5 Must-Haves Clothes for Your Wardrobe this Spring and Summer


It can be a struggle to get dressed post-pandemic.

It’s (almost) a whole new world out there, and according to The Washington Post, “Americans Are Starting to Buy Real Clothes Again.” After a year at home, some of us may be groaning about getting dressed and others jumping for joy (I include myself in the latter — I’ve just never been a “yoga pants/sweats in public” kind of girl).

People everywhere are getting vaccinated and starting to think about real life again; I know I sure am. I like to carefully plan my wardrobe so as not to overbuy nor buy clothes I can’t get a lot of mileage out of. It feels foreign to be thinking about getting outside of my house and the backyards of friends — I’m planning a vacation, for goodness sake! — but get out we must. 

As busy moms who have undoubtedly suffered a heavy burden the past year, getting dressed again feels like self-care. What can I put on my body that will feel good and look good, yet still give me some of the comfort I’ve come to rely on during the past year?

Here are my top five items for spring and summer that I think will help make the transition from yoga pants to pants with buttons (gasp!) just a little bit easier. Thank goodness jeans are still months away.

  1. Wide leg pants (preferably with elastic waist)

If your legs are tired of being squeezed into skinny jeans and leggings, rejoice! Wide leg pants are here to stay. Look for cotton, linen blends, and rayon for easy-breezy looks. You can top them with a tank or T-shirt, and a cardigan or jean jacket for chilly spring mornings or AC-blasted establishments. Check out these options from Target, Old Navy, and Nordstrom Rack.

2. Soft, elastic-waist shorts

how to get dressed post pandemic

I love to pull on elastic-waist shorts with a French-tuck fitted T-shirt. It’s the more polished version of gym shorts, but you’ll still find ease and comfort for mornings at the playground or walks around the block. Rock ‘em with flat sandals (see #5) or crisp white sneakers. You’ll love these selections from Loft, Nordstrom, and Target.

3. Breezy dresses and blouses

These clothes are perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, brunch with your family (or girlfriends!) or perhaps a much-needed date night. Soft florals and ruffles are big for spring, as is the midi-length dress which, as we all know, covers a multitude of sins. I like these pieces from Old Navy, ASOS, and Loft.

4. Basic cotton tees and tanks

Moms can wear stylish clothes for spring.

Rib knit, slub cotton, and graphic tees/tie-dye are all making a statement this spring, and the best part is, living in Texas, these basics can carry you through spring, summer, and into late fall. Talk about getting some mileage out of your clothes! Or consider a T-shirt dress (personally, one of my go-to’s) for when anything fitted is just not an option. Try these shirts from Aerie, Madewell, and For Days, and Old Navy.

5. Flat sandals

Not your teenager’s athletic slides: This summer, finish your relaxed-yet-polished look with some leather slides or Birkenstock sandals. Neutral colors like tan, black, and white are always a win but if you’re feeling really fancy, grab a pair in a metallic or pastel hue. Bold toe nail paint optional. Try these shoes from DSW, Old Navy, and Nordstrom Rack.

Are you looking forward to getting dressed again?


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