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Simple Style: 5 ways to stay excited about fashion during isolation

By Aramide Esubi, Tribune Content Agency on

In my experience, people tend fall into two personal style categories: they get dressed to live or live to get dressed--and I've always been the latter. Now more than ever, I've realized how much my clothing is a part of my identity. Getting dressed is a part of my day I truly look forward to. I love planning out my outfits the night before and deciding how I'm going to wear my hair and makeup; I love adding a new piece to my wardrobe and figuring out how I'm going to style it. Most importantly, I love heading out the door in the morning feeling my absolute best.

When fashion is something that excites you and you get hit with a curveball like, say, a monthslong stay-at-home order, it's easy to fall into a hole of not feeling like yourself. Figuring out ways to keep style in your day-to-day life can bring a little more light to a monotonous routine.

Here are some ways you can stay excited about clothes--even though you've most likely been in some combination of leggings and a T-shirt for the past month.

Let Instagram be your inspiration

One of my favorite ways to get out of a style rut (even in normal times) is to go through my saved photos on Instagram. Many bloggers and influencers are still posting photos that they took pre-isolation, so every time I see one that I love, I save it to my inspiration folder. This is a great exercise you can do to make note of what you like about the looks and how you can recreate them to fit your style either now or in the future.

Make a mood board

I'm not usually the mood-board type, but desperate times call for desperate measures. You can choose to go either the physical or Pinterest route--both will scratch the itch and will give you the high putting on a bomb outfit normally does. Pull out the old magazines you have stacked up and start snipping out things you want to emulate once isolation has come to an end--be it certain hues, things you know you already own or pieces you think you might want to invest in. Paste them (or pin them) together and put your finished mood board somewhere in your home or bedroom that you visit frequently--mine is in my closet. This will remind you of the great outfits that are yet to come and maybe motivate you to evolve your style.

Spring clean your closet

Take some time to go through your closet, hang and re-fold everything, then set the things you no longer want aside in a bag to donate once that's allowed. Poring through your closet will refuel your excitement about the pieces you're looking forward to wearing in the future. Also, once isolation comes to an end, you can make the most of the pieces you decided to keep in your newly organized closet.


Style what you already own

Buying new clothes may or may not be the route you should take. Only you can decide that. Shopping when you don't know the next time you're going to be out can boost your mood or make you depressed. But styling the things you already own is a fun project and the perfect way to burn some time.

Experimenting with what looks good together and what doesn't is always satisfying (especially if you're doing it with things that are already in your closet). Put some things that you wouldn't ordinarily pair together and snap a quick picture of your new looks. Make sure you save them on you phone in your photos or use an app like ClosetSpace, GlamOutfit or Stylebook to help you queue up your outfits later--by the end, you'll feel like you just got dressed for an entire week and then some.

Dress up for a fun night in

You would be surprised to find how good doing your hair, putting makeup on and throwing on one of your favorite outfits will make you feel at a time like this. Set up a video call with friends and enjoy your night in. Sure, you aren't going anywhere but reminding yourself that you have more in your closet besides sweats can bring you back to life.

Every day we feel a sense of unease as we try to navigate our way through this time and any kind of semblance of fun and joy (especially with fashion) is a great way to give you just the mood booster you need. You may be staying inside, but there's never a wrong time to let your fashion sense out to play.


(Whether she's dishing out advice on how to wear the latest trends or putting fun looks together, fashion writer and stylist Aramide Esubi is always on the move keeping up with the latest in fashion. Email her at, or follow her on Instagram at

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