Confession time – secretly I’ve always wanted to be a model. Which is all good, except for the part where I don’t really fit in proportion-wise.
So I never thought I’d get the chance to do it. Until recently that opportunity came to me. Your mid-twenties are a funny time for a lot of things: your friendships, your dating life, your aspirations – everything changes. Even how you dress. But it’s all so unconscious you don’t even know it’s happening until one day you wake up, look into your wardrobe and say to yourself “None of these things are who I am anymore.”
Luckily Stylist Magazine and Marks & Spencer were on hand to give me some fresh fashion perspective. Moving from my coastal home to London a few years ago made me gradually shake off my floral dresses and long swishy hair and embrace a more modern way of dressing. But like everyone I suppose, my style is forever playing catch up with my shifting mind.
Being known as the girl who ‘never wears jeans’, slipping into a pair of wide leg trousers and trainers felt more than a little different. But sartorial playtime (with some talented stylists, make-up artists and hairdressers of course) gives you that chance to see yourself from an angle you didn’t know existed. And with a twist here and a tuck there, clothes you never thought would work on you or could never be you can suddenly feel like a second skin. I’m not saying that you’ll wake up tomorrow and yearn for a onesie. But the truth is, you don’t really know who you are until you wear something new.