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As much as we love the comfort of our old, cosy pyjamas, we’ve been looking into the importance of getting dressed – even when you are staying in. We know how rewarding a good pyjama day can be but when we are all staying in for the best part of the day it can easily turn into a habit and it gets rather tempting to crawl back into bed. 

We all need a sense of routine, even when our lives feel like they have been flipped upside down for almost a year. Getting dressed gives us just a little slither of normality and we are able to start the day as we mean to go on. Keeping this bit of our routine means that we are more likely and willing to engage in work and hobbies. Once dressed, you are more inclined to crack on with your to-do list. You can even trick your mind with what you wear. If you have a video call, you are more likely to present yourself in a professional and confident manner if you dress more formally, and if you have been telling yourself for two weeks that tomorrow is the day you start ‘Couch to 5k’ put on your workout gear first thing – you’ll feel more inclined to go. 

We are spending more time in our homes than ever before and are having to change the way we view our spaces. Where they were once a place for relaxing and winding down at the end of a working day, we now have had to learn how to balance working, relaxing, hobbies, exercising and chores all in one space. With the lines more blurred than ever, getting dressed helps us to differentiate the time between working and relaxing. It’s important to still be able to separate our days and we’ve found that we sometimes get changed up to three times in a day! 

Getting dressed makes us feel good. There’s a reason why we spend time planning out our outfits and getting ready – spoiler – it’s for ourselves! It’s a little bit of self care and boosts our confidence. Even if we are only catching ourselves in the bathroom mirror or in the corner of a video call, it’s important that we like how we look. We often don’t feel at our best in January – it is cold, we haven’t seen much of the sun and we are still recovering from Christmas – so put something on that makes you feel positive. It could be comfy, it could be outrageous. Who cares?! You are doing this for you! 

There are some perks of being confined to our households and bubbles: no one is going to see you so now is the time to experiment with new styles and clothing combinations. Can you really pair those two pieces together? You won’t know until you try! Do you have some gems hidden in the back of your wardrobe that you’ve not worn in years? Pull them out and style them up! Start planning those post-lockdown outfits and enjoy the excitement of trying something new. You can work out what you really do love in your wardrobe and give a new lease of life to some of your forgotten garms. 

Dressing up helps us reinforce our sense of self – it helps us to project ourselves onto the world. When there is so much going on in the news and in our daily lives, it is easy to feel lost and unsure of who we are. Putting on our favourite outfit helps us to ground ourselves and reminds us exactly who we are.

So get your finest outfit on and dance in front of your mirror!

Photo via @daisy_tite / www.instagram.com/daisy_tite

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