How Style Can Brighten Your Temper When You are Feeling Down

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How Fashion Can Brighten Your Mood When You're Feeling Down

Although I work from home quite often and my work as an editor can be done remotely, the experience of working remotely feels different when our world is in crisis. The spread of the coronavirus is paramount, which nudges and nudges every normal thought I have, turning my mood upside down just when I finally feel lifted up and maybe even smile. I heard my fiance say to a friend on the phone, "Sarah is used to working from home all the time." But he's wrong – I'm not used to that. The working days from home suddenly went from the joy of rare events (no make-up! Torn sweats that are so comfortable that I never throw them away! Sloppy licking the Greek yogurt from my cereal bowl!) To a mandate. We all face a sad ultimatum: if we don't isolate ourselves, we could help spread a virus.

I love my job as a fashion editor, but writing about a lot of the common topics I deal with feels annoying and even inappropriate at the moment. My colleague Lindsay Miller wrote about getting dressed during this period of social detachment, and her essay made me wonder if the clothes in my own closet might make me feel better or change my mood. I haven't opened these closet doors in days, not just because I don't have anyone to wear, but because I don't feel inspired to come up with an outfit. I have a coordinate drawer that I rarely visit during a regular work week because I imagine: "I have to commute to the office tomorrow – then I'll just put all my effort into a really cute look!" So I usually stay in my pajamas all day, which I did on days one and two of my quarantine. Fashion who?

I decided to make my way in easier. I dared to dive into the matching drawer mentioned above and pulled out this Choosy welding set, which consists of dusty pink ribbed joggers and a matching, short-cut turtleneck sweater. I equipped myself with my red Marc Jacobs glasses (reserved for days when I feel spunky) and asked my fiancee for a quick photo shoot. We had spent so much time doing our own thing in two different rooms and communicating through the wall – "Close the door! I can't hear myself thinking!" – I felt like we were Love is blind. But he seemed really excited to be photographing my outfit and that never happens.

Even though I felt stylish and polished by putting coordinates in the house, it doesn't change what's going on outside, and it certainly doesn't mean that everyone feels better when I dress. Last but not least, it is worth noting that fashion – which has always been my favorite hobby and the basis of my career – actually brings a smile to my face today. This may remind you to look inside and practice some of your favorite things, even if you don't have to shop in your closet. But if the documentation of your #OOTD is one of the things that make you happy, why not start with a suitable welding set? From here it can only get more glamorous.

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Wasilak

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