These days I like to think of my closet as a tiny museum, an archive of good times and non-stretch waistband occasions past. Over the last six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our wardrobes have changed dramatically, including what we used to refer to as “work clothes.”
Early on in quarantine, an argument in favor of getting dressed every day for work, regardless of where that work was being done, was essentially eviscerated in favor of wearing nap dresses, sweatsuits and stretchy pants.
We wanted to take an audit of where we were, where we are and where we’re going. These days, I’ve taken to at least showering and putting on some makeup daily, just to feel more like a person and less like a couch potato ― even if I’m just wearing a workout outfit.
There are those who have subscribed to dressing nicely from the waist up only, those who experiment with their style outside the office and those whose only change has been the addition of personal protective equipment.
Below, people break down their pre- and post-lockdown work outfits.
Georgette Brotherson Hubbard, lash studio owner and artist in Long Beach, California
Emily S., working in tech in New York City
Marissa Eliades, lawyer in New York City
Jamie Feldman, HuffPost reporter in New York City
Jenna Curcio, social media manager and copywriter in Rochester, New York
Lindsay Holmes, HuffPost senior wellness editor in New York City
Kristen Aiken, HuffPost's senior editor of food and style
Christa Santa-Donato, a senior tech recruiter in New York City
Nicole Kyle, technical marketing engineer in Longmont, Colorado
Krystle Feher, TV and film makeup artist in New York City
Taneisha Kirchner, HuffPost senior product designer in New York City
Amanda Katz, trainer in New York City
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.