The Latest Covid-Era Trend? Timeless Clothing

As lockdown reordered his priorities, one writer found he gravitated toward simple classics such as Levi’s 501 jeans and a Rolex Submariner watch instead of faddish pieces. He’s not alone

2020欧洲杯APP IN FEBRUARY, I spotted a bright cobalt suit while shopping for boxers at Marshalls in Los Angeles. Part of Brooks Brothers’s 1818 collection, it was cut slim from lightweight Italian fabric—and 85% off its original price. The color was loud without shouting, ideal, I thought, for work events and summer weddings. But 2020 had other plans. Everything work-related now happens over Zoom; nuptials have been canceled or postponed. Brooks Brothers filed for bankruptcy in July. The suit’s still at my tailor’s.

As the pandemic progressed,...

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