8 Practical Items I've Been Wearing for the Past 5 Months

Allyson Payer
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Since the pandemic began in the United States back in March, we've seen our lives change in so many ways. This goes without saying. One of the more minor but still noteworthy ways in which it's changed is what we wear on a day-to-day basis. Even though I've worked from home for several years now, I've seen a shift in my wardrobe over the past few months. Specifically, it's become less trend-driven and more streamlined and comfort-focused (for the time being, at least). My basics are in constant rotation, and when I do shop these days, more often than not its for something I could feasibly wear out in the world and at home.

Sometimes I miss carrying handbags to places besides quick runs to Target, or putting on a new pair of heels, or even wearing 100% cotton jeans, but practicality is paramount as of late, and eight wardrobe staples, in particular, have become my most worn items of 2020. Scroll to shop them for yourself in case you too are streamlining your wardrobe this year.

House Shoes

I hate walking around barefoot at home but I also refuse to wear my outside shoes inside, so I've invested in a few pairs of comfortable shoes and slippers that are just reserved for indoors. It was a great decision.

Shop House Shoes

Ugg Fluffette Slippers ($90)

Rothy's The Slide Sandals ($115)

Elastic Waistbands

I've worn elastic-waist shorts and pants so many times since March that I actually force myself to wear jeans from time to time just to remind myself what it feels like. Even so, my most frequent purchase by far this summer has been sweatshorts.

Shop Elastic Waistbands

Everlane The Easy Chino Long Shorts ($48)

Madewell Tapered Huston Pull-On Crop Pants ($78)

Oversize Button-Down Shirts

More often than not, you'll find me wearing a T-shirt these days, but when I want to look a little nicer (shout-out to Zoom meetings), I throw on an oversize button-down shirt and it makes all the difference in the world.

Shop Oversize Buttondowns

Banana Republic Oversized Luxe Poplin Shirt ($39)

H&M Satin Blouse ($25)

Face Masks

This is something I certainly never wore prior to March, but it's quickly become the most important part of my wardrobe, for safety reasons. As you can see, I've also become one of those people who match their mask to their outfit.

Shop Face Masks

BaubleBar Adjustable Face Mask Set of 2 ($12)

Cotton Citizen Face Mask ($28)

Comfortable Dresses

I've always hated tight dresses, but now more than ever. I've happily embraced the oversize-dress trend that's been so prevalent this year and have invested in several of them. Let's hope it's here to stay.

Shop Comfortable Dresses

Dôen Laurel Floral-Print Cotton-Blend Midi Dress ($268)

Mango Floral Print Long Dress ($80)

Stretch Denim

I can't recall the last time I put a pair of stiff jeans on but I haven't banned jeans from my wardrobe entirely this year. I put on a pair with a bit of stretch from time to time when I need a break from soft pants.

Shop Stretchy Jeans

Good American Good Straight Jeans ($181)

J Brand Jules High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ($250)

Simple Earrings

I wear earrings every single day. They make me feel like I tried, which is a feeling I don't hate, even when I don't really have anywhere to go.

Shop Simple Earrings

Missoma Gold Agate Pavé Huggies ($91)

Mateo 14-Karat Gold Pearl Hoop Earrings ($475)

Baseball Caps

I love baseball caps—enough to even wear them indoors sometimes. More importantly, I'm exercising outdoors and just spending more time in the sun in general these days, so I'll often grab one to protect my face as I'm heading out the door.

Shop Baseball Caps

Nike Sportswear Heritage86 Futura Washed Baseball Hat ($22)

Urban Outfitters Embroidered Butterfly Baseball Hat ($24)

Next up, 28 Amazon items I'm shopping for now that I'm outside in the heat more.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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