The 2021 Starter Pack: Everything You Need for a Complete Wardrobe Refresh

Lauren Eggertsen
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Welcome to the Starter Pack series, a Who What Wear column that dives deep into the seasonal trends everyone's talking about.

We finally made it to 2021 and if you ask me, that warrants a wardrobe refresh. If your style has been altered in one way or another over the course of the past year, you are not alone. Since most of our lifestyles have changed, so have the contents of our closet, and this year, we want to make sure every time you go to get dressed, you are feeling joyous and well-equipped. In year's past, a wardrobe refresh would have consisted of accessories, the latest trends, and so on and so forth, but this time, we wanted to highlight the items we truly believe will ensure you feel good about yourself every day as you tackle this new (well, not anymore) indoor lifestyle.

Featuring loungewear that should replace your stained sweatpants, dresses that will actually feel comfortable as you work from home, and fresh takes on knitwear, the 5 items ahead are small in number but mighty in ability. Adding any of the below to your wardrobe in 2021 will ensure you are feeling refreshed and prepared for the new lifestyle we're all navigating.

At this point, I know we sound like a broken record when it comes to the loungewear content, but if you're anything like me (a major procrastinator), you have yet to really invest in loungewear simply because it makes you feel good. Up until last year, a cute matching knit set seemed like more of a luxury, but now as we spend most of our days indoors working from home, these comfortable items are no longer a luxury, they are a necessity, and I can guarantee they will make getting dressed each day that much more exciting.

Shop luxe loungewear:

H&M Ribbed Pants ($25)

Nanushka Nea Pants ($395)

Song of Style Ursa Top in Rust Brown ($98)

Skims Cozy Knit Bouclé Shorts ($58)

The Reformation Rocio Two Piece ($148)

In this day and age, no one is excited to slip into a pair of rigid or tight-fitting pants. Since the majority of our time is now spent in sweatpants or leggings, when we do opt for a more traditional choice of bottoms, really relaxed trousers seems like the best choice. Luckily, this pant trend is one of the most popular styles for spring 2021, meaning a purchase within this category will be one that is both trendy and practical.

Shop relaxed trousers:

Zara Pleated Menswear Pants ($40)

Petar Petrov Hope Pleated Merino Wool Wide-Leg Pants ($755)

Rains Pleat-Detailing Straight-Leg Trousers ($120)

Vince Striped Palazzo Trousers ($350)

Violeta Flowy Palazzo Pants ($50)

In case you haven't noticed, this starter pack has a theme and that theme has everything to do with comfort. Thanks to recent trend developments, simple and soft dresses have increased in popularity. These comfortable frocks allow you to live your life comfortably without having to sacrifice style whatsoever. Whether you're lounging around the house or are running errands, these dresses will ensure you always look like you put tons of effort into your look that day, even if you didn't.

Shop soft dresses:

SNDYS Tied Up Knit Dress in Sand ($69)

Mango Turtle Neck Knit Dress ($18)

Simon Miller Espen Fold Over Long Sleeve Dress ($198)

Remain Birger Christensen Joy Ribbed-Knit Midi Dress ($240)

A.L.C. Harvey Dress in Terra ($475)

By now you've exhausted your favorite sweaters and are ready to invest in some new ones for the year ahead. My suggestion? The new multipurpose knitwear trend that's been bubbling. Brands have been churning out knit sets that can be worn more ways than one ensuring you get your money's worth as you don some of the season's hottest knitwear trends (i.e. boleros, cardigan sets, built-in scarfs).

Shop multipurpose knits:

The Frankie Shop Knit Shrug Set ($175)

Loulou Studio Monbasa Scarf Detail Cashmere Sweater ($475)

Reformation Tille Sweater Set ($198)

Frankie Shop Oversized Hooded Sweater ($235)

Eloquii Cropped Fuzzy Cardigan ($65)

Silky and colorful separates have been making appearances in the wardrobes of fashion girls all over recently and for good reason. These eye-catching pieces look so expensive and ensure whatever outfit you're wearing has that joyous touch of something bright and pretty. From button-downs to miniskirts, this trend is one that will make all your go-to basics feel ten times more exciting.

Shop silky separates:

Georgia Alice Satin Shirt ($204)

Vince Crinkled-Satin Straight-Leg Pants ($295)

The Attico Satin Shirt Dress ($660)

Reformation Benson Silk-Satin Mini Skirt ($128)

Meryll Rogge Neon Satin-Jersey Shirt ($540)

Next up, check out the return of the low-rise pant trend and shop our favorite pairs along the way.

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