What to Do This Weekend While Social Distancing
March 19 officially marked the first day of Spring. This can be hard to believe in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, keeping many of us inside and unable to take long, leisurely strolls to welcome the new blooms.
In the age of social distancing, we have to find new ways to usher in the fresh season and maintain a sense of normalcy and flow in our daily lives. Often the first things to go in times of chaos are inspiration and creativity. But, the thing is, these can be the most therapeutic experiences in the midst of uncertainty.
We compiled a list of a few things to breathe energy into your presently altered routine. All activities can be done inside, leveraging things you likely have on-hand in your home. Each is designed to keep your imagination stimulated and your eyes on a more calm, optimistic future.
1. Stream a Stylish Retro Film
There’s no better time to start tackling that classic movies list you’ve been harboring in your phone notes for years. Film can be an excellent source of food for your imagination, and many of our favorites also offer unparalleled style inspiration. To name a few: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964), Marie Antoinette (Sofia Coppola, 2006), In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000), To Catch a Thief (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955).
2. Mood Board Your Spring/Summer Wardrobe
What’s your ideal look for the warmer months ahead? To get started, we suggest you take inspiration from your recent film consumption, head to Instagram to browse your favorite archival fashion accounts, or check out what’s trending on Heroine. We’re always posting our inspiration on Instagram (@heroine), if you need reference material.
3. (Finally) Cleanse Your Closet
Use this downtime to face the beast: your (likely overflowing) closet. After all, the only way to embrace your new spring/summer look is to make room for it in the first place. Before you find yourself overwhelmed, try to adopt this framework: Keep, sell, donate. Take inventory of your closet and categorize your clothing, accessories and shoes. Challenge yourself to be honest about what you truly want to keep and see the rest as an opportunity to stimulate the circular fashion economy.
4. Post Listings to Heroine
Speaking of secondhand. Use this time to post new listings to sell on Heroine. Whether you’re a pro or newbie, selling clothes post-closet cleanout is a great way to avoid unnecessary clothing waste. It also offers a sense of emotional satisfaction that you’re contributing to a broader community while in isolation.
5. Support Small Businesses
Many sellers rely on the Heroine marketplace to make ends meet. As more and more restaurants, shops and gathering spaces shut down during the COVID-19 outbreak, shifting your fashion spend to pieces from independent sellers is a small, yet significant way to contribute in a time of need.
6. Make Virtual Plans
It’s easy to get into a style rut when you have nowhere to go. Moving from your bed to your desk to the couch and back isn’t exactly the most inspiring routine to dress up for. But, despite the temptation to remain in your silk robe, there’s a lot of value in making plans to dress as if you were going out for the day. Phone a few friends and offer to host a virtual gathering, like happy hour or book club. This can serve as motivation to resume your usual wardrobe standards. (Even if just from the waste up to look presentable for your video chat.)
7. Make an Investment Piece Wishlist
Goal-setting is another excellent distraction from the present. It can set your sights on a future in which you have more control over your circumstances. As you ponder your spring and summer aesthetic, take note of your truest aspirations. What is a designer piece you’ve always wanted, but never mustered the discipline to save for? During this time when you’re most likely dining in, put aside your extra cash towards a dream purchase. To start, read our guide to the best designer handbags to invest in.
8. Keep a Social Distancing Style Diary
When in doubt, document! Build your own visual archive of all of the outfits you wore during your WFH stretch. Let this small act of creativity inspire you to dress differently each day and record your thoughts and feelings. You never know what you might learn about your style – and yourself – in the process. If you feel like posting your journey, tag @heroine and use the hashtag #insidestylediary on Instagram. We'll be featuring our favorites over the next few weeks.
Do you have activities from your own social distancing agenda to share? Tell us what you’re up to in the comments or via Instagram DM. We’d love to hear from you.