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The last three months have presented us with a glimpse of a world we could not have foreseen. The situation is affecting our economy and our lifestyle in every way. Suddenly we have found ourselves in comfy clothes everyday and not spending money on clothing and fashion accessories as we try to be more budget-conscious. But there are certain things that can make you feel better and positively impact the lives of those who are in a worse-off position around us.
Dress for work; dress for a positive day!
Dressing up every morning even though we’re working from home can help life our spirits and make us feel better about ourselves. It also brings a sense of normalcy to the day and can contribute to you feeling more productive amidst all the distractions that come your way while working from home. It also helps you put forth a consistent image on video calls that matches with one you typically would present in the office – doesn’t matter what your dress code is!
Take the time to clean your closet
It’s that time of year for spring cleaning, so why not take the opportunity to be a little more thorough around your home. Tackle your closets and be more mindful of what items you can finally let go. Social distancing has given us all a little more time to think, so use some of that time to face the tough questions on why certain items continue to linger in your closet. Consider donating the items you remove from your closet as it can help those less fortunate in our communities.
Support small businesses
Businesses of all sizes are struggling through this crisis. Consumers have stopped spending; storefronts are closed; and supply chains are impacted. Small businesses in particular have been meaningfully impacted; these are our neighbours, friends and family. While we should be budget-conscious through times like this, we should also consider how we may be able to help small businesses through the crisis. Maybe its spreading the word through social media about small businesses you like or perhaps you’re able to spend a little to show them you care.
The future is sustainable fashion
Spending so much time in our homes has allowed us the opportunity to consider how we consume and what we consume. We have found that we can do more with less; that broken things can be fixed; and that what matters is quality and not quantity. Sustainable fashion will continue to grow. It won’t just be a trend; it’ll be an expectation and more consumers will pick sustainable or ethical fashion over fast fashion. Some have thought sustainable fashion to be more expensive or to be less fashionable. There are many small businesses who are offering trendy and classic sustainably-made fashion at a reasonable price tag. The options and availability is there and growing, allowing for consumers to vote for a better approach with their money.
A little effort can help you feel a bit better everyday in this “new normal” life!