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Workwear And Business Style Forecasts by I on Image
This post showcases my workwear and business style forecasts for 2021. What are we going to wear this year to work? Has the pandemic changed our style values for good? Read further and find out.
The pandemic has made working from home the norm and this will continue to trickle down to our fashion choices ie. the things we wear to work every day.
In 2021 our business clothes will continue to get more individual and less formal. Our office style needs to echo the new work softer culture that is very much talent driven. Individuality and creative thinking are at the heart of the current work ethos.
Women at work will continue to appreciate and demand more flexibility and more freedom. This sentiment will reflect directly in our style preferences. Stuffy suits and vertiginous heels might feel out of place in this type of mindset. Softer values will rule also in fashion.
Wellness will continue to reign as a mega-trend. Hyper-consumerism is already frowned upon and more holistic choices will be introduced to consumers in all industries, fashion included.
What Are We Going To Buy In 2021?
We are also interested in making our own clothes. Sewing is now more popular than ever and utilized not only in making new clothes, but also for repairing, up-cycling and customizing items.
British department store John Lewis reported a 127% increase in sewing machine sales in 2020. It’s really time to start knowing your Singers from your Brothers. My own is a Husqvarna from 1995 and still rocking!
Call For Individuality
Independent fashion labels are in high demand right now, especially those that make sustainable fashion. We crave for individuality and exclusivity.
Typically we would have sought that experience from high-end designer brands but now the money is tight. Also it shows bad taste to flaunt opulence when so many people have lost their jobs and struggle to get by.
Small showrooms are also having a moment. We want to avoid crowded malls and busy shopping streets at all cost. Avoiding unnecessary transportation and supporting local business make us favor our less-known fashion designers.
Frugal & Comfy
Women want to invest in less items and to get more out their wardrobes. Gone are the days of one-wear fashion affairs. An item needs to be versatile, comfortable and low-maintenance.
A garment has to be able to work hard and transform into various situations. It can no longer be tied strictly to just one season. Fashion is becoming less about seasons, and more about individuality and self-expression.
We want our clothes to be comfortable and it’s no surprise that according to Marie Claire’s December 2020 report online searches for jogging pants increased 2000% in April 2020 only.
Dressing From Waist Up
Dressing from waist up will continue to be to be important. Tops, scarves, jewelry, collars, relaxed jackets and knitwear will be good investments and look amazing on Zoom.
My own 2021 WFH favorites are:
- Statement knitwear
- All details on top: Ruches, ruffles, buttons and bows
- Sparkly earrings
- Bright colors
- Scarves – Tie yours on a big bow like I did
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Share your own fashion forecasts for 2021 in comments. What are you wearing this year? Has the pandemic changed your style values? I am very curious to hear your thoughts!