Dressing up the Dictionary: Engulfed

Do you ever feel like your surroundings are engulfing you? I know I do. They influence how I think, how I feel and certainly how I dress. Over the years my style has adapted to the surroundings I have been in and as a result, it has changed invariably. I like exploring how an outfit can fit in with it or go against the grain.

When I was at an all girls secondary school, everything I wore was about fitting in with the people around me. I fell into the awful trap of brightly coloured Ralph Lauren polo’s-shoot me-that epitomises that private school “chic.” Moving on to sixth form college is where my style really started to come into it’s own, it has definitely evolved six years on, but they were the years that taught me a thing or two for the now. I was surrounded by kids whose bank accounts knew no bounds. An example of this was girls with a different Birkin bag for each day of the week, believe me, that is no exaggeration. My love for luxury goods was born here (and never died, LOL) and it marked the occasion I bought my first timeless piece, the Chanel 2.55 bag which I still use to this day, duh.

Being at MPW, the college in question, taught me so much about how my individuality could be expressed through my outfits. I wanted to have a part in all the luxury but I didn't necessarily have the funding for it like the rest. So, I learnt how to make any outfit I wore look luxe just by how I presented it. I practice the same thing today by mixing high end with the high street. Style is, in my mind, all about adapting to where you are while maintaining your individuality. Clothing aside, I definitely felt being at that college started to engulf my entire identity. With hindsight, I can see how it did that, but I can safely say because of that it has taught me not to be entirely eaten up by everything around me. Instead, I use my surroundings as muses to inspire how I want to look at any given occasion, place or time.

Speaking of feeling engulfed, for this weeks look I have gone for an elevated and up to date version of what I would have put together if I were at college. From the jacket to the boots, everything is from Zara, a definite favourite high street store. The accessories are where the luxe comes out to play, wearing the very Chanel bag I mentioned and have had for 10 years. I decided to visit the area the college is in, exploring all the mews’s once more to shoot for this post. A place I was once engulfed and encapsulated by, revisited with a new stance and a fresh set of eyes.

A.x

Shop the Look:

  1. Teddy Jacket, Zara

  2. Faux Leather Trousers, Zara similar here

  3. Boots, Zara

  4. Sunglasses, Le Specs

  5. Bag, Chanel Sloane St

Dressing up the Dictionary: Pretty

Am I pretty? Do other people think I am pretty? Does the person I like think I am pretty? What does being pretty even mean?

Pretty, in Pink

It’s all just too deep. I know your supposed to love yourself and not seek validation from others, but heres the thing; I do. I don't rely on it, but without some sense of validation from others, I don't think I would know how to see myself as “pretty” entirely on my own. Also the fact of the matter is, I know I am, but it never hurts to hear it! Don't lie to yourself, we ALL think this way at some point in time.

Because it is too deep, and because the word itself suggests something a tad more superficial, my look this week is a reflection on the face value of what being pretty is. Familiar with the phrase “pretty in pink”? I mean, if not, you gotta get out of that rock your under. It’s an age old saying that stands the test of time. When I want to feel pretty in a whimsical kind of way, I think of that saying and in turn the colour pink. They both translate the dictionary definition of “being attractive in a delicate way” all too well.

I have wanted to get my hands on the perfect mohair blend jumper in a dusty pink and while I haven’t got my most desired one from Acne Studios (yet), this one from H&M does the trick. I must say they are killing it with their knitwear this year. On top of that I feel the need to add an edge to my outfits, which can often be seen as very polished, hence the fishnet tights alongside the more feminine skirt. While shooting these images I kept saying to my friend “ugh, I feel like this is too pretty for me!” So, I guess I was hitting the nail on the head for the topic this week! I felt exactly that in this outfit and it was exactly what I was going for. Sometimes it can be makeup, sometimes it can be clothes and sometimes (on a deeper level!) it can be someone else making you feel that way. Looking at the face value of the word serves as a reminder that yes, anyone can make themselves feel pretty on the outside, but it takes a lot more to feel that from within. Having said that, why shouldn’t you be able to do the former anyway? It’s all about perception in the end and as Tyra Banks says “you gotta fake it till you make it!” I’m totally inclined to agree.

A.x

Shop the Look:

  1. Pink Jumper, H&M

  2. Over the Knee Suede Boots, Stuart Weitzman

  3. Bag, Chanel

  4. Rectangular Hoop Earrings, Astley Clarke

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