A CASE STUDY
Today I felt the need to express my thoughts in a slightly different way than usual. How I think people will dress after the pandemic was a thought that came to my mind accidentally while I was scrolling on Instagram and that became a study today.
Maybe that's because of all the days spent in the house. Or because of a strong need to escape outside wearing a fabulous pair of shoes. Or maybe because of the uncertainty that floated like a low vibration all these days. And yet, I know for sure that a new era will be born soon. I think there will be an era that will completely and undoubtedly oppose this current created by the pandemic.
If there is one thing to know for sure, is that in fashion, one trend has always opposed to another existing one. For example, the '20s were in a total contradiction with the 1910's, when ground-level dresses were replaced with the midi ones. Or the '40's to' 50s when the new look proposed by Dior conquered the fashion universe. Fashion is full of such examples. And I don't get tired of thinking about them, especially when I see ephemeral trends that appear like a butterfly and just as fast they disappear.
So how do I think people will dress after the pandemic?
Well, from my point of view, there will be two main directions:
1. Colorful, Fabulous and Completely Fun
It's the direction that I will follow too, because, f * ck the loungewear and all the grays and whites I've worn! There will be lots of fuchsia pink, emerald green, sky blue, royal purple. I can't wait for this!
A teacher dear to me always used to say „Fashion is not an island; it's a response!". The candid reaction of the people hidden behind the walls for more than two months will be to bring more light on the street with cheerful outfits. Get ready to see more puff sleeves, belts with even more decorations, heels in the shape of an artwork. Prepare for the rule of having no rule.
My today outfit is a very good example to the above reflections. The floral printed mini dress is full of colors, while the velvet headband and the square-heeled shoes harmoniously complete the outfit. The peachy pink bag with gold chain is the perfect accent for the whole outfit to be colorful, fabulous and fun.
2. An Absolute Minimalism
The minimalism trend will become even more minimal if I could risk such an expression. I expect lots of neutral tones, perfect cuts and an exaggerated simplicity. After the pandemic, people will have become accustomed to living simpler lives. A brown, beige, black and white color palette will dominate the fashion world.
I admit that this absolute minimalism has its own charm, it’s a fine and subtle art. It will correspond perfectly to those for whom fashion is lived simply, but gracefully. White maxi dresses, oversized black blazers, classic-cut jeans and fine-striped sandals will describe this minimal universe.
Personally, I appreciate this fine art, but I don't identify with it. And there's nothing wrong with that. On the contrary, this is the beauty of fashion. It allows us to express who we really are with the help of clothing pieces that speak for us.
And among so many uncertainties born because of this pandemic, one thing I know for sure: fashion must be felt and lived.
How do you think people will dress after the pandemic?