• Kelsey Bjork

This is Why You Should Still Dress-up During Quarantine According to a Fashion Stylist

Hello, lovelies! I hope you're all doing well & taking care of yourselves during this crazy time. And if you're not feeling the best mentally, I hope you're allowing yourself to feel whatever it is you're feeling without guilt - that includes only wearing pj's all day every day.

I'm a certified fashion stylist, and I'm not ashamed to admit that that's all I was wearing until recently. I just didn't have the motivation to dress up, and I thought that wearing comfortable clothes would make me feel better.

And maybe only wearing pj's is what you need right now. But it's also possible you've reached the point where:

  • Only wearing pajamas isn't very comforting anymore

  • You want to dress up but still want to be comfortable

  • You feel kind of silly dressing up just to chill in your living room all day

Whatever the case, you're reading this article for a reason, and that reason is important. I know it can feel silly, especially in the world we're currently living in, to put your time & focus on something like fashion, but fashion is more than wearing cute clothes.

You've likely heard this before, but the way we dress affects our mood, mindset, and day. That might sound like an exaggeration, but on the contrary, most of us underestimate the affect our clothes have on us.

In fact, there's a whole area of study on this kind of stuff called "embodied cognition." Within that broad field of study is something called "enclothed cognition" which basically says "the clothing we wear affects our psychological states, as well as our performance levels."

Suddenly, fashion doesn't seem so frivolous anymore, huh?

At this point, you might be thinking something like: Cool, but what if I legit can't get myself out of these yoga pants?

Yoga pants are amazing, so I understand the struggle. But you don't have to change today. Or even tomorrow. Like I said, it took me a while to gain enough motivation. As important as it is to not wear pj's everyday, you can't force yourself if it's not time. So first, be patient with yourself.

Secondly, realize that you don't have to do a 180. Just because your clothes affect your mindset doesn't mean you should make breakfast in a ballroom gown and heels. Each person's feel-good-outfit is going to be different from the next person's.

So, start of with one of your favorite outfits - you probably have one even if you don't think you do. You might instinctively think of one of your go-to outfits but just because you wear something frequently doesn't mean it's your favorite.

In fact, a lot of the time, we feel like we have to save our favorite outfits for special occasions. That is not the case at all! If an outfit makes you feel good and works for the occasion, go for it!

Still not sure what to wear or still not feeling this whole dress-up thing?

You don't have to go all out your first day - I definitely didn't. Sure, I was tired of the way pj's left me feeling sluggish, but I wasn't quite ready to put on "normal" pants.

So, I wore the next best thing: black yoga pants, a bra, a cute tee that says "It's cool to be kind," and a cute pair of socks.

That's it.

And yet, I felt so much better. I know it sounds like I'm over exaggerating, but I genuinely felt more motivated than I had in a while. I got my calendar and planners out, I was productive, and I just felt better over-all.

Don't get me wrong: our "new normal" is scary and there's so much uncertainty about the future. Unfortunately, nothing we wear can change that.

But! In situations like this where we have so little control taking control of what we do have power over can make a big difference, including choosing what we wear.

So, give it a shot! Worst case scenario, you find out that today is a pj's day after all and you change back. On the contrary, you could end up happily surprised.

How have you been dressing during quarantine? If you've managed to dress-up, share your tips! And if you try any of my tips, let me know how it went! If you'd like to share any of your outfits on Instagram or Facebook, I'd love to see them! Make sure to tag me or use the hashtag #kelseybjorkstylist!

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