5 Essentials for a Back-to-Normalcy Basic Wardrobe
Cyclic locking and unlocking thanks to the pandemic has left us in a state of sartorial schizophrenia. Through its own volition or because most of us are gravitating toward comfortable clothing injected with some sort of move-around-the-house-without-tripping practicality, the only clothes that are making sense are pajamas, sweatshirts, tumble-washed T-shirts, and shorts.
However, with more and more people choosing to get vaccinated, the conversation around outfits is slowly starting to unravel. Going-out dressing is a reality we will have to reacquaint ourselves very soon. But to bodies that have been living in anti-fit clothing for the past year or so, what does going back to normal dressing even mean? Think of it as a closet purge and rebirth, but we are going back to basics with our clothing. For most of us who have accepted the normcore way of life but still want to loom stylish for this new world, presenting five wardrobe staples that you can start with again. These are styles that are interchangeable and can be worn with each other endlessly
A Pair Of Basic Denim Pants
No wardrobe is complete without a pair of basic denim pants. Skinny denim which was all the rage in the last decade has been replaced with the ’80s-inspired mom jeans. You can either dress it up by pairing it with expensive silk or satin shirts or wear them with your plain shirts and printed graphic tees. For a chic pairing, wear your denim with stilettos.
A Plain White Poplin Shirt
Poplin shirts are crisper than regular shirts. For a pared down look, roll up the sleeves and wear them with your denim pants. Want to go more casual? Loosen a couple of top buttons and dip your toes in the Gen-Z-inspired trend of moderately exposed bras. Have a work-related Zoom call? Throw on a blazer with a white shirt underneath. Since no one wears formal pants anymore, skip those and reach for the denim instead.
An Oversized Blazer
Balenciaga has revived the ’90s oversized blazers and rejigged them with elements inspired by street style – an indication that blazers have now trickled down into our everyday wardrobes. A blazer with rolled up sleeves can be worn with a graphic printed tee, a pair of anti-fit denim and a pair of sunglasses for a walk down to the nearest coffee shop. Think Kendall Jenner.
A Graphic Printed Tee
So, we’re basically living in a throwback where most fashion trends are inspired by the former decades. Another fashion trend that has its roots in the ’80s is a graphic printed T-shirt. A relaxed fit printed tee tucked into the denim with a blazer on top, or simply a tee and denim with some high-tops, flatform sandals or chic trainers is a great casual look for an everyday style. An oversized tote bag is a must-have with this look.
A Plain Dress, Black Or Otherwise
Sure, little black dress is good, but a ribbed midi dress is even better and in 2021, a surprising outfit pick, too. A ribbed column dress or its slight body-hugging version can be worn as is, with a blazer on top or, if you are unafraid to experiment, with a graphic tee on top to moonlight as a skirt. Chunky gold earrings or chain link necklaces would look great, especially with racerback or halter dresses.