Monday, 26 December 2016

Why You Should Let Someone Else Pick Your Outfits

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Choosing what to wear every morning is one of my favourite things to do and it always dictates how I feel for the rest of the day. There is something so empowering about feeling good in what you’re wearing, that it can give a positive spin to your whole day.

A few weekends ago however, I was feeling uninspired by my wardrobe and also lacking ideas about what to write on the blog, so I thought it would be cool to ask my boyfriend to pick out my outfit for the day. After a bit of moaning, he went for it. First, he picked out my purple quilted Burberry coat because “we were going to Selfridge’s so I had to wear something fancy”. Then he picked out my Abercrombie & Fitch flared jeans, bought at a vintage shop for £1, followed by an emerald green V-neck jumper and topped it all off with my all-white Adidas Superstars.

I’m not going to lie, as he was picking everything out I started to regret the choice I’d made. As empowered as I am when choosing my outfit every morning, I was starting to feel very vulnerable to have someone else decide what I was going to wear. Why?

To begin with, he went for THE Burberry coat. This is one of my favourite coats; I would stare at it all day if I could but, at the same time, it’s one of the garments I find most difficult to wear. With its jewel tone colour, posh quilting and peplum, it feels too extravagant to wear with anything but an all-black outfit. I shared this with my boyfriend as I reluctantly left the house and turns out he thinks this is a very casual coat.

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He also picked out this green V-neck jumper that I really love in theory but barely wear in reality because I find the material too thin and I feel it clings on to my body too much. The green and purple combo was also bolder than what I would normally wear. Finally, I was sceptical about pairing the sweater with the low-rise jeans because it reminded me of the 90s with their always on show belly buttons.

As we were walking down the street, I felt apprehensive and had to take a look in every mirrored surface we walked past to reassure myself I looked fine.

            Now that I’ve made myself sound like the most horrible person by saying this about my boyfriends’ outfit choice, I have to clarify that I actually think he picked out a great outfit. I know that the extravagance of the coat and the delicate material of the sweater are what attracted me to buy them in the first place. I also know that jewel toned colours are some of my favourites and I absolutely love them on other people. And finally, I know that he actually picked out some of my favourite clothing items and just put them together. So why should I love them individually but not together?

           The answer is: although I like to talk a big game when it comes to fashion, I have my recipes, colour combinations and preferences that I follow when choosing what to wear, which means that most times, I tend to wear the same thing. However, throw a curveball at me with something I hadn’t thought of and I get scared. So although I felt scared and vulnerable for a couple of hours, wearing what my boyfriend picked for me actually encouraged me to get over my preconceived notions of what works and what doesn’t and to just embrace an outfit made out of items I truly love. From now on, I’ll wear more colour, I’ll try to steer away from my ‘safe’ outfits and I might even ask him to pick more outfits out for me.

            I’m fully aware that this might have come out a bit deeper than what I intended, but if any of you are ever in a rut or if you just want a sartorial challenge, ask your partner, your parents or any of your friends to pick an outfit for you. And no matter what you think about it, just embrace it. After all, it’s just fashion so don’t take it too seriously and have some fun. 

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Monday, 19 December 2016

What to Wear on Christmas Jumper Day

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I’ve never owned one but from what I hear, most people would refer to their Christmas jumpers as funny or cute rather than fashionable. Seeing as I’ve never owned one, I found myself in a bit of a conundrum when I had to wear one to work on Christmas Jumper Day.

Luckily, I could rely on my festive flatmate to source me a very Christmassy jumper. I didn’t really know what to wear it with but decided on my leather trousers and boots to try and look cooler than I actually am. Throughout that, I was very much aware that there was a high possibility to end up looking even more embarrassing than I would have anyway, but I stuck to it. And guess what? I loved it. 

Now, I still might have looked weird and embarrassing, but I felt good. And warm. So it might be that I'll have to run off to the shops and get myself a Christmas jumper to wear on the regular. 

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Monday, 5 December 2016

How to Wear an (Actual) Boiler Suit

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It all started with Birkenstocks, continued with Ugg boots and has now culminated with the boiler suit. There have been enough ugly trends resurfacing this year to not be surprised by another one. Less of an ugly trend per se and more like re-appropriated attire, the boiler suit is possibly ultimate proof that anything can be classed as fashion. There’s nothing that says style is subjective more than using an industrial garment, that offers no definition to one’s body whatsoever as a fashion statement.

If you’re really into the idea of a boiler suit, you can buy this Anthony Vacarello one for £470, or this Isabel Marant one for £192 at 50% off. Or, you can just get this WWK one from Amazon at less than £15 and even pick your favourite colour.

Most of you will notice that there’s a stark difference between these options: the first two are fashion garments, the third one is an actual boiler suit. Boiler suits are not really my thing, but when the idea came up one day at work during lunch, I couldn’t resist – could an actual boiler suit work as fashion and as a debris protectant? Well, guess what - they all work just the same.
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If you want to opt for a casual look, roll up your sleeves and trousers, put on a pair of trainers or loafers and you’re off. I paired a red lip with everything to add a bit of colour. Don’t forget to also belt the boiler suit to highlight your waist and give some dimension to the ensemble.

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For a dressier option, un-roll your trousers, put on a pair of heels and off you go. 
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If you want an even bolder choice, get rid of the belt. You can also add a scarf but that is optional.

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To conclude, here are a few reasons why an actual boiler suit is a great sartorial choice:
1. You are fully protected in case you need to venture down a coal mine.
2. It has the perfect sized pockets - you don't have to worry about your belongings slipping out of them when you sit down.
3. It can keep you very warm in winter. Maybe not ideal in summer.
4. It's way cheaper. 
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