Having Fun With Fashion… When The World Is Anything But Fun

Hands up if you’re spending six days a week rotating two different loungewear sets on repeat? A year ago my ‘casual wardrobe’ consisted of a few relaxed tees and a pair of stretchy jeans, because even when working from Starbucks I made an effort to do my hair and put on tights. In 2021, however, I’m channeling a whole different vibe thanks to the world imploding around us; if I can take comfort from wearing something cosy, stretchy and not dissimilar to a duvet then I’m there with bells on.

Maybe it’s symbollic, wrapping ourselves up in the only way we can against the trauma of the outside world, but loungewear has been big business for brands over the last twelve months. And although I’m totally here for my growing tracksuit collection, sometimes it’s good to dress up and have fun with fashion – if only to temporarily lift your spirits and remind yourself what you look like in anything other than a onesie.

I’m attempting to keep my clothes budget as low as possible right now (or as low as possible for a woman with an addiction to new threads and whose job it is to post outfits on the internet!) seeing as we have nowhere to go and nobody to see, so shopping my own closet has become a welcome pasttime. Rummaging through to find gems I haven’t worn in a while, finding new and unexpected combinations – there’s something so satisfying, rediscovering that fashion can be fun and have a huge impact on how we feel when we step out the door.

This outfit brings nothing but joy for me; the bold colour of the skirt, the cheekiness of the beret, the chunky boots and the slogan jumper that displays exactly where I’d rather be right now, the combination definitely lifted my spirits and was a welcome change from lounging about in the same joggers for yet another day. Even if it was only for an hour to walk along the street, there’s something so powerful about a little sense of normality; reminding yourself who you were before all this madness began, and what life will be like on the other side. And yes, I did get all that from a jumper and skirt combo.

Having fun with fashion, when the world is anything but fun, is definitely a mantra I’m sticking to in 2021.

How about you?


Joanie Clothing New York Jumper | £45.00 | LINK
Topshop Mustard Pleated Midi Skirt | £35.00 | SIMILAR HERE
New Look Boots | £34.99 (Now £19.99) | LINK
Givenchy Medium Antigona Bag | £1660.00 | LINK
Accessorize Black Beret | £14.00 | SIMILAR HERE



  1. Heather Henriksen
    February 3, 2021 / 3:14 pm

    Great post again! I do wonder what loungewear you would recommend that’s acceptable to wear outdoors? I’ve struggled with substantial bottoms so all my lumps don’t show. I’m also 5’4” so length is an issue. I don’t trust the Amazon bloggers, everything looks so cheap. Thanks!

    • hayleyhalluk
      February 3, 2021 / 5:08 pm

      I’ve actually got some content coming up about loungewear – I’ve just ordered a load from Very. I’ve mainly bought mine from Tesco because it’s the only place open atm, but H&M and New Look have some great pieces. I’d say if you’re concious about your middle opt for a size up for an oversized look, and make sure you go for non-cropped styles which tend to be everywhere atm.

  2. February 3, 2021 / 7:15 pm

    I love the idea of shopping my closet and seeing what gems I can find. I definitely need to do that rather than purchasing clothes!

    Jodie | jodieloue.com

    • hayleyhalluk
      February 4, 2021 / 9:26 am

      It’s so easy to think you have nothing to wear while there’s a full closet!

    • hayleyhalluk
      February 6, 2021 / 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much! <3

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