“Golden glitter from head to toe!” : Nine readers on their favorite party outfits after the lockdown | Fashion

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“I knew I wanted to keep my hands free to dance”

I dressed head to toe in gold sequins for the Mighty Hoopla festival earlier this month. I had been looking at a fat headband from Fumbalinas for a while and somehow the dress followed. I bought it used on eBay and picked it up myself – it was way too long and I knew I wanted to keep my hands free to dance and grab a G&T. We had a great time; everyone was in a festive mood and I got a lot of compliments for my look. Amy, NHS business manager, Bromley

“It was a shock not to have pajamas anymore”

Calandra Balfour, after her first visit to the post-containment club. Photograph: Calandra Balfour / Guardian Community

I’m wearing a latex dress with a tasseled cape and platform boots. This photo was taken during the first weekend the restrictions were lifted, and I had just been dancing at the east London club FOLD. It was a bit of a shock to be without pajamas (and a dress size larger), but being neck and neck with smiling and dancing strangers was glorious. And hearing loud music for the first time in 17 months was touching. Calandra Balfour, retailer, Brighton

“I use colors as a strategic weapon”

Monica Brown loves lime, turquoise, orange, and other bright colors.
Monica Brown loves lime, turquoise, orange, and other bright colors. Photograph: Monica Brown / Guardian Community

The easing of restrictions has not changed the way I dress. Throughout the lockdown, I dressed for work, even to the point of coordinating the shoes with my outfit. I have never worked at home in a dressing gown or a onesie. Instead, I use colors as a strategic weapon to boost my morale. When everyone is wearing gray, you can count on me sporting purple and red, lime green, turquoise or burnt orange. Monica Brown, Communications and Media Specialist, Warwick

“Comfort is always important”

Faye, from Totnes, loves contrasting prints and oversized suits.
Faye, from Totnes, loves contrasting prints and oversized suits. Photography: Faye, Totnes / Community of tutors

I wore my Lucy and Yak flower print jumpsuit with orange Lanx sneakers. If it’s cold, I put on an oversized turquoise or mustard jacket. I like the very bright colors, the contrasting prints and the oversized cuts. Comfort is always important, and I think colors and prints make people happy. Faye, artist, Totnes

“I started to make my own clothes”

Izzy adapts retro styles using modern fabrics.
Izzy adapts retro styles using modern fabrics. Photograph: Izzy / Community of Tutors

I loved putting effort into making fun and colorful outfits before the lockdown. Now I have started to try and dress in a simpler style. I’m looking for more timeless looks and thinking about how to adapt retro styles to a modern wardrobe. I started making my own clothes taking inspiration from simple vintage pieces and using fun and varied fabrics to modernize them. Izzy, charity assistant, Manchester

“I wear a 13-14 year old dress with my favorite Docs platform”

Fiona Walker wearing her dress and Doc Martens.
Fiona Walker wearing her dress and Doc Martens. Photograph: Fiona Walker / Guardian Community

I love going to see new punk bands. I admit that I’ve been out a lot since the regulations were relaxed and I’ve seen too many to mention them. We went all the way to Manchester to see Yard Act, loved the Sports Team at the 110 Above festival in Leicestershire, and this weekend we saw five amazing acts at the Dot to Dot festival in Bristol (Cool Greenhouse, The Objective, Clockworks, Wu-Lu and Lines). I’m wearing a 13-14 year old Asda dress – a gift from my sister, who found it a bit short – with my favorite Doc Martens platform. Fiona Walker, chemistry professor, Brighton

“I got into the habit of wearing a suit and tie to go out”

One of Simon Taylor's new costumes.
One of Simon Taylor’s new costumes. Photograph: Simon Taylor / Guardian Community

I never had to dress for work but during confinement I inevitably slipped into joggers and sweaters as I rarely left my garden office and lived via Zoom. Now, however, I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing a suit and tie to go out – I’ve even had two new suits made! I love the formality and sense of occasion that comes with getting dressed, and the peacock touch that goes with wearing a costume. Simon Taylor, consultant, London

“I had forgotten how to dress in the past 18 months”

Elizabeth, ready to party in her sleeveless floral dress and white sneakers.
Elizabeth, ready to party in her sleeveless floral dress and white sneakers. Photograph: Elizabeth Moore / Community of Guardians

For my first party since the start of the first lockdown, I wore a floral sleeveless knee-length dress and white Vivobarefoot shoes. I bought the dress for a wedding last year, but had no reason to wear it since. It might not have been glamorous enough for the party, but I had forgotten how to dress for the past 18 months! Elizabeth, architect, London

“I decided to stop buying new clothes”

Hannah revives her own wardrobe instead of buying new outfits.
Hannah revives her own wardrobe instead of buying new outfits. Photograph: Hannah / Guardian Community

I bought a lot of new clothes during the lockdown – but I also started reading a lot of brilliant articles on slow fashion and the impact of the fashion industry on the environment. Now that people are venturing out again, I decided to stop shopping and rediscover all the fabulous clothes I had already stashed in my wardrobe. During confinement, I really missed putting on an outfit, so I’m making the most of it now. Hannah, teacher and musician, Brighton


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