So, London Fashion Week is over. Now what? Back to lusting over new season items, I suppose. And an altogether new list of items to write up in the ‘I Want’ list column.
And as I sat down to write up this new list of exciting things I want, I was hit by one of those thoughts that I have every so often about how ridiculous it is to desire items which I can never ever afford, and even if I had a thousand pounds, should I be spending it on shoes?
So instead of the usual list, I decided to write a list based on what looks good on me, and what I should be steering clear of, and why. For example, I have wanted ankle boots for a month, or so, but every time I try them on, they dwarf me. My legs are basically chopped off. But yet I persist because they’re in all the magazines. So, this list planned to stop these sorts of time-wasting shenanigans.
We’ve never been about size on this blog but I’m a classic pear and these tips are definitely body-shape specific:
1. Lower Thigh Zone length skirts/shorts/dresses: the LTZ is something that Observer Woman once tried to make ‘happen’, but it bombed much like ‘fetch’ didn’t happen in Mean Girls. But as a skirt length, it works better on me than mini or knee.
2. V Neck tops – as opposed to polo, round. It just works a lot better by showing a little bit of flesh and allowing space for neck adornment.
3. Three quarter sleeves on everything – it works better than short or tank.
4. Bum skimming long tops/T-shirts.
5. Thin waist belts – A/W 09 points to be had here.
And finally, after giving it much thought, I realised that the top rule for me was to play with shape. I do not suit all over voluminous shapes or poorly cut straight dresses, and my best outfits tend to ‘work’ when I wear a tighter top, looser bottom or vice versa.
1. Ankle boots or mid calf height boots – see above. Knee high socks have a similar leg shortening effect too.
2. Actually mid calf anything, including skirts, dresses, etc. Does this look good on anyone? To be fair, this hasn’t appeared too often on the runway but there’s bound to be someone who can pull this off and kudos to them.
3. Anything that is straight up and down.
4. Stonewash jeans. Too much exposure all over the place.
6. Oh, and jackets which swing just above the hip.
Obviously, these are not hard and fast rules, and I often wear things which aren’t quite ‘right’ (whatever that means) but it is nice to have a barometer so I don’t lust after lovely things that only look good on other people. And it sure saves some hot, sticky unpleasant changing room time.