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THE BRUNCH EDITION
BY LAUREN BLACK
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Though the crowds are gone and the seating is limited (or entirely relegated to your own home), dressing up and catching up with friends over brunch is a ritual I'll admit I've missed very much. In particular, brunch attire has been hard to duplicate elsewhere, considering its unique invitation for preppy palettes with off-duty aesthetics. While fashion is becoming increasingly casual for the time being, brunch might be one of the only remaining excuses to put on a cute dress and a pair of kitten heels (or at least do your hair). If this sounds entirely basic to you, know that it doesn't have to be—just try one of the outfit ideas below.

The Trendy Brunch.
Want an excuse to buy that dress you've seen all over Instagram? Make a reservation for outdoor dining, call up your friend bubble, and head to a boozy, scene-y brunch. There may not be a crowd to witness your only real outfit in months, but you know you'll document the whole thing, anyways.
DRESS With Jean, $219 BAG Cult Gaia, $428 SANDALS Steve Madden, $50 SUNGLASSES Anine Bing, $179 EARRINGS & Other Stories, $25 BRACELET & Other Stories, $25 FACE MASK GRLFRND, $14
The Hangover Brunch.
Some mornings, you just need sustenance (or at least a Bloody Mary), but the thought of getting all done up makes your head pound. Instead, hide your bedhead with a chic hat, and the fact that you're wearing leggings with a cool linen blazer. With a few summery accessories, your waiter won't even question what you were doing at 4 a.m. (but your friends most definitely will).
BLAZER Old Navy, $36 SPORTS BRA Alo Yoga, $58 LEGGINGS Alo Yoga, $118 HAT Aritzia, $48 SUNGLASSES Ray-Ban, $143 BAG Caterina Bertini, $176 SHOES Brother Vellies, $225 NECKLACE Rebecca Minkoff, $85 FACE MASKS Lost + Wander, $30
The Family Friendly Brunch.
When you actually need to look put together, a printed maxi dress and flat sandals will make the task easy. This way, you can still play with the cousins and earn Grandma's approval, even if it's from six feet (or a Zoom call) away.
DRESS Zara, $70 BAG Yuzefi, $595 SANDALS Anthropologie, $98 NECKLACE Bauble Bar, $42 FACE MASK KES, $17
The Friend Group Brunch.
For a more casual get-together, a pretty top and a cool pair of jeans (like these split-hem flares) will keep you on-trend without feeling over-the-top.
TOP Cami NYC, $165 JEANS Good American, $175 SUNGLASSES Le Specs, $79 BAG Staud, $250 SANDALS & Other Stories, $129 NECKLACE Martha Calvo, $150 FACE MASK Rachel Zoe, $18
The Girl Friends Brunch.
When an emergency brunch is called to discuss matters of utmost importance (like your new gig... or your ex), you'll want to get to the table as quickly as possible. Waste no time by throwing on a graphic tee and sneakers (just style them with a mini skirt, since it is brunch, after all).
T-SHIRT Daydreamer, $83 SKIRT Reformation, $98 SUNGLASSES Urban Outfitters, $20 BAG By Far, $538 SNEAKERS Reebok, $70 EARRINGS Luv AJ, $85 NECKLACE Natalie B, $66 FACE MASKS Lele Sadoughi, $28

The inspiration.
Girls who brunch. 
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