While clothing shops are closed, I decided to stop buying clothes online and make the most of what I have in my wardrobe already.
With more time on my hands, it’s meant I can rummage through my racks and find gems I forgot I had, and style them with pieces I love.
I’ve found that getting up and out of my pyjamas and into my favourite outfits has been helping me beat the lockdown blues – even if it is just to take the bins out on a Wednesday.
Our readers have also loved getting dressed up, despite nowhere to go. Here are six luscious lockdown outfits from our readers that we loved this week.
Fashion inspiration ranges from the women of Peaky Blinders, supermodel Kate Moss and Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.
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Katie’s style changed as her confidence grew, after losing more than 5st in a year.
The 23-year-old, from Congleton, is seen wearing a gorgeous houndstooth jumpsuit from ASOS.
The all-in-one was a gift for her birthday, when she celebrated the 5st weight loss milestone with Slimming World.
She said: “I’ve struggled finding a style that suits me since losing weight, and it took me a long time to find this outfit. But I felt very confident in it and can’t wait to wear it again.
“My style has had to adapt as my body shape has changed! Before I lost the weight I still tried to make an effort, but often it was more about what fit rather than what I liked!”
Now, the stylish slimmer said she feels more confident and loves receiving compliments on her exciting outfits.
She added: “I think I have a very individual sense of style. I don’t like to wear the same as others so shop for things that are unusual. I don’t really follow anyone for style inspiration. I always like to try things on and see how they fit and how I feel in them!”
Dorothy – known as Dorie – is a 27-year-old blogger from Longton. She’s known for her vibrant style and colourful clothing choices.
She said: “My leggings are from FemmeLuxe and my jumper is from River Island. Fashion gives me a confidence boost and makes me feel happy and unique.”
Dorie takes inspiration and style tips from British model Tanya Bardsley, who she says ‘has a great sense of style’.
Two weeks before lockdown, Dorie discovered she was pregnant. She added: “I’m thinking of dressing up the bump in lockdown when it starts showing!”
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Ruby Tuesday Munslow
Ruby loves a bargain, and rummaging through charity shop rails for vintage gems.
The 24-year-old, from Stone, is sporting a Topshop shirt under an Marks & Spencer waistcoat that she found in a charity shop for £1.99.
Her bag and velvet trousers are also thrifty charity shop finds. But Ruby’s love of vintage fashion extends beyond hunting for her own wardrobe.
The fashionista also buys and sells vintage under her brand C You Last Tuesday,
She said: “I just love vintage 1920s-1970s eras. I love Edwardian style clothing, but then on the other hand I love 60s psychedelic prints!
“All of my style stems from always shopping in charity shops, I buy 80 per cent of my clothes from there, you’re guaranteed a bargain and really unique clothing.
“I collect and sell vintage too, so it’s all just about one off pieces that are unique!”
Ruby takes style inspiration from Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney Todd and Harry Potter, as well as the women in the hit series Peaky Blinders.
Tunstall-based artist Kidda channels ‘Victorian chimney sweep’ in his eccentric fashion.
The 24-year-old illustrator is wearing ASOS trousers with a H&M turtleneck, a vintage vest top from independent store Pentage, in Hanley and shoes from Brassingtons.
His colourful earrings are handmade by Leek-based crochet jewellery brand Realm designs.
He said: “My style is in keeping with my illustration style, which is focused on Victorian chimney sweep meets modern day aesthetic. Basically, I want to look like a movie prop, like Elton John or Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins.
“Recently, fashion has become quite political. Not only does it allow me to express and immerse myself further into my art work, but it also allows me to express my identity.
“I don’t identify with masculine traits of their gender roles. It’s fun to have clothing that almost says that for me.”
Aimee always considered her style as ‘boring’, until social media inspired her to try out different looks.
The 21-year-old, from Fenton, is wearing a Zara dress, a DKNY belt and a Missguided jacket.
She said: “I’m a bit scared to try anything new, but since lockdown began, I’ve started to order clothes online that I’d never have imagined getting before.
“I can’t wait to come out of lockdown to show off all my new outfits!”
Instagram has positively impacted on Aimee’s confidence and encouraged her to try out new looks.
She added: “Instagram has changed the way I view fashion. The platform allows you to see more women of different shapes and sizes, embracing fashion and supporting one another.
“I’d say I’m most inspired by Kate Moss, as I love how effortlessly she wears her styles. I also like influencer Katherine Bond on Instagram – her style is basic but elegant.”
Sports therapy student Jennifer recently celebrated finishing her degree in this gorgeous blue short-sleeved knit.
The 21-year-old – who lives in Stoke – said: “My jumper is from ASOS Design and my jeans are from Zara. I love anything with puffy shoulders and puff sleeves are really in fashion at the moment.
“I really like Matilda Djerf’s style and aesthetic, as it’s simple and chic. I just love to style up every day outfits.
“When shopping, I love comfy things so anything oversized and warm is my go-to.”