Friday, 8 July 2016

Styled by Kimberley: Pom Poms

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You might notice that this isn't my current look! We took these photos for a DIY Fashionista series (I say series.. two) for web mag Cut Out + Keep last year, but as Helen explained we didn't get around to using them. It was a shame because the photos were so vibrant and fun, and they were my favourites from around that time.

Now, I find these photos quite hard to stomach. I'm sort of fat- shaming myself, if I'm honest. And why? I was pretty comfortable with myself when we took the photos and I loved the outcome. Actually, scratch that. I was uncomfortable, but not necessarily with my own body. I was literally uncomfortable, because none of my clothes fit me. I gained two (later, three) dress sizes in under a year and my wardrobe was full of things that I thought fit me... and I could get into some of them, sort of, but of course they didn't look the same. When it's an everyday staple you've seen in the mirror for years and throw on without thought, it can be difficult to properly look at it and come to this realisation. At that time, I did a lot of crying in my wardrobe (quite literally- ask Helen). Not because I didn't like the way I looked, but because I didn't fit into my clothes. It was frustrating and upsetting. How silly and shallow, I know, but then I am a fashion blogger and my outfits are part of my identity.

Take this jumper, for instance. It is one of my favourite vintage finds. Ask anyone I went to uni with and they'll have seen it. I even spoke about it during our vintage talk at Edinburgh Fashion Week. It's been in my wardrobe for about 10 years and pops up a couple of times a summer. I've worn it on the blog before, to Vintage Glasgow back in 2014. Let's not kid ourselves though, it doesn't look the same in these photos. But while I might not be too keen on the silhouette it creates here, I still love the faux sailor top shape. It's bloody ridiculous, of course. It's the summer version of a tacky Christmas jumper, but since those have been made too trendy I'm going to stick to this monstrosity. I just can't give the damn thing up.

Reflecting on this well-worn piece, and my experience of weight yo-yoing, has made me think a bit more about really looking at the clothing you already have, and how you can update your look. In a world of fast fashion, re-wearing outfits is definitely something we should all be promoting (and we do here at Wardrobe Convos), and it's also how you create a style identity. We all have those favourites lurking in the drawer that we can't bear to part with. That one dress I refer to as the When I Can't Think Of Anything To Wear Dress. (It's this one, by the way). Most are classic staples, I guess. Those so-called 'investment pieces'. Actually, my favourite For Keeps pieces are those more special ones; the ones that aren't ever really on trend (see hideous jumper above). They never date.

With my recent weight loss re-opening my wardrobe to me, I've been taking the time to go through it and try on those items I've tried on a thousand times before. Taking a step back to properly look at your faves is a wise decision. I still picture certain things in my head as when they were new... and I barely notice how bobbly, threadbare, or just stretched out they are now. Those jeans with the well-worn inner thighs. That cardi with the loose threads I keep meaning to sew up. The dress that gets shorter each time I wash it. There are ways to save things, or re-use them, or dispose of them responsibly. Invest time in the things that you already have and you'll have a cohesive wardrobe that works. You might find things lurking that you'd forgotten about (as well as things you wish you had). We've all had those 'nothing to wear' moments (or weekly incidents, if you're me) but if you have a proper glance over you'll find new combinations you haven't thought about before.

Giving my interview for Cut Out + Keep reminded me again of all the things I've been meaning to spruce up. Cutting up old shirts for collars was on my list for about 2 years before we did our tutorials and I've also got a list of other things to do. At least 5 things hanging in my wardrobe are just waiting for a new lease of life. With all the crafting we've been up to lately, there may be more DIYs coming up, so keep your eyes peeled...

Top | Armstrongs Vintage
Trousers | Primark
Shoes | Primark
Hair Clip | Alternate Normality
Tote Bag | c/o Abandon Ship Apparel
Pompom collar | made by me
Pompom earrings | made by Helen
Pompom rings | made by Helen

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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this. My weight this year has mostly upset me for the impact on my wardrobe. My Marks and Sparks dress that somehow still makes me feel infinitely cool just does not zip up right now. My shifts still go on but are tight. And to be honest that bothers me more than what my body looks like. So I lost 4lbs this week (yay) but would be more happy if I could zip up the brilliant pink dress. On the plus side I am not shopping too much as I have no clue what my body shape is now. I did however buy an amazing jacket from Colorat via Wear Eponymous that fits now and will look cute slightly oversized later, because that is how I need to consider any current shopping. I've also found myself revisiting things that were loose then which fit now. So there is a silver lining I guess? Wow, this was a ramble but basically I relate to a lot of this right now!

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    1. I wish I'd seen this sooner... I totally relate back. I still haven't figured out my current body shape. And it is constantly changing so I can't keep up mentally.. What I see in the mirror (or rather, my head) doesn't match the clothing at all.

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