Time to restyle your routine 

From daily trips to the corner shop to ‘holidaying’ in the park, we’re sketching out plans for a more stylish everyday.

Words: Chekii Harling. Illustrations: Tony Green

Our worlds may have shrunk somewhat and our daily routines upended, but that doesn’t mean we can’t inject some springtime verve back into our day-to-day style. So, whether you’re staycationing in your back garden, doing the milk run or working out to Joe Wicks, we’ve got your seasonal essentials sorted, for now and beyond.

When the boardroom becomes your bedroom

Prepping for a return to the office (hopefully, in the not-too-distant future) or tired of your WFH hoodies and trackie b’s? Now’s the perfect time to switch up the loungewear in favour of something a little more polished and fun. We’re looking to bold blazers and matching trousers or a mini dress to bring back some much-needed elegance into our lives and our boardroom meetings (even if we’re still sitting in our bedroom). Our motto? Dress smart, work smart.

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Make the milk run your catwalk

While it’s tempting to stay in your pj’s all day (we’ve all been there, right?), why not use the supermarket run or social-distancing walk to show off your new springtime looks? You can never go wrong with denim – we love AGOLDE’s mid-rise jeans faded jeans, worn with a plain white tee and cream cardi, à la early-90s Gwynnie. Simple, effortless and cool – consider this your new-normal daytime uniform.

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Denim is definitely a key staple in my day-to-day uniform. The hunt for a new, perfect pair of jeans can be daunting, but once you’ve found your shape, you’re good to go! I recommend learning your measurements for fearless online shopping.

- Molly Donovan, Selfridges Lead Womenswear Stylist

Get holiday-ready…for a park outing

Dreaming of sun-drenched beaches and cocktails by the pool? Yep, us too. OK, so sunbathing in your garden or local park may not be Saint-Tropez, but we say embrace the feel-good vacation vibe with colour-pop bikinis courtesy of Billabong or a swishy skirt and peasant top from Rixo. All you need now? Some shades and a glass of chilled rosé, and you could (almost) be in the South of France.

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Dress to (virtually) impress

With virtual dinner parties, themed quiz nights and online cocktail hours turning our ‘out outs’ into ‘in ins’, there’s never been a better excuse to dress up at home. Make a stylish screen appearance with a standout animal-print dress and heels (because, why not?), or opt for a versatile one-piece (such as the Jacquemus version) or high-rise leather shorts and an off-the-shoulder top (thanks Georgia Alice) that are comfy enough for an evening on the sofa. Slick back those unruly locks, add some power lipstick and you’re ready to take on the night (all from the comfort of your home).

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I’m enjoying wearing dresses at home after cooking a special dinner – they have to [be] long, feminine and have a rich, beautiful colour. Right now, I’m pairing the dress with flat, casual sandals or slippers and very little make-up!

- Jeannie Lee, Selfridges Head of Buying

Our Head of Buying, Jeannie Lee’s top tips for a virtual date-night or dinner-party look:

1) Go for a relaxed-fit outfit in anticipation of a long night in (whether that’s with your housemates or via Skype).
2) Have fun with your look – after all, there aren’t many opportunities to dress up these days.
3) Remember: lighting is everything – use it to work in your favour!

Make it a wardrobe HIIT

Lockdown lifestyles have seen some of us (ahem!) taking to the Zoom exercise routines with the zeal of a Tokyo 2020 contender in training. Squat in style with some statement activewear, such as Koral’s shiny shorts and FP Movement's crop top, or a vest and camo leggings that you can wear to the park and beyond – because, let’s face it, you’ll probably end up wearing them all day.

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Looking for more spring-ready styles? Find them here.