ASOS midi knitted dress, Steve Madden leather jacket, Topshop tights, Zara Taylor owl pendant, Primark ring, Zara scarf, M&S shearling ankle boots
I’m very conscious of being labelled a ‘victim’. No, not a victim of crime or terrible hair, but a fashion victim. You know – that girl, with the Alexa bag and the feathered skirt, tottering round Camden on YSL Tributes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that girl – she’ll probably be captured in all her perfectly polished glory for Grazia’s Style Hunter.
I like to think I’m a bit more down to Earth, however. I’m happy to tote a £2 car boot sale bag. I love jeans over all other items of clothing. When winter comes round, I wear chunky knits almost exclusively. And as much as I love my floral dresses (sooooo 2008, right?), there are some current trends that I simply cannot resist.
I saw these M&S shearling ankle boots in Red Magazine about two months ago, and I’ve been obsessively checking the website for their arrival ever since. With no sign of the boots of my dreams, I tweeted M&S in desperation and begged for information. They responded with a link and mere minutes later, a pair of size 8s were racing towards my outstretched arms.
I think these boots and I were made for each other. Like Romeo and Juliet, without all the death. Or Olivia Palermo and a quirky accessory. Sure they’re shearling, the fabric finish of the moment. They’re also camel, the colour du jour. And I’m wearing them with a camel coloured, knitted, slightly body con, midi-length dress which is basically an amalgamation of every single AW10 trend in existence. This outfit makes me feel like I’ve taken a tumble over at style.com and fallen into their archives. But you know what? I love it. When I wore this outfit last week, I got so many compliments. It made me feel current yet comfortable, and not at all like a fashion victim.
What does it take for ‘well dressed’ to become ‘fashion victim’? Is it a love of labels, a fondness for trends or a designer dependency?