Who needs trousers in the age of the coronavirus?
According to Dan Bartlett, Executive Vice President of Walmart's Corporate Affairs, this seems to be the thinking of many consumers. The retail giant saw an increase in customers who bought tops – but no bottoms.
"These behaviors will change and evolve as people get used to this new lifestyle," Bartlett said in an interview with Yahoo Finance Thursday.
These buying habits, Bartlett said, will dwindle "based on the news," but despite an aversion to bottoms, consumers have also bought more popsicles, crafts, and puzzles ̵
But it seems that thanks to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place mandates, we have achieved new corporate clothing: business casual at the top, pants optionally at the bottom. This makes sense when you consider that most people who can work from home use Zoom, the remote conferencing app, to dial into virtual meetings and company calls.
The more people switch to video conferencing apps like Zoom, the more conversations we have about the right etiquette for e-meetings.
Advice fluctuates about the appearance of small children and pets. Outlets like The New York Times have termed these interruptions " cute and heartwarming " but ultimately have the ability to "derail them altogether". However, the Internet does not seem to agree with this advice. One user said : "When I make a zoom call, I just want to see your pets and your children are sharing facts about your pets, sorry."
The same applies to the cloakroom. Life at work and at home has merged in the past few weeks and doesn't seem to be separating so quickly. The home staff consider whether to put on the right clothes before tapping “Join Call”.
"We have become a nation of Winnie the Poohs on Zoom," wrote Twitter user @lexlanham. While user @ajvthegreat had a more practical tip: "Should you be holding a zoom video conference [or] and not wearing pants, remember not to get up."
The verdict? Pants optional, maybe for now.