7 Feel-Good Fashion Items We Can't Wait to Debut Post-Lockdown
While we're sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the POPSUGAR Fashion editors have all agreed that, for most people, shopping isn't exactly top of mind. But as a part of an industry that's struggling, it's hard not to acknowledge fashion brands and what they're going through — especially the smaller labels that have experienced major delays in production, financial troubles, and shipping issues given the effect of the current crisis. Many well-known companies have shifted their spring sample sales online, encourageing people to shop if they can, and, most importantly, brands big and small are doing their best to give back to the community, whether it's by making masks and gowns for healthcare workers or by donating a portion of online proceeds to charities dedicated to helping those in need all around the world.
"Even if shoulder pads are off-trend by the time I can give this dress the debut it deserves, it won't matter to me."
If you can shop right now, it's OK to. We get it, you're bored! Shopping is definitely a fun solution. But for me personally, I was torn. I had been saving up for a Simon Miller handbag I really loved for months before the coronavirus outbreak, but it quickly faded into the depths of my memory when I realised what was happening to our country. Eventually, I did my research and connected with someone from the brand. As it turned out, Simon Miller, which is a relatively smaller label, had been donating t-shirts and jeans to SELAH, a movement responding to homelessness, and creating face masks for medical workers. I felt good about spending my dollar on the bag and was so much more excited to receive it knowing that it was from a philanthropic company. Not only was I technically giving back, the purchase inspired me to make my own donation to the World Health Organisation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund too. That new bag is now the one item I just cannot wait to wear once the lockdown is over.
I knew I must not be the only POPSUGAR editor with a similar story. When I talked to my team, I learned that they were all pretty much planning outfits around must haves they'd either stowed away for Spring, or recently bought before they knew they'd be at home for awhile. Our News and Culture Director Lindsay even had a fabulous hot pink birthday dress on hand she was planning to debut for her own birthday gathering. "The good news is that, even if shoulder pads are off-trend by the time I can give this dress the debut it deserves, it won't matter to me — because I have never and WILL never stop wearing shoulder pads," she wrote on Instagram underneath a selfie she posted in the ROTATE mini.
The fashion items I gathered from our POPSUGAR editors below aren't necessarily meant to inspire you to shop. They're just a handful of little gems that speak to our own independent personal styles, and a reminder that outfits that make you happy — and fashion in general — is on the other side of this, and we'll be able to debut our feel-good pieces soon.