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The Sartorial Approach To Lockdown 2.0

As we endure another lockdown in the UK this month, it’s time to approach our sartorial choices differently this time round.

The way we dress can seriously improve our mood, so these are the items to wear to let you feel a little more put together. Swap jogging bottoms for cashmere, clunky slippers for a sleek mule, threadbare leggings for a  relaxed mom jean. That way, the sartorial transition out of lockdown should be a little more seamless.


THE NEW ATHLEISURE

When the mornings are dark and evening comes rolling in at 4pm, it’s hard to invigorate yourself to do an at-home workout, despite the plethora of virtual classes available. This ultra soft bodysuit from Ernest Leoty cossets the body and is super sculpting too. In a bold berry hue it offers the motivation you need for invigorating Vinyasa, and is highly Instagrammable too.

This ultra soft bodysuit cossets the body and is super sculpting. In a bold berry hue it offers the motivation you need for invigorating Vinyasa, and is highly Instagrammable too.

THE VERSATILE SLIP

Queen of the maximalist dresses-Alice Temperley, has pivoted with the times to unveil a pretty array of sleepwear that echoes her glamourous brand codes. This sumptuous silk slip dress can be worn alone whilst luxuriating at home, can be thrown on over a thin roll-neck knit, and equally will work wonderfully as a holiday capsule piece for future soujourns.

Dropping next week at temperleylondon.com

THE NEW HOODIE

The 'shacket' has fast become the ubiquitous wardrobe staple for autumn, with iterations seen from high-street to high-end, as designers pivot to our new sartorial needs. The love child of the shirt and jacket, the shacket it is the perfect antidote when you find yourself reaching for your nearest hoodie for comfort. It adds definition and structure to your look, without the formality of a blazer. It's perfect for popping out for an afternoon coffee too.

The shacket it is the perfect antidote when you find yourself reaching for your nearest hoodie.

THE SOFT BRA

An underwired bra can still feel like a huge faux pas in these times when comfort is key. This copper hued bralette with adjustable straps and soft supporting cups is the chic solution we all need.

THE NEW DENIM

The 'Mom' jean has slowly but surely become the fashion crowd’s silhouette of choice over the past few seasons. For obstinate fans of the skinny jean (myself included) it may just have taken a pandemic for us to break up with the wardrobe icon. A skinny jean just feels wrong for these times: it's too restrictive (and tight after months of banana bread), whilst stretchy leggings feel too undone. It's time to reintroduce denim into your dressing repertoire in this flattering and comfort-friendly style. High-waisted with a loose fit that tapers at the ankle, it’s time to be converted.

THE NEW SLIPPER

Birkenstocks may have been the footwear of choice in the summer, but as we approach party season opt for a pair of Malone Soulier apricot slippers festooned with feathers with serious boudoir vibes. If a heel still feels too much of a stretch, post-lockdown wear these with a tailored suit for cocktails. They are too pretty to stay behind closed doors after all.

THE PARTY PYJAMAS

Old, faded pyjamas begone! We want disco pyjamas that can work from day to night and Hesper Fox’s new collection looks ready for the dancefloor even if they won’t be seeing one anytime soon. Make your pieces work harder by pairing the button down shirt replete with Tuxedo-eque fastening with jeans to master the pyjamas as outerwear trend.

Make your pieces work harder by pairing the button down shirt replete with Tuxedo-eque fastening with jeans to master the pyjamas as outerwear trend.

THE HAIR SAVIOURS

If like many others, your long-awaited hair appointment was cancelled, and you’re not quite brave enough to tackle the at home hair-dye debacle, distract from pesky greys and grown out roots with an array of dazzling hair accessories.

Anthropologie Hairband

THE NEW TRACKSUIT

As the late Karl Lagerfeld infamously said, "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants." Heed his advice and ditch the jogging bottoms in lieu of  this elevated cashmere twin set from Madeleine Thompson. We're sure it would have received Karl's tick of approval.

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