Has the lockdown got you in all kinds of moods? Super productive one day, and extremely lazy the next? Grateful to be alive and healthy one moment and panic-stricken the next? You’re not alone. Most of us are dealing with a much wider variety of emotions than usual.
Luckily, there are some time-tested remedies that have worked well for many of us during this lockdown. Quality time with family, delicious home-cooked meals, long calls with friends, and of course fashion!
We know that an outfit isn’t enough to really change your mood. But it’s probably enough to match your mood. And sometimes that in itself is a blessing!
Let’s take a look at all the usual (and not-so-usual) moods that we’re going through during this time — and the best fashion statement for each.
The restless zone
This is a lockdown favorite. The inability to go outside, see our friends, hang out at our favorite bars and restaurants, and just live a normal life can make us really angsty. Different people deal with this mood in different ways — while some share their frustration with family or friends, others actually go online to search for all the things they’ll do post-lockdown!
Personally, we’ve found that a good workout is one of the best ways to overcome this feeling. Sweating is a great way to detox and reset while endorphins can give you a sense of calm and joy. And from live yoga class to fierce Zumba routines, there is no dearth of workout options.
Working out in pajamas, though always an option, isn’t really the best way to work up the motivation for an intense session. At the same time, you don’t need anything ultra-fitting when you’re in the comfort of your home. That’s why something like Jockey’s jogger’s pants work so well. They’re that perfect balance between feeling comfortable and sweating it out.
Netflix and chill — literally!
The lockdown can wreak havoc on our mental health. And on some days, all we can do is get comfortable on our couch and get sucked into a great TV show. On these days, the goal is to just be at ease. Again while pajamas are tempting, it’s much better to have a look that’s fun and yet completely casual. A plain white, even oversized t-shirt is a great pick for this mood. Add a funky pair of shorts, and you’ve got the perfect downtime look!
The ‘getting things done’ mode
Not everything in this lockdown has been gloom-and-doom. There’s plenty of times when we’ve been overcome by this strong urge to get things done — finish assignments ahead of time, work on new projects, start on those ideas we could never commit to before. When you’re in the mood to really get stuff going, the right outfit can take things up a notch. You don’t have to compromise on comfort of course — one of the best things about lockdown is being able to ditch those crisply ironed shirts and formal trousers. Smart casuals are the way to go for when you’re in that zone of ploughing ahead and being productive. Plus, they’re effortlessly stylish and perfect for those work video calls.
Getting a good night’s rest
While sleep isn’t a mood as such, it’s become the key to good health during this lockdown. With so much anxiety and fear in the world, sleep has become the first victim. What’s more, without long commutes forcing us to wake up early in the morning, most of us drag ourselves out of bed in the nick of time for work — and stay in our pyjamas all day! In short, then, sleepwear has never been more important. You need something that keeps you cozy while you get some shut-eye, while also being comfortable enough to get you through the 9-5. The good news is, whether it’s oversized t-shirts, tank tops, or sleep dresses, there’s plenty of options to choose from!
The bottom line
Social distancing isn’t going to go away in the near future. But as we slowly get used to living in a socially distanced world, there are small ways in which we can make the best of the situation. And mood-matching outfits is definitely one of the best!