Type Remedy: Publish-pandemic work put on ought to be comfy but fashionable

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Helene Oseen Janet Mezzarobba tries on power casual work clothes in Calgary at Sophie Grace’s. (Amelia top $ 140, Hamilton pants $ 195). Darren Makowichuk / Postmedia Photo by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK / Postmedia

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During a seemingly endless pandemic, women have mixed emotions about the reality of getting back to the office. The thought of getting dressed again may make you feel a little excited, but it will be difficult to give up the comforts of doing my job at home.

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PR professional Janet Mezzarobba stopped working in her office in March 2020. Now her workplace is making plans to bring people back. After so many months pairing Zoom-ready tops and trophy jewelry with sweatshirts or yoga pants, Janet wonders how she is going to survive a full day of work in her pre-pandemic outfits.

In the past 18 months, she has not worn what she considers to be an appropriate office look from head to toe. In the times when she could keep the camera off for conference calls, she did. Now she looks at the work clothes that are hanging in her closet and realizes that they are from another time. When she goes back to the office, the running shorts and oversized sweatshirts she wore won’t be enough. Again, every morning she will go to the trouble of choosing attractive clothes, styling her hair and putting on make-up.

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Janet has always been a well-dressed woman. She consciously dresses for her day because she understands that her dress choices not only affect how people perceive her, but also how she feels about herself and her talents. Wearing clothes that make her feel classy and confident without fuss has always been her style. Now she’s looking for a work-friendly cloakroom overhaul designed for an energetic, active, athletic woman in leadership positions. When she thinks about getting dressed, she wants fabrics that are soft and comfortable with the fit and shine of workwear. She doesn’t want to wear things that are tight at the waist or sleeves and blazers that don’t allow much movement.

Janet Mezzarobba searches Sophie Grace (sophiegrace.ca) for upscale leisure fashion for a return to professional life.  She paired her dress with a Violet Blazer ($ 250).  Darren Makowichuk / Postmedia Janet Mezzarobba searches Sophie Grace (sophiegrace.ca) for upscale leisure fashion for a return to professional life. She paired her dress with a Violet Blazer ($ 250). Darren Makowichuk / Postmedia Photo by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK / Postmedia

Power Casual is the new dress for success

Women returning to work won’t be sure what to wear as hybrid clothing evolves into a new dress code. The new rules of office attire become a big guessing game. New eras always herald new fashions. Although office attire trends have generally been in a more casual direction than yesterday’s classic attire, today’s new fashions are old fashions with a new twist. The focus is on fabrics that are thick and soft with stretch. A pleasantly smooth fabric that is crease-resistant and breathable is the epitome of casual luxury.

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Fashion designers used to dictate style trends. Savvy brands today orient themselves towards women by listening to their wants and needs after the pandemic. They create pieces with a focus on comfort that offer practicality and functionality without compromising on style. Chances are that the new office wear will consist of stretchy pants, skirts, jackets, and comfortable clothes. Elastic cuffs will find their way into everything.

Coco Chanel’s maxim “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” applies.

Janet Mezzarobba models a navy Ashley dress ($ 210) and a Carl Abad, Fun Not Serious necklace at Sophie Grace.  Darren Makowichuk / Postmedia Janet Mezzarobba models a navy Ashley dress ($ 210) and a Carl Abad, Fun Not Serious necklace at Sophie Grace. Darren Makowichuk / Postmedia Photo by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK / Postmedia

The tips from the experts

Q. Can I wear white after Labor Day?

A. Nobody is sure how this subjective rule of “don’t know after Labor Day” came about. Nobody should feel the need to follow her.

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White can be worn all year round. The fabric is important, not the color. Perhaps at the end of summer, you might be packing up your breezy white clothes in favor of firmer fabrics that will keep you warm in the cooler days to come.

The French designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971) used natural white – a warm alternative to strong white – as the key color in her collections, which she wore all year round. White also reflects light and brightens the wearer’s face, so she uses pearls to embellish clothing, as well as creating beautiful brooches and fine jewelry.

Each color has a meaning and personality. From a psychological point of view, natural white means reducing stress. It has a calming effect and is comfortable to wear as it does not require physical energy to wear. We are naturally drawn to it and others are drawn to us when we wear it.

Continue. Wear white after Labor Day – it might be just what you need for a dose of fresh energy, optimism, and the joy of putting on again.

Helene Oseen has been a fashion author for many years and a sought-after stylist. She helps women find confidence and style while making friends with themselves and fashion. What’s your closet identity? Take the quiz and find out below www.wearyourlifewell.com

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