Fashion Philosophy: A Study on Post-Lockdown Dressing

“Every action must be due to one or other of seven causes: chance, nature, compulsion, habit, reasoning, anger, or appetite” – Aristotle

The weather is warming and we can finally taste freedom on the tip of our tongue. As darkness and suppression is waning, a new life awaits us. Reminiscent of the initial chords of the Summer movement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the suspenseful sounds of life blooming into the unknown are playing in the distance as we are re-opening our doors in anticipation and dusting off our summertime apparel. Finally, we can head out into the sunshine after months confined by drab weather and stay-at-home orders. The fashionistas among us, who study the art of dressing as a science, are starting to question: how will you now dress? To this point in time, with no-where particularly special to go and facing ongoing repression by lockdowns and icy temperatures, most of us have been distinctly underdressed. Our overly-relaxed tracksuits, desperately comfortable leggings and tiresome kicks were the protagonists in our fashion forecast for 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. But with this new world on the horizon, both mysterious and frightening, we are feeling motivated and electrified as it invitingly offers an exoneration from the last fifteen months of extreme subjugation.  All the world’s a stage, as Shakespeare once said, but the pressing question is: which character will you play going in to the next chapter? Will you ironically stay in the shackles of comfort-dress, or will you reinvent yourself and step into radical extremism? Alternatively, you may be among those unable to fully venture from one side to the other and teeter somewhere in between until more certain.

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