Summer is finally here, and after sheltering in place for over two months, anyone who says “staying at home” has been a breeze would be lying. Some days have been easier while others have been a struggle. But what you wear can make all the difference in how your day pans out. Throw on a pair of joggers  — you are relaxed, comfortable and maybe less productive. However, throw on a black blazer — you look more put together and ready for Zoom. 

But it’s not just about how you look. Our outfits can affect how we feel. “Your choice of attire has powerful feedback effects; it sends internal messages which can boost or dampen your mood and even alter your thought processes and capabilities,” writes psychologist Karen Pine in her book “Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion.” As our country continues to grapple with the unknowns of COVID-19 and the tumultuous social and political climate, we need all the help we can get to boost our moods and give us hope for the future. 

Since many of us may still be cautious about venturing out, let us revisit the classics in our closet for all the Facetime calls and virtual happy hours. I absolutely love the classics, like a white T-shirt or a maxi dress, which can be worn time and time again. But don’t fret if a few of these staples are nowhere to be found in your closet; I’ve included links to some of my favorites. I hope you feel inspired to get dressed up to take on whatever life throws at you! 

xx Ivy

Overslept and now rushing to jump on a Zoom call? A silk pajama top paired with your favorite jeans will do the trick…or the pajama set alone works, too!

Silk Pajamas Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

After working out in your biker shorts, throw on a classic black blazer and you’re instantly dressed for a business call! 

Black Blazer Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

Don’t have a white button down? Borrow one from his closet, like I always do. Bonus: this doubles as a swim coverup and nightgown as well.

White Button Down Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

Haven’t changed out of your sweats in a few days? Reach for versatile cargo pants paired with a classic white T-shirt instead. The pants also can be easily dressed up with a black silk cami, black blazer and strappy heels. 

White T-shirt Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3
Cargo Pants Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

A solid top — especially in cobalt blue — looks good on everyone, especially on screen. It’s a definite must-have in your closet!

Cobalt Blue Top Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

A maxi dress does the trick for the vertically challenged (like myself). A Little White Dress, such as this one, can be easily dressed down with white sneakers (I like Stan Smiths).

Little White Dress Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

A summer dress with a fun print will surely brighten any Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangout, or Houseparty call! For a socially distanced evening out, throw on a leather jacket to give your dress that edge, especially when dining outdoors at a restaurant.

Summer Print Dress Option 1 | Option 2| Option 3

Accessorize is the name of the game to spice things up when you go with classics. Try adding a bucket hat and statement necklace, or a colorful scarf, headband and fun earrings. The timepiece is just as important, even if you don’t have anywhere to be except your kitchen table turned office desk.

Accessories Option 1 | Option 2 | Option 3

CREDITS: Photographer: Phillip P. | Wardrobe Stylist: Blake P. | Fashion Editor: Ivy Payne

Author

  • Ivy Payne, Fashion Editor at Mochi, has always played dress up. Throughout her childhood living in Los Angeles (Culver City, specifically) she was known as best dressed. It wasn’t necessarily the brands she wore but how her outfits were effortlessly put together. She began her fashion career working for international mall developer, Westfield, then made her way to Marie Claire magazine. However, now she plays dress up on the big screen (or small, if you prefer the iPhone) as a Costume Designer, bringing life to characters through clothes. If she’s not storytelling with wardrobe, you’ll find her with personal clients making them feel and look their best.