How I Social Distance in My Calvins


Madeline Chia

A silhouette of a woman relaxing while she practices social distancing. (Image/Madeline Chia ’21)

Liv Phillips, Fashion Columnist

Oh, spring. How I wish I could be frolicking around in lightweight jackets and pastel colors, yet here we are in the midst of chaos. While isolating myself from society and washing my hands every 10 minutes, I have found it difficult to not completely lose my mind when it feels as if each day is just a repetition of the last. Looking at it from a different lens, however, this is the only time that staying at home in bed will help us all stay safe and healthy. In fact, the one thing that is truly keeping me sane during this pandemic is staying comfy and cozy throughout the day. Let’s take a look at the best COVID-19 trends that will make you want to practice your social distancing!



I found a quote recently that connected with me on a spiritual level: “Eight p.m. is now the time to officially remove your day pajamas and to put on your night pajamas.” At heart, I am not a homebody, but being able to wear PJs all day has made staying in significantly more bearable. They also make me feel like I have accomplished something when the top and bottoms match! Being ultra-comfortable in pajamas allows me to sleep in late and nap during the day, giving me more time to dream about seeing all of you again. 


Sweatshirt and sweatpants

A combination so nice you don’t even need to think twice. As sophomore Trevor Mackles gracefully put, this duo is “comfort in its purest form” and exceptionally easy to make presentable if you’re going out to pick up your sixth meal of the day. Bonus points if they are also printed with anything PDS on them to represent the school we love and miss dearly.



Don’t want to leave the comfort of your bed but have to get up to get a snack? Robes are basically blankets with arm holes that can be thrown over whatever you are already wearing. For me, loungewear has to check off the Three F’s—fun, functional, and fuzzy—in order to qualify as a part of my daily attire, and robes definitely make the cut. They’re also “socially unacceptable” to be worn out of the house so it’s the perfect item to keep you safely isolated. 


The clothing at the wayyy back of your closet

Quarantine is as good an opportunity as ever to make use of that one ugly t-shirt you bought three years ago that managed to crawl its way into the depths of your wardrobe. Not only will it make your parents happy to see their money wasn’t wasted after all, but no one ever has to see it. Also, if you’re like me, you’re probably spending your days browsing new clothing online, which is no way to act in the middle of an economic crisis. Take this time to dig through your closet and find pieces of clothing you used to love but then forgot about. Being able to wear those hidden gems will give you another thing to look forward to once it’s safe to go out again, and it feels just like buying new clothing minus the guilt!



I don’t know about you, but I think the Phillipses have set a record for most amount of family walks in two weeks, which forces me to factor in exercise clothing as a part of my daily attire. Although I am always reluctant at first to change out of my PJs, once I hop into Lulu and step outside I am immediately hit with a burst of energy and motivation to get active. Administrative Assistant Mrs. Balazsi seems to be on the same page stating, “I am ALL about workout gear 24/7. [It helps me] stay cute yet functional and keep myself motivated.” Now get going on those workouts from Coach Darius!


Brands keeping me in bed:



Cotton Citizen

Calvin Klein

PJ Salvage


All jokes aside, social distancing and staying home has never been more critical for the betterment of not just our PDS community but the world as a whole. To move past this time and get our lives back to normal, we will have to work through these hardships together. Please be overly cautious of where you go, who you interact with, and what you bring back into the house, because you never know the damage that can be caused until it’s done. I really look forward to seeing each and every one of your beautiful faces soon. We can do this!

Stay safe, stay healthy, and wash your hands!