Post-pandemic dressing has been a hot topic among my fellow Who What Wear editors this past month. We're all tackling our OOTDs a bit differently. While some of us are ready to wear bubblegum-pink heels to the grocery store, others are figuring out how much loungewear is socially acceptable to wear in public. To each their own.
So far, three specific shopping habits are trending among the team: elevated sportswear for maximum comfort, investment accessories that make a serious statement, and chic staples in neutral hues that can be worn with literally everything. What to shop and how to dress may still be up for debate, but using Affirm to buy now and pay for summer pieces over time (with no hidden fees, might I add) is not. With Affirm, I'll never pay more than I agree to upfront and it's super easy to use: All I do is select Affirm as my payment option at checkout, apply, and I see exactly what I owe upfront.Below, three editors make a case for their summer shopping and styling strategies.
"My approach to fashion right now is all about bringing elevation to comfort. You absolutely can dress up an off-the-shoulder top with a pantsuit or a pair of sneakers with a maxi dress. Exploring the line between comfort and fashion is really what I'm hoping to do as I begin to reemerge into the world. I never identified as a sporty person, but I love how both runway shows and women around the world have styled workout staples in interesting and elevated ways this season. I love the idea of shorts suits for the summer paired with sportswear pieces. It just adds a bit of polish to the look—not to mention, it's trend-forward. As I begin to leave my apartment more, I need a pair of shoes that can be dressed up or down, depending upon the occasion. I've always loved Adidas sneakers for that reason. You can wear them with a suit, a dress, or your workout clothes, and they always look good without fail."
SHOP ELEVATED SPORTSWEAR
Adidas Tennis Luxe Asymmetrical Top ($35)
With Affirm, get it for four interest-free payments of $9.*
Jasmine's look is proof that a sporty tank effortlessly balances out a shorts suit, giving it a cooler, more low-key vibe.
Adidas Stan Smith Shoes ($85)
With Affirm, get them for four interest-free payments of $22.*
A fresh pair of white leather kicks is a must for summer.
Adidas Seasonals Stadium Sweatshirt ($60)
With Affirm, get it for four interest-free payments of $15.*
A sweatshirt in a soft hue is the perfect piece to throw over a dress for maximum comfort.
Adidas National Waist Pack ($25)
With Affirm, get it for four interest-free payments of $7.*
Now that being on the go is a real thing again, hands-free bags will be working overtime. This one is just big enough to fit all the essentials.
Adidas Adilette Lite Slides ($30)
With Affirm, get them for four interest-free payments of $8.*
Pool slides are not just for the pool. I repeat, pool slides are not just for the pool. Wear them with denim or dresses to add a very much welcome sporty touch.
"I love a funky 'fit, but I'm trying to give myself some ease going back to my normal style routine. To do this, I'm investing in special accessories, like a statement bag or a fun shoe. I tend to gravitate toward ones that have a unique color or print because that provides an easy way to make any outfit more fashionable. While this bag features a trending checker print, I can wear it with a variety of looks, making it a worthy purchase. Plus, a lot of my special bags are sourced from resale sites, like this one, which is from TheRealReal."
SHOP INVESTMENT ACCESSORIES
Bottega Veneta The Zebra Pouch ($2600)
With Affirm, get it for as low as $127 per month.*
Another chic black-and-white bag that secretly goes with just about anything. It's fair game to think of animal prints as neutrals at this point.
Emilio Pucci Silk Printed Bandana ($195)
With Affirm, get it for as low as $15 per month.*
Silk scarves are a worthy investment because they can be worn in so many unique ways: around the neck, tied into hair, or looped on the strap of a handbag.
Chanel Interlocking CC Logo Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($495)
With Affirm, get them for as low as $45 per month.*
Vintage Chanel sunglasses… Need I say more?
Gucci GG Supreme Ophidia Camera Bag ($1325)
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Logo prints are trending at the moment, and this Gucci bag just gets it right. It's a timeless style, so expect to have zero regrets upon purchase.
BY FAR Leather Sandals ($245)
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Remember heels? This bright pair adds a fun pop to any summer look and features a heel height that's not too intimidating.
"While I'm continuing to incorporate casual pieces into my wardrobe (such as sweatshorts, ribbed tanks, and flats), I'm mixing them with more polished pieces as we ease back into going back out in the world. For example, if I'm wearing sweatshorts, I'll add a button-down or a cool jacket and chic, simple sandals. These modern, sleek TKEES slides go with every summer outfit, from a swimsuit and cutoff shorts to an LBD. Plus, the bands are more interesting than just one wide strip of leather."
SHOP POLISHED STAPLES
TKEES Caro Sandals ($115)
With Affirm, get them for four interest-free payments of $29.*
I'll bet big money these black leather slides will be everyone's most worn sandals this summer.
TKEES The Sport Short ($90)
With Affirm, get them for four interest-free payments of $23.*
Size up in these shorts for a cool oversize look that feels less like pajamas.
TKEES Sand Snake Sandal ($68)
With Affirm, get them for four interest-free payments of $17.*
I said it before, and I'll say it again: Normalize animal print as a neutral.
TKEES The Playsuit ($150)
With Affirm, get it for four interest-free payments of $38.*
This one-and-done piece has infinite accessorizing possibilities. Go bold or keep it simple—you really can't go wrong.
TKEES Nudes in Cocobutter ($50)
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Prepare for these classics to bring in the compliments.
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