By Kristin King
As many of us still find ourselves working from home due to COVID-19, it may seem that our attention to fashion has shifted, leaving us caught in limbo on how to dress during the day. While being at home typically means casual and comfortable clothes, it can be hard to decide if professional dress is still necessary for Zoom meetings, client calls and other virtual means of communication. Luckily, the fashion industry is adjusting to this new world right along with us, and that means new trends that bridge the gap between classy and cozy. Women’s wardrobes these days are starting to fill with pieces that can easily take you from your Zoom meeting to your dinner out, or to a socially distanced meet-up with friends.
Robin Heller, owner of All About You Boutique in Auburn, says that her clients are shopping for clothes that are presentable, yet also offer them comfort while working from home. The key is to find pieces that are versatile and made from high-quality fabric, something that can hold up to multiple washes and various daily activities.
Her most popular item right now is a loose fitting, long sleeve top that comes in tie-dye or black and also has optional bottoms.
“When worn together, it gives the look of a jumpsuit,” Robin says. “Worn separately, the bottoms pair well with either a sweatshirt and running shoes, a sweater and booties. For warmer days, it can be worn with sandals or wedges and a tank top or t-shirt.”
Robin is certain that tops like these are essential to any closet.
“The top looks cute paired with jeans, slacks, skirts or even shorts” she mentions, which is perfect for those of us who tend to be more minimal when it comes to building our closets. She also notes that fun patterns and colors are a great way to breathe life into your wardrobe, because “let’s face it, these days you can never go wrong with tie dye!”
Mike and Kim Gangstad of Bluebird Boutique in Wabash note that flowy lounge sets are one of their bestsellers.
“Dress either up or down depending on your Zoom angle,” they note about a soft, feather hoodie and a pair of tie-dye joggers.
Yet, as appealing as the more leisure-style clothing can be, clients are still looking for other options to keep true to a professional dress code, or just to get out of their sweats for a day or two. A silky black button-up can pair nicely with some loose-fitting patterned pants. An outfit like this can provide a strong, upscale look while still remaining comfortable.
Whether you’re looking to keep it casual or prefer a more formal approach, the bottom line is that comfort is becoming a priority in our lives as we continue to deal with the effects of the pandemic and adjusting to a new way of life. Find what feels good for your style and run with it.
All About You Boutique, facebook.com/AAYbtq/
Bluebird Boutique, bluebirdboutique.com