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How Gen Z Dresses To Work From Home

Earlier this year, when the world went into lockdown, how we dressed up – or down – became a hot topic of conversation. While millennials turned to comfortable loungewear, Gen Z found an opportunity to get creative.

Over on Instagram, outfit photos did not pause with the rest of the world, while young people continued sharing their aesthetic routines on TikTok as they got ready for Zoom calls and online classes. It’s no secret that Gen Z’s approach to workplace culture and, by extension, workplace attire is different from their predecessors’. Far less strict about what they wear in the office – you won’t find stuffy skirt suits or awkward kitten heels here – it’s understandable that working or studying from home as a result of the pandemic has allowed Gen Z even more freedom in their fashion choices.

University lockdowns, the prospect of a double-dip recession and, you know, the current state of the world have left students in particular feeling a deep sense of uncertainty about the future. Beside opening up more meaningful conversations about ethical consumption, experimenting with fashion on social media has brought joy to an otherwise joyless year. From thrift-flipping to trying out micro trends, TikTok creators urge their viewers to ‘romanticise’ their day through clothes, even if it’s just another mundane Monday. For Gen Z, the message is clear: dress up, develop a routine that makes you feel good, act like you’re the main character and find the small joys in your day.

As a card-carrying member of Gen Z, I can vouch for this attitude. I’ve always been an over-dresser: as a child, I remember playing outside and running indoors for a random outfit change, as if I were Hannah Montana (without the devoted fanbase). My clothes have always significantly impacted my mood, something I’ve noticed even more since studying for university online. Dressing up in the safety of my own home gives me more confidence to reach for that piece I’ve always wanted to wear but which somehow crept to the back of my wardrobe. What you decide to wear at home is a window into who you are when no one else is watching.

Whether we’re romanticising uneventful walks to our local Starbucks or sharing new ways to style our existing wardrobe with our followers, for Gen Z, fashion is thriving! Click through to see what five of us are wearing to work and study from home, and how the pandemic has changed our attitudes to dressing up.

Isabella Papadimitriou, 19, is a freelance stylist based in Paris and is studying strategic marketing and business in fashion. “As Gen Zers in the prime of our youth, the frustrating lack of opportunity to attend social events leads us to almost overcompensate for what we are missing out on. The outfits we would be wearing to school, parties and in the streets are now being worn in the comfort of our homes and I think because of that, we turn to social media to showcase the self-curated looks that we want the outside world to see.” For Isabella, her outfits offer her a routine. “Dressing up every day provides me with a sense of stability that is lacking from our world right now. Working from home has changed my style a lot; I’ve explored my personal style and dissected where I get a lot of my inspiration from, from studying my favourite designer archives and old fashion shows – I now have a ‘why not?’ mentality and I’ve left my previous comfort zone. I haven’t bought any comfort pieces like hoodies or sweat sets, and while at the beginning of lockdown I was working from bed, now I work at a desk for maximum productivity.”

Isabella wears a scarf from acne studios, a thrifted jacket from Melrose Trading Post LA and glasses from Farfetch.

Natasha Ahmed, 22, is a fashion blogger on TikTok and a graphic designer. For Natasha, getting dressed is the most exciting part of her day and she says she always dresses for herself. “I feel that lockdown has actually given me more of a reason to dress up. I’ve actually used the pandemic to be as expressive as possible with my style, considering I’m not subject to anyone’s judgement. I also feel like I can be as glamorous as possible, taking time to do my makeup and hair, which I didn’t have the luxury of when not working from home.” Natasha also finds motivation in putting outfits together. “Over-dressing while in a pandemic makes me feel a lot happier and motivated for the day, as it really does make me feel confident. Some days I just dress from the top upwards, like a sparkly crop top with joggers!”

Natasha wears a top from ASOS and trousers from Topshop.

Amaal Ali, 22, is a project manager at a charity based in Bristol.“Fashion is a big part of how I express myself and I didn’t realise how important it was for me until the lockdown began. Continuing to dress up means that I can hold onto this expression. I’ve gotten into a lot more jewellery and putting my accessories on has become part of my routine. When the pandemic started, I was at a point where I was buying a lot more clothes as I had time to kill and be online but now I’ve actively tried to limit how much I buy.” Lockdown has allowed Amaal the space and time to push herself out of her comfort zone. “I’ve been able to explore how I can style TikTok trends, experiment with accessories, think more sustainably about my fashion choices and occasionally peer into my dad’s wardrobe for potential pieces to style.”

Amaal wears a vest and hoodie, both purchased on Depop.

Darius Fischbacher, 23, is a studio assistant at Balenciaga and the person behind the cult Margiela Archive Instagram account. Like so many of us, Darius stopped caring about what he wore at home in the early days of lockdown. Slowly, though, he began to experiment with fashion again: “I wanted to embrace a new side of myself.” Through wearing new styles and silhouettes, Darius explains he was more willing to see himself in a new context. “I didn’t want to compromise how I dress for work so instead I sought out young designers who reflect the same point of view as my own.”

Darius wears a Vaquera hoodie and a top from eBay.

Intisar Musa, 22, is studying French at university and is an English language teaching assistant.In her spare time, you’ll find Intisar thrift-flipping her wardrobe. “I made the decision to start wearing the hijab during the early days of lockdown and this has been a big motivator in experimenting more with my style,” she says. “My style has changed a lot and now I wear much baggier, more modest clothing. I’m not wearing as much loungewear but I am wearing comfortable clothes that I’d be wearing outside if it were not for the pandemic. Earlier this year, I thought more consciously about where I was buying and I now shop for things I need (socks, jumpers etc.) instead of random things I want. I like looking at TikTok trends, like the tennis skirt for example, and adapting it to make it more more modest and wearable for my own personal look.” How has her wardrobe changed since lockdown? “I broke up with skinny jeans this year. For Zoom calls, it’s all about comfort and ease for me. I need to feel confident in what I’m wearing but also comfortable.”

Intisar wears a GAP menswear jumper and flares from Bershka. 

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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