Passion for (isolation) fashion

The top trends to come out of isolation, and how to wear them. (Image source: Inside Hook)

By Chelsea Shepherd | @Chelsea15183902 

There’s no denying that for many, isolation has proven to be a time for trackies and activewear. 

Speaking from my own experience, I have expanded my tracksuit collection and jeans are currently the enemy. 

In saying that, I have noticed that with the closure of many retail stores across the globe, people have become creative with their clothing, and they’re showing off online.

Social media apps such as Tik Tok and Instagram have become bigger platforms for fashion and trends than they already were. 

If you’ve recently become addicted to Tik Tok, you’ve probably seen the current trends circulating the popular app. 

Tie-dye is back in fashion, bleach is being used to spice up old clothing, and trackies are probably the most popular item of clothing you can own. 

Fashion has completely changed direction since isolation and to be honest, I think it’s for the best. 

Jean bleaching

Disclaimer: please read bleach packaging for directions and safety instructions. 

Jean bleaching is a simple yet effective idea that means exactly what its name says – bleaching jeans. 

The idea has been around for a while, or at least I have been attempting to execute it for a while – and have not been successful. 

What you’ll need:

  • A sponge or paintbrush 
  • Bleach 
  • Water 
  • Gloves

It is important to not touch the bleach with your bare hands to avoid it burning your skin. 

Whether you’re painting a pattern with the bleach or colouring a whole side, make sure the item of clothing is damp with water.

Then using the bleach on the sponge or paintbrush, cover the area of the denim you wish to lighten whichever way you like. 

After five minutes, rinse the denim with water, allow it to air-dry, and wait for the colour to come through. 

Now you should have a piece of clothing that is essentially two different colours!

(Image source: Instagram @brittanyxavier) 

Tie-dye

PSA: tie-dye is back and better than ever. 

I can assure you that eight-year-old me is screaming with joy because tie-dye was my passion. 

Tie-dying was an ancient process that originated in the 6th century in places such as Japan, Africa and India.

In the 1960s, the trend became popular in America and has been in and out of fashion trends ever since. 

In today’s fashion, tie-dye is most commonly used as a pattern on t-shirts, scarves and trackies. 

What you’ll need:

  • Gloves
  • Coloured dye
  • Rubber bands 
  • Preferably a white item of clothing

There are many tie-dying techniques that you can follow, but the most common involves rolling your white clothing up like a rolled-up sausage and tying multiple rubber bands around it. 

Dampen the clothing, then squeeze the dye out whichever way you like until most of the white space is filled with colour. 

Let it set for at least six hours and be sure to follow the dye instructions for how to wash the clothing. 

(Image source: Pretty Little Thing)

You can use the same technique with bleach on a coloured item of clothing, commonly known as reverse tie-dye. 

Tracksuits

Every time I think of matching tracksuits, my mind immediately goes to an image of Paris Hilton from the early 2000s. 

(Image source: Getty Images)

With more people spending time at home as a result of COVID-19, tracksuits have become a staple item, including in my own wardrobe. 

Not only are they super comfortable, but nowadays they can be super stylish. 

After wanting to expand my own tracksuit collection, I searched the web for a nicer pair that I could wear out. 

I found a pair of trackies that were priced at more than $500. 

Although they were made from pure lamb’s wool and probably hand-stitched by Italian nuns, I thought that I would purchase a more affordable pair. 

In the market currently, tracksuits are available in every colour, style and pattern that ever existed, with matching jumpers, t-shirts and even shoes. 

To make it more stylish and acceptable to wear outside of the house (who am I kidding, I would wear pyjamas outside of the house) I would recommend pairing your tracksuit with some chunky sneakers and a gold necklace. 

Matching tracksuits is definitely a trend I would like to see last longer than isolation, whether we’re stuck at home or not. 

So, if you’re clinging on to that last bit of self-isolating time and want to have some fun with your style, I highly recommend getting creative and trying out one of these trends.

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