If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that, after the past year, we have no time or patience for uncomfortable clothing. Once closet afterthoughts, stretchy fabrics, drawstring waists, and so-soft T-shirts are now wardrobe heroes — even as the weather begins to warm.
For so long, cozy clothing has been synonymous with cold temperatures. And while that’s true, loungewear is actually seasonless: You just need to pick the right cuts and fabrics. Keep the emphasis on easy-to-wear summer staples, like shorts and tank tops, that are both comfortable and cool (literally and stylistically), and you’ll strike that ideal balance between pajamas and, well, real clothes. Plus, if you stick to a more muted palette (think: neutrals and pastels), you’ll find yourself investing in items you can wear solo now, and as layering pieces come fall. Sure, loungewear is all about how something feels, but it should also be how it looks — and how many different ways you can wear it.
Read on for the best basics for summer 2021 that are anything but.
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