Tuesday, 6 August 2013


I was bored on my day off the other day and decided to Facebook stalk myself. I'm vain like that. I was initially intrigued to see how I've changed, but I noticed that my style has evolved. I say evolved, I'm not sure if it's better or worse. But I know that I wish I had the guts and figure to pull off half the things that I did. During Sixth Form I stopped playing sport and my growth spurt was slowing down so I quickly put on weight. It's only been in the last two years that I've started dressing up as much as I used to. I think it's to do with improved body confidence. I say that, but I genuinely have no idea.

A big change between me four years ago, me two years ago, and me now is that I'm shedding layers. I used to love wearing complex outfits of multiple layers whereas now I happily flash skin at any opportunity.

So here are some sketches...

 I lived in these loose navy wool trousers from GAP. They cost me £4.95 and were perfect in every situation. I wore them with my mother's vintage ankle boots, a pale pink shirt, my father's blue cardigan and a high-waisted brown belt. I love the slouchy layers that put emphasis on the legs and waist.
 This outfit was my staple uniform for school. My mother's high-waisted checked skirts, a tight v-neck jumper and waist belt. Once again heeled boots play a part. A key part of this outfit is that I'm wearing a hat. I have several hat boxes at home, but I never wear them at uni. This is something I'm determined to change.
 This is a slight variation on the previous outfit. I used to love wearing bright colours in bizarre combintaions a la Ugly Betty. Here I had a dark blue shirt with a cherry red pullover teamed with a high-waisted camel skirt. Once again the key emphasis is on the legs and the waist.
 I bought this jumpsuit for a friend's 18th the summer before I went to university. It's vintage Laura Ashley with an orange and green floral print on white cotton. I wore it with heeled yellow trainers and a waist belt. Obviously. The legs are like bloomers which makes them so comfortable, but apparently I look like a giant baby. Whatever.
 I bought this skirt from my local Cancer Research for £4. It's 1970s vintage wool in a hideous green and orange tartan. High-waisted and floor length on me. I felt sorry for it, but I love it for its absolute hideousness. I wore it with a striped Benetton shirt of my mother's. I still have this shirt and a similar one with a pink stripe instead of the yellow. they're perfect.
 This outfit was more a revelation to me because it involved a dropped-waist yellow skirt (I never wear yellow...) and a tight black t-shirt with a bolero. The proportions are all off and I would never wear a t-shirt that tight now. But I actually quite like the combination.

So that's a quick run-through of my sartorial Facebook history. It's strange that I've gone from a distinctly feminine and vibrant style to one based around neutral tones and masculine shapes.

I hope you're having a good week!


Friday, 2 August 2013


I've been working in the kids section a bit more recently and so I've been looking at childrenswear a bit more. Some of the children that come in are seriously stylish and so I made a few doodles...

This boy was wearing a navy and white Breton top with a red anchor on the front. He wore it with black, turned up Levis and oxblood Chelsea boots. He must have been about ten, but looked like a mini-hipster.

 We get quite a lot of  customers from the Continent and this French family was just horrifically stylish. The mother was dressed in all black with a sleek blonde bob and the other son was wearing a blazer and bow-tie. This boy was wearing an olive green varsity jacket (and you know I love them) with a brick-red sweater and a denim shirt with blue skinny jeans and red Converse. He also had thick-rimmed round glasses and a wavy side parting.

 The thing which struck me about this girl was that her nails were like mirrors. They were so ridiculously metallic, it was distracting. Her clothes were great as well. I love a bit of double denim, but triple? Is that even allowed? The black skinny jeans with the dark blue jacket and pale denim cropped top worked perfectly. It shouldn't work, but it totally did.

Working in  the kids section you get some absolute blighters, but this girl was so polite and grown-up despite having just turned seven. It was her birthday last week... Her dress was adorable and I really wish they made them in my size! A 1950s style circle dress with a navy sequined head band. It was the colours and print that really appealed to me as stars never look tired as a print and the crimson with the bright turquoise was just sartorial perfection. 

I hope you're all having a good week. I'm enjoying a well-deserved lie-in on my day off, watching Absolutely Fabulous and attempting to get some dissertation research done.