Self-isolation and social distancing are the “new normal” after coronavirus. I’ve mentioned it before, but for extroverts like me this is challenging! Who would have thought we’d be living in a world where you can’t grab lattes with friends at Detour Coffee Co., or have a day out with your kids in CityCenter? One of the best ways I’ve somewhat alleviated this stress is connecting digitally with my friends—especially on social media, like Instagram. Social media has grown since the pandemic, creating new trends that everyone can enjoy. This “WFH” content can sometimes make me think, “WTF?” but mostly it’s great for much-needed laughs. Some trends are more practical than others; Hello, pillow dress? Not my first choice for a #OOTD! However, they show us a light-hearted look into the reality of quarantined life, which I think we could all use right now. These popular five are the ones I love the most, and hope you will too!
1) Pillow dresses – This is the funniest, most bizarre trend to come from quarantine. Pillow dresses show you don’t need to shop the latest trends for a trendy outfit; you can just use what’s in your linen closet! You can accessorize a pillow with your favorite belt and heels, and add jewelry, handbags, or a cocktail (my favorite accessory, LOL) for extra drama. Voila! Instant outfit that’s perfect for rocking from your bedroom to the living room.
2) Tie-dye – This quarantine trend is one of the most approachable that I’ve seen online. Why not jazz up old sweatshirts or T-shirts with some old-fashioned tie-dye? Lots of influencers have been making matching sets, which I think is a cute idea. I’ve always thought tie-dye is a fun craft, and seeing it on Instagram makes me want to makeover some old pieces in my closet. This is also a fun activity that kids will love, so I’d definitely include Ella and Logan!
3) Cute PJ’s – Quarantine’s definitely given us more time to sleep-whether that’s going to bed early, waking up late, or taking naps in the middle of the day! Lots of at-home photoshoots show influencers wearing comfortable (but stylish) sleepwear, like pajama sets or silk robes. Accessorized with stuffed animals or sleep masks, this trend is cute and easy for everyone to relate to; who wouldn’t want to wear PJ’s all-day long?
4) Matching sets – Matching sets have been a big 90’s fashion trend I noticed this year, and I love that they’re making a comeback (I’m giving credit to Katie Holmes and her cashmere cardigan-bra set)! During quarantine, I’ve seen lots of matching sets in casual-wear, whether they’re leggings with cardigans or tank tops with sweats. This is how people seem to approach the trend without having to actually “dress up,” and still feel comfortable. I think that’s a great “style hack” that everyone can relate to, and probably have in their closets already. No matter the style, this proves that matching pieces is still the ultimate way to look put-together in a pinch.
5) Imperfect Outfits – Business up-top and party on the bottom is the new “norm” for meetings during quarantine. If you’re wearing a cute top and a full face of makeup during Zoom, who’s going to notice if the rest of your outfit is leggings and slippers? Some of the posts I’ve seen make light of this being a way to dress, that lots of people are doing right now. I think that’s why it’s so funny, and so popular! I also love that it’s pulling back the curtains on people that look “perfect” in selfies or Skype calls right now from the waist-up (as far as we can see). Some of us might be fully dressed up, but this trend shows it’s perfectly fine to put half an outfit together, throw on sweatpants, and call it a day.