For some, dressing up is just about covering their bodies but for fashion lovers like me, it is a part of our lives. Before a nationwide lockdown came to effect across India (which BTW has been extended till May 3 now), I spent at least half an hour of my day deciding what should I be wearing to work, or to meet my friends post that. Styling myself makes me look forward to the next day. But what do we do now that we are locked up within the four walls of our houses? How do we stay excited about fashion when the world is facing a global health crisis?
Well, don't worry, there are a few things you can do that will keep your zeal to be fashion alive.
Stepping out of your house is not the only reason for you to look your fashionable best. Whether it is deciding your post-lockdown looks or whether it's keeping up with what's trending, there's still a lot that can cater to your stylish soul. Here's what you need to do:
Follow your favourite fashion influencers to keep yourself constantly updated with what's trending. Most fashion influencers and bloggers are also taking up questions and conducting live sessions these days, so you can get some tips from them. My personal recommendation? Follow Plixxo super blogger Masoom Minawala for ethnic wear inspiration and Roshni Bhatia to add the chic factor to your post-lockdown looks.
The concept of a mood board or making scrapbooks does sound taxing and time-consuming but why not give it a shot when you actually have all the time in the world? Yes, ever thought of giving your Instagram bookmarks a break? It's time to dig up all your old magazines and indulge in some fashion therapy. The best way to do so would be to start snipping out outfits or trends that you'd want to emulate once social-isolation comes to an end. You can paste or pin them up all together so that they act as reminders of all the fun outfits you'll be doing post lockdown.
Unless you are quarantined with just a few clothes at hand, there is absolutely no reason for you to keep repeating your outfits every day. According to psychologists, wearing different colours every day plays a major role in lifting your mood, so why not use fashion to stay positive during lockdown? You can and you should make your at-home style a statement and don't shy away from sharing it on your social media handle to get some compliments. However, remember to dress up for yourself and not to please the world.
So what if you cannot step out to party? You can definitely plan some virtual parties with your friends and family. That'll not only give you a reason to smile but also give you a reason to dress up and style yourself. The best part? You do not have to wait for a Saturday.
Wondering how would it feel to be able to dress up and step out again? I'd recommend you utilise this time to plan your outfits for at least two weeks, according to the latest fashion trends. For instance, as far as summer dresses are concerned, you can opt for stripes, eyelets, printed sequence and cowl. As for the pants, the trends are pretty much the same as they were when we entered the quarantined world.
Lockdown is the best time for you to be able to rediscover your closet since indulging in impulse buys is not the solution to your style cravings at all times. Therefore, you can get new clothes without spending any extra money by thinking of some DIY hacks that you can use in the post-lockdown world eventually. You can convert your old jeans into shorts or use your skirts as tube tops.
If you can't shop right now, that doesn't mean you can't add items to your wishlist. In fact, this is the perfect time to think of all the statement pieces need since I'm sure you're already spending a lot of time reorganising your wardrobe. So you'd know if you need another white shirt and what kind of bags or heels you should buy next to complement the dresses you've dug up recently.
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