Americans update their closets as the pandemic emerges | national news
According to NPD, major transactions at full-service restaurants more than doubled in March from a year ago, but down 25% from two years ago. Hotels are also making a comeback, demand in the week ended April 11 more than quadrupled from a year ago and increased 10.9% from the same week in 2019, according to Koddi, an advertising technology company.
During the first 20 days of April, the Transportation Security Administration examined an average of 1.4 million people per day, a significant increase from a year ago when the number was just under 99,000 per day. But travel is still on hiatus from 2019, which averaged more than 2.3 million people per day over a comparable period.
Data on clothing sales is preliminary, and retailers and designers are still trying to figure out how a year of being housebound will change the way people think about dressing. Casual clothing was already strong before COVID-19, and many experts believe the pandemic has only accelerated the trend.
A year ago, Los Angeles-based fashion designer Kevan Hall quickly switched from his signature dresses and cocktail dresses to kaftans, tunics and slip-on pants. Now Hall is adding more dressier looks, but is eliminating full skirts and cutting back on beading in favor of simple dresses and dresses in knit and tulle.
“I don’t know if women are ever going to want to go back to being with that much structure,” said Hall, who has received calls from customers and stores in recent weeks asking for dressy looks. “I think people are going to lean even more into comfort – even when they are dressing for a night out or galas.”