I read something online quite early in lockdown that went something like, 'If you're still wearing jeans in lockdown, what are you trying to prove?'. For some reason, it triggered something for me. In turn, I resorted to a very limited wardrobe of leggings and old t-shirts; saving ‘best' for a time when lockdown will be lifted, I will see other people and I would return to wearing the pieces in my wardrobe that I treasure. Away went any tailoring, shirting, and luxe fabrics. But, what also got packed away? My positivity and productivity. The act of getting up in the morning became chore-like, and it was difficult to distinguish night from daytime.
There’s no shame here. If you function best in loungewear and athleisure – and there are plenty of us who do - then go right ahead. And while you’re at it, take a look at Johnstons of Elgin cashmere loungewear, for if you’re going to do it, please do it in theirs. There really is no comparison. I especially love the Reversible Cashmere Fleece Sweatshirt in Silver. It will look and feel superb with cashmere jogging bottoms now (try the matching low rise ones new for SS20), but also with a pair of tailored black trousers and some flat pumps when we’re back in the real world.
For me, though, I realised that getting 'dressed' in the morning was a crucial part of my routine. As a stylist on a national newspaper, what I wear and how I present myself at work is important. It denotes the pride I take in my work and also instils confidence in the teams I work alongside as well as the subjects of my shoots. And while no one is seeing me right now, I've realised that getting ‘dressed' in the morning is so much more than just what I do; it's a part of who I am. In these unprecedented (I know, I said it) times we all need to do what we can to stay sane, and for me, that means staying in a routine.
SS20 Clothing Ideas
I'm excited about the new fashions for Spring Summer, and I wanted to share with you some of the pieces from the Johnstons of Elgin SS20 collection that inspire me right now to not just get up in the morning but to get dressed too.
Lilac is a colour that was all over the SS20 catwalks. Seen everywhere from Milan and New York to London and Paris, it somehow felt fresher than the baby blues and soft pinks we have come to expect from a spring palette. It looks especially modern when worn with different tones of the same colour – a slightly darker purple silk skirt, for example, or a paler lilac wide-leg trouser, would both complement this jumper perfectly. For now, though I'll be wearing mine with white jeans and some Stan Smiths.
Johnstons is known for its incredible fabrications, and the importance it places on technology when it comes to developing textiles is second to none. In turn, their Superfine Merino is some of the most luxurious in the market. The latest addition to their superfine merino collection is a jumper that relies on whole-garment technology to create a piece that is entirely seamless. Technology aside though, twin sets are well and truly back on the fashion set's Must Have list. Being both exceptionally lightweight and seamless, Johnstons' Superfine Merino jumper and cardigan are just the ticket. To keep it fresh, avoid the pearls and team them with a cropped wide-leg trouser.
Finally (and I'm sure I don't need to tell you this) if there is one thing that technology in isolation has taught us it's that cameras on phones and laptops are far from flattering. We all need that little something to perk us up on screen. I tend to rely on some heavier eyeliner and stronger blusher than I'm used to, and I love to add some earrings to create a bit of interest around the face. Ideal for disguising the double chin that phone cameras just love to highlight though is, of course, a cashmere scarf.
I love the tissue weight cashmere squares, brand new for SS20, to tie as a bandana or neckerchief. They instantly elevate an open shirt or even a basic white t-shirt.
Similarly, I haven't stopped wearing my classic cashmere stoles from Johnstons. It's important to get our daily fresh air and Vitamin D fix in our regulation constitutional, and while it's not always balmy, wrapped in my ombre cashmere stole, I feel comforted and protected from the rest of the world. For now, anyway.