Lockdown Fashion: Leslie’s story

How are people dressing when in lockdown and isolation situations? How is this different to the way they dressed before? Has it affected their sense of self? This project aims to shine a light on those changes and reveal some of the many and varied personal stories relating to fashion and dress in 2020. Today’s interview is with Leslie Byron Pitt. Leslie is a thirty-something film writer, podcaster and amateur photographer who spends way too much time on Twitter, but can whip up a wicked meatloaf when he’s not online.

1) What is your daily routine for getting dressed to remain at home? If you don’t have one, why is that?

At the moment? It’s pyjama slacks and a t-shirt. Even during the week while working from home. No real routine as it’s all about comfort at the moment.

2) Thinking back through what you have worn since you’ve been staying at home, what has been your favourite item of clothing and why?

My football shirts. Due to who I support it’s sometimes best not to wear them outside! That aside they’re comfortable to wear and the nature of them means the fabric is breathable.

3) Has your approach to fashion and style changed as a result of the current situation?

Only slightly. When I’m off taking pictures or going to the cinema I’m usually wearing old tops and jeans. As it’s sunny I’d be out with a t-shirt and probably an open shirt over it along with a hat. I usually have some sort of bag with me because I usually have a camera/kindle or both when I’m out and about. For the most part I dress for comfort.

4) What are the social situations you find yourself in now (even if remotely), and how do you dress for them?

I have a weekly photography group over Zoom at the moment so I’m usually a t-shirt and jeans. If not jeans then shorts! Typical blokely ease. Most of my friends have seen my film reference t-shirts.

5) Has your self-perception changed in isolation? How so?

I need to go a size up. I’ve put on weight. I usually walk home from work and that’s 3 miles. So as I’m not really doing my main bit of exercise, my clothes have made me aware that I’m approaching middle age…

If you’d like to take part in the project yourself, you can find all the information you need in the blog post entitled ‘Lockdown Fashion: an exploration of dressing at home in 2020′ dated 9th April 2020.

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