Sweatpants and a hoodie might be the quintessential lockdown look, but with the warm weather finally here, it’s clear that we’re all in need of a new 2020 outfit — fast. Though we might not be battling sweltering subway rides or overheated apartments this summer, the change in temperature still calls for a style overhaul, which sadly means putting the heavier joggers to the back of the closet for another year.
Don’t panic, we aren’t suggesting going back to normal clothes just yet (who even remembers what jeans feel like?). Instead, we recommend something light, loose and suitably comfortable to see you through sunnier days. The answer? A good ol' fashioned house dress. We aren’t talking about restrictive bodices and heavy fabrics, either: these light and airy and sometimes sustainable creations give your body breathing space as temperatures begin to rise.
Whether it's wafting through the kitchen as you bake something wonderful or twirling around the garden as you drink something lovely, the house dress is here to solve all your comfort conundrums. We’ve gathered the best loose-fitting dresses on the market to help you keep cool and comfy as we step into summer, so click through to find your new lockdown frock.
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Our most prized purchases do not define our lives — but, they can serve as effective reminders of the times during which they were made. While living through a most unusual year, we wanted to cast a wider net outside of our usual monthly top-bought product roundups. So we posed a question to our readers, coworkers, friends, and family: What is the single most useful item you've bought in 2020? From the most basic of utility buys (like butter) to bigger non-essential investments (like a foldable electric bike) and everything in between, we've lined up the shopping stars of quarantine. Scroll on for a glimpse into the goods that helped save someone's butt (literally) while WFH, changed another's coffee habit completely, and enabled one runner to comfortably (and safely) maintain their exercise regime. We want to hear from you: Submit your 2020 product MVP here for a chance to be featured in our story! At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?
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Although wearing a face mask in public is the responsible decision during a global pandemic, let's not allow the need for such a precaution to overshadow our eco-conscious judgments when deciding what type of non-medical covering to buy. As discarded single-use face masks pile up on beaches and nature trails, the environmental threat posed by these COVID-19 essentials is a fast-growing concern. Luckily, there are sustainable-style alternatives to help curb the impact of this issue — and if your current face covering (fashion-forward or otherwise) is washable and reusable, then you're already on the right track. Things like breathability and personal expression matter when picking out a mask that's best suited to our particular lifestyles (and faces) — but it's also important to consider how a mask is made, what materials it's crafted from, and, ultimately, what impact that has on the environment. By paying attention to the fabrics and production methods used to create these masks, we can make more eco-friendly choices when it comes to protecting ourselves, others, and the planet. A handful of top sustainable-retailer favorites (like Nisolo and Collina Strada) are already a step ahead of us; offering durable options made from up-cycled materials, deadstock fabrics, and/or natural fibers that are designed to last longer. Even a quick Etsy search will direct you towards an impressive selection of handmade face masks from smaller vendors — which translates to less energy and resources wasted. We've rounded up 11 such sustainable styles ahead that are ready to get the germ-shielding job done — without harming the planet in the process. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer DaysHere's Where To Shop Fashion-Forward Face MasksHere's Where To Buy Non-Medical Face Masks Online
We’re here today to talk about the penultimate summer-wardrobe sleeper item: the baggy boxer short. We didn’t realize this was an item that our warm-weather rotation needed, but now that our eyes have been opened to the possibilities, these workhorse shorts are everywhere we look. There are so many reasons why these are the every-short: they’re athletic, effortless, a throwback. Most importantly, they’re cool, comfortable, and available in a host of options, from a crisp poplin chino-style to a nylon iteration worthy of soccer practice circa 1998. We feel strongly that there's a boxer-baggy out there for everyone, so click on through to find your new summer short. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. The product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?11 Items People Are Adding To Cart This WeekThe Best Under-$150 Buys Of The MonthYep, The Bike Shorts Trend Is Still Going Strong
Even before the 2016 election, New York City’s Trump Tower has been a site of protest, with people gathering on Fifth Avenue to protest everything from gun violence to the nomination of Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. As of today, though, this stretch of Fifth Avenue will look a little different, thanks to the addition of the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in giant, yellow letters on the street directly in front of Trump’s Midtown Manhattan building.Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio authorized the mural to be painted in front of the Trump headquarters, and the project kicked off today with Mayor de Blasio painting alongside dozens of city employees. Predictably, Trump is against the mayor’s plans. In a tweet on July 1, Trump said, “NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue.” Trump also called the move to paint the sign as something that will “further antagonize New York’s finest,” referring to the NYPD, and said that the words Black Lives Matter are a “symbol of hate.”In response to the president, Mayor de Blasio said, “President Trump said we would be denigrating the luxury of Fifth Avenue. Let me tell you: we’re not denigrating anything, we are liberating Fifth Avenue, we are uplifting Fifth Avenue.” New York is not alone in painting Black Lives Matter in large, bright letters on city streets — a similar painting exists just outside of the White House in Washington, D.C. Proponents of these signs say they send a serious message of solidarity, and communicate that local leaders and communities are prioritizing the anti-racist movement. And, the decision to make the message inescapable to Trump, in particular, is important considering that the Black Lives Matter movement has sustained many attacks from the president, who recently called protesters “hoodlums” for trying to take down racist statues. Of course, affixing murals in Trump’s periphery is not a solution or real response to the ongoing crisis of police brutality in America — and many activists don’t support the murals at all. After the Black Lives Matter mural was painted outside of the White House, the D.C. chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network called it a “performative distraction from real policy changes.” And let’s not forget that the painting outside of Trump Tower comes after the New York City council voted to change the NYPD budget, but failed to meet protesters’ other demands. Though there are undoubtedly purely performative aspects to this mural, the message to Trump — which is loud and relentless — still stands. Mayor de Blasio has maintained that, “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter’ there is no more American statement, there’s no more patriotic statement, because there is no America without Black America. We are acknowledging the truth in ourselves and in America. By saying ‘Black lives matter’ we are righting a wrong.” It remains to be seen how de Blasio and other local leaders across the country plan to put their words into real action, but all eyes are on them to see if they can make good on their promises.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Housing Crisis Is A Black Lives Matter IssueTrump Tweeted A Video In Support Of "White Power"Protests Haven't Led To A Spike In COVID-19 Cases
So, you want to keep yourself and others protected but you need a literal breather from your face mask? We get it — we're still adjusting to having our noses and mouths covered in fabric, sweating it out in the hot summer sun, too. Luckily, cloth masks (in some cases) aren't the only option for helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus. If you're looking for a fresh way to responsibly set the bottom half of your face free, meet: the shield. There are more than a few benefits to swapping out your mask, breathable as it may be, for a face shield. In addition to being easy to clean and reuse, face shields allow us to see and react to one another's expressions. The protective alternatives can also help cut down on instances of touching our faces while wearing a mask — think anything from clearing off lens-fog from our glasses to readjusting our masks in order to sip a drink. However, it's important to note: according to a recent report from the Journal of the American Medical Association, in order for a face shield to act as an effective substitute, it should extend below the chin and out to the ears (with no exposed gap between the forehead and the headpiece). If your shield doesn't offer proper coverage for keeping respiratory droplets at bay, then it may be better served as an extra form of protection during instances where you may need to remove your mask in public. Ahead, find a lineup of face shields that you can readily add to your COVID-curbing collection of protective accessories today. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Eco Face Masks That Are Kinder On The PlanetThe Most Breathable Face Masks For Hot Summer DaysHere's Where To Shop Fashion-Forward Face Masks