Coronavirus and the State of Dress

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Even though this is a time of uncertainty and concern, a few things remain steadfast and true. We need to get up each day and do our best to keep spirits high. For those who are not sick, perhaps we can look for positives by viewing this as a break from our busy work and/or school schedules, quality time with our families, and the ability to catch up on long “to do” lists. This may not be the easiest thing to do, but I know that staying busy and trying to see the silver lining will help contribute to my positive mental state.

Believe it or not, what we wear during this time is also important because science says that clothing affects our behavior, attitude and mood. The term “Enclothed Cognition” describes the impact that our clothes have on various psychological processes like emotions, self-evaluations, attitudes, and interpersonal interactions. The bottom line is that we should be wearing clothes that not only fit our daily activities, but that motivate us and contribute to a positive personal outlook.

I will be opting for looks that are casual and relaxed because they make me feel comfy, cozy, and secure. Instead of my usual tailored pants and blazer–which make me happy but aren’t always super comfy–I will be wearing my new distressed sweatpants and a short sleeve hoodie, my softest jeans, and stylish sneakers. This attire may even motivate me to exercise!

If you need some retail therapy this week, be sure to keep an eye out for “Shop Kristen’s Closet” posts that will include my favorite picks for athleisure and casual clothing.

In the meantime, stay healthy and safe!