Cold weather has escalated the pandemic style slide. While winter winds howl outdoors and temps hover just above the freezing mark, snuggling in yoga pants and baggy sweatshirts seems like the only sensible option. But spring is a mere 42 days away… and, as we look forward to warmer weather, wider distribution of a vaccine, and a return to the life as we knew it, fashion is (thankfully) back on the radar. After all, feeling pretty never goes out of style!
But, how has fashion evolved during the pandemic?
In all but the most conservative professions, the office dress code has changed, perhaps forever. Constricting fits and uncomfortable fabrics have vanished. What’s replaced them is fashion freedom in the form of draped jersey dresses, high-waisted billowy trousers, and soft jackets or cardigans, often paired with low heels or even flats. The look is still professional, but softer, more wearable, and infinitely more comfy.
Not to worry. All of this comfort doesn’t mean that spring’s work clothes won’t be pretty. Sweet florals, crisp stripes, and eye-popping prints all dazzle after months of monotonous gray sweats.
For the weekend, the maxi dress has reemerged as a fave and the “nap dress” makes its debut. Both look right for a relaxed, yet pulled together outfit in floaty, romantic (and forgiving) fabrics. Perfect for brunches at a sidewalk cafe, leisurely walks along the river, or evening drinks dockside at the marina.
Of course, we are also all sorely in need of some whimsy. For your next outdoor concert, drive-in movie date, or night of putt-putt golf, try a sequined skirt paired with a t-shirt, cute cutout top, candy colored pastels or a fringed (and virtually ridiculous) little handbag.
And, when you are ready for a special occasion, go for broke! It’s been so long, dressing for a special event will become an event in itself. Look for accents such as buttons that could double as jewels, netting or sheer tulle insets and overskirts, and even feather trim.
I found inspiration in Chanel’s just-released Spring / Summer 2021 Haute Couture Show (see above). The show itself is divine and manages to preserve the feel of a traditional runway event, while safely maintaining social distancing. And, the clothes… they have me counting the hours until the cold weather breaks!
I am more than ready to emerge from my cocoon and become a butterfly this spring. How about you?
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