Knitted tank top- Charity shop- £4
Cropped shirt- ASOS- £22
Faux leather skirt- Missguided- £19.99
Leather jacket- Friend's
Loafers- Sainsbury's- £14
"Fashion! Turn to the left.
Fashion! Turn to the right.
We are the goon squad and we're coming to town.
David Bowie- Fashion (1980)
"You could actually be the Clueless girl", my friends exclaim as I saunter into a vegan cafe wearing this ensemble. This comment made me super happy, of course. I don't have an issue with blending the boundaries between fashion and fancy dress; I take a lot of inspiration from style icons and past decades, and I think style shines the most when it includes a sense of fun.
Two-pieces, co-ords, whatever you want to call them, fashion was definitely seeing double this summer- usually in the form of a matching top and skirt. But my new obsession is matching skirts with jackets. There is an abundance of identical sets in Clueless, beyond the obvious tartan combos, Cher and Dionne rock some seriously smoking coordinated leather and denim.
What I love about the the matching look is the well-thought-out completeness that it exudes. Cher Horowitz would never dream of carelessly throwing together an outfit; all her ensembles are meticulously constructed using a state-of-the-art computerised wardrobe that flashes a 'MIS-MATCH!' warning if she strays from the perfectly harmonious. Looking effortlessly cool is overrated, what you really want to communicate is: 'I put a lot of consideration into this outfit and as a result it looks totally awesome'. Basically, even if your life is a mess, when you wear something matching, you feel like you've got everything sorted.
I mentioned in a previous post that I'm obsessing over anything argyle, and have since bought both the featured knitted tank top and some ankle socks in that pattern.
The heeled loafers are another example of a surprisingly on-trend item I've discovered during my job as a sales assistant at Sainsbury's. One of the main things I've learnt whilst developing my personal style is to never let preconceptions and labels limit your choices. You can find great pieces in the most unexpected places.
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that I buy the vast majority of my clothes from charity shops. I was tempted, however, by the clean and crisp lines of this cropped shirt from ASOS. I justified the price by deeming it a treat for becoming the next PR and Communications Intern at Etsy (excuse me for one second whilst I squeal with excitement!). I've not actually shared the big news with you guys yet, but in under two weeks I'll be moving down to London for three months! I aim to keep you updated on here with what I learn and what I wear whilst being lucky enough to work for one of the most fun, creative brands around.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas,