If you’d told me this time last year I’d be coveting tacky mirrored space boots and tight country club checks, I’d have told you I’d eat my Happy Gilmore hat. But here we are, and yet again I’ve been proved never to say never when it comes to sartorial choices. Years ago I said just that about dungarees, pink dresses and cycling shorts (yes in a fashion way, not a cycling way) and subsequently bought into all three at a later date (although I never actually wore those dreaded cycling shorts thank the lord).
I’m really enjoying being a little bit louder and bolder in getting dressed at the moment. Essentially this is still monochrome and neutrals but the Balenciaga-inspired (they’re from Topshop no less) boots and Dame Edna glasses make it that bit less ‘beige’. For years I felt kind of trapped in my loyalty to pared-back, neutral and black palettes and get-ups, so just the odd addition of metallics, OTT earrings and deep red nowadays makes me feel smugly eccentric. I can’t help but bring to mind the Jenny Joseph poem that begins ‘When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, And a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me’. I may not be deemed officially old just yet (but then when exactly is that I cry), but I do feel like I can now relate to that thrill of being a little bit too much occasionally. Somewhere between Joseph’s reckless old lady ambitions and my personal memory’s of getting ‘dressed up’ as a child, sits this concoction. It reminds me that it can actually be fun to standout from time to time and be a bit fancy in a weird 80s golf club meets Blade Runner kinda way. Also, sidennote, purple was a massive thing at Mulberry, Topshop, Preen and more for AW17 so Jenny Joseph and the rest of us needn’t wait till we’re old to get dressed with careless abandon….
The lesson I’m taking from this particular look? Release your inner old woman who doesn’t care and actually revels in a good clash from time to time, and give the white tees, jeans and grey knitwear a break for the day.
Ph. by Frances Davison