Dressing for the New Normal

Last week, I joined Sonya Lennon ‘on the couch’ for the Irish Examiner’s virtual ieStyle Live show. Here I shared a new twist on the current trends that have come to define our lifestyles and our wardrobes. Catch up with my findings below.

The love-worn lockdown jogger gets a makeover with tuxedo panelling and bougie ankle pleating. Perfect for at-home soirées worn with a Lurex top or Zoom-friendly glitter wrap cardigan.


Leather proves its everyday heft in co-ordinating easy-to-wear separates. Whether real deal or vegan, combine with stay-at-home sweatshirts or outdoorsy knits and hiking boots for new normal dressing.

Hybrid by name, multi-tasker by nature: the shacket (a.k.a. shirt-jacket) segues seamlessly between fashion and function. Bundle up against the elements or snuggle up at home: this shapeshifter has you covered.

When nothing will do but to cut a dash: swap those heels for cowboy boots; add tactile fabrics like corduroy and Alpaca; put on your best overcoat and go outside. Just don’t forget your mask.

When it comes to new normal dressing: the tighter the restrictions, the roomier the dress. Whatever the level, make sure you’ve got space to layer an underpinning here, a cardigan there. One and done.

Shot at The Penthouse, The Clayton Hotel, Lapp’s Quay, Cork

Photographer: Miki Barlok

Stylist: Annmarie O’Connor