11 Fashion Essentials That Became Trends With Staying Power Through the Year
Even though 2020's biggest fashion trends shaped up to be, well, cozier than we thought they would upon reviewing the runways, we're glad for them. We ended up discovering the beauty of two- and three-piece lounge sets and slippers that double as shoes — slippers that we now wear almost as often as we wear sneakers, both inside and outside the house.
Most of these essentials also made us feel really good and confident while working from home, whether we're on a Zoom call connecting with coworkers or spending time alone, hunkering down on reports. Just because these staples became must haves in 2020 doesn't mean they're going anywhere, either. In fact, we've got a feeling we'll be bringing them with us far into 2021, so if there's anything you haven't shopped for yet, but have been meaning to try, you haven't missed the boat.
Ahead, you'll find a quick roundup of inspiration photos for how we dressed in 2020 (spoiler alert: oversize hoodies and stylish face masks are, of course, involved), and the hero items we are keeping on rotation for awhile, along with our top picks for getting the look in case there's any item here you haven't tried yet.
We created dreamy scenes for our house dresses, just because.
We teamed our slouchiest jeans with our coziest slippers.
We collected as many Zoom-cessories as possible.
Even when we were dressed on top, it was sneakers on the bottom.
Sometimes we just dressed up to take photo shoots around the house.
You couldn't pay us to take off our leggings — ever.
Knitwear was best when done in sets.
Face masks? They became the most essential part of our outfits.
The Lounge Set
Whether you shopped yours for a tonal color palette — enter Donni's Sweater Bralette ($74), Cropped Flare Sweatpants ($144), and Sweater ($119) trio — or it was more about the silhouette or texture for you, there's that one lounge set you'll always reach for when it comes time to Netflix and chill.
The Slouch Jeans
That one pair of jeans that actually feels comfortable with a graphic tee and high-tops for hanging at home? You know the ones. Try the ASOS Curve High-Rise Stretch Effortless Jeans ($38, originally $51) to get the right look.
The House Slippers
Forget slides and ballet flats; we needed something more comfortable than that. Anything with a cozy lining and a sturdy sole that we can style on the street works here — just like these Porte & Paire Beige Shearling-Lined Felt Slippers ($240).
The Chic Candle
We collected candles made ethically all throughout 2020. This California-Made Scented Candle from P.F. Candle Co. ($20) is a fair price for a product that's 100-percent vegan and cruelty-free.
The Grab-and-Go Sweatshirt
You know the sweatshirt you reach for when you catch a chill in the house, but also just want to wear to throw on with jeans for a walk around the block or a quick errand run? If it's anything like the Spirit Jersey If in Doubt Don't Go Out Sweatshirt ($118), it totally sends a message about your personality.
In 2020, we reached for underwear that made us feel good because of its sensual fabric or beautiful color. It was less about the sexy details and more about comfort. It's no surprise that Zara launched lingerie in the midst of it all. We love the Zara Body Shaping Panties ($30) in particular.
The Sleek Workout Set
Workout sets with a subtle sheen in a nude color palette, like the Aerie Offline Hip Gloss Super High-Waisted Legging ($45, originally $60) and matching Aerie Offline Shine Racerback Sports Bra ($26, originally $35) are exactly what we picture when we think of elevated athleisure that motivates us to stay active.
The Fashion Face Mask
What started off as an essential earned a permanent spot in our wardrobe — as necessary as remembering our keys when we head out the door. We've found that face masks like Staud's Satin Mask Set ($95) allow us to get creative when it comes to matching outfits with outerwear.