so many of you reached out yesterday to check in. we’re all hanging in there, that much is clear. and we’re all here for each other in the way in which a virtual community allows for. and that’s so important. united together, it’s our collective resolve and hope for days ahead that will carry us through the day. but there are days it can be a challenge to keep our spirits high. platitudes can wear thin, and there’s only so much Netflix we can actually watch. so i’ve got an idea to change things up just a little. it’s simple and totally doable: dress up when you’re feeling down.
we talked yesterday about the importance of changing one’s working environment, to the extent possible, as a way to maintain our mental health during quarantine. my challenge today is very much in the same vein. tomorrow, or the next day, or whenever you can, try this: get up early. take a shower. put on your makeup. and put on an outfit you’d on an evening out. something chic. something elegant. something beautiful. wear it all day or take it off immediately. doesn’t really matter. the sheer act alone is worth it. dress up when you’re feeling down.
here’s my pick for an “evening out” outfit. it’s something i’d wear to dinner at my favorite restaurant The National. afterwards, i’d undoubtedly catch a movie at Cine. i put this on the other day, and i’m telling you i felt normal even just for a moment.
it’s all about Ann Taylor today. i’ve been loving wide leg pants this spring, and today, i’ve decided to dress them up instead of down like last week. these wide leg marina pants are ankle length and complemented perfectly by these block heel sandals. i’m bringing visual interest by offsetting the neutral pants with a striped puff sleeve sweater.
we had a lot of fun last week dressing down wide leg pants. staying comfy and casual is undoubtedly what many of us are doing right now. but it’s important to mix things up from time-to-time, if only to feel that sense of real normalcy while we await its arrival. if you’re like me, a fashion distraction is a good thing and sometimes its worth it to dress up when you’re down.
here are some more pics from Ann Taylor that i’m loving right now.