I recently came across a quarantine meme that showed a picture of a raccoon in a dumpster. The raccoon squinted at the camera, making eye contact and looking badass in that way that raccoons often do. The quote said: “When you realize you have been dressing for others, not for yourself.” Obviously, this has made quite an impression on me and I have spent a lot of time considering who I used to get dressed for each day in pre-quarantine life, and why.
I love clothing and jewelry, especially vintage and artist-made. I have a shoe collection that I plan to be buried with. And yet, over the past six weeks I have not opened my closet even once, and have worn the same few T-shirts and yoga pants, with undergarments now considered optional.
Until today, that is. The BmoreArt team issued a challenge to continue one of our favorite online series—What They’re Wearing—where we go to creative events, photograph interesting-looking people, and ask them about their sartorial choices. The fashion is always solid, the stories about prized clothing and jewelry are often bizarre and intimate, and the photos document a cross section of Baltimore that makes us feel warm, proud, and sentimental. With the world being cancelled indefinitely and zero events on the horizon ever, this column appeared to be on hiatus—until we decided to create a home fashion quarantine version.
No surprise: Baltimore creatives delight us, even from home. This edition of What They’re Wearing features fantastic pajama ensembles, comfy exercise outfits, vintage gowns, handmade jewelry, sneakers, beautiful home-sewn face masks, cute pets, and some of the best T-shirts ever created. Until today, I hadn’t worn a piece of jewelry, shaved any part of my body, or washed my hair with any regularity, but today I got dressed up just to walk outside for some photos. After spending a few days in the hospital and several weeks under home quarantine, my backyard seems pretty exotic anyway, with pinks and whites and reds transitioning into more and more green each day.
We hope that you find some inspiration in this selection of fashion from some of our favorite humans! Baltimore, stay cute and full of attitude (like that adorable raccoon who stole my heart), and please continue to inspire the rest of us by wearing whatever the hell you want.