There's something I'd love to know: What kind of clothes are you wearing right now, and are they different from what you regularly wore pre-pandemic? I've worked from home for the past 2 and a half years, and my uniform has long been a dress of some kind. Dresses are essentially public pajamas from a comfort standpoint, and they always make people think you're really put together (even though you know you're wearing public pajamas). My closet is comprised of 80% dresses of various lengths, fabrics and fits.
Once we got the Stay at Home orders here in Minnesota, my day-to-day really wasn't all that different, aside from becoming smaller and more contained. But as the days inched through March, into April and May, my fear, anxiety and depression levels sky-rocketed (along with those of the rest of the world). And suddenly, I began wearing a lot of lounge wear (along with the rest of the world). The radical shift in what I was wearing struck me one week while doing laundry, when I realized that I was folding 6 pair of yoga pants and assorted tee shirts. Not a single dress or item of clothing that could pass for anything but "comfort" wear. That's what I needed, then. I told myself I'd start wearing real clothes again once we got back to normal.
We're obviously nowhere near back to "normal" at this point in the pandemic. However, I'm really tired of lounge-wear yet not ready to fully embrace my pre-COVID wardrobe. My wardrobe, like life, seems to be stuck in a weird, in-between-place. Which brings me to: shorts suits.
Over the past few weeks, I've seen a few of my favorite fashion bloggers - like Allison at Curvy Girl Chic - styling a shorts-suit combo, and I'm very into it. There's something really appealing about the casual/dressed up vibe of a shorts suit. So I peered into my closet to see if I could come up with separates I already own, and what do you know? I did!
The shorts are Lane Bryant and the jacket is Charter club. Something new, created out of something old. How delightful. Tell me: What kind of clothes are you wearing right now, and are they different from what you regularly wore pre-pandemic? Bonus points: What's a current trend you're looking at with new interest?
Relatable. A week ago, I had a Zoom job interview. I hate doing interviews via video, incidentally. Being it was a hot summer day and I wanted to look professional, I went with a striped t-shirt and a lightweight knit black blazer (that I could push up the sleeves on). Then came the question of what to wear for bottoms (knowing full well that nobody would be seeing them). It was too hot for pants and a tailored skirt seemed ridiculous since nobody would see it. Yet, I couldn't quite go with denim cut-offs (which I've been wearing a lot otherwise) because I didn't want to feel slouchy or overly casual, so I went with dressy shorts... Thereby unintentionally rocking the short suit! ;-) I felt like I did well on the interview, but learned afterward that I didn't make it to the next stage, unfortunately. (Cue sad music.)
8/1/2020 09:35:18 am
Now, THAT is relatable! And the perfect description of how getting dressed in a quarantine can be even more difficult than ever, especially for situations where how we feel is as important as how we look.
8/20/2022 05:56:52 am
Thanks for sharing this useful information! Hope that you will continue with the kind of stuff you are doing.
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