I sometimes have totally inappropriate style crushes…
And I’m not talking about not wanting to get out of my comfort zone here, or falling for styles that do not work for my body-type. I’m talking about clothes and accessories that just don’t make sense, given my personality and lifestyle.
You see, I sometimes have these fantasies of gliding through life like one of those Film Noir characters: the cool, sassy dames in their old trench coats, armed with nothing but their killer heels and their wits. In these fantasies I always look like Angelina Jolie’s character in The Tourist: impeccably elegant in that classy, understated, slightly old-fashioned way.
In reality… well, I have a messy, curly hair that refuses to cooperate and an uncanny tendency to trip over my own feet… In other words, I will never be the impeccably dressed woman with perfect hair, I know that. I also know that I will never in a million years look even remotely good wearing neutrals, so there’s no point trying to emulate that particular look.
But that’s the thing about fantasies, they’re not rational. And that’s how I end up with totally ridiculous style crushes. Lucky for me, I can usually talk myself out of them.
Let me give you some examples. These are all items I have been ogling repeatedly over the last 6 months:
|trench: A.P.C /sweater: Marks and Spencer (sold out) / shoes: Minna Parikka / clutch: DVF / skirt: L.K.Bennett|
1.THE CLASSIC TRENCH
Long enough to wear over skirts, goes with anything… this stable of every wardrobe has been on my wish list forever. So, what’s the problem? Nothing really, except that beige makes me look unbelievably bland, blend-into-the-wall invisible, or downright sick. Now, could I have this in blue, please? (No, not navy, but blue, or green, or purple… hell, any mid-tone soft colour…)
2. THE SEXY HEEL
I know, this one is not even that high… still, my feet don’t like heels, and neither does my back. And when my feet (and back) don’t like something, I get cranky, and I don’t want to be cranky… I once got so mad at a pair of (moderately high) heels I was wearing that I tossed them into a bin, right there, in the middle of a nightclub (OK, it was on a cruise, alcohol may have had something to do with this rash decision…)
3. POLO NECKS
I love them, on other people. I can’t stand wearing them; they make me feel like I’m being strangled. And anything white this close to my face… I don’t think so.
4. CLUTCH BAGS
Oh, I just love them, they’re so pretty… and so impractical. I mean, how are you supposed to carry them???
5. EVERYDAY CLOTHES THAT MUST BE DRY CLEANED
I have my coats and (lined) jackets dry cleaned, sure. But not every week. A dress or a skirt? that’s just silly. Still, I have (quite a few) dresses that must be dry cleaned, and I wear them once or twice a year. It’s just a bit too high-maintenance for my taste. I know, I’m lazy. And I really, really like that skirt…
So, as you can see, I have no choice but to come up with new, more sensible style crushes and fantasy wardrobes, starting with something to keep me warm and stylish as I brave the snow, slush and sleet that await me in the real world…
Do you have irrational wardrobe fantasies?