Having direct access to styles and trends at my fingertips, I was always dressed head-to-toe in the latest garments hot on the shelves. I wore heels pretty much 90% of the time, wearing a different pair every single day, in addition to mixing up my style and daily – because I had so many! My studio flat at the time was like one big walk in wardrobe – complete with 3 open rails of clothes and over 70 pairs of shoes. As a former subscriber to Vogue and Drapers magazines as well as WGSN online, I was always one step ahead when it came to fashion trends.
Today, my fashion career feels a long way behind me. My priorities now are having to be one step ahead when needing to purchase nappies or after-school snacks.
However it doesn’t have to be that way necessarily and despite my mass collection of clothing and shoes having dramatically decreased, I still strive to look up to date and trendy.
But since the birth of my oldest son, my body shape has changed dramatically. Unlike my sisters, I’ve never been able to ‘spring back’ to my former size or shape. Because of this, I’m constantly conscious of the styles that I can still pull off these days- although I’m sure Gok Wan would beg to differ!
I’ve always been a MASSIVE fan of vintage. Living where I live, by Portobello market, I have access to some fantastic second hand stalls and shops. I love to mix old with new – whether it be a vintage leather handbag or retro silk scarf.
Charity shops are also my favourite treasure caves. In the past, friends have been in awe of my charity ‘finds’ and how I’ve managed to wear or accessorise them. I do think there is a bit of an art to it. If you’re not prepared to trawl through dusty (and often smelly) rails of clothes, then prep yourself before your visit by flicking through some of the fashion magazines to see what the trends are.
That way, you might be looking for something specific like a particular colour or pattern. This will cut down your scouring time dramatically! My favourite area in London to go charity shopping has to be West End Lane, West Hampstead. There are about 6 of them in a row!
For me, it’s important that I still try to maintain my style, as it makes me happy and feel nice. My favourite staple garments in my wardrobe are dresses. Not having something around my waist is definitely a luxury – as I so often feel ‘stuffy’ and uncomfortable with waistbands!
Saying that though, I’m keen to get my jeans figure back one day soon so I can pair classic T-shirts with skinny jeans accompanied by a textured or patterned cardigan (*FAV) and some chunky jewels!
Accessorising is key. I prefer not to go too fussy with my clothes, so that I can go ‘all out’ with the add-ons. Such as a statement oversized coat or a trilby hat or pixie ankle boots or a bright MAC lipstick or chunky necklace or tassel bag or patterned scarf. You can really go OTT with print and pattern when accessorising- that’s the fun bit.
I love anything and everything with a texture too.
Despite not feeling as fashionable or thin as I once was, I have definitely conquered a style that is my own, avoiding that frumpy feeling and still enjoy every moment of shopping and (believe it or not) ‘window’ shopping!!