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How to get your shopping fix while social distancing due to coronavirus

Most shopping events in the Tampa Bay area have been canceled.
Local artist Jennifer Kosharek is making protective masks from recycled fabrics, available on her Etsy site.
Local artist Jennifer Kosharek is making protective masks from recycled fabrics, available on her Etsy site. [ Courtesy of Jennifer Kosharek ]
Published Mar. 17, 2020


Social distancing and self-imposed quarantine make this a good time to scour the internet for a protective fashion look. Here are a few ideas.

You can still shop local, even online. Try one of local artist Jennifer Kosharek’s cute face masks made from vintage and recycled fabrics ($10, They’re also good for avoiding facial recognition technology and gardening. Plus, they have a Japanese Harajuku Kawaii vibe.

Give your poor, dry hands a break from hand sanitizer by wearing gloves. Think of them as a throwback to a more glamorous era. And now there are gloves made specifically for touch screens, so you can type on your phone or tablet while you wear them. Prices vary,

Avoid touching your face or opening doors with your bare hands by carrying a handkerchief. Etsy is a great source for a wide variety to fit your style.


Watching shows about fashion is akin to shopping. Project Runway just aired its Season 18 finale. If you missed it, you can stream it on Hulu. Then you can stream two other competitions, and judge which one is best.

Making the Cut (Amazon Prime Video): Those who have missed Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum on Project Runway will be thrilled at their reunion on this Amazon Prime show, which also features Naomi Campbell and Nicole Richie. The designers not only compete based on their fashions, but also their prowess in all aspects of the fashion industry.

Next in Fashion (Netflix): Designers Tan France and Alexa Chung host this contest in which designers from around the world compete for $250,000. The hosts serve up style tips and judge alongside industry icons.


Now that you’ve been inspired to try your hand at designing clothes, or even just a simple handkerchief, shop online for materials and instructions. Purchase fabric online from Mood, the iconic store where the designers on Project Runway shop. And YouTube has a plethora of sewing tutorials.