It’s Liv’s 13th birthday this week. I feel strangely emotional about it. I suppose 13 is a big deal. Suddenly your little girl is a little woman and although I have seen this happen gradually, there’s something very significant about the actual day they officially enter their teens. I am very excited for her, of course, but apprehensive too. I don’t think it’s easy being a teenager, especially these days with the added pressure of social media. I digress, as usual. I was in Urban Outfitters shopping for a couple of bits for her birthday (if you have a teen it really is the best place to go) and spotted this beautiful green leopard slip dress.
Now I am very conscious that my role as a fashion blogger could be seen as part of the problem that our planet is facing when it comes to fashion (Do watch Stacey Dooley’s recent documentary, ‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ if you haven’t seen it) so I want to make sure that if I do buy anything, I will A) show you several ways you can wear it and B) make much more considered purchases. I have, wherever possible, tried to invest in good quality basics over the years, and do try to avoid clothes that are not made from natural fibres, but I will hold my hands up and say that I have too many clothes. It’s a tricky one, because I have, to some extent, made a career out of my love for clothes, but I hope that you feel that my purchases are thoughtful. I have, without doubt, accumulated more clothes since I started blogging, largely due to the generous gifts I receive from independent brands. I can assure you that I am selective and say no to 80% of the gifts that are offered to me, because I think it’s important that I only say yes to items that I love. But when you are offered a beautiful cashmere jumper by a gorgeous independent brand it is very hard to say no! I also feel extremely fortunate to be in a position to help the smaller independent brands to grow their businesses. Added to that, all of them are focussed on sustainability and producing well manufactured, high quality clothing, so perhaps the acceptance of these gifts might in a roundabout way, also be doing some good ?! I realise that sounds a bit defensive, but hopefully you understand what I am trying to say.
Moving forward, my focus for the blog will be to show you how to get the most from your purchases with these types of ‘ways to wear’ posts and how to build that wardrobe of classic, good quality basics. I will still show you pieces that are available to buy, because that is the purpose of my blog, but I think we all have a responsibility to be more selective in what we choose to buy. Let’s keep thinking about our purchases in terms of want vs need.
So for the purpose of this blog, I have styled this slip dress four different ways to show you that some of your summer dresses needn’t be packed away.
Worn with a blazer and heels for an evening out
Worn with a cashmere jumper and boots for a more wintery look
Dressed down with a slouchy jumper and trainers for a daytime look
Worn with boots, a camel cashmere jumper, a trench and my Vintage Gucci!
They do also have it in this skirt version.