Dressing for Comfort AND Style in the Time of COVID-19

September 3, 2020

Now that more people have been working from home, the concern for comfort has only grown in every aspect of our lives. Did you know as many as 58% of homeowners hope to improve their homes? It’s no surprise that many people have been altering their living spaces to shake things up during COVID-19. After all, being stuck indoors all the time can make us more than a little stir-crazy.

The same can be said for the way we dress. When everything around us becomes stressful, why not make the effort to make your wardrobe more comfortable? Fashion designers and fashion lovers alike have tried to make stylish outfits comfortable for decades but this is especially important during the time of COVID-19.

This is because many people express themselves through their clothing. You want to be comfortable working from home but dressing up in your favorite outfit might seem like overkill when you’re not going out. The desire to express yourself combined with the need for comfort can clash, leading to even more feelings of anxiety during an already stressful time.

Luckily, there are a few simple ways that you can dress comfortably and express yourself through your personal style. Here are some top tips to feel comfortable and fashionable at the same time.

Invest in loose-fitting, colorful pants

When you’re sitting at a desk all day, it’s tempting to wear pajamas for your comfort. If you want to feel more put-together, however, a pair of loose-fitting pants can do the trick.

There are plenty of styles to choose from when you’re looking for comfortable pants. Our knee-jerk reaction is to seek out jeans, but skinny jeans are known to put pressure on your legs and lower back by restricting your movement. Instead, opt for knit jeggings to get a similar look without the pressure. Jeggings also come in a variety of colors to give you the appearance of jeans without the classic denim look if you want to shake up your outfit.

You can also look for dress pants or dress pants alternatives. Many cotton cigarette-style pants have a cinched waist with a tie or other form of a belt. When you opt for high-waisted options, you can still get that waist-defining quality without putting additional pressure on your lower back. As many as 80% of seniors suffer from chronic issues, like back pain, which is the leading cause of disability in the United States. Considering your health needs while you’re choosing your outfits can make a big difference for your comfortability.

Since many of these comfortable pant options are also available in cotton, acrylic, and polyester blends, you can choose from a variety of colorful patterns and designs. Try to look for pants with “paper bag” waists since they go with almost any top that you can tuck in.

Invest in comfortable bralettes

Bralette sales have been on the rise for the last few years and for good reason: the slew of styles and fits mean that just about everyone can feel comfortable and stylish wearing these bra alternatives.

This is the perfect option when you’re looking for basic support without the thick padding and wires of traditional bras. Many bralettes are even designed to be shown off, sporting lacey designs and vibrant colors. Even though summer is almost over, there’s still plenty of time to try out different outfits with a new bralette.

Just watch out for halter neck bralettes if you have larger breasts or problems with your upper back. This kind of style puts additional pressure on your neck and shoulders, resulting in unnecessary pain. Only wear these bralettes for short periods of time if you’re susceptible to pain in these areas.

Get some more dresses

With fall right around the corner, there’s nothing better than indulging in a few autumnal dresses. Since these items can be layered with cute jackets, cardigans, and blazers, there’s no end to the number of outfits you can create with a good dress. Look for comfortable fabrics in an A-line style to still accentuate your waist if you want a little more definition. For those who are truly prioritizing comfort, however, choosing trapeze dresses and t-shirt dresses can be beautiful and comfortable, especially if you pair it with the right accessories.

If you’re lounging comfortably around your house, wearing a dress will make you feel the most free. Even if you’re just playing one of the 200 million copies of Minecraft that have been sold, no one is going to care if you sit crossed legged on your couch in your dress. Who said you can’t look good when you’re taking down a shulker?

Choose long layers

There’s nothing wrong with a cute pair of jeans and a t-shirt. But if you want to up your level of fashion, experts know that layering is the name of the game.

Now that fall is fast approaching, it’s time to invest in long layers as statement pieces. Look for duster cardigans, draping shawls, and stylish trench coats for when you finally go outdoors.

While people are spending more than $300 million on home improvements, why not make yourself more comfortable with your personal style? Rely on these tips when you want to look cute and comfy.

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