Haven’t all of us fantasized about what our life would be like once the pandemic is over and now we can move out of our houses, visit our relatives and do whatever we want? So while today we sit in our tracksuits without makeup and rather focusing on skincare, we dream of days to come soon when we can wear that cute outfit to our date night, or even wear lipstick without it spilling all over; our masks, no?
The world has seen lockdown for quite some time. Still, now it is time to witness the lockdown being relaxed in several parts of the world. The countries such as the United Kingdom and France are scheduled to reopen cautiously in the coming weeks; many states ranging from California to New York have already eased restrictions. As soon as everyone has started going out in society, we have also started reconsidering our fashion and beauty choices.
After the pandemic last year, a lot has changed. Fashion projections started to fall apart, and instead, comfort and convenience started to take its place. As per fashion psychologist Dawnn Karen, as our social life dwindled, so did the pressure to appear specifically. Before the pandemic, all of us sought external approval, turning to gatekeepers to judge what we put on our bodies regularly, but now we have started to gaze within.
With the advice of five experts, we would find ways to exit the Covid cocoon with confidence to help navigate the big outside.
Dress to please yourself
Many new fashion trends we see these days are said to be closely related to our mental wellness. Fashion is utilised to either reflect or enhance your mood, as seen by the increasing interest in so-called “dopamine dressing.” It is said by the fashion experts out there that bright colours, happy face symbols, and fun loudness can all aid in “optimising your attitude.” Wearing a particular kind of garment might be interpreted as an act of escape or escapism.
Karen, the fashion expert, once mentioned that nostalgic clothing is another healing method, pointing to the current return of the 2000s and 1970s styles. She described 1970s fashion as “indicative of peace, love, and happiness. We know when it comes to dressing in a way that compliments your emotions, one may find oneself gravitating toward loungewear and athleisure pieces when they feel relaxed, which makes sense that one prefers comfort and tranquilly over any eye-catching design. There are two types of individuals, as explained by Karen. While some will dress to make themselves joyful, but others may dress to stabilise their present feelings.
Investigate your artistic side
Men, too, are getting “more creative” with their attire, as per Marvin Osifo, a personal stylist based in Sydney, Australia, thanks to the lockdown that they can add splashes of colour, patterns, and more accessories. It also has been witnessed that peope are towards experimental brands as buyers respond to pandemic-era recommendations to support local companies and invest in smaller labels rather than more prominent and quick fashion brands that everyone knows about. It is being encouraged to extend the colour or pattern preferences and embrace new clothing people have not worn before rather than sticking to the old fundamentals of fashion.
Prepare to face new challenges
As people start returning to work, they may have started to think about how the new journey ahead would be. However, one thing is for sure that stuff has altered significantly since the last time one dressed for work, according to Karen, who believes that work clothing as we know it will keep undergoing other significant changes. Many fashion experts think that post-pandemic clothing rules will be more relaxed. For example, it is expected that The Wall Street suit-and-tie style will be gone, and instead, the code will be taken over by the Silicon Valley-style, just like the Mark Zuckerberg hoodies and comfy wear. Many stylists think people might be stuck in the ‘style rut’ and would not be able to come out of it due to the toll pandemic has easily taken on them, but they need to start it somewhere and maybe start with the clothing trends going on.
Simple and clean makeup
Since the lockdown began, no one even touched their makeup bags and just limited themselves to skincare routines. In contrast, makeup was just prohibited to applying concealer for supermarket trips or Zoom meetings. And now, when it’s time to step out again, you need to follow the “less is more” policy. The states and countries where we can see normalcy, people are embracing the minimalist beauty approach. Women are going for “clean and simple makeup,” “natural glamour,” with “a focus on eye makeup and a bit of colour on the cheeks.” For the upcoming summer months, she suggests utilising lighter tinted moisturisers, and concealers would be a better choice rather than thick coverage foundations. Various trends are going with the makeup products: lip tint or eyeshadow palettes or the brow style; things have seriously evolved post-pandemic.
Restart and refresh your hair
Stylists have been swamped with appointments to style the hair since the time this pandemic got over; the crowd is for chopping off the unmanaged locks that people grew in the lockdown.
According to the stylists, the most trending type of hairstyle has been short hair. Since it’s not only appropriate for the warm months, but they also allow you to actually “cut the past year away.” With hair growing at a rate of six inches per year, a large chop will help you “refresh and restart” your looks. Dyeing hair has been one of the other points under the refresh your hair look. No matter what the trend is for clothes, makeup, or hair, one thing that is for sure is the evolution post-pandemic in context to these trends.