A white button down shirt, a grey jacket if I was going out, a pair of high waisted black trousers, brogues, and, of course, my reading glasses. This is essentially my everyday uniform, sans jacket and shoes if I’m indoors. Maybe I’ll have a navy or dark green sweater thrown over the top if it’s chilly, or my sleeves rolled up if it’s warm. My hair is always messy because I run my hand through it when I’m thinking, and if anyone interrupts me when I’m concentrating it always takes me a few glassy-eyed blinks to clear my head before I can understand what they’re saying.
To Go Out
A little black dress, because it’s simple and I don’t have to think about it, a pair of earrings, one of my vintage bags, a pair of heels I know I can walk in, and Shalimar, of course, the scent of lust-into-love. I don’t smoke but I love the smell, which is really just as stupid, but it curls into the air outside of the bars and clubs, and it smells like naive promise. The tiny rebellions of youth are interesting and intoxicating, though I prefer to drift along around the outer edges, observing wryly as I try to remember how many drinks I’ve already had, pushing friends into the arms of admirers. Later, we’ll end up in a fast food restaurant, red lips, bare feet, and jangling jewellery, ordering ice cream and fries, laughing loudly when someone inevitably spills their coins all over the floor.
To Hang Out
Light blue high waisted jeans, a striped shirt, comfortable shoes, a watch, and Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily cologne. I think I said a while ago that I’d given up on jeans, but it’s a love-hate kind of relationship with me. Sometimes I’m all about them, other times… not so much. Lately though I’ve been in a more casual, even youthful mood, and I haven’t felt like wearing a lot of skirts or dresses, so I’ve been indulging the denim. And why not? I still believe in ‘YOLO’ un-ironically, after all.
I’m not entirely convinced knowing what I would wear is particularly interesting, but forever ago someone asked me about my clothes and I said I’d do a wardrobe tour. And I still haven’t done it for various reasons, but I thought instead this format may be a little more interesting. I don’t own these exact pieces (apart from the perfumes), but I do own and wear things that look like them. Which is the whole point of this concept. Most of all I enjoy this format because I dress based on mood and little concepts I dream up in my head. I find dressing this way really helps carry me through the day and keeps me focused and grounded.
Anyway, these are my three main activities and reasons for dressing. If I do future posts in this series, I might dream up slightly more fictitious circumstances, or things on my to-do list. A ‘What I Would Wear If…’ kind of thing. Sound good?