2020 Wrapped: For Better or Worse, Five Lifestyle Trends That Made 2020

Dalgona coffee with fresh coconut milk and white chocolate. Photo by Tijana Drndarski on Unsplash.
One perk for many people working from home this year has been the indulgence of lounging in comfort and style. Image courtesy of Good Days Activewear.
With gym closures and cities under various states of lockdown, many people turned to home workouts and online classes. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.
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From enjoying world-class concerts in the comfort of your home to casual Friday every day, 2020 saw the emergence of trends that made their way into our new normal—but not without a few trends along the way that we were better off without.

 

TEXT: Olivia Lai
IMAGES: Courtesy of various

There’s no need for any sugar-coating when we say 2020 was not our favourite year. But for those who tend to see the glass half-full, there were a number of small mercies that helped get us through the months. Whether you’ve baked up a storm on social media or stayed in your pyjama bottoms 24/7, here are a few trends that defined the lifestyle of 2020—one packed with city-wide lockdowns, social restrictions, global travel bans and so much more. Some trends brought respite, while others were perhaps well-intended ideas that didn’t go as well as one hoped.

 

Dalgona coffee with fresh coconut milk and white chocolate. Photo by Tijana Drndarski on Unsplash.

 

Nailed It: Unleashing of The Inner Food and Baking God and Goddess
What did everyone do when stuck at home, whether due to quarantine or lockdown measures? Somehow, the world collectively decided to cook and bake. First it was banana bread, then came the dalgona coffee—a drink made by whipping instant coffee to give it a creamy texture before topping it on milk—then came the trend to making your own sourdough bread from scratch. Lockdown gave us a chance to tap into our inner bakers while our close friends and families were left to endure the failures that didn’t make it on Instagram. It was a great year for nurturing our interests but not our figures.

 

Get Your Dance Shoes On: Virtual Concerts and Gigs
When major countries around the world first went into lockdown in March, the digital realm became the saving grace for people to remain connected and in many ways, stay sane. In an effort to boost morale and raise funds to support frontline healthcare workers as well as communities that have been hit the most by the COVID-19 pandemic, free virtual concerts were hosted left and right; from Lady Gaga and Andrea Bocelli—the latter sang in an empty Duomo cathedral in Milan—to the London Philharmonic Orchestra streaming a full Autumn season of 13 concerts online. There was a real sense of unity and shared purpose. But as live music and theatre performances continue to close, these virtual shows became the way forward for the rest of the year. Popular singers and bands such as Dua Lipa and Gorillaz started offering paid virtual gigs; some with fully realised stage productions and some, not so much. Though ticket prices to these online concerts leaves a lot to be desired.

 

One perk for many people working from home this year has been the indulgence of lounging in comfort and style. Image courtesy of Good Days Activewear.

 

Work From Home Perk: Lounging in Style
Arguably one of the few good things many of us were able to enjoy was more time working from home—and therefore, the freedom to wear sweatpants all day every day. The lack of the need to dress up for work—at least from the waist down during Zoom calls—has led to loungewear being the #1 fashion wardrobe of the year. Say goodbye to buttoned trousers and zippered skirts, and hello to yoga pants and pyjama bottoms. It seems to be a trend that we are all onboard to see continue. 2020 also saw ring lights popularised for selfies and video chats, so that we managed to appear a bit more presentable, at least to the outside world, during these strange times.

 

Holiday at Home: Staycations and Day Trips
With most of the world grounded, staycations became the balm to cancelled travel plans and the answer to jetsetter’s itch. From five-star hotels to local Airbnbs, attractive packages were constantly on offer allowing those suffering from cabin fever a much-needed respite. In Hong Kong, this was certainly the hype. However, people were reportedly often lax in keeping social distancing rules during these staycations, which risked incidents of COVID-19 cases. Similarly, outdoor hikes and local day trips became popular among those looking for a change of scenery and fresh air, but as a result, nature trails and country parks became more packed than a supermarket.

 

With gym closures and cities under various states of lockdown, many people turned to home workouts and online classes. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

 

Remote Learning and Home Fitness Workouts
With the closure of schools and offices, much of the world hopped on board with remote learning. Though attempts have been made to spruce up the learning environments to be more efficient and minimise distractions, productivity was never as high as we hoped. The same can be said about home exercising. Even with the purchase of fancy new equipment, and a plethora of online classes at your fingertips, staying motivated was never as easy as expected, and let’s not forget that for those in dense cities with tiny apartments, the couch is always within arm’s reach.

 

 
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