We’re officially back in a national lockdown. But before we collectively reach for the cheer-me-up chocolate, it's worth noting that third time around, we’re all dab hands at this - particularly when it comes to getting dressed each day to stay at home.
Having worked from home for 10 months, gone on daily walks through heatwaves and sleet, and dressed for approximately 391 Zoom calls, we’ve learnt a few fashion lessons along the way that mean we’re well prepared this time round…
Lesson 1: Leggings are worth investing in
Any fashion editor would advise you invest in the pieces you wear the most, plumping for the highest quality you can afford to ensure they stand the test of time. Of course, that list changed dramatically with our old-favourite handbags, boots and blazers being replaced by simple jersey separates.
Leggings, previously saved for weekend errands, quickly took pride and joy in our daily rotation, and it became apparent that bargain, paper thin pairs were prone to tears and holes, and bobbling having been washed so frequently. Turning to them every other day now means they’ve entered our investment list. You won’t regret plumping for a comfy, sturdy and crucially, completely opaque, pair that’ll see you through lockdown 3 and beyond.
Lesson 2: A great jewellery collection is a must
Last minute Zoom with your manager just popped up in your calendar? Attending a video-call parents' evening? Quizzes and cocktails with your friends on Saturday? If constant video calling taught us anything the first (and second) time round, it’s that nothing spruces up your top half like brilliant jewellery.
If you’re not keen on statement earrings or a chunky necklace, layered chains and dainty stacked huggie hoops will have a similar I-look-this-fabulous-all-the-time effect.
Lesson 3: Posh tracksuits are A Thing
Pre-lockdown, we’d profess our love for comfy tracksuits in hushed tones - after all, they’re not very chic. Or are they? Lockdowns have prompted the rise of the It tracksuit, the epitome of fashion meets function: after months alternating between the aforementioned leggings and our grey marl sweatpants that had seen better days, we grew rather keen on the idea of a sweet soft pink or stylish pistachio set worthy of airtime.
Posh tracksuit brands such as Pangaia, Essentials and Les Girls Les Boys have sold out consistently in the past year. They’re ideal for our daily walks, too - just pair with chunky boots and a wool shacket.
Lesson 4: Our T-shirt collection needs to cover all bases
Working from home meant our tops took centre stage, which easily made the case that our T-shirt collection was worth inspection. Breton tops, long sleeved jerseys (ideal in winter), racerback vests (perfect for summer heatwaves) and grey crew neck tees that we can throw a cardigan or blazer over the top of for important meetings have all proven to be necessities.
If you’re also juggling home schooling, a fussy blouse or heavy knit quickly become annoying if you’re having to run around and check the children are completing their school Zooms. Stretchy jersey is breathable and easy to move in, and you won’t be devastated if gets mucky.
Lesson 5: Dressing up brings joy
Naturally, we've relied on loungewear to see us through cosily, but we quickly realised that if we only wore loungewear, 85% of our wardrobe would go unworn. While we're not certain when we'll be able to dress up and go out out again, think about peppering your fanciest pieces into your every day looks so they feel a bit more special.
Whether you opt for a bright blouse for a much-needed dopamine dressing hit, or sport an elaborate hair accessory and silk dress for a day of video meetings, you won't regret making an effort every now and then.