My style like most peoples has changed dramatically through the last decade. If I look back at the transition of my twenties the change is phenomenal and I can actually pinpoint the epiphany I had that made me hone in on my personal style that I have today.
When I used to shop as ‘twenteen’ I’d pick up a dress and think of what other people would think of me in it, in particular boys and so my fashion decisions where very boobie, figure hugging and usually in my most flattering colours lilac, pink, red. Consequently I had the most hideous wardrobe that looked like the Spice Girls had vomited all over it.
As you pass the age of twenty five and you get ever closer to the big 30 something happens. It’s as if you’ve finally come to your senses and realise boys are stupid and they take up very little of your brain space as opposed to your teens where you calved ‘LB 4 RG’ into the science tables at school every day.
Polo necks and kitten heels suddenly become so appealing. Fake eyelashes are an annoyance rather than a necessity and a top knot is pretty much go-to whatever the occasion.
When I stopped caring what other people thought about what I wore and started wearing what I loved, well, let’s just say things started to get a little fabulous. I started experimenting with clothes, the amazing and the god damn awful which led me to really create a personal style for myself. I suddenly didn’t need the weave, the acrylic nails and all the fakeness. I learnt that thin hair can be just as nice, short nails are not offensive and actually being natural is ten times more attractive than taking Horace (the hair extensions) out and putting him on the night stand. Being a complete fake advocate in my early twenties I know first hand how you can get trapped in a cycle where you don’t feel good enough without the fakeness. Your eyelashes may look on fleek with extensions but they ruin your natural ones so you don’t feel as nice without them, the same goes for most fake things, you start to rely on them and hence a trap. Anything fake takes a toll on your body so you have to be willing to persevere with the upkeep.
We live in a world where it’s gone from a bit of makeup to injecting substances into faces to distort them from their natural shape. Suddenly everyone is starting to look the same.
Now, I dress for myself. I dress for other women too. It’s more important that women like my handbag than men like my ass.
So the oversized coat – it’s not figure hugging, it’s not feminine, quite possibly a man repeller, but it’s so fricking cool. It’s a tricky one to master, some styles can swamp you, some style can make you look bigger than you want to feel. This one from Chi Chi London ticks all the boxes for me when buying an oversized style.
The belt allows you to pinch in at the waist if you want to create a bit of an hourglass silhouette. The tie sleeves are what really sell it for me – it really prevents the coat from swamping you and adds detail which I always say makes clothes look more expensive than they actually are. The flap at the back also adds shape preventing it looking boxy. So overall pretty much the perfect oversized coat! Who knew our favourite occasionwear brand could create such beautiful coats – you can shop more from their collections below.
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