Friday, 14 April 2017
What Kimberley Wore: Sun Jellies Afternoon
Every Cool Girl wears a leather jacket, right? (or faux, these days). This is my first, but I still felt a little out of place putting it on. I bought this jacket back in 2015 but I packed it away when my weight was fluctuating and I really didn't think I'd bring it out again.
You see, I've never been The Cool Girl. It just isn't in me. In my head, I'm still the nerdy teacher's pet who did homework in advance and raised her hand for every. single. question. I think that people looking at me now somehow know I once wore those terrible gold rimmed specs and haircuts by my mum. That I was the only girl in my Physics class for three years and the boys didn't even notice there was a girl in the class.
That all feels like a hundred years ago, and a whole different person. So why, as a goddamn adult, am I still unable to be cool? Putting on a leather jacket makes me appreciate when other girls say they love my colourful style but "couldn't wear it themselves". Why not, I always ask? Reflecting on it, I now realise. When something is outside our comfort zone we wear it like a costume. Like a child tottering around in our mum's over sized clothes. And a leather jacket is the cliche; it's what all the distinctly Uncool kids buy when trying to fit in. Trying to be edgy. Rock'n'roll. Again, it's an idea lodged in my head that I can do brights, I can wear vintage classics, I can go out dressed like Barb from Stranger Things but something about leather just makes me feel fake.
When I found this jacket, I finally found a compromise. The subtle floral print gives it some colour, there's no studded embellishment and it swerves padded biker vibes for feminine silhouette. I wore it on a couple of occasions after buying it and tucked it away again. On pulling it out for the first time this year, I felt much more comfortable throwing it on because it has softened up a bit and it felt worn in and mine. I barely glanced twice in the mirror before I headed out to spend the afternoon with a bunch of bloggers and #GirlBosses at the Sun Jellies event. I received compliments from these much-cooler-than-me girls, so I guess I don't stick out so much after all.
That's the thing about style experimentation: it's not long before that bold new item slips into your everyday wear and becomes a part of you.
Floral biker jacket | Fearne Cotton x Very
Shoes | Primark
Bag | Accessorize (gift from friend)
Pompom | gift
Earrings | Mica Peet
Faux fur scarf | ASOS
Glasses | c/o IOLLA
What trends do you shy away from? Or how do you overcome them?