How to socially distance in style – fashion offers fun and functional solutions

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By now, I’m sure you’ve heard the news: the summer holidays are cancelled. As the heat and humidity have set in, so has the reality that most of us aren’t going away this summer. So instead of packing for that annual trip to the south of France, Maine, or anywhere else, it’s time to think about summer essentials and make the best of staying home. Frolicking, of course, while being eternally grateful for our good health.

Staying home doesn’t mean being stuck indoors if you’re lucky enough to live in a community easing out of lockdown. The tricky part is getting fresh air and vitamin D while beating the heat and practising social distancing. The Hong Kong government’s coronavirus.gov.hk website tells us to “Maintain social dis­tance, keep a distance of at least 1 metre from others.”

Or would I? I’d wear the petticoat dress, “designed to answer the question of social distancing” by Multiply, which provides a two-metre perimeter around the wearer. A voluminous Rosie Assoulin sleeve should keep some germs at bay. I’m also reconsidering the modern crinoline skirts by Area, Off-White, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Puppets and Puppets, and Comme des Garçons.

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