9 trends we are ready to leave in a pre-pandemic period
It is human nature to think about the past and think about the future. That’s why every New Years Eve we take a look at what we didn’t do so well last year and what we would like to change in the future. And so, as we slowly begin to emerge on the other side of the pandemic (note: we’re still there a lot), it’s only natural that we reflect on the habits and behaviors that weren’t so good before and how we can do better tomorrow. From home and fashion to wellness and parenthood, here are nine trends that we are therefore ready to go in the pre-pandemic period.
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Sweatpants and leggings were our uniform during a pandemic, and while we don’t suggest you wear your favorite fleece joggers to the office, we think it’s time to say goodbye to uncomfortable and impractical fashion. . It means sayonara with silk costumes and suede bags. No thanks, too tight jeans and low rise jeans. Instead, we covet comfortable yet chic styles like daddy’s pants and light denim. We say yes to the long dress and cotton underwear. And while we can’t wear our favorite fluffy slippers to dinner, we can throw the stilettos aside for something as polished but a lot more ergonomic, like one of those platform shoes. Over a year spent indoors has reaffirmed our belief that fashion should be appreciated, not endured.
Before the pandemic, our homes were a cozy haven. A place to relax after a long day. We wanted warm lighting, moody textiles and shades of gray. Our friend installed concrete floors and we thought it was the epitome of chic. But after only a few weeks of locking us in our homes, the darkness began to crumble. And after months of social distancing, our once welcoming decor was downright depressing. Now we want pops of color! High ceilings! Plants everywhere! Warm textiles and wooden interiors that make our homes bright and airy! Matte black kitchens are out and green is in. The idea of furnishing your home like a minimal monastery (looking at you, Kimye) has been replaced by much more inviting organic modernism. Why invest in a boring oak dresser when you can instead fill your home with fun and colorful rooms? We now want our homes to be nice and airy, not dark and dull. Which brings us to our next point …
Forget about snuggling up with a cup of cocoa and a stack of blankets (i.e., the hygge pic). We want to get out! The backyards are now extensions of the house and we plan to fill them with flora and fauna, storage ponds and fairy lights. No matter the size of the patio or balcony, we find ways to put that outdoor space to good use. Even the steps became community hotspots during the pandemic and now that we finally know the names of our neighbors, we want to maintain those relationships. Sorry, Danes, you can keep your woolen socks on and warm up by the fire, we’ll be outside.
PSA: The genre is fluid. So really, it shouldn’t even be called a gender reveal party but rather a “sex” reveal party. (After all, the thing that is “revealed” to these shindigs is actually anatomy.) Plus, over a year of difficult conversations with our children about the virus, race and police brutality, and violence on Capitol Hill, many parents are grappling with how they can do better for future generations. A place to start? The Scrap Gender reveals parties that only serve to reinforce binary and gender stereotypes. Another reason why we are above these events? They obtained path uncontrollable. Remember the family that started a forest fire and caused damage worth $ 8 million? Or what about the party in Louisiana that involved wrestling with a live alligator? It’s time to put an end to those weird nights, stat.
Don’t get me wrong, we love TIC Tac. During months of social distancing, it was a beacon of (blue) light that kept us entertained even after we aired every show on Netflix, HBO, and Hulu. And yet, not everything on the social media platform allows for good viewing. Your gynecologist, for example, is definitely not cool with these weird trends from TikTok. And neither does your dermatologist. And let’s not even start on these super toxic relationship tendencies. Instead, let’s see our doctor for any health and wellness concerns. And speaking of health …
For God’s sake, if you are sick, stay home! For too long, Americans were afraid to ask for a day off (or struggled with insufficient paid time off) and instead persevered with work and other commitments – to hell with the fever and sore throat. And whereas before, we might have rolled our eyes at Susan from accounting as she blew herself off in her office or Debbie from the PTA as she discussed spring goals while at the same time. looking decidedly nauseous, we now plan to personally escort anyone out of the building and to bed if they sniffle.
Remember back in the pre-pandemic times when you got out of work early so you could attend your child’s vacation show at school? Working parents have long been expected to cover up the fact that they are raising tiny humans – something that became nearly impossible to hide during the pandemic when distance learning and Zoom took over our control. houses. But while your little one is screaming for more snacks and Paw Patrol when a meeting with your boss was not ideal, experts say we should all embrace the idea of parenting out loud (i.e. not hiding the fact that you are parenting to your colleagues, employees or supervisors). Gone are the days when we were ashamed of having dependent children. Instead, we pride ourselves on how being a parent makes us better at our jobs.
Look, we are all to raise other women. But if you are a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, coworker or friend who survived the last 15 months of one piece, then you are already a hero in our eyes, every day of the week. . (Plus the hashtag was a bit cheesy, right?)
Ultimately, owning the last must-have bag or lash-lengthening mascara doesn’t mean much when the only place you need to carry it is the fridge and back. While we are always interested in staying on top of trends and shining, it’s time for products and material goods to take a step back as we prioritize spending time with loved ones and experiencing new things … you know, the important things.
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