece outfit is even easier to throw on than a sweatsuit and slippers?

Cardigan + Knit Pants + Retro Sneakers
Casual, cool summer outfit



This comfortable outfit is perfect for travel days, errand days—you name it.

Tube Top + Jeans + Heels
Summer jeans outfit



Remember jeans? This is exactly how to wear them out at night this summer.

Ruched Top + White Pants + Sandals
How to wear white pants



A cool ruched top in a pretty hue is the perfect counterpart to a pair of utilitarian pants.

Tennis Dress + Chic Accessories
Easy summer outfit idea



Might as well embrace the crisp tennis look while it's still trending. Just be sure to pair it with chic accessories so that it doesn't look like you're actually heading to a match.