September 10, 2020
Fashion typically defines the ‘in or out’ looks throughout seasons and years. However, will the fashion industry take a break due to COVID-19? Maybe, but perhaps there is an emerging time that involves a seasonless fashion trend. Fashion shows that used to happen each year to showcase each season’s new looks have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. This could be revolutionary as far as fashion trends. Why buy clothes each season and try and find what’s in? Now, with this new seasonless fashion you could save money, the world and fashion itself.
High-end fashion shows, including Prada, Saint Laurent, Gucci and Micheal Kors, are facing a halt during their typical major fashion show months. With the coronavirus taking over many areas of life, it has also crept into the fashion world as well. Interestingly enough, Gucci and Prada have decided to completely cancel their fall show due to the virus. Could this be a result of the fall in their sales? Maybe, but more than ever before people are not as interested in getting new clothes.
There are new fashion trends starting from the pandemic. With the need to shop declining and the desire to stay in rising, this has led people to choose a more relaxed look. This could potentially start to transition into the professional work place’s dress codes. Fashion and dress attire has made sense in the past with face-to-face interaction, but with days blending into one another and the loss in concepts of time, this could be redefining fashion and transitioning seasonal fashion to being seasonless.
Fashion brands and the industry itself has suffered over a $600 billion loss in revenue from 2019 to 2020 due to the pandemic. This crisis they are facing was completely unpredictable. However, it seems that sweatpants, or sweatshirts, have been worn more throughout this summer than ever before. The slob-chic look has been inspired from the time of lockdown and seems like it’s here to stay. Slob-chic is defined as being in style and fashionable while wearing oversized sweats that are still dressed up with jewelry. It’s the staying in look that also allows you to go out. There is now a new acceptable time in fashion where wearing oversized or baggy clothes are back, regardless of the season. However, this is not to shame the sweatpant and sweatshirt wearers of the world right now. I myself have been one to fall into this continuous cycle of going through my closet and choosing oversized comfy clothes. Why not be comfortable when you’re in the house? I have seen more influencers and celebrities themselves also choosing to wear sweats during this time. The relaxed oversized look is back and defined as chic.
Hailey Bieber is one of the big fashion influencers when it comes to staying on trend. On her Instagram you can see her rocking sweats while dressing it up with jewelry. Others have taken to this look as well. Even Alex Cooper, the host of the Call Her Daddy podcast, has shown her cozy fits that she has been wearing during the summer. She’s also expressed how she has been living in sweatshirts and sweatpants throughout the entire summer regardless of it being 80 or 90 degrees outside. When it comes to the new and rising TikTok stars such as Addison Rae and Charlie D’Amelio, they are known for making their dance TikToks while wearing oversized sweats. This has led many to follow the coronavirus trends and continue to live comfortably while staying in and going to work or class online.
The path to the future is still unclear. Uncertainty will resonate within us all until there comes a transitional period for the virus. However, fashion trends are on the halt and staying comfortable has taken over the spring, summer and fall trends. Staying in means staying comfortable. Wear those sweatpants two days in a row and settle into this new normality of what life is shaping into.
Jaclyn Krizanic is a senior studying Professional Writing and minoring in Graphic Design. Jaclyn plans to apply her knowledge and skill sets she has gained from her major into her current, future and professional work. Jaclyn loves to write poetry and inspires to publish a book of poems and short stories upon her graduation.