If like us, your lockdown uniform has mainly consisted of trousers with elasticated waistbands and oversized t-shirts, then it’s time to take back control of your wardrobe.
We’ve been looking at ways to use the lockdown period to declutter your wardrobe, upcycle your old garments and find a new outfit so you are ready to party once the lockdown limitations are lifted. Here’s our pick of the bunch:
Clear out your wardrobe
It’s a job many of us put off and instead we simply squeeze more clothes into our already overstuffed wardrobes and drawers, but lockdown has given us the luxury of time – and it’s time to do something about that dress you’ve not worn since 2008.
We suggest starting small – your underwear drawer is always a good place to begin. Be ruthless and discard any socks with holes or laddered tights (honestly, you’ll never wear them) and then pack everything you are keeping back in the drawer neatly.
By decluttering one area at a time, you’ll feel a sense of achievement and feel more fired up to tackle the bigger areas. Ask yourself three simple questions for each garment: Do I wear it? Do I love it? Does it fit me? If the answer to any of these questions is a resounding ‘no’, then it’s time to let it go!
Any clothes you no longer need can be donated to charities once lockdown is over. Charities such as The Salvation Army are asking donators to hang onto their items until they can take donations in their shops or empty clothing bins.
Make your own fabric face mask
If your wardrobe clear-out has left you with an abundance of old t-shirts, you can put them to good use and make yourself a fabric face mask. You don’t need a sewing machine or a needle and thread and it’s quick to make at home. Get the instructions here.
- An old, clean T-shirt
- Tape measure
- 2 elastic bands
It’s important to note that these are not medical grade masks, and whilst the mask may not protect the wearer, it could help to protect any people around you. The World Health Organisation offers the latest guidelines on the use of masks.
Keep on running in style
Many Brits are using their daily exercise hour to run, jog or cycle and lots of us are taking up the healthy hobby for the first time to relieve lockdown boredom. If you are running or excising in a tatty tracksuit and trainers that have seen better days, then it may be time to treat yourself to some new kit.
We love the idea of supporting independent brands who might be struggling during the pandemic, and Tribe Sports are an independent company who are really trying to make a difference. Not only are their men and women’s sportswear ranges reasonably priced, they also have a ‘buy one get one tree’ initiative in place and will plant a tree for every purchase made on their website.
Working from home wardrobe
With so many of us having to adapt to working from home, we’ve had to think carefully about what we wear. It’s so tempting to remain in your PJ’s all day, but if your boss schedules an impromptu video call and you’re in your dressing gown, things could get embarrassing.
We suggest adopting a policy of wearing a comfortable t-shirt, which can be accessorised quickly with a scarf or smart cardigan for video calls, and for the men, a polo shirt is always a comfortable option to ensure you look smart on camera. What you wear on your bottom half is up to you… as long as your legs are hidden under your desk, we won’t judge!
Upcycle your clothes for a fashion challenge
Northamptonshire-based high-end fashion designer Lino Giordano is doing his bit to raise spirits and foster a sense of community by inviting budding fashionistas to take his #resurrectionchallenge.
It’s a simple and fun way to get involved with upcycling and provides a creative opportunity to turn an old item of clothing into something fabulous to wear once lockdown is over and we can all start partying again.
As an added incentive to get creative, Lino is running a prize draw to win one of his exclusive satin scarves worth £220 – so what are you waiting for? Share your glammed-up glad-rags to enter the competition.
See what the celebs are wearing during lockdown
It’s not just Joe Public that are dressing down whilst staying safe at home. Celebrities such as Cara Delevingne and Rihanna have been taking to social media to share their lockdown looks with us.
If like us, you are curious to see how celebs are dressing at home ,when they are not strutting their stuff on the red carpet, here’s a roundup of their lockdown style – including Queen Of Fashion Victoria Beckham, relaxing at home with her pooch!
Slippers are the new shoes
We’ve pretty much ditched all our shoes in favour of slippers for the last six weeks. Slippers are a stay-at-home essential item as far as we’re concerned and as lots of websites are offering deals on cosy footwear, now is the time to treat yourself.
Live it up in loungewear
If we’ve not convinced you to stay stylish at home, then it’s time to embrace your loungewear. The Missguided website is offering a super-soft long-sleeved top and trousers that oozes style and offers the ultimate in comfort.
For gents who believe that staying in is the new going out, ASOS have a comfy shorts and t-shirt combo which is ideal for lazy days on the sofa watching box sets and eating popcorn.