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A Guide To Nailing Your ‘Inside’ Wardrobe

Step 1: Remove pyjamas.

As coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate, and the government enforces tighter restrictions on our day-to-day activities, our time spent indoors has increased exponentially. Therefore, our work wardrobe and the glad rags we’d reserve for a night out on the town have now become redundant. We’ve all been forced to quite literally slip into something more comfortable, but how does one achieve a comfy yet stylish inside wardrobe from the confines of quarantine? 

I’m by no means suggesting we should all continue dressing to the nines to go and sit in our home office AKA the lounge room for eight hours a day – however, there is merit in changing out of your pyjamas or Snuggie to start a day working from home. 

Speaking to Today, professor and author of The Psychology of Fashion Carolyn Mair said, “keeping a routine helps us maintain a sense of control and degree of normality in times when we are feeling a lack of control, which leads to stress and even anxiety. What matters more than the actual garments we wear is that they help us feel good.”

Getting up and getting dressed is a must for those who need routine to kickstart the daily grind, and stave off feelings of anxiety, but – in my opinion – that still doesn’t mean you need to crack out the three-piece suit. 

The beauty of fashion in 2020 is that the line between comfort and style is becoming increasingly blurred. Track pants are no longer reserved for midlife crises, lazy slobs or lads. These days, you can get your hands on seriously high-farshun trackies that not only look polished, but feel as cozy as your PJs.

The same goes for leggings – which are not exclusively for workouts, but can conveniently be kept on if you feel like going for a mid-isolation stroll (at a safe social distance, of course).

Speaking of snuggly track pants and loungewear in general – fabric plays a huge role in curating an inside wardrobe. Fabrics that breathe, like cotton and linen, look put together and are naturally comfortable to wear.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t throw on your favourite pair of jeans while WFH, but going for a stretch denim will feel far easier and breezier come 3pm.

As for tops? Keep it simple, stupid. All your basics: plain t-shirts, sweaters, singlets and cardigans are winners – as long as they give you room to move.

The same goes for dresses and skirts. No one wants suffer through a video conference call in a bodycon dress if it’s not totally necessary to do so. 

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Personally, throwing on a pair of sneakers or sandals, and a pair of earrings or necklace with the above has done wonders for my self-motivation. It tricks my brain into thinking I’m leaving the house, which instantly gets me into ‘work mode’ and prepped for the day ahead. 

Ultimately, I reckon simplicity is the key to your new working from home wardrobe. It’s whatever makes you feel the most comfortable – and if wearing your PJs or even going completely nude ticks the box, then you do you. Just make sure your webcam is off during the next video conference if you’re doing the latter. If you need further inspo, look no further than the Instagram account @wfhfits:

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Woody Allen Reckons Timothée Chalamet Dragged Him Just To Get An Oscar

Really, Woody?

The world might be in the midst of a pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped Woody Allen from publishing his controversial memoir and spilling a lot of tea while doing so, including a spicy claim about actor Timothee Chalamet.

In his memoir, titled Apropos of Nothing, Allen writes about his childhood and career, as well as those that denounced him after his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow accused him of sexually abusing her as a child. 

After Farrow’s op-ed about the abuse claims was published in the Los Angeles Times, Chalamet – who starred in Allen’s 2019 romantic comedy A Rainy Day In New York announced he’d be donating his entire salary from the film to charities supporting sexual abuse survivors. He also posted a message to Instagram, which read, “I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

But according to Allen, Chalamet’s protest against him was purely for Oscars clout. “All the three leads in Rainy Day were excellent and a pleasure to work with,” he wrote in his memoir. “Timothée afterward publicly stated he regretted working with me and was giving the money to charity, but he swore to my sister he needed to do that as he was up for an Oscar for Call Me by Your Name, and he and his agent felt he had a better chance of winning if he denounced me, so he did.”

Ironically, Chalamet didn’t end up winning the Oscar for Best Actor in Call Me by Your Name, and after he spoke out against Allen, many other celebrities who had worked with the director followed suit.

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Woody Allen’s memoir was rooted in controversy even before it hit shelves. Hachette cancelled their book deal with Allen after a staff walkout and his son, Ronan Farrow, slammed the publisher for showing a “lack of ethics and compassion for victims of sexual abuse.” 

Despite the memoir being picked up by Arcade Publishing, it has been met with scathing reviews, and even labelled a “shallow exercise in self-pity.” 

There has been no word from Timothee Chalamet on Allen’s claims, but I’m guessing he’s quite keen to keep his distance from all the drama. 

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Never Forget When We Insisted On Putting Chunky Belts Over Everything

Even jackets.

If you’ve lived longer than a decade or two, you would’ve gone through your fair share of embarrassing fashion phases. Throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s there were butterfly clips, dresses over jeans, low slung flares, tube tops, cargo pants and diamante-encrusted flip flops. However, no fashion statement haunts me more than the dreaded chunky belt – an accessory we insisted on wearing over every piece of clothing we owned in the mid ‘00s. 

Belt loops or not, women in the 00s couldn’t get enough of the chunky belt. These waist-cinching accessories were worn over the top of dresses, flowy t-shirts and button-ups, and most horrifyingly, over a jacket. 

Credit: M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)

But why!? Why did we insist on buckling these hefty fashion accessories around our waists, no matter the occasion?

Some sort of fashion switch was flipped during the noughties, telling women all over the world that their waist is (and will always be) their most flattering asset, and we should accentuate it at all costs. Even if it meant corseting ourselves into a thick blazer, or throwing a useless faux leather band around a t-shirt.

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Then there were the hip-hugging belts that were carelessly thrown over peasant tops, oversized dresses and on top of low cut jeans. Blake Lively’s stylist didn’t even bother to thread hers through the loops!

Lindsay Lohan’s belt is hanging on for dear life over this relaxed tee and shorts combo:

In fact, celebrities of the era didn’t help stop the spread of the chunky belt trend one bit. The likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Ashley Tisdale were rocking wide belts like it was – quite literally – going out of fashion.

One Google search of 00s chunky belts and you’ll be disturbed to see they’re actually making a bit of a comeback right now, popping up over long coats and dresses down runways all around the world.

Credit: Dior

Clearly, fashion continues to be a revolving door and I’m just going to have to get over my fear of chunky belts. 

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