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How to shift back to normal clothes

Not worn anything other than trainers and a two-piece loungewear outfits for the weekly food shop and dog walks? Same.

Soon we’ll be back to offices, bars and restaurants, and that will mean donning more restrictive attire than we’ve been used to.

But you can transition back to that more gradually, if you know how to approach your wardrobe come spring.

Here’s how to do it.

Normalise getting fully dressed

Founder of clothing rental company, By Rotation, Eshita Kabra-Davies says first you should normalise getting dressed if you haven’t been doing so each morning, rather preferring to take advantage of only being seen on video calls from the neck up.

‘Attempting to get dressed into “real” clothes after this rather long hiatus is a surprisingly overwhelming experience,’ Eshita notes.

‘The key is to take it slow and keep it simple. If you haven’t been getting dressed to WFH, then now is the time to start.

‘Normalising getting dressed will make the process a lot more natural and and the transition a lot easier once the lockdown is lifted, especially for those that have to dress smarter in an office environment.’

Don’t abandon your loungewear completely

ASOS Insider Lotte Williams says those items you so heavily relied on need not be cast aside and forgotten about.

‘A lot of us have invested in more loungewear over the last year but just because life is slowly returning to “normal”, doesn’t mean you have to hide all those trackies in the back of your wardrobe,’ Lotte tells us.

‘The perfect transition is to take those comfy co-ords and split them up, mix and match. Then you can start to appreciate them as individual pieces.’

You could try taking the top from a co-ord set and pairing it with some structured trousers for a pared back approach to smart-casual settings.

Make considered investments

If you’re going to refresh your wardrobe a little, stick to items that that be mixed and matched for looks that are suitable for this ‘in between’ stage of rules relaxing and life resuming.

Lotte says: ‘Graphic tees (such as this) are such a great base as they’re so easy to style with clashing prints.

‘Try your favourite lockdown hoodie with a new pleated mini skirt,’ for example.

Really think about how you can make what’s currently available to you work with any new purchases you’ve made.

Even better, before buying, think about what comfy clothes you have that could pair well with the item – it will make the act of getting dressed to out again easier.

Be smart about the fabrics and cuts you choose

Some styles of clothing feel more comfortable, clearly. Eshita says this doesn’t just come solely from loungewear though – you can wear dressy items that physically feel good.

For a start, she says to ease back into office attire ‘swap an elasticated waistband for a sturdier trouser and a hoodie for a cardigan.’ Baby steps.

‘It sounds obvious, but invest in really comfortable undergarments for a start,’ adds Eshita.

‘Wearing restrictive tight bras or uncomfortable underwear will set your day off terribly and make anything you put on top feel unnatural and miss your loungewear days.

‘Try opting for softer materials like cashmere and or cosy thick knits. These are a great first step as they’ll provide the comfort of loungewear without the lazy look.’

Though you could go for an elasticated high waisted midi skirt for example, which will feel nicer than one with a zip and still make you appear dressed for the occasion.

Take advantage of warmer weather

Generally in the summer fashion leans towards flowy and less restrictive clothes, which is a win if you’ve enjoyed a year-long break from skinny jeans.

Eshita says: ‘If you’re not quite ready for the restrictiveness of jeans, use the slightly better weather to your advantage.

‘Wear a long flowing skirt (such as this) with mood-boosting bright colours and prints.’

Pair it with a white tee and you’re good to go.


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