For many of us, working from home can mean lounging around for days on end in sweatpants, hoodies and pajamas or in my case my husband’s clothes!. Kanwal Toor – Designer & Lifestyle blogger explains why it’s important not to let lamentable lock down turn into sartorial let down – and that dressing up is as good for your mental health as it is for your dignity. So, while it’s important to feel relaxed in your new working environment, it’s always a good idea to show your closet some love.

As I write this, I am wearing smart Ralph Lauren trousers, a beauty of a Ralph Lauren frilly shirt top and a Jadau by Kanwal Toor necklace - While getting dressed this morning, I changed the accessories twice before settling The emerald and polki JBK necklace. I had laid the clothes out the night before (yes, I really do that), having stood in front of my wardrobe deciding what to wear for this wednesday. Or whatever day it is. Indeed, I am writing this during lockdown at my kitchen table, and no, no one else has seen me today – or, in fact, this week – and it is unlikely that anyone will.

For the most part, we partake in conference calls with the cameras firmly disengaged, I have a small family and I’m certainly not dressing for the attention of the odd delivery person – though give me another month of this and that might be a different story. I am dressing purely for me – and definitely for my mental wellbeing.

In a time when I am now restricted from doing everything I love – going to restaurants, bars, yoga, spending time with actual people – I need to take control of what I still can do and what has always been true to me. And that is dressing up. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not throwing on a gown every day and applying layers of makeup, but I am making the same effort that I make when I’m heading to a real meeting. I have a ‘look’ and I’ll be damned if coronavirus is going to take that away from me, too.

The idea of dressing from the waist up (for video calls) is lost on me. Just get fully dressed… It is heartening to see that many people haven’t let their personal standards slip, but for every crisp white shirt there is an abundance of bathrobes! Boooo.


Kanwal Toor