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Bye-Bye, Sweatpants! 15 Reasons to Get Excited About Fashion This Fall.

WHAT’S THE point of fashion now, in our collective state of semi-isolation? No one really cares if you wear the same WFH sweater five days in a row. But doing so is a sad, stale reminder of our last six months of stagnation. At The Wall Street Journal, we’re as tired of focusing on sweatpants and masks as you are. Yet the carefree past, in which we’d herald fantastic trends (gothic frocks, anyone?) feels distant and increasingly irrelevant. 

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Thankfully, there’s a happy medium between frivolity and frumpiness, and fashion can help both men and women achieve it. Just as it’s exhilarating to go back to the movies, albeit at a drive-in theater, we recommend inching back toward a world where fashion matters. Start exactly where you are: on the couch. From its confines, you

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Best Zara Sweatpants and Sweatshirts

At first, tie-dying your matching sweat suits was the cool thing to do in 2020 (honestly, it’s still pretty cool in our books). And as the weather starts cooling down for fall, most major retailers are carrying fashionable versions of sweatshirts and sweatpants so everyone can get in on this comfortable trend. Zara, which is basically our go-to for affordable pieces already, is one of the best spots to score fun, comfy sweatshirts and sweatpants in a variety of colors, cuts, patterns, and sizes.

Here’s the thing: I wore sweatshirts and sweatpants pretty often before this year. (What else would I wear on rainy Sundays spent binge-watching Gilmore Girls?) But even I have to admit the shelter-in-place, working-from-home, crazy quarantine world of 2020 has had me reaching for cozy clothes more than ever before — and I’m saying this as someone who was already working part-time from home before

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Is there life beyond sweatpants? Four ways fashion designers are giving us hope

Spring and summer 2021 runway collection looks by Balmain, from left, Chloé, Thom Browne and Moschino. <span class="copyright">(From left: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Chloé; Thom Browne; Moschino by Marco Ovando)</span>
Spring and summer 2021 runway collection looks by Balmain, from left, Chloé, Thom Browne and Moschino. (From left: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Chloé; Thom Browne; Moschino by Marco Ovando)

Things may be dark and dire now, but brighter days are coming. Therefore, put that sharp shoulder to the wheel, keep those polarized sunnies close at hand and stride optimistically toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

Finding hope in the thick of it seemed to be one of the overarching themes of the most memorable spring and summer 2021 collections presented at the mostly virtual Milan and Paris fashion weeks that officially ended Tuesday, and those spirit-buoying collections, whether they ultimately resonate at the cash register six months from now (or not), were a welcome bit of magic-making coming from a luxury fashion world all too often out of touch with the world beyond the runway’s

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