The 9 Key Elements of My Post-Lockdown Wardrobe


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I know this is an overstatement, but lately, every time I leave the house, I utter the ubiquitous phrase "I have nothing to wear". The reason being, over the course of the past year, with social events, trips, and fun nights out put on the backburner, all I seem to have bought was loungewear and house shoes. Based on the sheer number of stories Who What Wear has published about those two categories since March 2020, I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in this. 

With vaccinations on the rise, the weather getting nicer, and cautiously hopeful rhetoric from doctors filling the airwaves, we're all looking forward to returning to some sense of normalcy this year. (Although it's, of course, important to keep wearing masks and avoiding crowded places, among other guidance, as advised by the CDC.) And with this new normal comes a need for some new wardrobe essentials. If you're of a similar mindset, read on to find out which items I recommend for reemerging back into the world, and shop them along with me.

1. Low Heels

My feet have become soft like the slippers that have encased them for the past year, so I'm easing back into wearing real shoes with low-heeled ones.

2. Pretty Tops

See-ya, sweatshirts. I'm stocking up on pretty warm-weather tops to wear with jeans and shorts. Luckily, there are tons of good ones to choose from right now.

3. Comfortable Denim

Believe it or not, I'm ready to wear jeans again, but they have to be comfortable or I don't want 'em.

4. Roomy Shoulder Bags

I have no desire to try to stuff my belongings into a teeny little bag anymore, so I'm shopping for roomy shoulder bags that scream spring.

5. Polished Jackets

I pretty much wear jackets year-round (thanks to A/C), so I'm on the hunt for lightweight ones that will add polish to casual outfits.

6. Color

If ever there were a time to wear mood-boosting colors, it's now.

7. Fun Accessories

Cute, compliment-worthy accessories are at the top of my shopping list, including this adorable wine tote made for summer picnics.

8. Dresses

I don't recall buying many dresses last year. That's about to change.

9. Swimwear

Here's hoping that 2021 brings a few more beach days than the previous year.

Next up, 25 things I wear the most as a fashion editor living in the South.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.