The “quarantine cozy-chic” style trend has taken us all by storm as a result of the pandemic. Whether you wish to remain in the warm comfort of your pajama bottoms and joggers or decide to glam up to go grocery shopping, here are five quarantine fashion trends that are a must for your wardrobe.
1. Matching activewear sets
Exercising to make productive use of time during quarantine has become many people’s passion, including mine. Although the burning desire to get in shape has vanished as quickly as my hope for 2020 to return to some semblance of normalcy, dressing in activewear motivates me to remain active or at least pretend that I am on top of my exercise routine. If you’re struggling to maintain your workout routine, incorporate rest-days and make sure you’re eating plenty, but wearing trendy activewear might be what you’re missing.
2. Faux leather everything
Faux leather is as much fun to wear as it is to pronounce. It introduces a certain French je ne sais quoi into your outfit and instantly kicks your confidence level up 10 notches. Whether it’s a jacket, a pair of pants or even a blouse, faux leather is certainly one of the most defining trends of 2020. Try on your all-black faux leather look while distance learning, having a patio dinner in a restaurant or Netflix and chilling.
3. Loosely tailored blazers
At this point in what seems to be an endless episode of ‘Survivor,’ albeit in our own homes, we have all thrown on a blazer over fuzzy shorts 30 seconds before an important Zoom meeting. In the interest of comfort and an effortlessly chic look, try wearing a loosely tailored blazer to appear put-together on your Zoom call, while not compromising on your comfort level.
4. Oversized cardigans
Continuing with the reigning trend of comfort, you can never go wrong with an oversized or “grandpa” cardigan, which will not only have you twinning with your nana but will also give you all the snug and intimate feels. Pair your cardigan with some statement jewelry such as some gold hoops or a chunky necklace to make for a fashion forward look.
5. Color, color and more color
Since you find yourselves mostly cooped up at home during quarantine, why not be noticed the few times you do step out? Introducing bold colors, prints or patterns into your outfit will not only make you stand out in a crowd but will also turn heads as you shop for tomatoes or pick up a Starbucks drive-through order.
I would be remiss if I did not give the quintessential mask an honorable mention. Regardless of your political views, the mask has become a symbol of resilience during the pandemic and a statement piece of every outfit. Whether it’s a cheetah print, zebra print, beige, blue or faux leather mask, I guarantee that wearing one will instantly zhoosh up your outfit.
Ultimately, the “quarantine cozy-chic” look is not going anywhere. Hopping on these trends right now will liven up your holiday season and help you end a miserable 2020 with a bang. Spice up your quarantine while experimenting with a new trend or returning to an old one that you dearly missed to introduce some excitement into an otherwise uninspiring year.
Angela Choksi (22C) lives in Chicago, Illinois, but is originally from Mumbai, India, and is double-majoring in political science and economics. Choksi serves as the captain of Savera, Emory’s Indian classical dance team, and the president of UNICEF Emory. She recently interned at Goldman Sachs under the merchant banking division. Contact Choksi at email@example.com.