The past year has seen most of us turn to casual clothing in our wardrobe. Without busy roads, crowded offices, churches, mosques, or parties to present with fashioned outfits, fashion lovers have had to grapple with the sad reality of indoor dresses as a wave of their much-liked spark. Even with the gradual return of living, as usual, social media pages have become dumping grounds of stylish face masks, lounge wears and home foot-wears. The pandemic has altered our relationship with clothes and everything in fashion. For one thing, we are buying fewer fabrics and looking for something simple more than ever before. The question is – how will these lockdown trends develop and what will happen to fashion post-pandemic? 

Historically, it has always taken a crisis to see the evolvement of best designs. For example, French fashion designer, Coco Chanel, produced women’s couture styles from foraged fabrics when fabrics were scarce around the period of World War 1. This revolutionized womenswear from restrained corsets to comfortable attire, making Chanel the innovative brand to beat. A similar shortage in supply of fabrics was experienced during the earlier months of the pandemic as clothing factories and stores were forced to close for the lengthened duration. 

Also, during the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, face masks became an essential item worn at all times both indoors and outdoors. Escapist fashion of the 1930s and 40s emerged from an era of political turmoil and uncertainty. Restricted to refurbishing and reusing, creative remaking efforts became forms of expression during these times of confinement. Similarly, the current pandemic holds the potential to undoubtedly kick-start a shift in how we see, interpret, and feel fashion. 

Fashion trends have changed and will continue to change as remote work has become the new normal, even in places where the pandemic looks controlled. We are likely going to see increased pictures of simple fashion pieces, breezy and comfortable to wear with a fashion quotient in mind. 

Masks have also made a fashion statement and they are here to stay for a long time. They will continue to make statements in different designs, fabrics, prints, colours and textures. Masks have shown through the pandemic that they can provide a little more fun for our post-lockdown style. Such is the electrifying moment when Megan Thee Stallion took over the red carpet at the virtual format of the Grammy awards in a satin gown, combining it stylishly with an orange face mask. It was something beautiful.

In the post-pandemic days, we would still be lovers of beauty though we might be simple in our taste. The new fashion trends emerging from the pandemic will be one of the things to light up the world again.

This article was written bAderinto Nicholas; connect with him on Instagram via here  

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