6 Self-Care Fashion Tips
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Fashion and Mental Health
September 21, 2020
Written by Celeste Alyssa Gomez
I think it is safe to say that most people’s fashion during quarantine consists of sweatpants. It is understandable to want to lounge in yesterday’s clothes. It feels absolutely effortless to stay in our pajamas or sweats all day, and I am someone who has done so as well. I won’t apologize for my comfort, but I realized it started to affect my own mental health and concepts of beauty. Being at home we have the power to be as comfortable as we please, but we shouldn’t let it run for too long. According to the source, make it, the article states, “A recent study from medical journal The Lancet notes that the psychological impact of quarantine can be great, resulting in a range of mental health concerns from anxiety and anger to sleep disturbances, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).” With that being said, it is important for people to create some sort of routine and explore some fashion tips. Down below I will be discussing some activities on how you can step up your quarantine game while having self-care time!
Exchange Sweatpants for Leggings!
Fall is basically here, and that means sweater weather! I challenge you to break up with the sweatpants for just a moment and try using leggings instead! Leggings are a good way to stay comfy and chic at the same time. The one thing I like about leggings mostly is that you are able to wear them with basically anything like with a cute sweater or blouse or graphic tee. The choices are limitless.
Try Wearing a Cardigan As a Shirt
Instagram Influncer and Founder of Netta, Jordan Kanegis was wearing a sultry baby blue cardigan as a shirt with matching shorts. I found this style to be different. I feel it is something you are able to still lounge in on a weekend evening Zoom happy hour with friends or watching a movie. If you need to look a little more put together but still want to remain comfortable, you can also put on a bra that gives you a bit of shape and button one or two more of the cardigan buttons. The whole outfit she is wearing is from Live The Process. This picture is from her Instagram profile which you can follow @jordankanegis
Photo: Instagram Profile (@jordankanegis)
Fashion Fear Friday
This was something I started for myself back when I was an undergraduate in college. Every Friday I would wear something that I would normally be scared to try, but it gave me confidence in myself. For the quarantine edition, we need to be cautious so you can try wearing something old or something you avoid and post a picture! You can have fun with it and have a mini photoshoot. My best advice is to use a sheet as a backdrop, a ring light (if you have one), and some props like a chair or fake flowers! You can also spice it up by using fairy lights or Christmas lights to give you a cool vibe.
Marie Kondo Your Wardrobe
If you haven’t heard of Marie Kondo, she is a professional organizer (she even has a show on Netflix!). She basically teaches organizing methods in order to keep your space neat and clean. She applies this with the wardrobe, and I think it is such a great mental reliever. What she does is go through clothing that sparks joy. If the item does you keep it, and if it doesn’t you donate it! I think this is such a fun activity to do with whoever you’re sharing a space with because you find old clothes and potential new outfits. I am someone who has bought clothes and has forgotten about them because they are in the back of my closet. It takes out the clutter in your life and you can start wearing outfits you’ve missed. This photo of Kondo is from People Exclusive
Virtual Fashion Show
Okay, hear me out…I know it sounds weird, but it is actually a creative idea! I think it would be awesome to have a get together with your friends virtually where you all dress up one day out of the week. This provides a routine which is good for us mentally. It also provides some social interaction. I feel like I have become extremely introverted through this process, but my heart aches for some talks with good friends. I think it is also a good way to check up on one another.
Robe and Chill
This is like almost close to our sweatpants, but not really. I feel like wearing a robe provides comfort. Wearing a nice face mask and robe at night is a new way to step up your night routine or making breakfast with it on is a nice way to start your day. Depending on the robe you have or might want to get, it is sweet to go with either a silk or cotton type one.