Life after leggings: How the way we dress has changed

Life after leggings: How the way we dress has changed

The summer after Covid is in full swing. Weddings, competitions, festivals and other social occasions are back in full swing, along with the need to dress for them. After almost two years of comfortable house clothes and restrictions on clothing, leggings and hoodies have finally been pushed to the back of the wardrobe.

But has the prolonged hibernation during the pandemic affected our style on a fundamental level? We talked to style advisors, buyers and women of different ages who love clothes about what they are wearing now. Everyone agreed that the pandemic changed the way they dress and that there has been a change in mood when it comes to style, even as our social lives resume and workplaces continue to open up.

“During the pandemic, everything people wanted was joggers, jeans, cashmere and training shoes, but there are more events now and great demand for dresses again,” said buyer Clodagh Shorten from Samui in Cork, who is celebrating 21 years in the industry this year.

“People dress differently, do not wear formal suits, do not look so official and maybe wear a jacket with chinos to work instead,” she says, and high heels “are only for occasions, because the coach still wins.”

She thinks that people have become more playful – “short skirts sell, and not all to young people” – and overall the look is more relaxed, even for special occasions such as weddings.

“Even the mother of the bride is looking for something she can wear again, looking for investment stuff,” she says.

With offices slowly starting to reopen, getting dressed for work is “a stumble” for many people, says Clara Halpin, deputy director of private and personal shopping at Kildare Village.

“Because you spend a lot of time at work, it’s important to feel good and confident – many women lost confidence when they were at home.”

Hybrid work – sometimes in the office, sometimes at home – also has its own arterial challenges. “People are really struggling with the concept,” she says.

Many office workers still have their suits in storage, but “a fantastic jacket, well-cut trousers and a lovely top are [still] very important, especially at Zoom where block colors work well, ”Halpin suggests. “Blue is a color I always recommend.”

Texture has become more important to customers, she says, “because people have become accustomed to enjoying the comfort and cocoon, they are now really drawn to luxury fabrics”.

As the owner of The Style Bob consulting firm, Aoife Dunican has recently spent much of her time lecturing to corporate clients entitled: What am I wearing now and does it matter?

Smart casual is the new dress code at work, she says, even for law firms. “It really is more relaxed, and there is more self-expression; diversity and inclusion are great in companies now. Where a chalk-striped suit may once have been the rule, it is now a navy blue dress with statement jewelry,” she says.

“People dress up again, but comfort comes nowhere. I really never thought I would have a training collection.”

Buyers and designers respond to this desire for more casual and comfortable workwear. Deborah Veale, who has extensive experience designing corporate clothing for women, admits that she also “struggles to get rid of elastic in the waist”, but “we are slowly going back to tailoring, because it is so invigorating”.

Her new diffusion line mixes tailoring with jersey, which is more relaxed and fluid. She is working on a project that updates familiar staples such as biker jackets and trench coats with details such as leather moldings and buckles. “It’s work clothes, not casual,” she says.

The color consultant Maria Macklin says that reducing consumption and shopping consciously are other lessons learned during the lockdown. “Always buy clothes that you will wear over and over again and every time you buy something new, remove an item. Stop buying things you already have. Try to go for a month without buying anything and become more resourceful and create new clothes with what you already have, she says.

Knowing which colors suit you and how they match everything else in your wardrobe is a skill worth developing and will help you get the most out of the clothes you already own, she says.

If your style has changed fundamentally and you now have a wardrobe full of clothes you no longer wear, how can you edit it? Professional Weed Cleaner Tara Crowley gives private lessons and helps people identify the clothes they wear on a regular basis compared to those that are unused, often kept even if they do not fit as an incentive to lose weight. One of her standard rules is that if something has not been used in six months, it expires.

“A closet is a very emotional place,” she says. “So many people complain that they have nothing to wear and open a bulging closet. When they open their closet, they open their hearts.”

Her three-hour sessions include color analysis and advice on what suits special body shapes and proportions. What smart tips can she share? Busty women need tailored jackets; a jacket with just can create a waist; you can come down a dress size with the right size bra; do not cover problem areas with volume; and high-waisted jeans lengthen the leg.

When it comes to dressing to look good on screen, where so many work meetings still take place, the advice is that color blocking looks modern while looking longer and slimmer. It’s also easier than putting together an entire outfit in different shades. A blouse or top with a little shine reflects the light well. Another trick is to use asymmetrical cuts that give a curve to a straight line figure, or to shape around curvy.

Conventional wisdom is that larger prints fit larger frames, conversely smaller prints, smaller frames. Wrap-around dresses that gap should be avoided, and statement oversize costumes that are paraded on the catwalk can, in reality, make the wearer look like a child in adult clothing. Dresses with a fit and flare can be universally flattering.

For those with unused suits that sneak into the closet, the style consultant Dunican recommends dressing them down with loafers, or enlivening them with a round neckline, colorful top or blouse. And the power of a good jacket can not be overestimated, she says. “It takes you everywhere and beautifies an outfit instantly. A little tailored gives a finished look to an outfit.”

Dunican encourages its customers to spend on good quality separations. Your wardrobe should be “60 percent basic, 40 percent fun”, she says, with “good denim – dark denim is more acceptable for looking good on things, even if the traditional blue color is a good shade for summer”.

The right clothes can give us the opportunity to feel safe and enthusiastic about going back to the world, she believes.

– We have had a tough time at different levels. Women want to look modern and relevant. It’s an exciting time now. And if you dress in a way that makes you feel good, it matters. So was your own version of fabulous. ”

My style …

Catherine Grehan (19): “Now we care a little less”

For 19-year-old Trinity student Catherine Grehan, going out during the pandemic was such news that you wanted to make every outing special, because everything was online during my first year of college. I had so much time to plan and plan what “I would wear it on the few occasions we went out, I knew exactly what I was wearing before the event. Now we care a little less”.

“I love the color blue and dressing things up with jewelry, so an all-black outfit with blue jewelry is my staple. I wear cowboy boots much more often now and long coats, mostly my mom’s; all I own is hers. Many of my friends wear theirs. mothers’ clothes. ”

Vanisha Finlay (25): “I am not willing to leave large sums of money”

Vanisha Finlay, who works as a lawyer for a law firm in Dublin, admits that before Covid she would save up for an expensive bag or jacket. No longer. “Now I look at it and see that as a financial expense it is not a smart idea, and I am not willing to leave large sums of money.”

How people portray themselves on social media became more transparent during the pandemic, she believes, and there is less pressure now to adapt to fashion trends. “The days are over when everyone wanted the same thing.”

Her workplace is much more relaxed now than it was in the pre-pandemic. “My colleagues are more relaxed, wear plates and there is more acceptance to dress that makes you feel comfortable. But I still dress smart for work and love to put clothes together. ”

Edith Dodd (27): “Do not even say heels”

For Edith Dodd, who works in brand marketing in the food industry, the suit is dead ”and do not even mention heels. I do not want to know “, she says. “I work from home and my daily wear is leggings and sweaters. We all wear hoodies at Zoom and I am less aware of self-presentation on screen than the background.”

When she goes out with friends, “we are not as dressed up as before Covid”.

She and her friends often use clothing rentals online via sites such as green is good for you, a service set up by her friend last year. “[It] has really taken off – it’s mainly stylish dresses that none of us would want to buy anymore, preferring to rent for one night. ”

When she buys new clothes, she is “an online shopper all the way, mainly Zara, Other Stories and Mango. I hate going into stores because there are so many people.”

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