How to Be a Considerate Shopper During COVID-19

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Current Boutique 14th Street Location Washington, DC

How can you be a considerate shopper and make your local community brighter, happier, and more successful?

Times are tough for us all right now. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on fashion, shopping, and our collective mindset. We’re all feeling the strain of being stuck inside, not able to see our friends and family. We’re worried about our loved ones getting sick, and we’re feeling anxious about holiday shopping paired with the crazy crowds. But amidst all that stress, you still have the choice to be kind. Being a considerate shopper is the best gift you can give to your community this holiday season. 

launched Current Boutique with the dream of a safe, happy, gorgeous place that would make quality designer fashion accessible to women. That dream goes beyond just the clothes (we have the clothes part down to a science). I have always dreamt of creating a space that enlightens and empowers shoppers and employees alike; a space where the surrounding community loves to engage with us; and a business that puts people and kindness above all else. 

I’m going to walk you through 6 ways you can help Current Boutique and your community by being a considerate shopper and beautiful human being this season.  

There’s a lot of stress out there

In chatting with my employees they have experienced many different kinds of interactions some negative and some extremely positive. We’ve had some customers coming into the store grumpy and on-edge. Almost all of my employees have expressed concerns about their mental wellbeing as we head into peak season, as more and more customers are taking their frustrations out on them. 

We understand why customers are stressed. 2020 has been a struggle for everyone. But stress isn’t healthy for anyone. (In fact, stress kills!) So what can we do to be even kinder to one another this year? 

We love our customers

We also have to share the flip side of the story. Current Boutique has some of the best customers! There are some regulars who come in that show appreciation and friendship to our employees. They want to build relationships with us just as much as we want to build relationships with them. Their kindness, goodness, and love has kept us going through all of our recent obstacles. It has been so beautiful to build these connections with each and every one of you. 

Thank you to our beautiful clientele who keep us loving, moving forward, and aligned with our mission. We appreciate you so very much. 

How to be a considerate shopper

1. Maintain personal space. 

Social distancing and wearing a mask are the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while also making employees and other shoppers feel more secure. You don’t know what another person’s situation is—if they live with a sick grandparent or they have an immune disorder (and still have to work). Keeping your distance, following signage, and waiting in line at least 6 feet back is a great way to show you care about other people’s concerns and health. With holiday crowds coming in, a little extra space will be so appreciated this year.

2. Smile with your eyes and words. 

If you’re like me, I tend to show my kindness through physical touch (hugs and handshakes) and smiles, but those aren’t an option right now due to social distancing and masks. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t show your love to others around you.

  • Smile under your mask! Most people can innately discern a true smile “in the eyes” (your eyes crinkle with a genuine smile, and they don’t crinkle with a fake one). So, even if they can’t see your mouth, they’ll be able to sense that you’re smiling. 
  • Make eye contact. Eye contact shows respect. Also, did you know, making eye contact with someone is more likely to make you more empathetic towards them (and vice versa)? A little empathy can go such a long way in times of stress.
  • Say something nice. Words work through the mask. Genuine compliments can make someone’s day (or week, or month) even better! 

Being a considerate shopper might mean going out of your way to lighten the load for others who might feel stressed during this time. One random act of kindness can have a butterfly effect for the entire community! 

3. Use contactless payment if possible. 

Contactless payment is a great way to minimize the spread of germs, and it’s also a lot faster and more convenient for you and the retailer’s employees. We know the holiday season is hectic and you’re short on time. So, something as simple as quick payment can streamline the purchasing process for everyone. Plus, it’ll help keep you, shoppers, and retailers safe and healthy this season.

4. Be a considerate shopper by showing gratitude. 

My employees often share with me how a simple “please” and “thank you” goes such a long way. Retail workers are on their feet all day, running back and forth, while trying to deliver the best possible experience for you. A little appreciation and gratitude for their hard work during these trying times can mean the world to them. You can be their Santa Claus with just a nice word or two.

5. Support local businesses. 

Local businesses are struggling right now. With lockdowns, slower foot traffic, social distancing and cleaning guidelines, and more, businesses have a lot to focus on to keep you safe while you shop—while also keeping revenues up. You can do your part to keep local businesses alive and thriving with just a few easy, simple steps: 

  • Shop local. Local stores like Current Boutique will be thrilled you came in, and you’ll often get a higher level of customer service than you might in big box stores. 
  • Post a positive review on Yelp, Google, Facebook, or other platform you use about your favorite local shops, like Current Boutique. Some stores even offer thank you gifts or discounts to show their appreciation for your reviews. 
  • Follow local businesses on social media. Like their posts and share with friends. It may seem silly, but it can do a lot for local marketing. 
  • If you don’t feel comfortable going in-store, buy online. Some stores offer buy online and pick up in store, or you can have it shipped to your house. You can still support local businesses, even from the comfort of your home. 
  • Buy or give a gift certificate for future spending. This gives your local business some extra leeway and revenue, and gift certificates to local businesses is a beloved and sustainable gift for the holiday 2020 season. Your friends will love the chance to buy gorgeous, quality fashion while supporting a local shop. Stop by your neighborhood Current Boutique to pick up a gift certificate and give the gift of sustainable, stunning fashion this season. 

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6. Love yourself. 

Being a considerate shopper means having low-stress and a love for people… And that outward love has to start with internal love! When you are happy, secure, and loved, you’ll spread that kindness and love with the world. And the world NEEDS your kindness right now.

There are a million ways to show yourself some love in 2020. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Winter is chilly, but our attitudes don’t have to be! Being a considerate shopper is the best gift you can give to your community this season. Thank you for your spirit, your loyalty, and your love <3

What sorts of random acts of kindness bring you joy and happiness?

Fall 2020 Fashion Trend Looks You’ll Love to Wear

We have been fawning over the fall 2020 fashion trends to escape the lockdown blues we’ve all been facing recently. Even though we may not be going out or working in-office as much as we were a year ago, dressing up for fall is definitely on-trend for 2020.  That’s because fashion is self-care. We’ll say it louder for those in the back: fashion is self-care. Dressing in your favorite outfits is one of the best ways to remind your brain that you are worthy of love, of confidence, of style, and of having a great day! And if you’re as passionate about fashion as we are, you can’t let a season slip by without indulging in what makes you happy.

What are some of the “looks” we’re seeing on the runway and on the streets for fall 2020 fashion? And how can you incorporate these trends into your wardrobe—without breaking the bank?

  1. The Preppy Girl 
  2. The Punk Girl 
  3. The Boss Babe 
  4. The Blanket Babe 
  5. The Nude and Neutral 
  6. The Upcycled Beauty

Psst… You’ll see a lot of overlapping trends between these styles—like neutral colors and an emphasis on sustainable clothing options.

1. The Preppy Girl 

We all started the lockdown excited to wear our sweats and PJs all day long. But for most of us, the novelty of the sweats wore off quickly. So quickly, in fact, that fall 2020 fashion is ushering in an entirely different end of the style spectrum: fancy and preppy clothing.

When it comes to preppy, the critical design element is tailored clothing with structured silhouettes. You’re looking for high-quality clothing that accentuates your unique features and “fits like a glove.” The best way to get this classic beauty look without having your clothing custom-tailored is to purchase high-end designer clothing, which is made with fit and finish in mind. If you’re not looking to drop hundreds of dollars on designer pieces this fall, though, you will LOVE shopping consignment. Current Boutique offers the hottest designer pieces at a fraction of their ticket price. Check out these reasons to love shopping consignment

Some of the popular preppy trends in this season:

  • Embellished headbands
  • Pleated skirts
  • Collared necklines 
  • Ribbed sweaters
  • Blazers with large buttons
  • Lace accents
  • Wool vests 
  • Mary Jane heels 
  • Loafers and boat shoes
  • Stripes, polka dots, navy, and black/white
  • Bright, bold colors
  • Cardigans 
  • Tights and sheer leggings
  • Wristwatches
  • Light scarves

Think “Blair Waldorf” and Jackie Kennedy for inspiration. Check out these It Girl Gear pieces to get you started. 

2. The Punk Girl 

Preppy and punk go hand in hand. If one is in style, you can bet there’s an opposing force at work at the same time. ‘90s punk is back, especially when it comes to leather, plaid patterns, and fringe.

Leather was hot last season and we’re still seeing it hit the runway in a big way with names like Versace, Fendi, and Ferragamo showing full-body leather outfits. There’s an emphasis on butter-soft pieces that are elegant enough to strut around town (wearing a mask) while maintaining the level of comfort to which we’ve all grown accustomed at home. We’re seeing a lot of versatile leather pieces in blacks, browns, and burgundies, and we guarantee you’ll want to keep these classic pieces in your wardrobe for years to come. 

Plaid patterns are also really hot right now, especially plaid skirts and pants. We’re not surprised to see plaid come back into style, because some form of this pattern is always present during the autumn fashion season—from cozy flannels to elegant Burberry. This year’s plaid is a little more rocker-ish, like our Rebel Style Star look

Fringe has been around for a few seasons, and it’s still holding its own. In fact, fringe is “in” almost every other season. It’s cyclical but also timeless. Fringe offers texture to clothing to spice up an everyday outfit. Fringe has become an especially punk-cool way to dress up monochromatic outfits. 

3. The Boss Babe 

There’s no denying that one of the hottest trends for fall 2020 fashion is the WFH boss lady. Despite the impacts of COVID-19 on work life and fashion, motivated women are pushing forward to be the best polished professionals they can be. Before lockdown, skirt-suits were a popular trend. But now, women are looking for a higher level of comfort while maintaining professionalism and elegance. In a Zoom world, that means gorgeous work-ready blouses—not full suits and tight pants. 

That’s why statement collars are especially trendy this season. A super-sized or bold collar makes a splash on Zoom that catches the eye and draws attention to what you have to say in the virtual meeting. The right eye-catching clothing can make you even more interesting than the puppy that’s annoying your colleagues behind the screen. Large necklaces and earrings are also trending for the same reason. Bold blouses and plain pants are the movement for work attire this season.

Read: 15 Work Wardrobe Essentials for Every Boss Lady

Browse these sustainable (and totally affordable) boss lady pieces

4. The Blanket Babe 

When the workday is done (or at least when your Zoom meetings are done), there’s nothing quite like cozying up for fall in warm, comfy clothes. What we’re loving this year are that our favorite comfy blankets have actually worked their way into the fashion world. Blanket wraps have become a must-have for every lady because you can go from watching Netflix to grocery shopping to outdoor dining without changing your outerwear. Plus, blanket wraps will keep you warm and toasty as the weather starts to cool down. (I can smell the pumpkin spice now!) You’ll look great and feel good in your work from home clothes, guaranteed.

In keeping with the blanket theme, a lot of patchwork has also made its way to the runway for fall 2020 fashion. Patchwork isn’t for everyone, but it’s a really unique look that can make you totally stand out while also having a historically classic vibe.  

Other comfortable clothing trends that are hot for fall 2020 fashion include faux fur (for a warm yet refined look) and cashmere sweaters (which are always in if you ask us). Check out these eco-friendly clothing materials that will keep you warm this season. 

You deserve to feel comfortable and look great with these couch-side career pieces

Read: 11 Ways to Look Chic and Stay Motivated at Home

5. The Nude and Neutral 

Neutral colors are evergreen. They’re always going to be in style, and they look good on everyone. Neutrals are especially “hot” this season because women are looking to save money and invest in quality, long-lasting pieces. Since neutrals never go out of style, that makes them totally in-style for the smart fashionista. 

Nudes are especially popular this fall like deep browns, camel, and beige. We’re also seeing a lot of grays and blushes as part of the “new neutral” that girls are falling in love with.  

For a little bolder take, we’re also seeing a lot of geometric shape patterns atop neutral colors. This includes abstract lines and dots—and the bolder the better when it comes to the geometric trend. We think geometric neutrals are hot this season because people are itching to break out of their COVID-19 rut and be brave, adventurous, and exciting with their wardrobes. We’re all for it! 

We created a safari neutrals trend in our shop because we’re seeing that a lot of girls want to take the neutral color and twist it to make it a little more daring. From cream wide-leg trousers to neutral leopard prints to wool fringe vests, this subsection of our shop is for the girl looking to keep it timeless yet distinctive. 

6. The Upcycled Beauty

We’ve saved the best (and hottest trend) for last. Upcycled garments have officially made their way to the runway, and we couldn’t be happier about it. Designers and consumers alike are focusing on sustainable materials and using resources that are already in circulation to create this season’s styles.

By reusing clothing or buying secondhand, you’re saving money, saving the environment, and revolutionizing your wardrobe. This year, people have been dispelling the myths about consignment stores and realizing that buying preloved clothing is one of the BEST solutions to meet all your fashion needs.

Some of the incredible benefits of shopping secondhand:

  • Good consignment shops only resell higher quality, healthier clothing (which is good for your wellness)
  • It’s more sustainable for the environment (good for the world)
  • Used clothing costs less but still looks AMAZING (good for the wallet)
  • Trendy and timeless, with a style that’s totally your own (good for the wardrobe)
  • More benefits here

Not sure how to start shopping the secondhand and upcycled beauty trend? Visit these 7 websites to shop secondhand designer clothing

Want to make a little extra dough this season? Consider doing a quarantine closet cleanout! It’s good for your closet, good for your wallet, and even good for your mental health! Current Boutique also purchases clothes from you, so you can make money while minimalizing.  

Whatever your style is, whether you love animal prints or muted florals, chilling out or dressing up, you can find the highest quality pieces at the lowest possible price with Current Boutique. At a fraction of their original price, you get access to in-trend and timeless pieces without breaking the bank. That’s fashion we love.

If you want to be on-trend for fall 2020 fashion while staying comfy and budget-friendly, start browsing Current Boutique for the styles you’ll fall in love with. 

Fashion Is the Self-Care You Need In 2020

Fashion. Is. Self-care. Scream it from the rooftops, whisper it in your dog’s ear, write it in a journal. Do whatever you need to do to internalize the idea that the clothing you put on your body is just as important as your other health and wellness self-care practices. Fashion self-care has become one of the most important movements stemming from COVID-19, and we are all about it. It’s the therapy we all need and deserve.

Just by being mindful about the clothes you wear – even when working from home – you can improve your confidence, boost your self-esteem, enhance joy, and minimize anxieties and stresses. What is fashion self-care and how can you start showing yourself some love through your clothing?

“You decide what you are, what you want to express, by the way you dress.” – Gianni Versace

How is fashion self-care? 

How can fashion be considered self-care? We’ve previously discussed how clothing impacts your psychology. Looking good makes you feel good, and the colors and styles you put on can actually shape how you feel while wearing it.

When you dress down in sweats or PJs, you’re subconsciously telling your brain that today’s not worth dressing up for. You’re undervaluing your day, so you’re less likely to be productive. In reverse, if you decide to dress up, your brain says that today is a great day to get stuff done, to be a powerhouse, to feel confident. You’re telling yourself that you deserve fashion

You’ve probably experienced this before. You put on your favorite dress and you instantly feel like dancing? Or you throw on a string of pearls and your mood elevates. For me, whenever I put on animal prints, I know I’m about to have a fierce day. That’s because we dress for the type of event we’re going to–but what if, instead, we dressed for the type of mental event we want to have?

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” – Edith Head

Fashion psychology  

It’s not just our opinion, either. Fashion psychology is a real study and practice. Fashion psychologists pair science with fashion to create therapeutic tools through fashion. They look at how a client’s perception of herself impacts her wardrobe, and vice versa: how a few changes to their style can change the way the client views herself. 

Fashion therapists create a safe space for people to work out their thoughts, feelings, and motivations. They then work together to create a personal style that can transform the individual’s mental outlook and emotional wellbeing. The goal is to put together looks that value who you are as a uniquely beautiful individual. 

Note: Fashion therapy isn’t the same as retail therapy. Retail therapy is the act of buying clothing to make yourself feel better (and it may or may not actually make you feel better). Fashion therapy is the process of putting together an outfit that best reflects and enhances your mental and emotional state. 

Check out this inspiring article by Alaina Leary on how she uses fashion for self-care. 

How can you use your closet for fashion self-care? 

Self-care is definitely not about spreading yourself thin. So you don’t need to go out and completely change up your style or wardrobe to focus on fashion self-care. We’ll give you some tips and tricks to leverage what you already have in your closet and to find designer steals by shopping consignment to take your look up one more notch. 

You don’t need a fashion therapist to get started with fashion self-care—but you can do a Google search to see if there are any in your area, if you’re interested! 

1. Plan outfits the night before.

Set out a gorgeous, bold outfit the night before. That way, you’re ready to take on the day without “wasting time” picking out an outfit that morning. You can throw on your best look and jump right into a productive day! 

2. Match your makeup to your outfit.

Throw eyeshadow on that’s a similar shade to your shirt for a stunningly monochromatic look. This little detail can have a huge impact on your mental and physical composure. You don’t need a full face, just a little touch of color to make you feel a little more put-together. A red lip always turns it up a notch for me!

3. Try it out for yourself to feel the difference.

In the morning, wear only sweats or your “cozy” clothes. In the afternoon, throw on your best dress and some makeup. When are you more productive, energized, and confident? Which outfit makes you happier? Finding the outfits that you look and feel best in can help direct your wardrobe style.

4. Buy quality clothes.

High-value clothes look and feel better on. They’re more flattering, they have healthier materials (for you and the environment), and they will instantly dress up your look. Even a white tee feels different when it’s made from quality materials with a great cut, compared to a fast fashion T-shirt. Quality clothes will make you feel like a fashion self-care influencer!

Learn how to spot quality clothes like an expert designer here

5. Buy quality clothes… without breaking the bank.

We all know that killing our budgets isn’t going to make us feel good. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to get designer clothing that’s actually affordable. “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” (Bo Derek) Consignment shops sell pre-loved designer clothing at a fraction of the price, while retaining the quality and style that we look for in luxury pieces. There’s a reason preloved fashion is the hottest craze, and getting even hotter since COVID-19: you can buy the most stunning pieces while staying within your 2020 budget! 

6. Choose sustainable options.

You’re a conscientious consumer, so buying fast fashion (knowing that it damages the environment in a hundred ways) probably isn’t making you feel any better. Opt for secondhand clothing that gives renewed life to pieces and when possible, choose eco-friendly clothing materials that do a lot less damage to the environment. Fewer chemicals on your clothing means it’s better for your physical health, and doing less harm to the environment will be good for your mental health too.

7. Organize your closet so that your favorite clothing sits toward the front.

Better yet, get rid of anything that doesn’t fall in the category of “favorite clothing.” You want to feel joy when you look at every piece in your wardrobe. We have an article specifically for your quarantine closet cleanout to make some money and clear our your mental space; it’s a great way to get started with fashion therapy! 

8. Don’t forget the shoes.

As Bette Midler said, “I firmly believe that with the right footwear, one can rule the world.” Or to quote Christian Dior, “The real proof of an elegant woman is what’s on her feet.” If you’re all about jeans and a white tee, just throwing on the right pair of heels can instantly elevate your casual look to a whole new level. Heels lift you—physically and emotionally! Seriously, the right pair of shoes can completely change the look and feel of your outfit–and your headspace.

9. Stop saying you’re not “into” fashion.

If you put clothes on, you’re into fashion! “Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it.” (Diane von Furstenberg) Fashion isn’t about trends or what’s “hot,” it’s about wearing clothes that you feel proud to be in. Get started figuring out what you love most with this personal style quiz

10. Try out different outfits and styles.

You know what’s great about all the coronavirus situation? There’s more time at home to try new looks and styles without pressure. You can show off on Zoom to your girlfriends or at a work meeting without committing to an entire day in the outfit. If you feel great, you’ve got a new look! If not, there’s always tomorrow to try again. You have to be bold and daring to figure out what you look and feel best in. Take note of what you like most—it says something about your unique personality! 

Our biggest fashion self-care tip? Dress up! If your brain thinks it’s important enough to dress up, you’ll be more focused, have higher confidence, and you’ll feel absolutely unstoppable! Even if you’re working from home, feeling chic translates into a positive emotional response as well! Start shopping for your dressed-up looks without breaking your budget with Current Boutique’s pre-loved gems!

Are YOU into fashion self-care? How are you taking care of yourself this 2020? 

What Has Been The COVID-19 Fashion Impact For Consumers and Brands?

What’s been the COVID-19 fashion impact? COVID-19 has impacted every area of our lives—even our closets! Fashion is always influenced after major events, like the Great Depression or a war. During a global pandemic, we’re once again seeing a hefty shift in American fashion ideals. People are working from home more, the economy is still trying to recover, and we’re all trying to stay motivated and look chic with all the uncertainty surrounding us. 

Let’s take a look at some of the ways the pandemic is reshaping the fashion industry for 2020 and beyond. 

There’s a return to the “basics.” 

The biggest shift we’re seeing is a desire to get back to the core basics of fashion. Money is tight for a lot of us, so we’re looking for more evergreen and everlasting styles. Neutrals, plain T-shirts, and classic cut jeans keep the wardrobe simple and high-value for years to come.

We’re finding that a lot of fashion brands have started stocking up on more beige, white, and black pieces compared to trendy colors as well. This is because consumers are looking for basics, and companies are looking for inventory that can hold its value over time in case it doesn’t sell right away. Fashion brands aren’t selling inventory at the rate they typically do since the COVID-19 shutdowns, so stocking more timeless pieces is a great risk management strategy—for brands and consumers alike! 

Simple aesthetic is becoming the biggest fashion trend now. The biggest COVID-19 fashion impact is a collective preference towards minimalism, sustainability, and high quality.

Fast fashion isn’t as popular as investment pieces. 

As trends become less trendy, fast fashion is also becoming less common. Brands that are known for their seasonal pieces are struggling, while more classic designers are seeing an upswing in demand. So, where is this shift coming from?

First, fast fashion is seasonal. Since we don’t know which season we’ll be allowed to make consistent appearances in the world like “normal,” these kind of trendy pieces don’t seem as important to have in the closet. It’s still fun to be chic at home of course, but the idea of “trends” are inherently outward.

Second, fast fashion is bad for your budget. You’re essentially throwing money out the window each season on trends that only last a few months. Investment pieces look and feel great for years to come, saving money in the long-run. Since people have been more budget-conscious since the lockdowns, there’s a stronger emphasis on price-conscious and high-value items.

Third, fast fashion is bad for the environment. We’ve all been seeing how nature started to blossom after just a few weeks without human intervention. Consumers are growing more conscious and conscientious, so sustainable fashion is really paving the way for the future of the fashion industry.  

Finally, women are beginning to care more and more about how clothes look and feel on them as an individual. Body acceptance and self-love has blossomed in 2020—which is incredible! It’s less about trying to “fit in” with the crowd and more about finding evergreen pieces that look stunning on you and accentuating your best features. 

Buying secondhand is all the rage. 

Shopping consignment is another major impact that stems from the movement towards quality, investment pieces. When you buy secondhand, you can get high-quality, designer pieces at a fraction of the price. That’s really, really good for your budget! Plus, you’re giving a renewed life to clothing pieces, which is great for the environment as well. 

A lot of women also talk about how much they love shopping secondhand. You can get timeless or trendy pieces that are rare or hard to come by. They’re styles unlike anything else out on the market right now. So, you get the thrill of shopping for unique items that speak directly to you and your style, not just the “style of the times.” You’re shopping for you. This is an unexpected and really cool COVID-19 fashion impact!

Buying clothes from consignment shops is an economical, sustainable, and fashionable alternative to shopping “new.” Check out 6 reasons pre-loved fashion is all the craze

Not sure where to find quality secondhand designer clothing that you can feel confident about? Check out these 7 websites to shop for fashion on consignment

Selling secondhand is increasingly popular. 

Consignment shops aren’t just a great option for buying clothes. They’re also an awesome way to make some money on your own pre-loved gems. During quarantine, a lot of women, like you, decided to clean out their closets and focus only on items that bring them joy and make them look/feel gorgeous. We’ve seen a lot of sales coming in, and we love the influx of stunning pieces we’ve been getting as you go through your closet!

What to do with the clothes you don’t want to keep anymore? Don’t throw them away and add to the environment-killing textile problem across the globe. Sell them to consignment stores and make some extra cash. De-clutter and get paid, what’s better? 

If you haven’t done your quarantine closet cleanout, you’ll absolutely love the way it feels for your mind, body, and budget—trust us! 

Ready to sell your clothes? Sell with Current Boutique! We offer competitive commissions, guaranteed authenticity, and 3 easy ways to sell your goods. Join our community of amazing sellers!

Work from home clothes are getting dressier.

(That’s a cool and unexpected COVID-19 fashion impact.)

Working in your PJs was fun in March and April, but now it’s getting old. People are even growing sick of athleisure. We still want comfy WFH clothes, but most of us are eager to start dressing up again. We refer to it as “sweats fatigue,” and it’s hitting hard for even those of us who used to love the idea of working in our loungewear.  

The hottest trend right now is the one-step-above-pajamas look. We like to call this COVID-19 fashion impact the “Zoom Call Chic” trend! We’re all still prioritizing comfortable clothing, but we want to look good too. That’s because looking good impacts our psychology and makes us happier, healthier, and more productive. We’re seeing a lot of wrap dresses, caftans, linen blouses, and wide-leg jeans especially.

Check out these 8 simple ways to look great and feel comfortable in your WFH clothes, without blowing your budget.  

Mending clothes is more common.  

In the 1940s, following the Great Depression, “Make Do and Mend” was the official fashion slogan of the times. That’s because fabric was hard to come by and very expensive. In fact, to save money women actually upcycled cotton flour sacks into dresses; so food companies started to print patterns on their food bags to encourage people to buy their products over their competitors! 

We’re not making clothes out of potato sacks yet, but the idea of DIY fashion is definitely coming back during our post COVID-19 life as well. People are on a budget and they have more time to learn how to fix clothing at home, so we’re seeing a lot of revitalized clothing pieces. Check out our 10 DIY Projects to Revamp Your Clothes + Closet if you want to save money, reduce waste, and show some love to your clothing! 

Dry-clean-only is out. 

People are washing their clothes more frequently to keep them sanitary and healthy. We still don’t know just how COVID-19 is spread, so it’s not worth taking a risk re-wearing the same clothes without washing. Thus, gone are the days of dry-clean only clothes. If it’s not easy and simple to get your clothes clean, people probably aren’t going to buy or wear it anymore. 

That’s also why we’re seeing an influx of natural materials like cotton, linen, and washable silk and merino wool on the market. These are the easiest clothing materials to clean and sanitize in the wash without a major impact on the color, look, and texture of the fabric. Fabrics that shrink and stain easily, especially synthetic fabrics, are quickly losing favor in the market. 

Subscription-based clothing is taking a hold on the market. 

Subscription clothing boxes have become more commonplace since February. This is likely because they’re a budget-friendly and convenient way to keep your wardrobe updated. Some boxes are only rented clothing, so this cycles clothing and minimizes the impact on the environment (although you need to take shipping impact into account as well). Others just offer new clothing pieces at lower prices, so women can stay more price conscious. You can see the pros and cons of subscription-based clothing services in this article by NBC

Fashion is more important than ever. 

Is anyone else going stir crazy? We’re all eager for the days where we can dress up and go to a restaurant, put on our hot jeans and go to the mall, or even spend girl time at a club or bar! Because of this sentiment, there’s not only a trend upward of comfy-professional clothes but also of dressier investment pieces. That’s because people can’t wait to go out and “dress to impress” when the world opens back up.

There’s a lot of “dream purchasing” going on right now, so we anticipate dressier days on the horizon. Leggings used to be the hot item going out and about, but we expect that people will want to look sharp and dress up even to run some errands once the lockdowns are totally over.

Fashion is a part of who we are—as individuals and as a community. It impacts our motivation, our thoughts, and our feelings. With such uncertainty in the world, we can still be certain of one thing: our closets!

Find the pieces that make you happy.

Don’t be afraid to dress up.

Make purchasing decisions that are right for your budget, style, and the environment. 

And of course, browse Current Boutique for trendy + timeless designer investment pieces that will keep you cheerful at home and ready to take the world by storm. 

Have you experienced a COVID-19 fashion impact in your life? We’re curious to hear your thoughts!

Quarantine Closet Cleanout: Love Your Wardrobe + Make $$$

Time for a quarantine closet cleanout! There’s a lot of uncertainty in our world right now. But one thing we have total control over is how we look and feel. You can choose to wake up, put on a smile, take a shower, put on your best work from home clothes, and make your at-home life look the way you want it to. 

This article is all about living your best life

I recently did a quarantine closet cleanout that had a massively positive impact on my happiness. Did you know the act of cleaning and organizing can improve your physical and mental health? Plus, the steps I took (which I’ve outlined in this article) are all designed with wellbeing and joy in mind.

We’re going to focus on cleaning out your closet in a way that:

  • Finds YOUR unique style, so you rock everything you put on
  • Brings in some extra cash $$$
  • Makes you LOVE getting dressed in the morning
  • Increases your confidence (because you know you look awesome in everything you own)
  • Gives you a little breathing room in your closet
  • Stimulates the economy (which is definitely a win-win during the quarantine)
  • Promotes healthy environmental impact

So let’s start cleaning out your closet while we have a little extra time to free up some space in our homes—and in our minds! 

Choose a few pieces you absolutely love. 

Don’t try to start by throwing away. You won’t get very far, and you won’t feel very good about it. Instead, focus your quarantine closet cleanout energy on those pieces that you absolutely love. Pick out a few items from your closet that you look and feel your best in. These are the pieces you “can’t live without.” 

For me, I have a red blouse that creates a stunning silhouette and perfectly matches my skin tone and hair. When I put it on, I feel absolutely unstoppable. It’s my go-to piece when I need a boost of confidence.

Look at the pieces you’ve chosen. What do you love about them? Do you have other pieces like this? Why do you feel so awesome when you wear this? Do these favorite pieces share anything in common? 

The goal is to understand what you love, so you can start creating a closet that’s curated entirely to your style and confidence. 

Dream up your wardrobe. 

What does your dream wardrobe look like? What are the types of clothing it has inside? Is it all designer dresses? Do you have jeans with neutral colored shirts? Is there a lot of neon?

Why does your wardrobe look like this? Are you a creative soul who loves hemp clothing? Are you a fashionista who is always up with the trends? Do you like to keep it simple so you can choose your outfit quickly? Do you want to be a rockstar, so you want a few more leather pieces?

The clothing you wear reflects who you are. There’s a pretty interesting psychology of clothing that says what you wear is what you aspire to be. So the purpose of this “dream wardrobe” exercise is to get an idea of what you really want out from your clothes and accessories. How do you want to feel when you walk into your closet and put on your daily outfits? What do you want your clothes to inspire in you? When you’re getting rid of items during your quarantine closet cleanout, you want to imagine what you’ll replace those items with!

Determine what you look and feel best in. 

There are a lot of factors that determine how your clothes will look on you. If they’re the wrong color, size, fit, accentuation, or material, you might not feel as confident as you could. When I put on orange, I feel washed out and boring. If my clothing is too big or the sleeves are too short, I just don’t feel comfortable. If the material is synthetic or itchy, I’ll be tugging at it all day. 

But put me in a color I love, a fit that suits my body, and a comfy material… and you will not see the smile leave my face no matter what happens. 

So do some experimenting to figure out what you really love to wear and what highlights your unique beauty. 

You can take some style quizzes to get an idea, and I’ve listed some helpful and fun resources below:

But ultimately, it’s all about what you feel amazing in. So you’ll have to run your own tests during your quarantine closet cleanout. Throw on your favorite pieces and figure out exactly what it is that you love about them. Then try on your least favorite pieces and pinpoint what makes you feel bleh in them. I recommend even writing down your thoughts, so you can keep track of the colors, styles, pieces, and materials you want more of in your closet. 

Only keep the stuff that fits. 

No “fat” jeans “in case” are allowed here (unless you wear them for a specific health reason, like endometriosis bloating). No “goal” dresses. Everything in your closet should look and feel amazing right now. Anything you see in your closet should be an option for you to wear. The better your clothes fit, the more likely you’ll wear them. If they don’t fit, you won’t wear them (and you won’t feel good in them), so they’re just a waste of physical and mental space. 

If you love something that doesn’t fit you right now for one reason or another, store it away. You can take it back out when the time is right. On the other hand, if something is too big or too small and you don’t absolutely love it and you can’t think of the last time you wore it, toss it in the “to sell” pile. 

The exception is maternity clothes. While pregnant, I still recommend storing your non-maternity clothes and having a wardrobe filled with stuff that looks and feels great on your growing-baby body. You want to walk into your closet and feel like you still have total control over what you wear and how you style yourself every day. 

Also… Know your measurements. It’s way easier to buy clothes online (especially during a quarantine) when you know exactly what sizes will fit you. Don’t guess based on the letter size you like (S, M, L, XL). Every brand has a different sizing system, so you’ll want to know your measurements so you can find the perfect fit for you.

Ask some quarantine closet cleanout questions. 

Let’s start making some piles. We recommend four piles: keep, store, sell, donate. Sell everything that is in good quality that you want to get rid of, and donate anything that you can’t sell on consignment. We’ll discuss this more below.

Go through your closet piece by piece and answer the following questions to see if it’s worthy of staying in your wardrobe…

When did I wear this last?

If you didn’t wear it the last time it was in season (winter, spring, summer, fall), put it in the sell/donate pile. If you wore it last season but it’s not currently in-season (it’s a sweater but now it’s summer), store it. 

When/where will I wear this next?

Can you think of a specific time and place you’d wear this piece? If not, get rid of it. (And no, wearing it to the Oscars as an award-winning actress if you’ve never acted a day in your life doesn’t count as a specific time and place. Keep it reasonable.)

Am I in love with this?

How do you feel when you put it on? If you don’t feel like a million bucks, get rid of it. Everything should bring you joy, according to Marie Kondo

Do I feel gorgeous in this?

Does this make me feel good? If no, say goodbye! 

Does it hurt, itch, or make me uncomfortable in any way? 

If yes, say goodbye! This is a quarantine closet CLEANOUT, don’t forget!

Have I ever received a compliment in this?

This definitely isn’t a requirement, because we don’t care what other people think. But, most people have a tendency to favor clothing items that other people have complimented them on—because compliments make us feel good! If lots of people say you look gorgeous in that blue sweater, keep the blue sweater and think about what makes it so flattering. Do you look good in blue? Does the fit make your waist look gorgeous?

Do I have similar pieces in my closet?

Some people like the simplicity of a closet with just a few similar items, while others want more variety. Figure out what kinds of pieces you like, how often you wear them, and go from there. For example, you may not need two leather jackets if you rarely ever wear leather.

What will I wear this with?

Imagine how you’d put the outfit together. Do you have shoes to go with this dress? Do you have a shirt that matches this skirt? Too often we don’t wear something because we can’t match it with other staples in our closet; so it’s time to get rid of it. I had these green leggings I adored, but they didn’t match anything (except for St. Patrick’s Day), so it was time to get rid of them.

Does this piece of clothing realistically fit in with my lifestyle? 

A lot of us have pieces we like but it’s not really our style, so we never feel comfortable enough wearing it. If you never go hiking, you probably don’t need those hiking boots. If you hate going to the club, you can retire one or two of your nighttime mini skirts.

Is it easy to launder/clean this piece of clothing?

You want your wardrobe to be easy to upkeep. Try to minimize the number of dry clean only items, unless you really love it. Make your clothing easy to wear, wash, and love. Check out these 10 easy hacks to make your clothes last longer, too.

Forget fast fashion. 

Fast fashion isn’t flattering on most people. Although it might be trendy, it typically doesn’t fit well and the materials aren’t high quality. You’ll probably end up feeling itchy and uncomfortable—which isn’t what we want out of our fashion. Fast fashion also wears out much faster, so your clothes will start to fade and tear quickly, which typically doesn’t look very good. This also contributes to massive textile waste, which is bad for the environment and your wallet. 

That’s why I recommend designer clothing for every woman. The quality is top notch, and the pieces are tailored with fit and finish in mind. You will feel 10x better putting on a designer item than a fast fashion brand. Learn how to buy quality clothing like an expert designer

Plus, designer clothes don’t have to be expensive. Buy your pieces on consignment and you can have gorgeous, quality pieces at a fraction of their ticket price. Seriously, you can sometimes get up to 70 or 80% off the original price by buying pre-loved items. That’s something worth celebrating! Check out these 11 things you probably don’t know about consignment stores to learn more.

What should I do with old fast fashion pieces if I want to get rid of them during my quarantine closet cleanout? Donate them! Some organizations will re-sell or offer them to others, or they can repurpose/upcycle the materials!

Do a Zoom fashion show with your girls. 

Sometimes it’s hard to see ourselves clearly. Too often, we might be overly critical or judgmental of ourselves. That’s why we’re doing this quarantine closet cleanout! To focus on self-love and confidence! Cause girl, you got it going on

Get your girls in on the fun. Zoom, Facetime, or Skype the ladies in your life that you always go to for fashion advice. If you miss shopping with your bestie, use this time to host a closet fashion show like you would in the store! They’ll be sure to give you the best advice about what you do and don’t look good in. And you can do the same for them with their closet! 

This is a fun way to connect in a time of isolation, while also upgrading your wardrobe to only items you look and feel phenomenal in.  

Fill your wardrobe with the basics. 

What do you need and use on the regular? And what do you probably not need? If you live in the desert, you probably don’t wear more than one pair of winter gloves. If you’re a homebody, you may not need three gowns. It’s all about what you do, where you go, and what you like to wear. 

But even more importantly, get some good basics in your closet. These are the pieces you can throw on with just about anything else, and you know it’ll look good. For example, every girl needs a quality white tee. Throw it on with jeans and booties for a casual yet gorgeous on-the-town look. Pair it with a black skirt and cardigan and you’re work-ready

The “essentials” make life easier, and you’re sure to wear them on a consistent basis. Remember that we want things in our closet that we will actually wear, use, and love! 

Check out these 11 classic wardrobe essentials you need to own to take your closet up a notch. 

Organize your closet by functionality. 

Do you ever look at Pinterest boards of closets with envy and excitement? You want that gorgeous, stunning closet that the trendy influencers show off. They’re clean, stunning, and easy to find all your favorite pieces in a snap. (Plus, no clutter means you’ll actually wear everything on your closet, because you have access to it.)

We’ll give you some tips on how to organize your closet by functionality, so your life will feel put together and organized from the moment you wake up and choose your outfit for the day:

A functional closet

  • Take an inventory of all the clothes you’ve decided to keep. This will help you solve the “puzzle” of your closet. You want to know exactly what you have of everything, so you can decide what needs to be hung and folded and how you’ll organize everything. 
  • Figure out just how much space you need, based on the inventory. Folded shirts and sweaters require about 9 to 15 inches of linear space. Coats require up to 68 inches of vertical space. Pants need 50 inches of vertical space (about half if you’re folding_. And skirts need about 45 inches of vertical space. Make sure you have enough hanging room and then add shelving units for foldable items. 
  • Create a special rack to hang your bags. Put your jewelry in a tray. Keep everything functional and easy to get dressed–including accessories. 
  • Put the items you wear most frequently towards the front of your closet. Work clothes will usually be front and center with dressier clothes towards the back. 
  • Have a catch-all bowl for the small items that end up in your pants and skirts, like mints, receipts, change, and receipts. Go through the bowl weekly or monthly to stay organized and know where everything is. 
  • Have two hampers. One for lights and one for darks. This makes laundry day that much faster and simpler. A hamper with a removable liner to bring to the laundry room doubles the ease!

For more tips, read this in-depth article on Forbes. We love how specific it gets about creating a custom functional closet. I’m also obsessed with these 10 Marie Kondo tips—especially the ones about storing everything by standing it upright. 

Think about sustainability. 

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a contentious consumer. You care about fashion, but you also care about how your clothes impact your health and the environment. You may already know that not all clothes are created equal.

Fast fashion made from synthetic fabrics and dyes, for example, are more likely to end up in the garbage. Plus, they’re often not biodegradable. That means one shirt could end up sitting in a landfill for decades, if not much longer. This sort of textile waste is a huge problem across the globe, a major contribution to climate change and carbon emissions. 

When you’re looking for a sustainable closet, we recommend checking out the material, the quality, and the longevity of the piece. To help you with the sustainability side, check out our resources below!

Repair and alter items. 

Are there some items that you can’t decide where to put them because you love them but they’re broken or un-wearable? You can save your favorite pieces from yellow stains and lost buttons—or even not fitting right—with just a few easy DIY tricks. 

Check out my resources below to get started fixing your clothes. (And mot of these tips require no sewing knowledge!) 

Buy that dream piece of clothing. 

In the beginning of this quarantine closet cleanout article, I said to envision your dream closet. What’s that one accessory or piece of clothing that you’ve always wanted? Do you want a Chanel investment bag, a pair of Loubotins, or a little black dress from Valentino? Maybe you’re just looking for more bohemian pieces from Alice & Olivia or you want more classic styles like Karen Millen.

Think of this step as your “wardrobe goal.” If you know what you want your closet to look like, you’re more likely to work to keep it in alignment with that dream. 

Whatever it is you dream of, it’s time to start planning for it. There is something magical about achieving that “dream closet” filled with all of the pieces you’ve fantasized about wearing. If you don’t have the means to buy it right now, start saving up! Selling your unwanted clothes on consignment can help. 

Sell on consignment. 

Want extra cash to start saving for that dream piece? 

Now that you’ve decided what to keep and you’re starting to reorganize your closet, it’s time to also get rid of the items you’re not keeping. Don’t throw them away! It’s a waste of textiles and money, and it can do damage to the environment. Unless your clothing is super old and worn out, you can probably give it a new life elsewhere! 

Selling your clothes to Current Boutique is one of the fastest, easiest, and most rewarding ways to get cash for your pre-loved clothes. 

Get started selling on consignment with these guides below:

Donate the rest. 

Don’t waste any of your clothes. Every article of clothing you’ve ever loved deserves to have a long life, even if you’ve decided to get rid of it. Not sure where to donate? Google some local charities that offer pickup or drop off clothing donations. Goodwill is always willing to accept just about anything, and your donation will have a real impact on the people in your community. 

If we can’t purchase the items you’ve sent in to us at Current Boutique, we’ll typically donate them to one of our local charities. We work hard to ensure the sustainability of our stores and clothing, reducing the number of textiles that end up in landfills while also emphasizing the sustainability of the clothing materials we source.

What will your closet look like post-quarantine?

We know there can be a lot of mixed feelings during this pandemic period. Feeling good about yourself, your style, and your closet is something you have complete control over. A little closet cleanout that focuses on what you look and feel INCREDIBLE in can make a huge impact on your psychology, happiness, and wallet! 

Take a picture of your closet post-quarantine cleanout and tag us! We want to see how your closet organization and your favorite items make you feel gorgeous! 

And start shopping for your dream designer pieces with Current Boutique! We have all the styles, designers, and looks you could want—at a fraction of the cost! You can also make some money by selling your unwanted clothes with us.