Before the pandemic, the idea of “comfort clothing” never really crossed my mind. In the office, I always dressed to impress, gravitating towards tight pants or blazers in which I could barely move my arms. After work I would meet a few friends for a sundowner and put on Cuban heeled boots, tight pants, and a tight top that itchy and itchy all night long. Ah, memories. Coming home, lightly buzzed with martinis – my arches painful boots that I stuffed my feet into, I wouldn’t regret that. I didn’t care because I looked good at the time.
The words “comfortable” or “practical” were the ones I rarely thought of in my wardrobe until last year, but ironically, dressing comfortably ended up becoming my main fashion goal in 2020. With a home order. and a new work- home lifestyle, I suddenly found myself giving my uncomfortable clothes major rest this past year. The most worn item in my wardrobe has become the tracksuit and admit it, it’s yours too! I worked in sweatshirts, I went shopping in sweatshirts, there is not much that I not make sweating. And with no one around to see what I’m wearing, why bother with anything else when I can be comfortable?
However, that was then – and it is now. Spring has officially arrived, and as the vaccines roll out, it looks like it’s officially time to think about making a reappearance in the world. And most importantly, it’s time to get dressed again. I certainly missed flexing a trendy outfit and wearing something uncomfortable, just for the look. Beauty is pain, after all! And it turns out I’m not the only one with this feeling.
My colleague, Vogue Market editor Rachel Besser agrees it’s time to step out in heels, corsets and tight tops again. “Last year, I didn’t want to think about, let alone feel, my clothes on my body as I spent my days locked up at home,” says Besser. “Now, with re-emergence on the horizon, I found myself craving the antithesis of comfort clothing first. I want to wear clothes that I can physically feel on my body again.
Lucky for both of us, there are a few spring trends emerging now that are perfect for putting our anti-comfort sensibilities to the test. Whether it’s a high-rise heel, sassy skinny pants, or a bold (and heavy!) Normal “again.” Earring for me to gain slightly sore feet with it. a pair of heels, or feeling toasty and snug in a structured top as I’m heading to a socially distant dinner party, actually helps mark the end of what has been a long and eventful year, ”Besser says. “It’s time to get uncomfortable again.” Goodbye, sweatpants!
Below are four things we’re ready to wear again this spring.