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‘Comfort Over Style’ Is Dead: Post-Pandemic, It’s All About Dress Up To Show Up

During lockdown, we’ve all been guilty of neglecting style. Our designer handbags are gathering dust. The stilettoes and platform sneakers have found their way to the back of the closet. Oversized loungewear has replaced the figure-hugging ready-to-wear and occasion pieces that we used to wear. Does anyone remember a time before tie-dye loungewear and working from home? Asking for a friend!

With light at the end of the tunnel (thank you, vaccines!), it’s time to say goodbye to your comfortable loungewear. Pack it up and put it in a box. As the world slowly returns to normal, it’s time to infuse some glamour back into our lives. Re-learn how to apply your winged eyeliner and teach yourself how to walk a mile in your Louboutins. 

As Jeremy Scott said, “comfort schmomfort! What we need now more than ever is fantasy and glamour and things that make you feel wonderful”. After a year locked inside and only seeing our friends through tiny screens, it’s time to make every occasion an opportunity to dress up.

Casual dressing is a by-product of the pandemic – after all, we didn’t have anywhere to go! With the pubs and restaurants starting to reopen and night clubs already selling tickets to their grand reopening, it’s time to start outfit planning. After all, you’re seeing people for the first time in over a year. Dress up and show them your pandemic glow up.

Instead of pulling on a hoodie and casual jeans, have some fun and experiment. Not sure where to start with your post-pandemic look? You can take a look at some of the biggest trends for autumn/winter 2021. Designers have been reimagining what life would be like after the pandemic. It’s all about whimsical styling, bright colour schemes, and Instagram worthy accessories. Just look at the crystal-embossed Prada Re-Edition 2000 that is all over social media.

Whether you’re heading out to brunch with the girls or having a socially distanced get-together at the park, it’s time to show up as your best self. The post-pandemic trends that are emerging from recent digital presentations all show optimism for the future. Sequins were everywhere you looked, from Paco Rabanne to Prada. If you need your inspiration for chic fashion, glance through the look books of Chanel, Coach, and Louis Vuitton.

The post-pandemic aesthetic is all about getting dressed up and making up for lost time. It’s time to buy that tulle dress you’ve been stalking on Instagram or the designer outerwear you’ve been saving up for during COVID. We’re swapping sweatpants for sequins. 

Dressing up doesn’t mean you have to go head-to-toe glamour. Elevated basics are your best friends, whether it’s a tailored blazer or a midi dress. Go back and revisit your old favourites, the pieces that spark joy and help you channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw.People are already drawing parallels between the golden era of the 1920s and the years to come. Are we in for our own Gatsby era? Only time will tell.


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