What I’m Adding to My Closet in 2021

Between the pandemic, transitioning from my agency job to owning my own biz, working from home, and zero social life, my personal style has basically been nonexistent the last year. It’s just so easy to pull on a pair of leggings, throw on a pair of jeans and sneakers, or simply switch from my sleep pj’s to my work pj’s. And when I do get dressed, I repeat the same outfit over and over again about 80% of the time. 

I’ve realized how much of an impact getting dressed and ready for the day has on my productivity and overall mood. I’ve leaned really hard on all things comfy and while I’m not ready to give them up completely, I’m ready for more structure in my day and if that means getting dressed – I’m all for it.

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I’ve been doing a lot of browsing lately and trying to figure out what items I want to add to my closet this year and while things might be starting to look a little more “normal,” one thing is for certain: my loungewear is not going anywhere. 

The pandemic has really opened my eyes to being intentional about the purchases that I make. Pre-pandemic Rachel would buy anything she saw and liked (anyone else need that instant gratification?!) but pandemic Rachel is on a tight-budget and isn’t leaving the house as often so purchasing an item and wearing it three times isn’t going to fly anymore. 

My 2021 Style Inspiration

When it comes to shopping for clothing this year, and my personal style, I’ll be opting for more light neutrals (think white, tan, etc.), pants that aren’t jeans, and more dresses. 

By selecting pieces that are classic (with some trendy pieces mixed in between!) and neutral, I’ll be able to carry them through each season, style them multiple ways, and layer when need be.

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What I'm Adding to My Closet in 2021
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What I'm Adding to My Closet in 2021

So we’ve got the inspiration down (Want more? Follow me on Pinterest!), now it’s time to get shopping. Here’s what I’ll be adding to my closet in 2021.

What I’m Adding to My Closet in 2021


Who doesn’t love a good neutral!? While most of my closet is already solid colors, I want to incorporate more white, creams, tans, and muted tones into my every day wardrobe to make it easier to mix and match pieces and have more outfit options without taking up more closet space.

Pants That Aren’t Jeans

I’m such a sucker for a great pair of jeans, but they’re not the comfiest to be working in all day and if we’re being honest, I’m kind of over wearing leggings every day. So, I’m on the hunt for pants that aren’t jeans, and are comfy.

Pieces That Can Be Styled for Each Season

It’s no secret that I live in a small apartment, which means limited storage. Because of this, it’s important to me that I can wear most my clothing each season. Whether it’s pairing a sweater with shorts on cooler days, layering my favorite summer pieces for fall, or switching out my accessories to easily transition my wardrobe, I try to make sure the pieces I purchase can be worn different ways.

Comfy Dresses

I was never a big dress person, but 2020 completely changed that for me (see here, here, and here for some of my favorites!). Between working from home and doing a lot of walking around the city to get fresh air (read: being home for a year and eating everything and anything in sight), dresses are an easy way to be comfortable and look put together. This year, I’ll definitely be working on building out my dress collection!

Practical Shoes

I don’t own very many pairs of shoes and over the last year or so, I’ve gotten rid of a lot of pairs that weren’t looking great or weren’t comfortable (who has time for uncomfortable shoes??) so this year, I’ll definitely be upping my shoe game. From sneakers to comfy sandals, these are the practical shoes I have my eyes on.

Now that I’ve transitioned from my 9-5 as an SEO specialist to owning my own business, it’s definitely been easier to navigate my personal settle and determine what pieces are “must-haves” in my closet. A little part of me might miss buying allll the things, but my wallet will definitely be happier with these intentional purchases. 

J.Crew Tippi Sweater / Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Blazer (similar) / Madewell 10″ High-Rise Skinny Jeans / Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers / Madewell Medium Transport Tote

Photography By Caroline The Photographer

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