Today’s post questions are from A Guy Called Bloke‘s blog series called “Question Fun“. Rory runs lots of interesting little series that I have been meaning to take part in but somehow I always end up missing out. Rory has posted a series of questions around the theme of “The Fashionistas” and I decided that these were the ones I’d like to take a shot at answering!
Could you cope with buying no clothes for a full year?
When you say New do you mean new new or new to me new? New new are clothes that are brand spanking new, the kind that is mass produced and then sold in stores, new to me clothes would be anything pre-loved, whether from a charity shop, vintage store or a jumble sale…. I would like to think I could live without new new clothes for a whole year but if I needed to replace something (new new clothes don’t last as well as older clothes as they don’t seem to be made as well…) I’d like to be able to replace it with a pre-loved item. And, I’m not sure I could ever give up buying pre-loved items. By buying pre-loved you are not only saving something from landfill, a lot of the time you are buying something that not many others have, something that is unique and has a history, but you are also building your own style and buying something that could last longer than brand new items.
How many pairs of coloured/patterned socks do you possess?
I think all of my socks are coloured or patterned! Even my black socks have coloured toe and heel pieces to them!
What is YOUR number one fashion rule?
So many times in the past I have liked something and then been dissuaded from wearing it because it’s not in “fashion” and I got pretty fed up with fashion and how quickly things can be in fashion one minute and then not the next. It’s exhausting and can cost a lot to keep up with all the trends. My number one rule is…
If you like it, wear it!
What is the quirkiest customised outfit you have ever worn and where and what for did you wear it?
If you could see most of my wardrobe…a lot of it is quirky and I customise things to fit, change hemlines and mix and match most clothing I own! I do own some very bright patchwork hareem trousers which I love! They are made from tiny offcuts of material with tons of different prints on, they were made and sold at a festival I went to a few years ago! I wear them to work sometimes!
In your opinion what are 5 basic but important items of clothing?
Vest tops – brilliant for summer wear, work as a transitional item between seasons, can be worn under dresses that show a bit too much boob and when they are starting to get a bit faded you can wear them as loungewear or as a PJ top!
Long sleeve t-shirts. These are fab for layering in the cooler months or for wearing under dresses to take them from one season to the next. I like to wear long sleeve tops under shorter sleeve t-shirt, under dungarees dresses and under hoodies as a base layer!
Leggings. I have like, a million pairs of leggings! They are fab to wear with tunic tops, long baggy jumpers, dressing up with heels and something sparkly, wearing around the house, wearing under clothes in the snow and sleeping in! And while it may be tempting to pick up a load of cheap pairs it really is worth investing in something that is better quality and is less likely to be see-through and show off your pants.
Jeans. What can go wrong with a pair of jeans? You can dress them up, dress them down, and they work with so many other items of clothing.
Plain t-shirts. For the same reasons given above for vest tops and long sleeve tops!
Ok, so Flares? Once popular for the 70’s sure …. but where are they now?
In my wardrobe! Lol! I still love a flare or wide leg trousers! They can look really good if styled properly!
Which are your best three quotes that mean the most to you with regards fashion/clothing/lifestyle?
You obviously have favourite colours you enjoy wearing, we all do – but if you were asked to wear the opposite colours to what you normally wear what would those colours be?
Brown or navy…. not that I don’t have any brown or navy clothes, I do, but brown and navy are not colours I wear much of or really know what to pair them with.
What are the wrong trousers to wear like ever?
I don’t think there is any style that is the wrong trousers but for me, anything that is too short, too long, falls down, is too tight, doesn’t sit right, doesn’t have belt loops (though some styles are ok for no belt loops…) weird zips that never stay shut…anything that makes you feel uncomfortable really…
What is your favourite style of nightwear from the following options?
Baggy T-Shirt, boxers/long Johns
Especially for the spring and autumn months!
Ridiculous looking Pyjamas
A deffo for winter days spent snuggling on the sofa and watching films
Nothing as in bare all over
Sexy attire – you know the naughty stuff
Shorts and vest top, t-shirt and cropped leggings, 80’s style cycle shorts and tops, long sleeve tops…
For you what one single musical track just speaks fashion to you?
The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
The celebrity whose style you most identify with from the following?
She does what she wants, doesn’t follow any typical rules and she doesn’t seem to care what anyone else thinks.
Would you wear stripes with squares?
Yes! I think if done in the right way you can mix any prints that you want!
Which out of the following line up are you most likely to wear?
Heels, Boots, Flats, Loafers, Sneakers, Brogues, Thongs [Flip Flops], Running Shoes, Sandals, Wedges, Slippers, Lace Ups, Decks, Wellingtons, Riding Boots, Mules, Ankle Boots, Boat shoes, Chukkas, Chelsea Boot, Slips ons?
All of the above with the exception of loafers and boat shoes! I think I have had most styles of shoe on my shoe rack at some point or other!
Are hats your thing? If so which styles?
I wish hats were my thing but, I always seem to look silly in a hat. the only hats I own are either dress up hats (I have a pirate hat…) or winter bobble hats!
For women; last time you wore a scarf and for men; last time you wore a tie?
I don’t really remember the last time I wore a scarf. I have a few silk neck scarf things that I have worn with dress and jacket ensembles in the past…maybe a year ago?
Have you ever physically suffered for the sake of a fashion trend?
Yes. So, so many times. I have worn shoes that have given me blisters, shoes that are too high for me to walk in properly and badly fitting shoes and I never seem to learn. I have worn a steel boned corset that rubbed my rib cage raw and has scars there now…long skirts and trousers that have caused me to trip up and dresses that, once on I could barely breathe! I tend to go for clothes that are comfortable now and that I can move and inhale in easily! I think when I was younger I suffered more for a fashion trend as I was not as confident in my own style as I am now. Shoes though, they will forever be my downfall!