Party tops and platform sandals are fit for a “revenge” shopping spree, but no matter how ready you are to have fun with fashion again, solid wardrobe essentials are forever. That’s why the concept of a capsule wardrobe is so enduring: Outfits built on a streamlined selection of items make day-to-day dressing infinitely easier. They remove all the bleary-eyed guesswork in the morning and give you the building blocks for whatever personal style frontier you’re exploring.
Plain white t-shirts, versatile shoes, and good outerwear are some obvious places to start, but we’re emerging this summer with a refreshed set of priorities—and comfort that doesn’t sacrifice statement-making style is at the forefront. So if you don’t know where to begin when it comes to updating your arsenal with the “new” essentials for 2021, the pieces below should serve as an excellent primer.
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