Even when staying home was a choice and not a public health requirement, many of us still bopped around in activewear all day. But now that life once again allows for going out, aka occasions to excavate the other 98% of our closets, how do we channel our long-suppressed Big ‘Fit Energy without giving up the comfort of four-way stretch?

Luckily, the juggernaut that is 24/7 workout clothes chugs on — but with a few revamps that feel much more of-the-moment. On-trend accessories! A color-coordinating trick that makes getting ready quicker than your response when a friend texts “pét-nat in the park?” Ahead, we’ve teamed up with Macy’s and content creator Angela Rummans to bring you a lesson on the most up-to-date way to elevate how we’ve dressed for what feels like…forever.

Remember when everybody without a sourdough starter was tie-dying every clothing item within reach? This is extremely not that. While we’ll always have a soft spot for the quarantine-era trophy tracksuit, the Summer ’21 version is more cropped with a cleaner color scheme. Note the bum bag for hands-free in-person socializing (still can’t believe we typed that).

Adidas Printed Cropped Hooded Sweatshirt, $, available at Macy’s

Steve Madden Chevron Quilted Fanny Pack, $, available at Macy’s

Steve Madden Choice Braided Footbed Sandals, $, available at Macy’s

While the handbag became nearly obsolete during lockdown, it’s making an enormous comeback as we return to toting around more supplies than the phone/wallet/keys our sad solo walks required. We like a not-too-utilitarian backpack for this — the runway-inspired quilting also complements the top’s star print for an all-black look with added visual interest.

Terez Metallic-Print Mid-Impact Sports Bra, $, available at Macy’s

Nike Essential High-Waist Bike Shorts, $, available at Macy’s

Nike Court Vision Low Casual Sneakers, $, available at Macy’s

Steve Madden Bwalton Medium Nylon Backpack, $, available at Macy’s

Joggers, is that you? Here, the fleecy matching set gets ready to go on its first app date in a year (!) with a striking monochromatic color palette, a trick we often use to look instantly put-together.
Add a more body-con fit and non-flat footwear (!!), and the effect is very “nature is healing.”

Mango Basic Sweatshirt, $, available at Macy’s

Mango Drawstring Jogger Trousers, $, available at Macy’s

Mango Twisted Strap Baguette Bag, $, available at Macy’s

Steve Madden Larkin Studded Platform Wedge Sandals, $, available at Macy’s

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