Make yourself comfortable: the critical winter clothing guide without a store

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In the rest of your life, the things that matter in fashion are the same things that matter.

And those things are pretty easy right now. You need to stay safe and warm to make it through curfew # 3, enjoy the outdoors when you can, keep your spirits up, and take care of the people around you.

It’s not about party dresses or custom-must-have accessories or bags or killer tailoring.

And it isn’t about saving money, either, in the face of closed stores and increasing economic anxiety.

I hereby present your four-step plan for getting ready before the vaccine.The knit dress as the latest sleepwearComfortable clothes are here to stay.

The resistance level for clothing has been radically recalibrated by the pandemic. For me, “comfortable” used to mean “shoes I can walk in with the help of padded insoles and a few ibuprofen and maybe a gin later.” Now I can curl up on the sofa with tea and chocolate after work without having to remove any buttons. My definition of comfortable is clothing.

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to get to know the fun-for-fun part of my wardrobe again, but I don’t miss the more fancy, stiffer kind of daywear at all. On the other hand, by writing a check, stamping the envelope, and going to the mailbox, wearing proper work attire would feel as annoying and antiquated as paying a bill. Perhaps the simplest outfit to look professionally dressed while retaining optimum ease and comfort is the sweater dress. Think of it like the nubby dress you wear last summer, but with cheaper central heating bills – those nightgown-like flowy skirts.

And with a winter lockout, the new hem is the sun.

Best-Foot-Forward-DressingOptimism is my basic belief system, but my confidence has been checked over the past year.

I have felt hope challenged, then discredited, and even almost debunked, as the pandemic has unfolded.

The new scientific proof just doesn’t seem to help it, as with homeopathy or the Atkins diet.

As a consequence, this winter, my once unshakable confidence in the ability of a sunny yellow cardigan to enhance my day has diminished a little. The nature of optimism is not the dogged conviction that things are going to get better, but the assumption that because they just are, it’s still worth trying. This will begin with what you are wearing.

Wear the clothes you love most, instead of wearing something old, because it doesn’t matter.

If your favorite jeans have been ripped off, wear them every day – no one on Zoom can see them. Wear a necklace reminiscent of the lovely friend who gave it to you, and a silk blouse that makes you feel a little sexy. The bad news is that, no, you can’t stay in bed until March; the good news is that, yes, you can wear a comforter. Wear the clothes that remind you that life is getting bigger and better again – and let them make you believe it.

The attraction of hiding under the covers is leaning on a comforter coat. A little longer and looser and less puffy than the puffer jacket are the new variations – think long, loose waves rather than bouncy backs.

At Paris Fashion Week, Rick Owens’ ice blue hooded cape was a showstopper, but whatever you already have hanging somewhere on the rack is going to fit well.

As close as it gets to an on-trend look for this season, a long hooded coat over a chunky sweater and jeans, worn with sneakers, is as close as it gets – because, as far as I am concerned, seasonality is mothballed, at least until after the end, and probably forever.

Connect a baseball cap and tuck your trousers into your athletic socks and you’re ready to go: Hailey Baldwin’s response from Tesco. The Seven Week Sweater We all have a certain sweater we love beyond measure.

Perhaps it’s the one that’s thick enough to keep you warm at the kitchen table in a draughty office on a long day.

Maybe it’s the one you can pull up with the funnel neck to cover much of your face when you don’t really, really feel like watching another show on Downing Street, even though you know you have to (maybe it’s just me).

Perhaps it’s just soft, or a pleasant color, or Si

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