What People Wore To Work Before The Pandemic vs. Now

Jamie Feldman
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These days I like to think of my closet as a tiny museum, an archive of good times and non-stretch waistband occasions past. Over the last six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our wardrobes have changed dramatically, including what we used to refer to as “work clothes.”

Early on in quarantine, an argument in favor of getting dressed every day for work, regardless of where that work was being done, was essentially eviscerated in favor of wearing nap dresses, sweatsuits and stretchy pants.

We wanted to take an audit of where we were, where we are and where we’re going. These days, I’ve taken to at least showering and putting on some makeup daily, just to feel more like a person and less like a couch potato ― even if I’m just wearing a workout outfit.

There are those who have subscribed to dressing nicely from the waist up only, those who experiment with their style outside the office and those whose only change has been the addition of personal protective equipment.

Below, people break down their pre- and post-lockdown work outfits.

Georgette Brotherson Hubbard, lash studio owner and artist in Long Beach, California

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"Working in the beauty industry and working for myself, my outfits have always been an expression of who I am and what I like to wear. I dressed in cute, comfortable outfits that showed off my personality. Since this pandemic came into effect, my outfits are now part of what I do to protect the health of my clients and myself. I wear scrubs and change the top for each new client. I wear a mask with a shield and new gloves for every service. Having a work uniform actually saves time in the morning."

Emily S., working in tech in New York City

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"When work from home started, I initially tried to keep dressing as I had at the office, to keep myself on my game. I love building outfits and playing with shape and color, but as time passed in the summer, I found myself less and less inclined to put together looks that...Continue reading on HuffPost