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11 Flexible, Comfortable, Versatile Pieces That Actually Make Life Easier

The best tops, pants, sweaters, and shoes for those non-stop days when it feels like you’re constantly on the go.

By Madeleine Kim

In the last week, I’ve packed the contents of my Brooklyn apartment into U-Haul boxes, attended a wedding, driven 1,750 miles, woken up at 4:30am, and eaten dinner at 11pm. For the next two weeks, I’ll be living out of a suitcase in an Airbnb while I wait for my new lease in Austin, TX to begin. It’s been a week of quick changes, long days, and never-ending to-do lists. And through it all, I’ve learned some hard lessons about which of my pieces can actually stand up to the demands of a non-stop day, and which can’t (read: high-waisted jeans that look great but have zero stretch were not the right choice for the long car ride).

If I could do it all over again, I’d make sure each piece I packed met a couple of requirements. First, it must be comfortable and movement-friendly—because when I’m rushing to the grocery store to grab dish soap and eggs before closing, I don’t want to be fidgeting with the itchy seam on my T-shirt. And second, it must be able to adapt, with octopus-like ease, to the wide range of scenarios I may come across, from mingling at the post-wedding brunch to braving the gas-station bathroom.

Even if you’re not prepping for a cross-country move, we all have those non-stop days when it feels like we’re constantly on the go. Here are eleven trusty pieces that will make those days a little bit easier.

1.

A Neutral (But Exciting!) Silk Cami

The Lisey cami in Sahara print is just the thing to throw on when you don’t know what your day will bring. It looks great under a blazer for a pop of pattern, or you can wear it tucked into the matching skirt for a dress-like vibe. Because Sahara print is composed of neutral colors, you can pair it with everything from saddle to hemlock. The best part? The 100%-silk Lisey is also 100% machine-washable—one less thing to worry about as you rush from place to place.

2.

A Multi-Talented Pullover

I love pieces that are more than meets the eye (think: trench coats that double as dresses and blazers that double as tops), so our new Kristin pullover was an immediate add-to-cart for me. Made from this ultra-luxurious French terry material, the Kristin can be worn as a cozy, loungey sweatshirt or as a chic, drapey top, thanks to its elegant neckline, subtly flared sleeves, and T-shaped seam in the back.

3.

Joggers You’ll Want to Show Off

Speaking of our amazing French terry fabric, the Joni joggers are a must-try. Yes, they’re incredibly comfortable, but the thing that sets them apart from other sweatpants is their polished look and fit. Personally, I plan to wear mine on days when I’m constantly in and out of the car and want to feel—but not look—like I’m wearing pajamas.

4.

A T-Shirt Worth Toasting

Break out the Castelvetrano olives, because the Soyoung T-shirt in martini is a top worth toasting. A master of balance, it’s fitted but not skin-tight, it has a scoop neck that’s not too low, and its mid-length sleeves offer just the right amount of coverage. But the thing that really makes it special is that color—a statement-maker that means you’ll look like you really tried, even though all you did was throw on your comfiest tee.

5.

Trifecta-Embodying Sneakers

This list wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include a pair of M.M.LaFleur x KOIO collaboration sneakers—or, as I like to think of them, the shoes that live in the middle of a three-way venn diagram of comfort, function, and style. Try them in smoke for a slightly more elevated vibe than you’d get with classic white sneakers.

6.

A Too-Cool Terry Top

I got to try the Toni top in an employee fitting, and immediately, I knew I needed it in every color. It’s soft, breathable, and easy to pair—but most of all, there’s something about it that makes you feel like the human embodiment of the sunglasses emoji. Maybe it’s the muscle-tee-style shoulders or the ever-so-slight mockneck. Or maybe I only thought I looked cool—but nothing looks better than confidence, so who cares?

7.

The Champagne of Wide-Leg Jeans

Can I just say: I’m so glad wide-leg jeans are trendy right now. Besides looking great on everyone, they’re also just plain comfortable (plus, way more breathable than skinny jeans for hot summer days). The champagne of wide-leg jeans would have to be the Milos, made from our stretchy better-than-denim material. And—what do you know!—they just launched in a chic new shade called hemlock, which is already selling at top speed.

8.

A Wear-Everywhere Jardigan

The Merritt jardigan is one of those rare pieces that truly does it all. It has the sharpness (hello, lapels) to function as a tailored blazer but the stretch to stand in for the cozy cardigan you accidentally left at the office last March. Wear it with the sash to define your waist, or without to create a more casual look.

9.

An Essential Tank Top

No matter what you have planned, it’s always a good idea to have (at least) one classic, layering-friendly tank top at the ready. The Cameron T-shirt, made from ribbed pima cotton, is the best version of that. Wear it on its own when you want to stay cool, or layer it under everything from hoodies to blazers.

10.

Comfier-Than-They-Look Flats

There are some occasions when sneakers just won’t cut it (and sometimes you just feel like switching it up, ya know?). For those times, the Rowan flats have memory-foam footbeds that will keep you comfortable as you rush around town.

11.

Our All-Time-Bestselling Pants

The Foster pants are so versatile, it’s hard not to include them in every story we publish. Stretchy, structured, wrinkle-resistant, machine-washable, length-adjustable—they’ll be no-brainers on every packing list and heavy hitters in your weekly rotation. No wonder they’ve been our best-selling item for five years running.

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is a Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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