After a week or so of watching my back in what I wear to work in my new working environment and adjusting to a creative, relaxed and fashionable atmosphere, the Susie skin is finally emerging and I’m feeling more at ease. By ‘watching my back’, I’ve been very subdued in my style (so much so that Style Bubble Daily Wear has been suffering a bit…sorry!), keen to concentrate on the job at hand and not let any ‘loudness’ in what I’m wearing detract from my role affirmation.
Well, it’s the weekend and Disneyrollergirl has started the ‘Trying too Hard’ campaign which I’m fully onboard for after a week of feeling small and feeble. I’ve always had problems with the negative connontations associated with the term ‘trying too hard’ and also have had my suspicions about that oh-so-popular style chant…’effortless’. They’re problematic for reasons that I won’t go on about AGAIN because repetition is tiresome.
Disneyrollergirl touched upon the tough economic climate that Western Europe and North America are cruising into and in these times of fearing, worrying and second-guessing, it’s probably the best time to nurture a ‘trying too hard’ attitude. I’m supposed to be seriously delving into why high fashion is thriving despite the economic downturn for an article but my own initial action had to be looking to my own wardrobe and ‘trying too hard’ in my own way and having oodles of fun whilst doing so because fun is still fundamentally the key thing that will survive monetary crashes. Whatever happens, fun will defeat all… and I guess that goes some way to answering why people will still spend millions on fashion, to pretend that the shit isn’t going on around them.
The critics and nay-sayers will always exist and fight for ‘effortless’, but this is my reverse reaction to the tough times ahead…
‘Black, white, black, white, if I veer off course, it would be mighty tragic…’ – Anthony Vaccarello headpiece, Ulrika Sandstrom blouse, vintage elastic harlequin skirt, Sock Dreams black and white striped stockings, Moschino Cheap is Chic black ankle boots
‘Think Pink! Think Scarlet! Think Fuschia! Think Berry!’ – American Apparel pink headband, vintage Versace pink, red and orange dress, Topshop Unique pink pinafore, Bebaroque fringed pink tights, Miu Miu pink platforms
‘Granny throws a fit and throws on some Balenciaga and paint on her dress….’ – Vintage Hermes headscarf and vintage scarf as belt, oversized blue chain necklace worn as belt, paint splattered Vivienne Westwood corset dress, Balenciaga biker jacket, Falke scarlet tights, Rupert Sanderson sandals
‘I don’t want to see how many floral patterns I’ve put on…’ – Vintage rose-print bed jacket, tiered floral print chiffon dress from Hong Kong, vintage floral strapless dress worn as skirt, Celeste Stein floral tights, Pierre Hardy x Louise Goldin ankle boots
‘The crow just landed on my head and there was nothing to do but to let it stay…’ – Beddug black crow headband, Label velvet printed caped dress, vintage Calvin Klein long chiffon dress, white felt ruffle worn around waist, tied with vintage black leather plaited belt, Bronx black cut-out ankle boots
‘Texture upon texture! Look, touch it all! Isn’t it marv?’ – Vintage black fringe jacket, vintage tea stained lace collar, vintage square print skirt worn as top, vintage zig-zag print skirt, vintage black sequin skirt, American Apparel cracked black lame leggings, Topshop black patent strappy platforms, vintage fur-trimmed leather gloves, raw silk necklace worn around head