I can't say 'waist-up dressing' is something I ever thought would become a priority in my life, but then again I never anticipated the likelihood of being forced to stay home and only interact with family, friends and colleagues through messages or video calls.
With digital drinks and FaceTime catch-ups becoming the new norm, much of our social time is now being spent online, and as tiny pixilated versions of ourselves are cast across the globe, dressing well from the waist-up has never been more topical. While you can certainly get away with wearing leggings, joggers (or even PJs trousers) all day long on the lower half of your body, it seems now is the time to embrace a playful waist-up look.
From rainbow patterns to power shoulders, puff sleeves to animal prints, bold blouses and tops can act as the ultimate base layer for a standout video call ensemble. Then, adding an equally eye-catching accessory, such as a headband, hair clip, or statement earrings finishes the look. Thankfully, there is plenty of inspiration online for what might be categorised as a noteworthy waist-up look, though influencer Nnenna Echem (who often wears layers of colourful jewellery alongside vibrant hair accessories) might just take the cake.
So, whether you're looking to steal the spotlight on your next Zoom call, or outdress your friends on your next HouseParty, here are 8 top and accessory pairings to improve your waist-up outfits.