Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly challenged?07:00
chunky boots - H&M
purple bag - mum's
coat - Zara
lipstick - MAC "Violetta"
Alongside the 70s, its undeniable that the era that has been influencing my style the most this season has been the 1990s. Whenever I seek a burst of inspiration for what to wear I always turn to movies and during the 90s and early noughties a wealth of new fashion heroines were born, even if this would have been the opposite of what they wanted. Thora Birch's Enid in 2001's Ghost World and Julia Stile's riot grrl Kat in the iconic 10 Things I Hate About You stand out to me - anti fashion they may have been, but each outfit they wore had a perfectly imperfect composition. A Dr Marten oxford with a prudish a-line skirt, a halter neck tank paired with a bohemian style maxi... there was always a bit of grunge and rebellion juxtaposed with femininity. In Romy And Michele's High School Reunion the eponymous characters are the unsung heros of individuality. Though they try and fight it in order to impress their peers, in a triumphant final scene the girls strut into a room filled with beige suits and perms in sky high platforms and sequinned dresses - a sartorial middle finger to conformity and following the crowd.
Perhaps the most referenced high school movie of the nineties is Clueless, with Wildfox recently dedicating an entire collection and accompanying campaign to the cult film. There was innovative layering, absurd hats, hundreds of different types of plaid as well as a style icon for every type of girl out there. The outfit I am wearing is extremely inspired by these movies, in particular the latter. The entire movie is a candy hued fashion trip so it was only right to go for a pastel colour scheme. I initially saw the jumper and skirt at different times but tried them on together before I bought them - how perfectly do they look together? The lavender shades mean they work excellently as tonal pieces but the plaid pattern stops it looking too much. The nineties was all about marrying girlishness with something more imperfect so my chunky booties and black tights were the perfect antidote to the saccharine sweetness of the lilac. To complete the "just got back from high school" vibe I threw on my baby pink coat when it got chilly outside. As I'm a firm believer in attention to detail I matched the sugary shades to my glittery socks which are pastel pink and lilac as well. Cher Horowitz would be proud.
Because I took these photos in London, I will be putting up a post of photos from the day featuring my absolutely babin' friends. It should be up soon so keep a looksie out if you're interested!