Who would have believed that getting dressed was a skill you could lose? That even the sharpest dressers among us could find themselves staring in confusion in front of their closets, incapable of putting an outfit together? More than a year spent in lockdown within the cocoon-like confines of hoodies and elastic waistbands has rendered even the most style-savvy among us at a loss for how to put on clothes.
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But the time has come to get dressed again. Find inspiration (instead of trepidation) by investing in a new work blouse that may never see the cold glow of a Zoom screen. Store your sweats in favor of trousers that still feel like cozy pants but look ready for an important meeting or dinner party, buy some shoes for outside that are as comfortable as slippers, and spring for chic dresses that offer the comfort of a nightgown. If you’re feeling truly bold, ease back into (small! block!) heels and jeans, apply a captivating shade of lipstick that won’t be obscured by a mask, and stock up on accessories that make leaving the house a truly exciting endeavor. And please, don’t forget your sunblock and hats.
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You’ve read (and shopped) more than one story that champions the aesthetic (and mood-lifting) power of a blouse that will look great from the waist up for virtual meetings. Abandon that notion and shop tops for back to work that are meant to be paired with (gasp!) pants and skirts.
The notion of putting real pants on again is daunting. Ease in slowly, without giving up an ounce of comfort, with trousers that give all the fashion clout and none of the discomfort.
Though masks will likely be a part of our future, the opportunities for naked faces are growing by the day. Take full advantage with bold lip shades that will never face the dreaded smear of mask mouth.
Sliding on a pair of jeans may be the lowest priority on your “Return to Real Life” list. So embrace the denim looks you know and love in pairs that won’t cut off your circulation—and are too chic to ignore anymore.
Not quite ready to reinvest in separates, but want to elevate your looks? Stick with accessories that stand out—and wear them with your favorite go-to pieces for an instant feel-good mirror moment.
The first time you wear heels again may feel a bit, well, wobbly. But the day, the event, or the dress will arise that calls for a great pair. Be prepared something sturdier and lower to the ground but no less chic.
Much like trousers that feel like cashmere joggers, a gentle dress is not unlike your favorite nightgown, just elevated. Whether you’re in the market for a slip style or something with a statement sleeve, keep it comfy without sacrificing on silhouette, materials, and design.
Some of us have become very attached to our slippers. So much so that we are barely able to walk indoors without a pair strapped to our feet. Go get your pedi and venture outside in slides that mimic your go-to house shoes.
A version of this article first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US