Sometimes, I'm a little bit deluded. I'll try on oversized denim shirts and extremely fitted dresses knowing full well that they won't suit me and I'll end up disappointed. One of the good things about having studied fashion, is that I can look at a garment's construction and quickly sum up whether it'll make me look like the supermodel I feel like on the inside. However I'm mostly determined to try on the things that aren't quite right, the kinds of garb I'd see the likes of these people looking flawless in but would make me feel like I'm playing dress up. This is a bit of a negative slant on a wishlist but it may help some of you who are destined to wear these things or we can just commiserate in our clothing-fails together.
I'm convinced that the key to wearing dungarees is an attitude I just don't have. Technically I should have all of the components, after all it's just like having a bit extra added onto your jeans, but somehow I end up looking like a cross between a 10-year-old boy and a construction worker. It probably doesn't help that I go through all of these disappointments alone due to online shopping and never getting a second opinion. Perhaps the key is shying away from denim, keeping the rest of the look a bit more sophisticated rather than 90s grunge and finding the highest chunky heels known to man. I'm crossing my fingers that I can work up the courage to try on this velvet pair but until then, I'll be sticking to shorter styles that lessen the impact.
Now this category is a bit of a cop out as I am fond of a looser style, but look for very specific details that will help it flatter my figure. Waists shouldn't be too empire-like, jumpers shouldn't reach past my hips and anything that is naturally cut on the larger size needs to be sized down. The bits I've chosen here, lovely as they are, need a bit of tinkering in order for me to wear them. I'd probably wear a long trench with the Zara knit, have my hair down and a strategically placed necklace with the ASOS dress and wear the Cheap Monday shirt as more of a cover-up. In fact I've just ordered this bargain dress which probably goes against all the rules that my body allows, but seeing as it's short and I'll most likely wear heels for maximum leg exposure, I hope it cancels out any pregnancy assumptions.
Thanks to the 90s and all things minimalist, thin straps are making a comeback. There is a certain ease about all of the slip dresses and simple tanks that are about that just get ruined by the clunky, minimising underwear I'd have to wear. Deep Vs scare me slightly (as much as I like to pretend I'm flat-chested, I'm really not) and they don't quite look as demure on me as I'd like. As much as I like the carefree look, I'd need to do some clever layering to counteract the shapelessness, perhaps layering a t-shirt underneath.
H&M - Ganni - Antipodium - Tatty Devine - Topshop - ASOS - Monki - & Other Stories - Three Floor - COS - The Whitepepper
Time to stop kidding myself, these are the bits that are part of my tried and tested formula and I should have more success with. You can probably guess that I like a combination of clever separates, fit n' flare dresses and chunky heels to make up my look. Last week I touched on some of my coat desires and although I'd like to go for some colour this season, it will probably not be be pink. I've always wanted a red coat and this season when everyone is distracted by delicate shades, might be the time to make my move.
Are you forever falling for things that don't suit you? Check out some more items on my never-ending wishlist here! You'll be the first to know if I ever find my perfect pair of dungarees.