Now in its third installment, lockdown has truly lost any lustre it once had. Like a person at a party insistent on repeating themselves and exhausting you in the process, it feels inescapable. It is, in two words, fucking boring. And it may be one of the hardest things people have ever experienced as collective. So how are we supposed to cope? Blankets.
There’s something about blankets that is at once juvenile and geriatric. Do they transport us back to a childlike state or confirm that a housebound old age is indeed coming for us all? Maybe it’s both. Either way, to be wrapped in one is to submit to vulnerability. To admit that you’re feeling cold and sad – hopeless, even. After this point, however, they offer nothing but comfort and joy. And those are two things we are in dire need of during a bleak winter that has been punctuated with disappointment. But that’s enough musing on misery for now.
Another benefit of blankets is that they can also be used as throws. This will prove useful when – for the umpeenth time – you become bored of your living space in lockdown and decide to project these feelings onto your sofa (along with some new cushions). But, for now, you are probably prioritising portability when it comes to blankets. You need something to take you from the TV to bed with ease. What a life. And, ideally, it will be as warm as possible. Maybe something wool by Tekla or Toast. If you’re attached to the idea of blankets being used as throws, however, we recommend something in a sturdy cotton from Anthropologie. Into astrology? Go to Urban Outfitters. And if you're keen to curb your spending, there’s always Zara and H&M.
Here’s to healthy coping mechanisms.