How to dress to impress (from the waist up) for Zoom dates and meetings

26 April 2020 - 00:04 By Sahil Harilal
From left: Models don tops by Prada, Alexander McQueen and Alberta Ferretti, and pyjama bottoms by illustrator Siphu Gqwetha.
From left: Models don tops by Prada, Alexander McQueen and Alberta Ferretti, and pyjama bottoms by illustrator Siphu Gqwetha.
Image: Getty Images/Estrop/kristy Sparrow/Viktor Boyko

Dressing in isolation can be a strange thing when your work and social lives are completely dependent on screens. How do you (figuratively) still put your best foot forward when you've got a meeting or date via video call?

To help, we've take inspiration from the Autumn/Winter 2020 runways and put together some innovative ideas for upper-half dressing, which can be replicated using key items from your existing wardrobe. No one will ever know you've got your pyjama bottoms and slippers on, promise!

THE STAFF MEETING

Business attire doesn't have to be boring. Take inspiration from Prada and elevate your usual suit jacket by pairing it with a printed blouse, a silk scarf or by belting the waist.

THE FIRST DATE

You can still be sexy on a virtual first date. Follow the lead of Alexander McQueen and let your collarbones take centre stage with a statement necklace. Look for a razor-sharp, intriguing neckline or add drama with ruffles and voluminous sleeves.

DRINKS WITH THE GIRLS

This is the time to have fun. Look to Alberta Ferretti and play with colour combinations and prints. Test a new lip colour or that knit you bought ages ago. Load up on wrist and neck accessories for an instant pick-me-up.