Finding an outfit for every single day is often a drawn-out battle of rummaging, trying, chucking and deciding. Most days I look at my wardrobe and just feel blergh. It’s a concoction of selections over the years: the late teen/early university years (i.e. the continuation of awkward appearances whilst finding one’s proverbial feet), cheap op shop finds, hand-me-downs and hand-me-ups (gathered out of necessity and the belief that my home is a better solution to landfill), the very few pieces I have actually been able to afford myself. All in all, a slightly nonsensical mixed bag and hell for one drawn to fashion.
As my pocket helper, I’ve amassed hundreds of pins and bookmarked images – saved for the moments when an imagination and the same grey/black/blue combo doesn’t pull through. A quick scroll and, fingers crossed, there is something (anything) in there that will inspire and can be re-appropriated in my less fancy way.
I’ve also got a team of gals on speed-dial (Instagram) to lift the spirits and ignite the mind:
Veronika Heilbrunner – The iconic frilly dress and sneakers donner, co-founder of heywoman! and all round everything. She’s not tomboy and she’s not girly-girl, but somewhere balanced in between: long locks, edge and the all-important sense of humour. Anyone seeking to master a statement dress and make it their own must first take some serious lessons via Instagram.
Camille Charriere – One of my new French loves and inspirers, Camille is a fashion journalist with the heartiest laugh (listen away on her podcast with Monica Ainley, Fashion No Filter) and the breezy style so synonymous with a European summer. She’s all trench-meets-slip, shirt with a side of boob and the jeans you just can’t seem to find for yourself. And then, of course, there’s that accent and free-loving spirit too.
Jeanne Damas – No questions asked. How could those sultry red lips not make it on the list? French at it’s most perfect level with a wardrobe of elegant staples, understated ruffles and just the right amount of pattern mixed in (which we now also have the opportunity to PURCHASE via her label, Rouje).
Pandora Sykes – If Pandora told you to jump off a cliff, would you do it? If she told you to wear crayon colours or attempt to make Christopher Kane’s Crocs cool, would you do it? She could dress me in a scratchy potato sack and I’d do it – the Midas touch is her gift. She brings light and playfulness to the dreariest of London days.
Leandra Medine – Our maximalist best friend/inspiration. Nothing is off-limits, including a hark back to the velcro-ed boardshorts of the yesteryear (i.e. my favourite wardrobe staple as a noughties primary school kid) and DIY bead bracelets. Realllllll funnnnn.
There is opportunity in your wardrobe yet.