TBH the Pandemic Completely Changed My Style—These 25 Items Reflect the New Me

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(Image credit: @aralynbeaumont)

Most Wanted is a weekly series in which one Who What Wear team member or friend of the brand shares the top 25 finds on their current wish list.

Prior to the pandemic, I had a signature wardrobe of black skinny jeans, lug-sole boots, close-fitting sweaters (usually in black or grey), and boxy outerwear (also usually in black or grey). And always silver jewelry, but never much of it. Perhaps it was a result of living in the Bay Area or a desire to reflect my identity as a queer woman after coming out in my mid-twenties; it was definitely, in part, an attempt to add some edge to the blonde wavy hair I couldn't quite part with. For whatever reason, I shunned the feminine and colorful elements of my wardrobe. But let me tell you what gets old fast when you're stuck inside for 365 days with the rare occasion to get dressed: skinny jeans and feeling plain as can be. I suddenly found myself purchasing the flowy dresses and oversize knitwear I saw on my co-workers. I even bought wide-leg jeans and a faux-leather miniskirt. These new items felt all the more familiar since I could pair them with the suddenly trendy lug-sole boots and chunky loafers already sitting in my closet. The warm and hard juxtaposition not only felt like a true reflection of my personality but also extremely enjoyable to put on for a picnic or outdoor coffee date.

I found I craved the ritual of pampering myself and getting made up; then looking in the mirror and almost feeling like a different person. It gives me a rush and sense of confidence that genuinely puts a spring in my step. After so many days spent in pajamas and athleticwear, I wanted to get as far away from that aesthetic as possible. The hyper-feminine was the answer. Slipping into a puffy dress, running a brush through my hair, teaching myself how to use an eye shadow palette—that was all it took to get me excited to eat dinner in a parking lot. Who knows if I'll keep wearing bright colors and tops with ruffled motifs when the pandemic ends, but for now, I'm leaning into what makes me feel good. Read the story to see the cute and girly items I'm eyeing right now.

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Copy Editor, Branded Content

Hi, I'm Aralyn Beaumont. I joined Who What Wear as the copy editor for branded content after a career in food media. Years of pouring over intricate recipes with a fine-toothed comb and working with high-profile chefs has prepared me well for working with fashion's top brands while honoring Who What Wear's voice. My background as a research editor makes me a finicky editor who will probably care too much about making sure all copy is as factually accurate and aligned with the house style guide as can be. Maybe it's because I'm a Gemini, but my personal style is impossible to pin down: One day you'll see me in a turtleneck sweater tucked into a midi skirt with heeled boots, and the next, I'll be wearing mom jeans, a white Hanes tee, and classic Vans. At the end of the day, my style reflects my various moods, and sometimes it will be feminine and elegant and others it will be grungy or androgynous. Certain things will always remain constant, though. I'll forever be on the hunt for the perfect pair of high-waisted jeans, the most delicious slice of pie, and the cutest shelter dog, who, upon locking eyes with me, will immediately convince me to take her home.