Now that normcore is, well, the norm, it’s tempting to ditch our sky-high platforms and sharp-shouldered jackets and just live in sneaks and mom jeans day in and day out. And, as winter approaches, the allure of these cozy, security-blanket-type clothes only grows. The one obstacle: being an adult, and all of its sartorial demands. From work and happy hours to dates and other social or professional outings, sweatshirts and socks with sandals won’t fly — at least most of the time (or, unless you work at R29).
But, it turns out that dressing like a grown-up — even a fashionable grown-up — doesn’t have to be painful. In fact, it can feel just as good as wearing your favorite hoodie. Just ask Jessica Sweatt — the Nashville-based style blogger behind Here & Now who has figured out how to transition her laid-back style into adult life. In fact, it’s a big reason she started blogging in the first place. “After college, I became intrigued by how ‘grown up’ people were supposed to dress,” she says. “That’s when I began my own personal style journey online three years ago.” And, with a day job that involves waking up early in the morning and schooling 12-year-olds (Sweatt’s a math teacher), she’s definitely had to master comfortable, no-nonsense style with professional poise.
So, we asked Sweatt to give us her top 10 throw-on-and-go items that every girl needs in her grown-up closet. Her picks, all from Nordstrom Rack, and how to wear them, ahead.