I’ve been struggling for a couple of years with being age appropriate, particularly as next year sees a ‘life begins at…’ age hitting (which is weird, as I still feel like I’m 24 most of the time). Whilst I love seeing amazing women in amazing outfits at any age and wearing what makes them happy regardless of what the media says they should wear, I’ve taken a bit of confidence knocking in the last few years and this has very much been reflected in the kinds of clothes I wear.
In the past, I loved dressing up and finding and creating unusual outfits. This post was in part inspired by a denim skirt I made once that I recently remembered. It was made by unpicking the inner seams of a pair of old jeans, resewing them up the front and then I created a bustle/train thing out of some old fabric I found lying around. I loved that skirt, it was terribly sewn, the fabric was rainbow striped fake silk (it was the 90s, don’t judge me), I’d wear it out clubbing and the train would be grubby with sweat and spilled drinks (and I don’t like to think of what else), but I loved it. Similarly, I had a dress from a charity shop (back in the day that charity shops had actual vintage finds) from the 1960s, a purple shift with a golden embroidered bib that I’d wear with Converse or DMs to lectures, the pub and anywhere else my world would take me. And there was the period of patchwork skirts, crochet tops and rubbish dreadlocks too, that I’d rather not revisit.
However, in the last couple of years, it’s rare you find me in anything other than jersey or denim or knitwear and usually quite muted. And rarely in pattern. And whilst I’m probably not going to go back to my early 90s hippy revival (goddamn you Glasto), I think what I need to do is start being braver with colour and bring that joy back into dressing that has been a little lacking.
So here are my favourite picks of this season’s high street and online- and I promise, I’ll keep off the shades of grey and black.
This is firmly out of my price range but I love the bright and muted tones mixed in the faux fur, would be a lovely occasional winter wear.
I’ve always loved Irregular Choice shoes – the heels are wearable, the shoes are striking and fun. This season, I’m really liking its new range of slip ons – these ones in particular.
Big fan of a bright coat and this one from ASOS is affordable and orange – two of my favourite things.
This skirt is perfect for the party season (or every day – with a black jumper. Sorry). And you can’t go wrong with shiny things.