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By now, many of us have gotten used to the rhythm of a work-from-home routine as social distancing measures against COVID-19 continue. While dressing comfortably is instrumental in minimizing stress, who says that has to mean dressing like a slob? It’s always good to stay sartorially stimulated, even if it’s just opting for a chic tee instead of a ratty old one. While you don’t have to pull out your work blazers or Sunday-best dresses just for walking from your laptop to the fridge, it’ll certainly help boost your mood and keep the boredom at bay if you keep things fresh, fun and just a little experimental. After all, fashion has always been about making yourself feel good, and it’s more important than ever to keep the positive vibes flowing.
In addition to chic loungewear and graphic tees that’ll satisfy both the hipster and the rock goddess in you, we’re also presenting a selection of Zoom outfits – bold, edgy (but still comfy) ensembles that’ll turn heads at that Friday party, as well as work-friendly tops for all those early morning meetings.
1. Stay Comfy, But With a Twist
By now, most of you have probably embraced the ideal that “comfy is best” when it comes to lockdown wear. Wearing variations of the same monochrome tee every day or digging out frayed old tank tops can be dispiriting though. If you’re going the tee-and-joggers route, boost your mood by picking something true to your style, whether that’s hard rock vibes or unicorn energy! If you’re more of a loungewear person, try to stay away from your tried-and-true PJs and invest in something sleek and slinky, like this blue satin version reminiscent of Mrs. Park’s high-fashion choice in Parasite, or something cute and quirky like this peppy, striped version emblazoned with pandas.
2. De-Stress by Going Bold
For those who crave something high-octane to pep yourself up, there’s nothing like a bright pop of eye makeup, a left-of-center print or a deconstructed cut to break the monotony! Take this opportunity to unleash your inner free spirit by wearing all those rainbow-colored knits and animal-print skirts you’ve always felt were way too outré! After all, nobody’s watching, so feel free to improvise. And if your usual workwear leans towards preppy and formal, why not bust out those street-style gems tucked away in the back of your closet? Putting together a few editorial-ready looks from the comfort of your bedroom will sharpen your sartorial instincts while giving your mood the boost it deserves.
3. Look Impeccable for that Zoom Call
While Zoom meetings have effectively eliminated the need for stylish bottoms, you still need to make an effort with a carefully chosen top! Essentially, this top needs to hit the sweet spot between I-couldn’t-be-bothered and I-tried-too-hard. Blouses, whether plain, striped or trimmed with ruffles and lace, are a safe bet, as are loose-fit shirts and mock-neck tops in comfy fabrics. Play up your personality through quirky little touches – from a split collar and an allover ballerina print to faux pearl buttons and bishop sleeves. Unless you really want to stand out amongst ten other faces, stick to neutral shades – think blush pink, oatmeal and dark blue. If you’re feeling particularly lazy, here’s a simple trick: keep a cute but work-appropriate cardigan at your side, so you can throw it over that old tee when emergency strikes!
4. Keep the (Zoom) Party Spirit Going
Now that the party circuit has officially moved online, stay stylish with these going-out tops that come with your choice of springtime vibes, disco glam or midnight sensuality. Since comfort is still a priority, embrace flowing shapes and avoid sheath or bodycon dresses at all costs. Instead, opt for sports luxe in iridescent fabrics, sheer tees thrown alluringly over camis, cropped velveteen tops with medieval vibes, or a dash of sequins. Even though you may not be able to venture outside for picnics and jaunts, you can keep up that spring energy by slipping into a retro-style gingham dress with a sweetheart collar and flowing skirt. And for those of you who can’t be bothered to dress up to the nines for your virtual party, here’s a simple, instant way to glam yourself up – a dramatic, cushiony satin headband which works wonders whether you’ve got a sleek bob or a long curly mane.
Keep Calm and Stay Hopeful (and Playful)
Whether it’s wearing your favorite dress while tapping away at your laptop or spontaneously turning your bathrobe into elaborate evening wear, staying at home doesn’t mean you have to give up on being fashionable. In this new normal, stay on the bright side by improvising and experimenting, and if that entails turning your bedroom into a runway, go for it! Sometimes, all it takes is a bold, jazzy top, a dress in an unexpected style and the perfect selfie to fend off those isolation blues.