COVID Fashion Trends – Can We Keep Them [Please]?
For many, when the pandemic hit and many of us began working from home, we thought, “This will pass over soon, what a nice opportunity to stay home, not commute and work in a relaxed environment!” We’d still get dressed for work, have a little corner of our home reserved as our office and figured everything will return to normal in a month or so.
Fourteen months later, the picture isn’t so quaint. Every once in a while we may look at our closets wistfully, greeting all the clothes we haven’t worn in months or can no longer fit into with what we call “The COVID 15” (like the freshman 15), or we may look at those clothes in fear, holding fast to our leggings and hoodies. Fashion is still fashion, and it often artfully mirrors culture, so here are some of our favourite COVID fashion trends. Which one are you?
1.The Business Man Sans Pants. At first, he wore pants to all of his Zoom meetings until he realized something profound: he didn’t have to. Upon that realization, he’s been business on top, party on the bottom. Now accustomed to this comfy work attire, will he ever enjoy wearing pants again? Unofficial studies show that 90% of the blazer-wearing men in your work calls were pantsless.
2. The Holy Triune: Much like the Businessman Sans Pants, this fiery entrepreneur was determined to keep looking professional whilst at work, even at home. We don’t know which came first (the chicken or the egg) – was it the messy top bun, the leggings or the hoodie? No matter, this is her uniform now and she refuses to try on an old work dress – she’s had enough nervous breakdowns in the past year.
3. The Eye-Twitch: While not necessarily a fashion accessory, the eye-twitch has become one thanks to COVID. We usually see parents sporting this look. At the beginning of the pandemic, they looked forward to more time with their kids. Because parents are superstars, they’ve still managed to keep their kids fed, educated ad entertained, plus they’ve kept their businesses together. The eye-twitch though…it might be permanent.
This year we’ve said goodbye to more than just pants, bras and showers. Other notable trends: Desks? Things of the past – the couch or bed? Why weren’t we always doing this? Delegated lunch hours? How about snacks all day in 30-minute intervals? Waiting until noon to eat? What cruel torture! 9-5? How about procrastinating all day and then staying up until 4 a.m to meet your deadlines? It’s important to spend hours keeping up with the Kardashians and also napping!
In all seriousness, we here at JWLS fully condone any comfort food, comfort wear and naps necessary to survive such a tumultuous time in world history.
We’re proud of you for surviving.