The pandemic of the novel Coronavirus has changed the world forever. We have to embrace change, rethink our priorities, adapt to the new normal, and continue to find silver linings. This will impact most aspects of our lives, including our personal style. 

My own quarantine style isn’t that different from how I dress regularly. I continue to style my hair, and apply make-up daily. I wear my pretty and fairly dressy clothes for most of the day — skirts and dresses too — but style them with home-only sneakers. I wear my Apple watch and pearls, and add a topper and bag for when I walk our Yorkie Sam, or do the occasional run to the pharmacy. I change into lounge clothes just before supper, and hop into yoga clothes first thing in the morning to do my physical therapy exercises. Apart from being slightly more casual, my style has been pretty much the same as before.

I don’t see my daily style changing all that much when the stay-at-home order is lifted. I feel fab when I dress up because that’s my fun and therapy. I love my clothes, I love wearing them, and I am always comfortable. So why not!

There are a few things, however, that will definitely change for the foreseeable future.

1. Extra Comfy Footwear

I’ve become Sneaker Gal. After wearing supportive and very comfortable sneakers exclusively, both at home and outside, I am hooked. My feet will be shocked to wear anything else, especially since I live in the city and have a walking lifestyle. I typically do not wear sneakers when I’m working with clients, but I might even need to relax that rule a little, especially when I’m working with more casual clients.

2. The Mask

I wear a mask when I leave our home, and I don’t see that changing in the foreseeable future. Masks have become part of my style, which is the most unexpected style change of all. At the moment, they seldom match my outfit, but that’s okay. They work well enough, are generally neutral, and I’ve found some comfortable solutions that minimize the fogging of my specs.

3. Goodbye Lipstick

I love lipstick and used to wear it daily, but it doesn’t work very well with the mask. So I’ve switched to wearing lip balm for now. This makes hubs Greg very happy because he does not like lipstick at all.

4. Longer Hair

It’s been four months since my last hair appointment, which feels extreme when you have short hair that is cut and foiled every six weeks. My hair has grown into a mini bob, which was not the plan. But since I’ve made it this far, I’m going to enjoy slightly longer hair for a while, and see how I feel about it. I can’t wait to have my hair shaped, texturized, and re-highlighted, but it won’t be going back to the short style it was before we started staying at home. Hopefully that will happen in a few weeks.

5. Wedding Ring

I haven’t worn a wedding ring in two and half months because it got in the way of frequent hand washing, sanitizing and moisturizing. Plus I was paranoid about germs accumulating on the metal surface. Since keeping our hands extremely clean is vitally important, I’m going to continue leaving off my wedding rings for now. I miss them though, especially since I recently received a new pearl wedding ring.

Over to you. How will your style change when life returns to a new normal?