Most people have been wearing hard pants all year
Working from home is a minority pursuit
I don’t mean to single out one article for criticism, because I learned a lot about the fashion industry’s response to Covid from Amanda Mull’s recent piece “Burn All the Leggings: What do you wear to the reopening of society?” but it also reminded me of something that’s been bugging me for a while — an awful lot of Covid-era media is written in a tone that suggests the experience of Covid Cautious white-collar remote workers has been the typical experience of the pandemic year, and that’s just not true.
Note that of course, this is 2021 so she is of course careful to check her privilege as a remote worker. But with that business done, it then slides very quickly back into an assumption that everyone’s been spending the whole year in sweatpants:
For the luckiest Americans, the past year has been marked by soul-deadening tedium and loneliness. For those who have lost jobs, homes, or loved ones to the virus, or have been p…