Wardrobe Essentials: From Carpools to Conference Calls
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By FRANCESCA NUNEZ HOBSON
Feeling in need of a wardrobe refresh? After all, back-to-school shopping isn’t just about new pens and crisp notebooks – it’s about fresh threads too! After wearing some of your faves on repeat all pandemic long, or realizing that your WFH wardrobe has shaped up to be a little different from your IRL office look, it’s time to replace some worn-out items and usher in some new clothes for fall. We had so much fun putting together this list of highly-rated, very versatile, and super-comfortable pieces that will have you looking (and feeling) great from carpool to conference call… to couch. Let’s get dressed!
Madewell Women's Sorrel Whisper Crew Neck Tee
Whisper is right! These light & soft tees are 100% cotton and perfect for layering. Stock up on black and white for sure, and maybe even throw in a colorful third option (we love cheerful Nectar Gold) to brighten things up.
Levi's Women's Ultimate Western Shirt
If temps are too hot for a denim jacket but still unpredictable enough that you may need a light layer, a classic denim shirt is the perfect item to take on the go. Once cooler weather does set in, we love the Canadian Tuxedo that the model is sporting; denim on top, denim on bottom, and an all-around classic look.
adidas x Zoe Saldana Collection Women's Windbreaker Jacket
The full-zip front of this windbreaker makes throwing it on and getting it off easy when you’re rushing around. The style is form-fitting enough to be flattering, but still roomy enough to layer over sweaters and sweatshirts. We love the peachy-beige, go-with-everything shade, too: Ash Pearl.
Levi’s Women's New Boyfriend Jeans
When’s the last time you got a new boyfriend? If it’s been a while, maybe now’s the time! These Levi’s boyfriend jeans have a relaxed fit through the hip and thigh, a mid-rise waist, and a delicious amount of stretch. These flexible jeans will move with you, without digging in. They’re as comfy as sweats but will make you look like you put in some effort. We like the on-trend look of the cropped length too!
Hanes Women's French Terry Pant
Meet our favorite lounge pant. French terry sounds fancy, doesn’t it? You’ll love the smooth fabric with its soft brushed interior. The two space dye options are our top picks; the black space dye looks like chic knitwear, and the navy space dye can almost pass for jeans. If denim can go with anything, so can these.
RBX High Waisted Leggings with Pockets
The number of workout leggings on Amazon is overwhelming. Let us help you out by sending you directly to the pair we love so much we have multiple colors: the RBX High Waisted Leggings. They have POCKETS (love a good pocket), the moisture-wicking fabric washes beautifully (skip the dryer if you want these babies to last), and come in a variety of colors, textures and lengths. RBX makes plus-size options, too! We chose to highlight this black ribbed pair – the ribbing makes them feel upscale and unique – but if that’s not your style you can check out all the options in the RBX store right here!
Superga Women's 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker
These Italian sneaks are famously beloved by celebs – including your friend Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. With a streamlined silhouette, durable canvas upper, and rubberized sole, these shoes will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come. And P.S. don’t worry if they get a little dirty – they’re machine-washable, so you’re all set!
Nike In-Season TR 9 Womens Running Shoe
Don’t be tied down by a shoe with tons of laces when you’re running behind. We love this slip-on style to throw on when we need to get going fast. The memory foam sock lining is a treat for the feet, and has some nice arch support! Great selection of colors and sporty enough that they can do double duty as errand and workout shoes.
Merrell Women's Hydro Moc Water Shoe
Here’s a pair of shoes that make a statement! "Ugly shoes" are having a moment, and the Hydro Moc in particular has been making waves on the fashion scene. Originally intended for water sports, the love-it or hate-it Hydro Moc has been adopted by its many fans as the perfect house slipper, yard shoe, and wear-anywhere option. These Mocs are what Crocs want to be when they grow up. They are absolutely sci-fi in bright white, and have chill vibes in marbled teal. Take your pick from 15 colors!
BLOM Original Headbands for Women
These soft headbands will never, ever hurt, even after wearing them for hours. The fabric is cool enough for sunny days but retains just enough heat to keep your ears toasty warm in the winter. There are actually 14 (!) different ways to wear the Original Style headband, and a cute instruction card is included to show you how. If you’re just beginning your BLOM collection (because the fact is once you have one, you will want more), the Original Style is a great place to start, but you can check out the full lineup right here. Oh, and best of all, BLOM is a small business run by women. Support!
Acetate Claw Hair Clips
They’re baaa-ack! While Gen Z is eagerly embracing claw clips for the first time, we of an older generation know that claw clips never really left! We love this colorful six-pack, and at less than $15 for the set, it’s a fantastic deal. The only problem is that there are several sets to choose from and it’s really hard to pick just one!
adidas Originals Women's Mini Logo Relaxed Cap
For those days when you just can’t deal, this cute hat has you covered. Literally. 100% cotton canvas is soft and scaled down a little to better fit a woman’s proportions. There are 18 colors to choose from, so however vibrant or incognito you want to look is completely up to you.