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Have we forgotten how to dress?

May 19, 2021


We cannot miss the symbolism found in the fact that we are coming out of COVID in the spring. Spring is traditionally thought of as a rebirth or a reawakening, and it is also a time when we shed our cocoons or winter wardrobes for lighter, brighter options. It is a joyful, hopeful time, full of celebrations such as graduations, weddings, the Memorial Day holiday weekend in America, and planning for summer vacations ahead, but it has taken on an entirely more significant feeling this particular spring season. It’s truly fitting that we are making our way back out into the world during this beautiful time of year.

There’s just one little problem, last summer we didn’t really get dressed. We had nowhere to go, so what was the point of putting on clothes (“real clothes” at least!). We are pulling out our summer dresses, white jeans, shorts and skirts, and realizing that maybe they’re just a little tight- a sweet gift from the global pandemic. The good thing about skipping a fashion season completely is that what is old seems new again. We greet our long packed away spring/summer wardrobe like an old friend.  “I forgot about you!” 

The bad thing is the realization that the events are coming back with a vengeance, and you don’t have many clothing options, but retail is struggling with low stock issues due to factories being closed for so long (thanks again COVID, your gifts just keep coming). Long story short, shopping can be very, very frustrating! What to do?

Here are a few suggestions:

    •    Go through your closet, try your clothes on, get any pieces altered that need it, and make a list of things that are missing, such as a shoe to go with a specific look, that will hinder you from wearing it

    •    Liven up looks you already have by investing in a cute bag, a beautiful pair of new shoes, or a pair of fabulous earrings- this can completely change/update a look in an easy way

    •    If you’re going to shop online, use the filter options- start by putting in your size, and as many other details as you can such as heel height, skirt length or neckline to make the process a little less frustrating and time-consuming

    •    Be flexible, you may have to pay a little more than you were hoping to, you may need to buy a sleeveless dress and add a wrap if you are uncomfortable showing your arms, etc.

    •    If all else fails, you know where to find me (you can reply to this email or learn more here). If you are truly overwhelmed, let us take that problem off your hands; we can work together to build a super chic, functional summer wardrobe update just for you.

Below are some examples of what my styling clients are shopping for this summer:

Alison Bruhn

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