You aren’t instantly fluent the first time you learn a new language, it takes time and practice to become proficient. So why should you expect to transition from sweatpants to all-out outfits like flipping a switch? As you’re getting used to getting dressed up all over again, keep things simple and ease back in. Take staples sitting in your wardrobe and give them a small tweak, like adding new accessories to a jeans and t-shirt look. By pulling the main elements of your ensemble straight from the back of your drawers it means that you already know the outfit will both look and feel good when you put it on.
But, jeans and a basic tee need a little more oomph if you’re heading out for a special occasion. That’s where on-trend accessories come into play. Whereas during the fall and winter, a cool blazer or coat is what takes your look to the next level, during summer it’s jewelry, sunglasses, or a playful hat that help to make an ensemble feel perfectly polished. For a trip to the beach, try adding a raffia bag. For dinner downtown, it’s all about statement earrings to make your look feel more dressed up. Below, you’ll find 15 key accessories for the season that will take your re-entry style to the next level, without a whole lot of effort. That way, you can focus on getting used to casual conversations again (it requires effort after a year of virtually no small talk). Bonus: you can use your playful accessories as talking points should things lull mid-convo.
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