How will we dress?
2When was the last time your wore your favorite outfit? What about lipstick? If you're like me and being extra cautious with life right now, it's been a while. For me, it was my 40th birthday. I wore heels, a silk dress...with a velvet embroidered mask. Gotta be safe and stylish!
Dressing up and out is episodic these days as the outside world of dinner with friends, concerts, and weekend brunch slowly returns. You may have retuned to your office and to your pre-pandemic wardrobe with glee... Or perhaps dread? A dread for the comfort of your leggings and tunics while Zooming in a comfortable chair.
While I can't control where you work, I can advocate for your comfort and style, in whatever environment you're conducting business.
Zeitgeist determines trends. As a fashion professional with an interest in anthropology, trends are more than a passing fad. To me, a trend is an indicator of societal direction- provoked by political shifts. The Renaissance was provoked by the Bubonic Plague. The Harlem Renaissance was birthed because of the Great Migration and WW1.
The COVID- 19 Pandemic is provoking shifts.
Here are my two trend predictions post pandemic:
Starting with literary great Zora Neale Hurston, this is a lifestyle that demands freedom from societal constraints, with the centering of Black women in their community with the unintentional benefit of a transformed society. Stacy Abrams, Patrisse Khan- Cullors, Tricia Hearsy live it. Alice Walker, Audre Lourde, Octvia Butler revealed it.
Vibe: Nature Leisure
Purpose: New Futures
Fashion: Soft Simplicity
Ethereal Womanist key words: Rest, abolition, Black fairies, sustainability, EarthSeed, resistance
Opulence, individualism, and saccharine happiness marked by consumption is a result of being trapped inside. The vaccinated and never vaccinated are now able to resume their lived pre pandemic lives with the determination to make up for time loss. And the making up will be ginormous. This is a revival of The Roaring 20's with 80's extravagance in a technology driven world.
Reckless Abaddon key words: Travel experiences, neon, pleasure, now, celebrity culture
Have you noticed any societal trends that are effecting fashion? Share in the comments!
Jana Coke is the founder and principal wardrobe consultant of Jana Coke Style. This is the place to be to get your style tips and wardrobe advice!