Before COVID-19, many of us got dressed up to go out on a daily basis. From heading to the office to a night out on the town, you could shop your closet for the most stylish clothes for the occasion.
Those were the days!
Unfortunately, those days are long gone, at least for the time being. Many of us are spending a lot more time at home, which means there’s no reason to wear that fancy dress or those new sunglasses.
You also have to think about the virus itself. Can what you wear affect the transmission of the virus?
If you’ve lost your fashion sense and are looking for a way to get it back while keeping yourself and those around you safe and healthy, follow these tips.
Upgrade Your Mask
It has been recommended by the CDC that everyone wears a mask while out in public. That’s because COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets. Although a mask may not protect you from germs that are in the air, you will protect everyone else around you by keeping your sneezes and coughs from entering the air and infecting others.
The trouble is, masks aren’t very fashionable. At least they weren’t before the Coronavirus struck! There’s no reason why you have to wear one of those flimsy medical masks if you’re looking for something a bit more fashionable.
Many people are making cloth masks out of some great fabrics. Choose some masks in colors and patterns that complement your outfits. If you really want to elevate your style game, have a mask made in the same fabric as your favorite shirt or dress so they match perfectly!
Wash Your Clothes More Regularly
We don’t really know how long COVID-19 can stick to clothes, but it’s well worth your time to make sure you wash them more regularly. That’s especially the case if you wash your clothes infrequently to try and preserve them.
You will want to wash your clothes every time you go outside and return home, but just washing them isn’t enough. It’s really best to disinfect them while you wash. Steps include:
- Use laundry soap and use one that contains bleach if it’s compatible with your clothing.
- Wash non-delicate items in hot water.
- Dry your clothes completely.
- Disinfect your laundry baskets.
- Consider wearing gloves when doing your laundry.
For an extra boost of disinfecting power, consider adding a disinfectant, like Lysol laundry sanitizer.
Bring Back Fashionable Gloves
Gloves can protect you when you’re out and about, as long as you’re mindful of when and how you wear them. Never touch your face while you’re wearing gloves, and change them often.
But, why wear those ugly disposable gloves when you can bring back fashionable gloves instead! From evening gloves to leather driving gloves, there are a lot of fashionable options to choose from. Just make sure you wash them regularly so they don’t harbor germs.
Make At-Home Clothes Fashionable
There are plenty of people out there dressing up while they’re at home to feel more like themselves, but there’s no reason to squeeze into your Spanx and slip into those high heels if you want to look and feel fashionable while you’re at home!
You can be stylish and comfortable if you get into at-home clothes. Popular in other cultures, at-home clothes are just starting to gain traction in the U.S. as more people spend time at home. Think silky pants, luxury slippers, and cashmere sweaters that are comfortable, beautiful, and can be styled just as fashionably as any dress.
Buy From Your Favorite Fashion Brands
Although you may not be going out a lot, if you have favorite fashion brands, it’s a good idea to support their business so they’re still there when this is all over.
Fashion brands are getting hit hard as stores are closed, and shopping online just isn’t the same. Not to mention, many people have lower incomes or have lost their job, so there isn’t a lot of money available to shop with.
If you have a few extra dollars, buy an item or two from your favorite stores. Even if you can’t wear the item right away, it will help keep them afloat until the pandemic is over.
Just because you’re spending more time in the house, and when you do leave, you have to wear a mask, doesn’t mean you can’t be stylish! With these tips, you can modify your fashion game to feel like your best self, even if no one is looking.