Written by Amy Scalia 

After an uncomfortable year full of restrictions, we’re all itching for a little more freedom. The freeing breath of fresh Spring air after a long winter’s slumber. The freedom to be active, exploring, and filled with life again.

The open road is calling for adventure, but comfort will be key after cozy PJs and loungewear have been on repeat for months. UpWest’s Curator of Comfort, Lindy Deal, shares how the twists of new journeys are made better when comfort is at every turn for those seeking a few more freedoms this Spring.

Freedom of Fit
A comfortable fit is more important than ever after a year of being home-bound, Deal says. “We’re craving that feeling of getting dressed up a bit and looking stylish again, but still want all the comforts of our favorite PJs and loungewear,” she explains. “With a t-shirt dress, sweatshirt dress, weekend romper or jogger jumpsuit - and even the tulip or flutter sleeve tees - you have the feel of a t-shirt or sweatshirt but with an elevated style that makes you feel like the best version of you again.”

Tees in particular are having a monumental moment in the sun. “Not only are fun sleeves dressing up a basic tee,” Deal says, “but we’re now seeing tees with a tulip back, side twist, full twist, reversible twist, wrapped, v-neck peplum, smocked, crewneck, in solids, stripes, patterns, and graphics. It’s pretty sweet."

You’ll also have pieces like the Wide-Leg Surplice Pant that live comfortably in both worlds. “With an elastic waist and overlapping tulip hem up the front, it keeps you super-comfy whether you're headed out on an adventure or having a cozy night in,” Deal says.

Freedom of Activity
Whether you’re planning a mountain hike, a yoga retreat or just some toes in the sand, finding a blend of comfort, fit and performance are important here, says Deal. “Our swimwear is one of my absolute favorites. It’s sustainable and under $100 for women, with an inner lining ‘one short’ for men.” Don’t forget a cover-up and straw hat  to help you enjoy the sun in style.

And legging lovers, rejoice. Deal says there are now three different types and lengths of leggings: yoga, ankle length (which converts to capri with cinch), and a form-fitting sweatshirt legging.

A packable swing parka is always up for an adventure and easy to pack away for when you need it. Headed somewhere colder? A Sherpa Parka with backpack straps for easy carrying. For colder days, opt for the Stay Handy Gloves or Keep Cozy Fingerless Gloves to keep warm while keeping fingers free and useful. For sunny days, wear some sunglasses and protective hat. And sun or not, don’t skip your organic SPF sunscreen.

Freedom of Flexibility
Isn’t it great when you can style a piece in multiple ways, or when you don’t need a wardrobe change when your day switches gears? “Clothes should comfortably flow with you throughout your day. That’s one of the reasons we’re loving hemp so much right now,” she adds. “It’s light and breathable, but durable, sustainable and ready for anything. Pieces like the pleated short, slub button down or half placket shirt - all made of hemp - can be dressed up or down, worn for work or play.”

The twill shirt jacket can be worn as a shirt or jacket. The weekend romper travels well and adapts to your day with roll back sleeves and adjustable tie waist. Pieces designed for layering to keep you comfortable throughout your day, and pieces designed to be reversible to give you extra looks in one. Washable satin to give you the luxury of satin and ease of washability.

“When your clothes are flexible and functional like this, it gives you more freedom to find comfort no matter where you are on your journey and adapts when you need to take a detour,” Deal says.

So, here’s to the rugged roads we’ll travel, the comfy clothes we’ll wear, the causes we care about and the unforgettable people we’ll connect with along the way.