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Okay, Now What Do We Do With All These Sweatsuits?

lIlustration by Genie Espinosa
After spending the better part of last year stockpiling comfortable clothing, you're likely finding yourself wondering: What do I do with all these matching sweatsuits? As we step back into the world outside of our homes — whether socially, in a workplace capacity, or for school — there's quite a lot of confusion around what exactly to wear. Many are hesitant to ever return to the more restrictive styles of pre-pandemic fashion; some have gone as far as to question the future of the bra entirely. In an effort to alleviate any head-scratching over this new age of hybrid style, we put together a few ideas on how to best repurpose your pre-COVID sweatsuit collection for a post-vax world.
We're talking bare minimum effort here. Mix and match as many (or as few) fashion pieces to your sweatsuits. Although our styling suggestions are not totally foolproof — because, even though many things have changed, sweats still don't cut it for every occasion — they are packed with hacks that help give them a more polished and professional edge. (We also recommend considering color choice, bagginess levels, and signs of wear in your chosen lounge pieces.) Scroll on for fuss-free fashion inspiration.
The pandemic is still ongoing, and our understanding of the best safety practices is continuing to evolve. For the latest recommendations and guidelines, we suggest visiting COVID-related resources provided by your local health department, the WHO, and the CDC, and staying up-to-date about your rights in the workplace. For more news about COVID and how it affects our lives, check out Refinery29's reporting on the pandemic here.
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