Yes it’s true, we all can’t wait for this to be over, so we can bolt out the door and resume our lives, in the fashion sense at least. If you are already daydreaming about your first post-COVID party outfit, you are not alone. It is important to note though that our weeks on end of quarantine have affected us deeply, even on a fashion level, in fact many of these have surfaced already. They may be camouflaged as Summer fashion (because seriously Spring didn’t happen), but in actual fact they are a COVIDified version. Read on!
The Zoom Effect
The blazer was always intended to be the hero piece of pre-COVID spring/summer fashion. How it has been fashioned though has been tweaked slightly. Often worn with a bralette, the oversized blazer was originally matched to like-colored menswear pants, a relaxed take on the pantsuit. Today, the oversized jacket is seen worn with a knit bralette (the one made famous by Khaite and Katie Holmes of course), it is matched however to a super casual bottom, either sweat pants or bike shorts. This is what we have coined the Zoom effect, simply because what you wear on the bottom doesn’t show or matter.
Knits For All Seasons
Knitwear to our post-COVID lives is what black lycra was to us in the nineties. That indispensable material that every item of clothing was fashioned out of. Say good bye to black lycra leggings, the knit everything is here to stay. Not convinced just ask über-chic French fashion designer Jacquemus, who can’t keep his knit bike shorts in stock. Further evidence can be found with a quick glance at activewear websites where knit leggings are the latest addition.
The Bralette As Outerwear
It was inevitable really for the bralette, initially matched to a cardigan, to be worn alone during summer. The difference is how it has been transformed perhaps. The COVIDified bralette lacks the sexiness associated with an iconic D&G bralette. Something it could have possibly morphed into had COVID not hit. Instead it is inspired by the basic white tank top, that loyal partner during quarantine.
Well, you might want to pull all your silk scarves out. Although on trend a few seasons ago, the silk pocket square has been renegaded to the handbag accessories pile in recent past. Used to decorate the handles of your totes of late, these scarves have had a new lease on life with COVID. Worn in place of surgical masks by the fashionistas of the world, the silk-scarf-as-mask trend will gain momentum in the coming few months when surgical masks have lost their novelty, and many have started suffering from rashes related to them, known as maskne .
More Mask-Innovations On Their Way
Wearing a mask is no fun, especially when you need to speak or if you God-forbid what to show off a great lip color. We predict that a wide variety of clothing pieces will start to incorporate a face cover. What will differ is how the face is covered. As it stands now, the face is covered horizontally. So the neck is bare, and the mask is worn across the face. We anticipate that the new wave of face coverings will be part of the neck of your outfit. This way it can be pulled up to cover the nose and mouth when needed and rolled down when not in use. Another concept that will be used is a neck-tube, similar to a tubular winter neck scarf, or a summer head band, again this stretchy piece of fabric will sit at the neck when not in use. When needed it will be pulled up to cover the mouth and nose.
The Sweat Shorts and Tube Socks Outfit
Our most comfortable indoor outfit is bound to find its way out the door as well. What started off as a sweatpants set, was modified to shorts once weather permitted. What remained were the tube socks of course. We are guessing that the summer staples will comprise of matching sweatshirt (sleeveless if need be) and shorts, worn with tube socks and sneakers or Yeezy slippers. The looks is better suited to teenagers, but the comfort level is too tempting not to try.
The Many Shades of White
We have said that bold and clashing color combinations are bound to surface with the return of the outdoors. There are the shades of white though that will also have their share of the limelight. Just like most of our bedroom staples come in shades of white, so will our outdoor clothing. Unlike the chic neutrals of past seasons, these shades of white, flesh-toned white, grey-toned white and dirty white are not as tempting, but will be mixed and matched post-COVID. Imagine dirty white jeans matched to a vintage white over-sized t-shirt and bright white tube socks of course, to boot.