It’s been exactly a month since I caught a train into London for what, unbeknownst to me, would be my last formal meeting for quite some time. It’s been two weeks since I bothered getting vaguely dressed up for anything more than a dog walk, and almost as long since I’ve been anywhere but the supermarket. I’m used to working from home; I’m used to flitting between not washing my hair for four days and getting all dolled up for an evening at one of the capital’s most luxurious restaurants; what I’m not used to is sitting around with literally nothing to look forward to and nowhere to go.
And you know what I miss most? Putting on a pretty dress.
There are far more important things going on in the world right now than my yearning for a decent outfit, but when life as you know it completely does a 180 it’s absolutely natural to feel a little lost and to take the time to find your new normal. I’ve always made a point of filling up my diary with appointments, face to face meetings, experiences and trips – because working alone, from home, means I can go days without seeing anybody but my husband and the guy who serves me coffee. Getting dressed in something other than jeans and wellies was as much for my metal wellbeing as anything else, and I didn’t realise how much I’d miss those days I got purposefully overdressed just because I could.
These pictures were taken only a few weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon strolling around town, but they feel like a distant memory. My current uniform of knitted trousers / jogging bottoms / mud-splattered jeans and a jumper may be far more comfortable and practical (especially when my movements are limited to ‘walking to the kitchen to make another cup of tea’ or ‘taking the dog to the field’,) but that doesn’t mean I’m not missing the need to curl my hair and put on a nice dress.
It’s amazing the impact fashion has on us, isn’t it? And you know what’s going to happen as soon as this all goes back to some sense of normality? We’re all going to be completely overdressed, for every single occasion, for the foreseeable future!
I’ve got so many amazing outfits lingering in my wardrobe dying to be worn, and I can’t wait for this time to pass so I can justify putting them on for something as simple as a trip to my local coffee shop or dinner in our favourite pub. I can’t wait to have something in my diary to look forward to, and to take my time pulling together a look that helps me feel great while doing it. So many events (birthdays, parties, even weddings) have been cancelled in the wake of COVID-19, but instead of leaving the outfits hanging up waiting for another ‘special occasion’ I’m just gonna wear them.
Overdressing has never been a fear of mine – in fact it’s something I’ve become quite well known for – so I have no issue whatsoever in emerging from this period of isolation like a metaphorical butterfly, wearing her best Zara dress and her favourite Gucci handbag. And I hope you’re planning on doing the same.
Let us all be completely overdressed for the rest of the year and beyond, and never underestimate the power of a well accessorized outfit again.
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