The quarantine pillow dress is the perfect way to dress up for your next Zoom chat


It’s called fashion, look it up (Picture: myforteisfashion/Metro.co.uk)

If you’re feeling a deep sense of ennui from the daily cycle of pyjamas to sweatpants back to pyjamas again, never fear, a new fashion trend is here.

Bonus: It’s the ideal look for a Zoom chat with your coworkers or that Houseparty pub quiz… mostly because it only really works on camera, not outside of the house where people can see the back.

The look we speak of is, of course, the quarantine pillow dress, or the #quarantinepillowchallenge.

Created by StyleByNelli, the quarantine pillow dress is a way to make staying inside during the coronavirus lockdown high fashion.

You grab a pillow and belt it to your front, fastening the belt tight around your waist to cinch in the cushion, creating the illusion of a dress.

As we mentioned, the illusion only works from the front. From the back, you’re either naked or still wearing your pjs underneath.

You can change up the look with all the pillowcases at your disposal, and accessorising with coordinating jewellery, bags, and shoes – because no, your slippers don’t cut it.

A few members of the Metro.co.uk team tried out the quarantine pillow dress for ourselves, and learned a few key lessons.

Firstly, you need quite a large pillow, as it needs to cover your bod, or you can use multiple pillows.

Secondly, you need a belt that can go super tight around your waist. I realised that I don’t actually own a single belt so tried to borrow my boyfriend’s. Sadly it was a touch too loose on my waist and thus the pillow didn’t stay up.

The belt needs to be pulled as tight as it will go to give your pillow dress’s skirt a kicked out A-line shape.

You can wear your pillow dress over clothes for comfort, but if you’re getting dressed up for some video socialising, we’d recommend going all out and wearing it alone, with some accessories to make it clear this is an outfit, not just your way of snoozing on the sofa.

We recommend heeled boots, a statement necklace, and wearing your hair in a bun to let your pillow couture take centre-stage.

Here are our pillow dress looks so you can be inspired. Please do share your own in the comments section below or on Instagram with the tag #quarantinepillowchallenge.

Here I am offering two different looks – a minimal grey and a statement corgi. Again, you can see the belt isn’t tight enough to give that cool A-line shape.

FASHION (Picture: Ellen Scott)
This is called a smize (Picture: Ellen Scott)

Jessica Lindsay accessorises her pillow with cat ears, sunglasses, and attitude

The socks are great too (Picture: Jessica Lindsay)

Aidan Milan looks annoyingly good

Sorry, why does she look so cool? This isn’t fair (Picture: Aidan Milan)

As does Sian Elvin.

(Picture: Sian Elvin)

This really isn’t what I had in mind when I strapped a dumb corgi cushion to my body.

Collective embarrassment doesn’t work if the people joining me look great, damn it.

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