It’s been a while since I last did an outfit series, huh? At least a few weeks, hah! And shot with Alona? Yup, it has almost been a year since we shot H&M Conscious Exclusive. And, well, birth photos. Damnit! All time favourite shots.
Hence the faltering self-confidence, I just haven’t felt up for it. Outfit photos, that is. Which is why, in essence, it was totally okay to not participate in Fashion Week – if you’re already staggering, it’s easy to fall over completely when faced with rows of women looking dashing and styled. But in an attempt at getting back to me, it’s good to get back up on the horse and continue with those photos. I’d made an extra effort – even felt a bit chic in the oversized clothes and roomy shoes – completely like all of the cool girls (when does it actually turn awkward to refer to yourself as ‘girl’? ‘Woman’ rather?).
So, now we met the other day, Alona and I, on a cloudy, beautiful day in biting cold weather. It felt good, playing together again. Like two peas in a pod. And it almost doesn’t show that my nose was running and my eyes were wet, right?
I usually find dresses and winter tough to combine. But, hello jeans, which I fit into again! I’ve missed you – and you’re totally perfect under. You’re allowed to do that, right? Trousers under dresses, like we did in the late ’90s/early ’00s. Not satin strap dresses and flared trousers, though – well, yes, that’s actually also ‘allowed.’ Everything is allowed these days, right? That’s what’s dominating the scene, I think. Thousands of directions, all options open. Dress as you like – the more alternative the better. It’s so insanely inspiring and COOL that we’ve reached a point in fashion and time with room for everyone.
It does, however, almost pose a challenge in terms of finding out who you are. What’s me? Can I pull off crocs and make them cool? The entire normcore wave; dad’s old wardrobe. Does it work on my body? Will I feel comfortable?
When everything is possible and a lot is trendy, fumbling is totally natural, trying out things, regretting some. Mis-purchases are just around the corner – at least that’s how it was for me when I was younger, a little less aware of what really was me. Speaking of all of the green talk on insta and the blog lately – not very sustainable. A classic – when going out, I’d always get a new dress. Something I don’t feel the need for anymore. With time, I’ve collected a good selection of classics, I think – classics to me, at least. I do realise that a flowy pink dress doesn’t count as a classic to everyone. My wardrobe has definitely also grown – there’s more to pick from for sure. But what’s there is good. That’s one of the good things about getting older – I know what works for me, what makes me feel dapper.
And everyone who warned me about the horrors of maternity wear, I just gotta say – I didn’t feel that way at all. Perhaps also because of the fact that I mainly wore ‘normal’ clothes? That is, not quite maternity wear, but beautiful dresses, which I wouldn’t want to give away even after the bump disappeared. On the other hand, I have felt like buying a few new things after giving birth – a big belly does limit your options, so I’ve been craving clothes in non-elastic materials, haha! And now I’m standing here in an oversized look. Well, well.
I think I still owe you a post on my favourite ‘maternity wear’ purchases. Perhaps I should prioritise that?