How To Keep Your Style Up, When You Might Be Feeling Down!

By Asha Spacek-Hobbs, Fashion Editor

What do you do when it's become difficult climbing out of bed, you're constantly worried about the uncertainty, or you're just having the 'not like you,' lockdown blues? How do you begin shifting your concerns to excitement for your reinvented, fashion choices? Remember that style you had that absolutely ruled your ootd (outfit of the day) hashtags, mirrored and car selfies, and those jovial or pretending NOT to be feeling sexy pouts you'd post enroute to work or school? It all just paused. But we know your style identity is still there! It can be difficult, but there are ways to help stabilize your brain, your mood/aura and your style back into those streets, with positivity, mental balance and glee, regardless of where you might be in your 2020 journey of resetting your life. Here are some very attainable tips:

Style for your Moods, Not the Season

Forget the calendar- even Rihanna said during her, Savage Fenty, Amazon Original TV series that she wears sweatpants when she just wants to be depressed. Don't fight the fatigue feeling: Appreciate not having to dress up daily possibly for the first time in a great while, by becoming familiar with the crave of athleisure/loungewear. Coming from a place of honesty, Alo Yoga (in particular), has been rising in popularity because their various collections from soft matte to sherpa to draped blouse tops, pull off a sexy, yet feasible, daily quality. Whether running errands or literally lounging around shooting social media videos, looking and feeling attractive in comfortable, ethical fabrics never hurt anyone!

Aside from updating your wardrobe with modern, luxury, leisure workout and loungewear pieces, be mindful that even while getting back into your cafe' visits, weekly fresh grocery runs or even the post office, the smallest effort of adding a bit of bling on your sneakers (as you may have never done before) could even help you step out a lot more often in these uncertain of days. Don’t be afraid to show off a new, sassy, urban flair, which you can mix with loungewear, or simply steal “hot girl summer” inspo vibes and throw on some fall layers to keep moving in style. As you wean yourself off of this new found love of comfy sweats and yoga pants, adding heels and polished outer layers is also a cool direction that we're constantly seeing pop up on our social feeds, to achieve a more stylized look while maintaining our mood of comfort and ease. Alo Yoga- which started in Los Angeles (with solar powered offices, of course), states how they are 100% sweatshop free and eco aware, endure in-office recycling and wear their WRAP certified platinum certification quite proudly, taking their celebrity fave studio-to-streetwear, to new heights.

PC: Alo Yoga Instagram

Dress Up with Sunnies

From oversized square, aviator (created in 1937), retro round, slinky cat eye, to just a classic metal or rimless frame, sunglasses (or tinted eyewear) can certainly help you feel sexy, alive, renewed, understood, stated, protected, dominant and even safe!

Aside from feeling like Miranda Priestly at the end of famed 2006 movie, "The Devil Wears Prada," sunnies- regardless of what coast or country you reside or visit, can really take on another character: Another you. These ageless beauties can definitely help you feel revived as you resurrect from your sofa, open your blinds and start to realign yourself with the rest of the world via overdue life errands, job seeking or exploring nature and start feeling like your old self again (post Covid warfare). Try on a pair of shades you're comfortable with - then a completely outlandish pair of frames you never would dare- and see how you feel! Get out of your style comfort zone without losing your morale by exploring quality finishes like tortoise, marble, metal, wood, cork, wheat and bamboo, offered by a company who know a bit about the Vitamin-D, friendly sunshine and glam, like Australian-based company, Sticks & Sparrow. Why not- movie star, diva, boss b***h, Miss Namaste...?!

Beyond boosting your seasonal style and upgrading your entire look, some recent tinted, spectacle brands claim they have created mood enhancing sunglasses using filtered light. Going deeper, did you know there is allegedly such a thing as 'color therapy' in which you are inspired to use various, assigned shades of "colored lenses" to ward off things like anxiety, creating tranquility, confidence and even possibly, healing migraines?

On a final sunwear note, it shouldn't come as a surprise that you can also venture into chakra mood light therapy by purchasing chromotherapy glasses. You can easily grab a pair ranging from pretty affordable to high-end options, from popular e-commerce websites. Treating everything from insomnia and jet lag to the misalignment of patterns of light and darkness (like we've been lacking these several months), to increasing mood and energy levels, it is suggested these powerful bursts of polarized sunshine can really assist.

Following months of quarantine hibernation, is it really a risk to give any of these sun- or no-sun fighters, a try - even if just for fun!

Note: seek professional care before starting any type of new medical routine

PC: Sticks & Sparrow via The Good Trade

Upgrade Your Outerwear

From cape coats to statement scarves, vintage denim, fingerless gloves, ruffled faux leather jackets and more, you can really throw on a magnificent piece or two of heightened outerwear, over virtually anything! You'll most likely feel like a celebrity trying to avoid the paparazzi with this unintentionally intended, "low effort" fashion mantra that has taken over 2020. Try to avoid hats if possible (unless super necessary, weather permitting), and fashion-forward like a brand new fedora or beret to help you feel spunky. Traditional or "boring," outdated (different from vintage) hats or team/promo ball caps can usually increase depressed-like feelings by hiding oneself, as opposed to putting yourself on center stage with a brim that can't help but make a "good" fuss.

If you’ve been loving the abnormally warm, fall-into-winter weather, or live in a city like L.A. (where your autumn is not as cool as say, New York City), then you’ll probably have fun, and fall for this newer-concept, outer item, presented by Slovenia brand, Benedetti Life. Where do we begin with the nature of its uniqueness? 80% of this chic and sensuous biker jacket is made up of pineapple leaves. Yes, pineapple can be THIS appealing! The company uses something called Piñatex®, which represents the latest technological solution for a biodegradable replacement for leather. This international