Sweatpants and giant hoodies are super comfortable for months indoors, but sometimes we can let our mental health get away from us if we wear the same clothes everyday. Why not boost your self-esteem by experimenting with your style during isolation? You don't have to spend a cent for these tips from Fashion & Sustainability Coordinator Sal Edwards and Fashion Marketing Coordinator Anna Hickey, and as restrictions ease, it's the perfect time to reveal a new personal fashion sense when you leave the house.
Sal loves a wardrobe audit, and while you're inside, why not go through your wardrobe and see what you haven't worn for a while? "Ask yourself: when was the last time you wore this? Why are you keeping it? Can you see yourself wearing it in the next 3 months?" they suggest.
While you pick and choose, it's also a convenient moment to reconfigure your wardrobe for the warmer months as we leap into spring. "We've spent most of iso in our winter wardrobes of track pants and puffer jackets—a great start would be to pull out your warm weather outfits and start styling some outfits for a picnic in your local park, a walk along the beach in summer, or a dinner in the new outside dining arrangement."
Not only will you feel better about your clean wardrobe afterwards, but it can mentally re-energise you as you begin to see your friends IRL—everything will feel new again!
VIRTUAL CLOTHING SWAP
Clothing swaps are a great way of refreshing your wardrobe without affecting the environment, and you can absolutely still do it in isolation. Meet the virtual clothing swap—as Sal describes it, "Rather than dumping all your unwanted clothes at an op shop, start a Facebook group with friends and post things that you are no longer wearing to see if someone else will want it."
"You could also list some garments that you would like to swap it for, eg. Will swap for denim shorts, vintage t-shirt, denim skirt," Sal explains. Not only can you trade something you no longer love for something new, but you could always arrange a socially distanced walk if you're within the 5km range to trade the items, rather than posting.
TIKTOK STYLING CHALLENGES
Heard of the Gucci model challenge? Well, there are tons of other styling challenges that TikTokers are creating and sharing. Anna says she the TikTok styling challenges are "a good example of how mixing up your personal styling in a playful way can result in new outfit combinations."
She recommends Morgan Presley for humorous outfit recipes—such as 'How To Look Like An Early 2000s Disney Star' and 'Getting The Model Off Duty Look', as well as 'Randomly Generated Outfit' challenges like the ones @Little_sun_boy does. Anna suggests if you really wanted to mix it up, you could make your own randomiser for clothes and accessories that already exist in your closet!
DRESS LIKE A FRIEND
If you're looking for something a bit more low effort and accessible, look for inspiration around you—not Pinterest, but your friends. "I personally always look to my friends and try a 'dress like them' day when I feel stuck in my style," Anna admits.
Above anything else, there's no commitment to stick to the style you experiment with, because it's exactly that: experimentation. "I approach it as 'dressing like my friend for a day' and just 'trying on' a new style, knowing that style is fluid and never permanent," she says. "Think of how your friends dress as a 'recipe' and use what you have in the closet to make it."