We’ve all got them, things about fashion, clothes, our own personal style or shopping habits that drive us insane. It can be anything from the way certain styles of clothes fit to what colours are on trend for the season. No matter how much you love fashion or style, there’s always that one thing that completely irritates you about it.
“Once, at a workshop, I sat with other unpublished writers, silently nursing our hopes and watching the faculty—published writers who seemed to float in their accomplishment. A fellow aspiring writer said of one faculty member, “Look at that dress and makeup! You can’t take her seriously.” I thought the woman looked attractive, and I admired the grace with which she walked in her heels. But I found myself quickly agreeing. Yes, indeed, one could not take this author of three novels seriously, because she wore a pretty dress and two shades of eye shadow.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Why can’t a smart woman love fashion?
What’s the point in paying an independent personal shopper when you can get one from your local department store, right? After all they do the same thing and they’re free, so why would I bother paying someone? These are the questions as an independent personal shopper I typically come across when explaining to people what I do. They’re valid questions and they’d be right if all personal shoppers were equal, but as you’ll find out that’s not really the case.
Does the way you view your body on a day to day basis determine what you wear? I’ve been thinking a lot recently about self perception and how it affects your style. I wanted to write a post that invited my readers to get involved and comment about how their own self perception dictated the clothes they wore or maybe it doesn’t? Kind of like the old reader’s questions posts I used to do.
Flats are fugly…
Yeah I said it. There’s just something about a lady in heels that’s so chic. Okay, well actually there’s a lot of things, but I’ll get into those shortly. At this point you’re probably wondering why, as a guy, I love heels so much? As a personal stylist I appreciate great style, but it goes a little bit beyond that.
It’s 6:45am and I awake to the high pitch tone of my mobile ringing in my ear. I reluctantly get out of bed, switch on the modem, grab my mac and then return to the warmth under my duvet. Bleary eyed I attempt to navigate my way to the H&M website, filled with excitement. You see, at 7:00am they release their new collaboration with Lanvin and I’m going to grab me a new luscious blazer and shiny pair of shoes. But it didn’t work out like that, instead H&M’s website failed. It teased me to the point of allowing the digital cloth to grace my shopping basket only to reject my registration when I attempted to part with my digital pennies. I was super annoyed at the time but on reflection I calmed down a little, I could make do with out.
I decided to write this post after V, from Grit&Glamour, tweeted that she hopes the new year brings collaborations that aren’t too good to be true. That don’t over promise, then fail when it comes to quality of product. But I take V’s hope one step further and say I’ve had enough already.
Maybe the story above left a bitter taste in my mouth? Maybe you’re right?