Friday, 15 July 2016

Styled by Kimberley: 1920s

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Putting together an outfit is such a personal thing. As Helen said on Wednesday, we were so busy during the weekend of the McManus Late that we had to dress at double speed to make our always-on-time entrance. Dressing in a rush isn't actually unusual for me, but we both have quite different approaches to styling. Helen is normally thoughtful, trying on all the items a number of times, considering various options within her considered colour palette. Although she'd already picked out her outfit in advance, the rush to get ready really put her off her game. Not that you can tell from her pics.

But I totally get it, because that's how I function. I need the panic to push me to make a gut decision. Simple basics do nothing for me. When something jumps out at me, I want it. Whether it goes with anything else I own or not- I can figure that part out later! Often I'll just wear something I fancy in that moment, whether it's appropriate or not. And sure, for this occasion I had to pack in advance, but I'm not wearing what I brought. A girl can change her mind, and a Kimberley will change her mind.

I wasn't originally going to dress to the theme, but Helen is really into it and twinning is winning. It seemed stupid to pass up the chance when I clearly have a bit of a thing for the Gatsby style. So I had a quick raid of her wardrobe and pulled out this dress. It's a nod to the era without being costume, with a heavy sequin embellishment that I'm all about, but an off-era bottom. As always happens in these situations, I was left going "I have the perfect shoes for this back home, and I have a great bag that would've worked. None of the jewellery I brought matches. If I had more time I'd probably.."
So perhaps the styling isn't perfect, and if I actually took the time to try out all the combinations of items I own in advance I would have a super coordinated, polished look. But that seems a bit soulless and that just wouldn't be very me. I dress to my mood, not by numbers.

Luckily I'd brought some nude heels with me. They weren't ideal but they weren't distracting. The giant feather fascinator was bought years and years ago for a wedding. A few times I've gone to throw it out but you never know when something ridiculous will come in handy, so when I found it in a pocket of my holdall from two visits ago, I tucked my hair under, pinned it to create a faux bob length, and shoved it in. Not bad for having about 8 minutes to spare for doing my hair. Done! I felt cute, and ready to get my jazz hands on.

Along with Glasgow girls Sheri and Amanda we played at being flappers for the night, dancing in the exhibition rooms for a bit of fun. I got too distracted by the amazing egyptology talks about Howard Carter, so I missed the Mongolian throat singer (who a lot of ladies were swooning over), but we did enjoy the cabaret and catch up. There's also something nice about seeing the Museum at night. Even if the lighting was a blogger's nightmare. It was a lot of fun.

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Although the Festival of Museums has come to a close for this year, there are still lots of great exhibitions and events on at McManus. It's worth a visit if  you're in Dundee.

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