November 29, 2020 at 05:06AM
This December will be like no other we’ve experienced, that’s for sure. With our days and regular activities dictated by ever-changing rules and regulations—where you can go and with whom, for how long you can stay and what you’re actually allowed to do during that time—it’s easy to write fashion off as too frivolous to mention.
However, if the past year has taught us anything it’s that the little things do make a difference, and our growing list of small-but-mighty actions can include reveling in getting dressed. This doesn’t mean you have to own something new and get that fast fix in order to feel buoyant—I promise that even the most cursory and purposeful dive into one’s own wardrobe can hit a creative note and set you up for the day. However, a comfortable, comforting, enjoyable outfit may just alter your mood enough to bolster you for a slew of tough online meetings, make you feel that little bit more pulled-together for a brisk walk around the block or help you truly wind down for some “me time.” There’s nothing silly about it: psychologists will agree that clothes affect our feelings, they are our second skin. And as such, during the most dark-and-dismal months like December, it’s going to be increasingly important to find outfits that bring joy.
I wish I was laid back enough to pull this off, but alas it’s not for me. However, I do appreciate just how cool and easy a puffer coat, jeans and boots combination looks on so many other people.
This combination may seem niche but it’s one I’ve seen bubbling up and it just works. An antidote to super-minimalism, this could certainly jazz up a video call.
When in doubt, wear a jumper dress. It’s a failsafe option for those cold days where you still want to make some effort, and that’s why they’re selling out left, right and centre.
Nothing says “riche” quite like an all-white or all-cream palette. It implies you aren’t the kind of klutz who spills coffee all over themselves, or spends any time schlepping around getting mucky and muddy outside. Chauffeur driven is the vibe here.
For all the dress addicts out there, we’ve noticed an uptick in checked dresses being worn with school-ish flats and cut accessories. It’s whimsical and you’ll need a coat over the top, but still, sweet.
For the ultimate in cosy with a capital C, O, S and Y, we’d suggest layering up your favourite sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms with a snuggly faux fur coat. When the temperatures dip you’ll be glad to have this formula on hand.
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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.