Staff Picks: Our Editorial Director’s Lockdown Wardrobe

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Staff Picks: Our Editorial Director’s Lockdown Wardrobe

27 March 2020

There are positives to working from home: you no longer have to squeeze yourself onto a packed train carriage, nor do you have to (in my case) wander dazed around the food court of a west London shopping mall, wondering which debased, overpriced version of which world cuisine you are going to ingest for lunch every day. The downside, of course, is that life soon begins to lack much sense of occasion. With no outings to prepare for, no real public-facing persona to maintain, no professional uniform to consider, one is thrown back upon the vertiginous void of oneself, and forced to ask: what is the nature of this creature, anyway?

So, here is my solution to this particular problem: have fun with your clothes. Let’s face it, unless you’re working on a novel or symphony (great time to start, by the way), getting dressed in the morning is likely to be the most creative thing you do all day during this most indoors-y of periods. Plus, don’t you have some perhaps ill-advised purchases lurking in the back of your wardrobe that you’ve never quite dared to wear in the real world, but would like to? By following this school of thought, I have developed – in seven short days – a new look for myself that not only makes me feel much more like I’m having a good time, but also, let’s face it, reflects in its madness the madness of the world outside. Category is: I don’t know – hibernating tie-dye goblin? [Laughs hysterically]

01. The fleece

A shaggy fleece is perfect for sitting at home: it is cosy, comfortable, and makes it very tempting for your flatmates/partners to forgive you and give you a hug, even though they probably shouldn’t at the moment. This particular fleece, from California’s The Elder Statesman, does all that and more, thanks to its psychedelic tie-dye pattern – a fun thing to look down at, despondently, while you hit “refresh” on your stuttering VPN network. 

02. The T-shirt

Interested in trying out a mock-neck T-shirt, which seem to have been popping up everywhere as of late? Well, now is the perfect time, because no one’s looking. This one, from John Elliott, makes a perfect, slouchy companion for a funnel-neck or half-zip top.

03. The jeans

In a former month, you might have asked yourself: why do these high-waisted denim jeans have bones embroidered up the legs? This month, I am asking myself: why don’t all denim jeans have bones embroidered up the legs? 50 per cent memento mori – sorry, as if we needed that right now – and 50 per cent pure fun. These are a constant source of entertainment in my house at the moment. That, and the funny noise the kettle makes.

04. The socks

A quarantine style rule: if you wear a tie-dye top, you must also wear tie-dye socks. It’s little fun ideas like these that will keep things interesting over the next few weeks, right?

05. The clogs

I bought these a while ago, thinking “haha, my hangover shoes”. But now I am wearing them 24/7 and I’m not sorry about it at all. No, they are not perfect for spring afternoon hikes, or clubbing, or, really, going beyond one’s front doorstep. And the problem with that is? Exactly.

Illustrations by Mr Joe McKendry