While we may not be able to do all the fun activities that come along with the warm weather, our clothes that would've been worn shouldn’t suffer in our closets. As the COVID-19 shelter-at-home continues, our daily routines are continuing to look different but we still have power over some things. We can still do our skincare routine and we can still put clothes on and get dressed, whether you feel most comfortable donning sweats all day or you prefer a more dressed up look. And, as we see more and more everyday people are getting creative with virtual events and activities that those outfits can remain apart of. There are zoom dates, birthday parties, online classes, and even Teen Vogue's virtual prom. For those who turn to the coveted pieces in their closet for joy, dressing for these virtual events can help make life feel a little more normal, or even just a way to be creative with friends.
If you'd usually throw on a vintage dress to go shopping, why not throw one on to shop online with friends? If you normally wear a full-on look to treat yourself to a nice dinner, why get dressed up for a Saturday night meal you made in your kitchen? Figuring out our new normal is something we’re still trying to navigate, but turning to little things can help. Next time you hop on a Zoom call for a meet up with your besties, coordinate your top with your earrings like you normally would, if you’re doing a virtual workout, put on your favorite set as you would for the gym.
Need some inspo for these looks? Four of our favorite influencers were up for the challenge! They shopped their closet and dressed for three different scenarios each from a simple family zoom call, to virtual shopping dates (which we have to try), to a virtual cooking class.
Tyla Lauren, Influencer and Content Creator
What are the occasions you dressed for?
The pink two-piece is the perfect comfy set to do a Zoom workout in. My best friend is a trainer and I try to workout 3-4 times a week and I always like to look my best working out because it improves my mood and helps me get motivated. The patterned silk vintage blouse with denim is the perfect outfit for a shopping date via zoom with a friend. I love helping my friends learn how to find really good vintage pieces because I love to hrift. I love showing my friends websites like Etsy and DePop that have really great vintage finds like this denim hat I’m wearing. The white linen set with the denim hat is a great lightweight outfit to wear in your backyard or rooftop when you trying to catch some sun and fresh air.
How do your looks at home differ from what you would wear IRL? Thankfully I’m indoors so I don’t have to worry about the NYC weather. I can wear anything without a coat or jacket, also I can wear all my favorite outfits and not worry about having the perfect shoes to match!
Why is it important to you to still get dressed for virtual events? Getting dressed always makes me feel good about myself so at least two times during the week I promise myself no sweatpants!
How has your closet made you feel during this time? Excited! I’ve been organizing and can’t wait until we get out of this quarantine so I can wear all of the outfits I’ve been planning.
Stephanie Broek, Fashion Writer and Consultant
What are the occasions you dressed for? Happy hour, business meeting, and dinner with friends.
How do your looks at home differ from what you would wear IRL? Tops are more important and I tend to wear more jewelry, as you mostly see your upper body on Zoom. And socks and slippers instead of shoes.
Why is it important to you to still get dressed for virtual events? First of all because I want to look representative (in case of a business meeting). But, for Zoom calls with friends it's also about mocking a normal happy hour/dinner date. I also do it for myself. Dressing up gets me in a better mood.
How has your closet made you feel during this time? I've been doing a closet clear out. Decluttering and reorganizing felt like such a relief. I felt so confused the first two weeks in quarantine. Cleaning up the mess eased my mind. My closet is my temple now. When I open my wardrobe in the morning and seeing how neat everything looks, it's satisfying and comforting.
Maria Bernad, Founder of Les Fleurs Studio
What are the occasions you dressed for?
I’m dressed for a zoom date, a family call, and an online cooking class!
How do your looks for at home differ from what you would wear IRL?
I think I’m currently overdressing more just because I don’t have to go out on the streets and I can wear whatever I want. So I’m trying to get more creative, it also helps the fact that I can take longer to decide as there’s nowhere to go. Only my friends (over the phone) or the people that I’m with will see me.
Why is it important to you to still get dressed for virtual events?
I think it’s super important to still get dressed for both virtual events and just being around the house because it makes you feel like everything is normal and I feel it’s good for your mental health. It definitely helps me escape the reality.
How has your closet made you feel during this time? Some days it stresses me a bit because I’m used to constantly put looks together for my trips, meetings, and so on, so I would love to wear tons of things that just don’t make sense for a video call. On the other hand, there are other days that I enjoy searching my closet for things I hadn’t paid attention to before and I love that. So there’s also a positive side to it.
Jessica Torres, Style blogger
What are the occasions you dressed for? I dressed for online class, puppy play date and friend game night date.
How do your looks at home differ from what you would wear IRL? Before Covid-19 I made sure that I dressed with comfort in mind. A big part of style is attitude and confidence. I always make sure I can feel like myself while walking around strutting my style. But, now that I am dressing up for virtual game nights I make sure I’m even more comfortable. The dresses, tops, and bottoms must have some type of stretch. If I can fall asleep in it then it’s a winner.
Why is it important to you to still get dressed for virtual events? A week ago I was refusing to dress up. I always had the fear that I was wasting a great look for only my walls to see. But ever since I decided to dress up for myself, my energy and attitude have increased a good 80%! It really has helped me feel more in control.
How has your closet made you feel during this time? My closet has been very affected by COVID-19 and not the way you think. I’ve actually purged half of the clothes that I wear to be donated to other plus girls who may need it more than I do.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue