Forget Work & Play, Lets Talk Home
7th April 2020 by Flick Bartlett
We may be confined, but our style doesn't have to be! Let us talk you through some style tips and creative ideas that will inspire you when dressing during isolation!
So far 2020 has been a mix of uncertainty, hope and anxt. A year that no one will forget. While many fight heroically on the front line, the rest of us are in full swing of WFH, desperately trying to juggle homelife with work life and everything in between. For many of us this will be the first time experiencing a 2 minute commute to the office, daily conference calls on Zoom and Friday night House Party's being our only social activity of the week. Amongst all of this change, one constant we can control is how we choose to present ourselves. Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham once said "Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life" and I believe that to be true now, more than ever. So although it may be challenging at first, making an effort when you get dressed in the morning can really make a difference to your mental well being!
If, like so many of us, you are feeling blue and unmotivated when it comes to dressing up to walk downstairs, you are not alone! However, there are some simple tips and useful ideas that should be able to turn that frown upside down and make opening your wardrobe exciting rather than excrutiating!
1. Wear What Makes You Happy
This may seem simple but it is SO effective! When you are happy, you radiate happiness meaning everyone around you will feel the positive effects of that - a total no brainer when stuck in a house with your family and or friends for a long period of time!
Pick out all of those fabulous pieces that make you smile and move them to the front of your wardrobe or even to a rail in your bedroom where you can see them in the morning. Having those special items right there on hand as your getting dressed means you don't have to wade through your whole wardrobe and eliminates the mundane and more serious clothes that you may wear in your day to day life.
Look through magazines, read fashion blogs and save images that inspire you throughout the day and recreate your favourite looks! Now we have more time on our hands, use the spare hours to shop in your wardrobe and create looks that you may not have had the time to before.
If arts and crafts is something you enjoyed as a child, why not reinvigorate that passion and make mood boards with images of styles, colours and fabrics to excite you and encourage that creative energy?!
3. Wear Colour (Lilac in particular)
Now the sun is shining why not introduce some sunshine into your wardrobe too? Adding a splash of colour to your look is so easy and can really make a difference to your mood. If you're looking for a colour to rock this season, one of 2020's fashion trends is a powdery, pastel palette or lilac. Now dubbed, 'Millennial Purple' lilac has taken over many celebrities and stylists looks such as Cara Delevingne, Renee Zellweger and Jenna Dewan. Our top Katie and Jo lilac pick has got to be the American Vintage Zazo Boat Neck jumper retailing at £130.
4. Change It Up!
Try to not wear the same thing day after day! One can easily slip into this when at home for a long period of time, but it encourages slovenliness and wont help with breaking up the week. Creating a week and weekend wardrobe may help with this and give you more purpose when it comes to dressing.
Why not plan your weeks outfits on Sunday if that helps? Or pick out key items such as a dress, jumpsuit or your favourite jumper for each day and dress around those each morning. Organising and planning ahead will keep your mind focused and stop any added anxiety, that you may already be feeling due to these abnormal times, creeping in!
5. Plan 'Nights In'
We may not be able to go out or socialise with friends and family right now, but that doesn't stop us from planning nights in! Putting a night or two in the diary where you make an effort to dress up can re introduce that fun factor of dolling yourself up and feeling your best! Whether its a date night with your partner, a themed supper in fancy dress with your children or cocktail hour with the girls on House party, these evenings can really put the spring back in your step and still have you gagging for the weekend!
6. Share Your Outfits!
This might not be up everyone's street but sharing your outfits online on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook can be fun, interactive and keep you motiavted when choosing what to wear. Not only is it fun for friends and family to see what you're up to but there are so many profiles out there of women doing the same and it can be a really inspiring place that fuels positivity, builds women up and creates friendships near and afar!
Times like these can be daunting and often scary, but sticking together and uplifting each other in any way we can will get us through! I hope by reading these little nuggets of advice you feel excited to get dressed tomorrow and take pride in what you're wearing not just over the coming weeks but in your future too!
Love, Flick x