Lockdown looks: Get up, get dressed, get going

By Janie Romer
Posted 3/25/20

'Tortilla Soup from scratch, chiffon and kitten heels' was the post from a friend who's found a way to have fun while in "lockdown." Another emphasized her absolute need for lipstick to be ready for her day.

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Lockdown looks: Get up, get dressed, get going


'Tortilla Soup from scratch, chiffon and kitten heels' was the post from a friend who's found a way to have fun while in "lockdown." Another emphasized her absolute need for lipstick to be ready for her day.

Asking for tips from veteran workers-from-home who've already organized their homes, lives and wardrobes to function efficiently, all agree on this rule: Get up, get dressed, get going.

The difference in lockdown is you're dressing to stay in, to perform all your different roles under the same roof. Finding a balance between the morale-boosting effect of work wear and the need and opportunity for comfort can be explored. And that compromise can be easily achieved.

One of the most amusing conversations currently online is how to dress correctly for telecommunication at home. We are still required to be the same professional person on the conference calls which now replace office meetings. The question is what to wear below the waist, unseen on camera.

After Ron Burgundy, the pundit in the movie "Anchorman," was caught on camera wearing just his boxers and socks beneath his desk, while otherwise appropriately dressed in jacket and tie, I can't help musing on what's going on below the professional formality of what's framed on screen with real pundits.

The consensus is that even though your job is formal, the obvious choice are the usual casual home wear: jeans, chinos, sweatpants with the appropriate top, and, as the weather warms up, shorts.

Meanwhile, in the fashion world, editors and stylists at British and New York Vogue are adopting comfort first for this lockdown. Long-reviled tracksuits, highlighted by Karl Lagerfeld's edict that "sweatpants are a sign of defeat," are being styled with knitted sweaters, though never the full sporty look. Adidas tracksuit bottoms with a cashmere sweater and fluffy slippers are heretofore an unusual fashion statement, but it's being done in a somewhat sartorial, ironic way, which I doubt will make it to the catwalk.

Loungewear is the new trend. Instagram accounts are exploding with pictures of selfies and wfhits ("working-from-home-fits"), chronicling the spike in remote working chic - which achieved 1,000 followers within a week.

The variety of outfits people have posted is extraordinary, everything from boxers with a T-shirt to highly creative and even exotic ensembles. The main theme revolves around comfort and without any restrictions on what's previously perceived as allowed stylistically. I rather fancy lounging around in one of those glamorous tailored "housecoats" that stars like Greta Garbo wore in the black-and-white movies.

I have discovered during my off-grid cabin adventure this winter, at literally the "end of the road," when my self-isolation was originally termed "snowed-in," that a large square wool or silk scarf or shawl fashioned as a wrap skirt over leggings, fastened with a brooch, is my favorite new comfy look, not just for warmth but aesthetically. I'm in favor of keeping some of the parts of my body unseen, not because of shame but private is private.

Taoseñas are way ahead of the curve when it comes to comfort without compromising style. Those fashionistas are just discovering what Taoseñas have enjoyed for a long time. Whether it's the sweats, the leggings, the jeans - it's the way it's put together. Old, new, high and low.

Vintage and second-hand shopping have gone mainstream; sustainable fashion has become an acceptable approach to dressing worldwide and outfits have become more about an extension of personality and mood than of the current trends. Lockdown can be the best time to play with your wardrobe and wear the weird, wonderful garments and accessories which you'd never be seen out in.

Time to try on all those clothes and see what works for now, and for after the crisis is over. Think work, rest and particularly play. Meanwhile, the de facto trends for this summer include boiler suits and baggy dungarees. So perfect for Taos.

Floating around her apartment in her treasured chiffon and Hepburn kitten heels, which had previously never left her closet for one reason or another, gave my friend such a lift that she ventured into her kitchen and made a tortilla soup from scratch - this woman who in her 30s thought the kitchen was just the place to keep the champagne and vodka chilled.

The other who's bored of wearing her homebound default black "uniform" is going to wear a different color from her big collection of lipsticks every day, and play with the coordinating colors waiting in her wardrobe.


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