Style at a Social Distance






By Michelle Crowe



Kirsty Hume in cashmere separates from her 2018 Zara collaboration.


Classic Chicagoans are maintaining their chic status in admirable fashion while complying with the Stay at Home mandate. Not for us the cheat of business on top, yoga pants on the bottom for Zoom meetings – although we aren’t opposed at all to the beauty button. Instead, imagine our favorite ladies and gents looking a little more relaxed but no less fabulous than they would in a corner booth at RL.


Marilyn Monroe’s popover would be suitable for a video call.


Sweater dressing is always a good decision here on the shores of our beautiful Lake Michigan. Now is the time to rotate through all those treasured knits stacked sumptuously in the cedar closet. A fisherman’s sweater is a Style Endures staple put into high rotation this year after a viewing of Knives Out. Always as beautiful in cotton as in cashmere, it’s like wearing a hug.


Chris Evans in a still from Knives Out.


Other at-home choices are caftans, referenced in the beloved song that inspired us last month, The Ladies Who Lunch, jersey dresses, on which Diane von Furstenberg built a whole empire, and swishy, glamorous palazzo pants.


Cybill Shepherd wears Diane von Furstenberg in Taxi Driver.


In my closet is a pair of Pucci pants in a soft, stretchy terry cloth. They’re meant for the beach or poolside but are also great on a flight or long drive or days when work and life collide – basically anytime I want to feel groovy while keeping comfy. Surely, we all have a secret wardrobe weapon of this sort. Perhaps it was stashed in your valise for a spring getaway, now likely on hold. Pull it out, put it on and feel fantastic.


Sophia Loren works from home.


 At the appropriate hour, treat yourself to the most luxurious lounge or sleepwear – the beautiful pieces that normally languish in drawers and on hangers waiting for special occasions. It’s time to wear the silks and satins, lovely lace and quilted bed jackets. Call it self-care, call it sanity saving, call it joie de vivre. Because that’s not canceled.