I knew I’d lost my style mojo when I posted a pic on Insta of my WFH favourite – a three year old, faded, Love sweatshirt with slightly grubby cuffs! I soon tired of articles advising what to wear on Zoom meetings because at five foot three only my face and the top of my shoulders were visible. All those interesting necklines and statement sleeves they talked about were pretty irrelevant.
Insta’s #dressupfriday inspired me to up my game for a while but the full hair and make up required was a step too far.
On a mission to buy less clothes my lockdown purchases included a new kitchen bin and a rowing machine I used twice. Apart from a weekly look at what’s new at Zara my online browsing was minimal. But my thoughts kept returning a dress I’d tried on at the beginning of March and hadn’t bought because of the voice in my head saying “it’s the beginning of March and you’re about to go ski-ing – what on earth do you need a dress for”. The ski trip didn’t happen and I felt cheated out of the dress. So I whiled away time stalking the Hush website and finally nabbed it, three months later, in the sale. No mean feat, the Hush sale is notoriously short lived! Little did I know that by the time I wore it I’d be accessorising with a mask.
Like millions of people I was working from home so I ditched the waistbands and traded style for comfort. Trainers and Birkenstocks took the place of sky high heels but the biggest revelation was using an ancient bumbag and credit card holder instead of the usual Louis Vuitton Neverfull – or Veryfull in my case – and hefty Kate Spade purse. Just imagine – shoes I can walk in and a bag that doesn’t break my shoulder. There’s something to be said for my new normal!
Embracing the “buy less, choose well, make it last” ethos was easy peasy when the shops were closed and my social life revolved around clapping for carers and queueing outside the supermarket. But it also chimes with a big decision I’ve made to change my corporate work life to a less structured one. That means savvy shopping only from now on and LOTS of shopping my wardrobe.
It’s work in progress but I’m looking forward to indulging my love of fitness, and talking more about livin’ la vida lycra here on Style Stuff.