Shelby’s Story

I work in the music industry. We were really hard hit by the pandemic, with all the events canceled, most of our business stopped. Before, I was on the go all the time, so I always dressed casually, but I generally based my outfits on what other people would think.

When the pandemic started, I wore pajamas the entire day for a while, and then I transitioned into a style that makes me feel confident while I’m working at home, without thinking of what others would approve of. I have geared my appearance towards comfort: sports bra, bralette, or no bra, only wash my hair maybe 2–3 times a week, as opposed to daily. 

I like to express myself even when nobody is around. It’s a good feeling to dress for myself and to let my creative energy out.

I like to express myself even when nobody is around. It’s a good feeling to dress for myself and to let my creative energy out. And this vibe has translated into my style even when I do go out into public.

I feel I’m a lot more connected to my body (through using Flo). I have the time to sit and think about it, whereas before, I didn’t even have the time to eat. The pandemic has really given me the space to sit with myself and feel comfortable with my body and my mind. 

I really miss my life from before, but I’m grateful for the things I’ve learned during this time. It is tough to say what will happen when everything is over, as I have no idea what my life is going to be like. But I hope that I will be able to take this sense of groundedness and consciousness into the hectic pace of post-pandemic life.

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