As the saying goes, hell hath no fury like a shopper scorned. OK, so we may have taken some creative liberty with that phrase, but it’s a theory that’s never been more true than in 2021 because we’re about to enter the era of “revenge shopping.”
What’s that, you ask? According to Rakuten, “Once the pandemic comes to a close, consumers will go out and do lots of shopping after being stuck inside for so long.” But that doesn’t mean we’ll be buying our 1,001st sweatsuit or an air fryer. Oh no, shoppers will be going after the items they had little to no use for under stay-at-home orders that left them dining, entertaining and “virtually” traveling from their kitchen table/bed/couch.
Kristen Gall, president of Rakuten adds: “The advent of revenge shopping will resemble what we saw during the Roaring Twenties—a surging economy that will drive people to shop for more of the finer things that many felt they were deprived of due to the pandemic. This last year also acted like a giant savings account for many people, which means they now actually have the means to treat themselves.”
So yeah, spring and summer 2021 will be a huge time for buying luxury handbags and shoes that you can finally show off at a fancy dinner. And to that, we say: Bring on the purchases. Here, 15 fashion items you should absolutely have on your “revenge shopping” list.
1. Bee & Kin The Nomad Backpack
You haven’t had the need to buy a new work bag in ages...but now that your office is opening back up again, you’ll want to treat your laptop to a fancy new carrying case made from Italian leather. The best part about this sleek Bee & Kin style? That front pocket holds a wireless charger for your phone, so you’ll never run out of juice when you reenter the real world.
2. Gucci Logo Rubber Platform Sandals
They’re pool slides. They’re happy hour shoes. They’ll look great on Instagram. Whatever way you need to justify it, these rubber Gucci slides will be a playful way to step into summer.
3. Levi's 501 High Rise Ankle Cut Skinny Jeans
Admit it: Your legging collection has seriously increased in size during the past few months. Now, it’s time to make sure your jean drawer catches up. These light wash Levi’s will definitely get you through spring and summer—and look so cute with brown leather boots come fall.
Available in sizes 24 to 32
4. Ray-Ban 0RB2195 54MM Polarized Pillow Sunglasses
Hello, brand new Ray-Ban silhouette. These angular cuties will provide just the edge you need to put a fresh spin on the spring and summer dresses you bought last March and never got the chance to wear.
5. Staud Minerva Tiered Cut Out Maxi Dress
If it sparks joy, you should totally get it. And this colorblocked midi dress is trendy but not too dressy. Which means you’ll be able to wear it to lunch with the girls followed by shopping at your go-to local boutiques.
Available in sizes XS to XL
6. Rellery Herringbone Chain Necklace
No, it’s not crazy to buy a necklace with the explicit purpose of wearing it with a bikini on vacation. In fact, we absolutely condone such behavior.
7. Cult Gaia Eos Beaded Marbled Acrylic Clutch
We have a feeling you’ll reach for this clutch for daytime and nighttime events. You’ll never be so happy to have 15 wedding invites arrive within one week. Bring. It. On.
8. The Line by K Florence Midi Slip Dress
Because the slip dress trend isn’t fading anytime soon and you don’t own a pale, silk blue one that you can wear to half of those aforementioned 15 weddings.
Available in sizes XS to XL
9. Sophie Buhai Perriand Lapis and 18kt Gold Choker
This whimsical Sophie Buhai creation feels like something plucked from our childhood but updated for our adult taste, thanks to those stunning lapis stones. Plus, it’ll look so cool with a simple T-shirt or tank.
10. M.M. LaFleur The Lilia Jacket—Interweave
Introduce your jeans to their new best friend: A dressy (but still super comfortable) jacket. They’ll be overjoyed not to be paired with a hoodie—although we fully support you wearing this tweedy number with your favorite faded T-shirt.
Available in sizes XS to XXL
11. Bernardo Ciara Sport Slide
Your revenge shopping spree doesn’t have to be chock full of items that you’ll only wear on special occasions. In fact, we think you’ll slip on these sole-friendly sandals most days this summer, since they pair just as well with denim shorts as they do a mini floral dress. And they can handle a few miles of walking, in case you find yourself out for a serious stroll.
12. Good American New Shine One Shoulder Swimsuit
Go ahead and acquire a whole new wardrobe of bathing suits. You might wear them to soak up some rays from the front lawn or to glamorously lounge by the shore—but either way, you won’t regret adding this simple-but-flattering Good American number to your collection.
Available in sizes XS to XXXL
13. Hemant and Nandita Short Dress
You’re obviously going to need a chic coverup to go with said bikini and one-piece wardrobe. And this pink number is bound to rack up compliments wherever you wear it.
Available in sizes XS to XL
14. Janessa Leone Felix Packable
You read that right: This beach-ready hat is packable. Which means it won’t get ruined if you toss it in a suitcase or even a duffle bag. It’s one way to ensure you’ll have a stress-free weekend…or at least one without any fashion emergencies.
15. Mehry Mu Mini Luna Leather & Rattan Box Bag
If you’re looking for a keepsake that best represents this time, you can’t beat a ladylike handbag done up in summer rattan and topped off with a luxe gold closure.
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