In fashion each season there are trends, usually determined by whatever crops up in high fashion and the catwalk. So if Marc Jacobs is using monochrome, you can bet that Topshop, Asos or <insert popular high street name here> will be ensuring you have a cracking selection of black and white tops, dresses and whatever else you might fancy. But here is the catch…is that really what you want?
Everyday we’re bombarded with fashion images. From buses, magazines, advertisements and much more. Yesterday whilst in Liverpool, I saw that Very.co.uk had projected an image onto the side of a building with QR codes; making it oh-so simple to get an instant fashion fix. The styles they had picked were inspired by catwalk and seasonal trends…but was that what you wanted to see?
Yesterday on my mission to get a passport (mission successfully completed) I decided to try and find a dress for my birthday. I didn’t want to dress like a prostitute with my breasts dangling out on the dancefloor and neither did I want to wear something that wasn’t comfortable. It struck me that the inaccessibility of high end fashion is slowly seeping onto the high street (leather harness anyone?) and the sales drop stores moan about might be a bit less if high street fashion was actually wearable!
In my quest to find a party dress that was A. wearable and B. something I really wanted, I headed to my favourite part of Liverpool; Bold Street. For those who have never been before, Bold Street is the capital of cool in Liverpool with a selection of vintage clothing stores, one-off eateries and little shops selling bits and pieces you don’t really need. There is even a vintage Oxfam!
So I hunted round Bold St. in a vain attempt to find something amazing to wear and whilst in Ark, I stumbled upon a mens sale. I couldn’t turn down a peek for the other half and walked away with a 1980s deadstock Vietnamese mens shirt in a jazy print (see left for a modelled image!). The shirt is 100% Cotton and unfortunately the camera doesn’t do the vivid colours justice. Safe to say it was a bargain at only £12!
As dresses are classed as ‘out of season’ in vintage shops at the moment, most stores were filled with fur coats, bad 80s knitted jumpers and the indispensible hipster accessory…cut off denim shorts. This made getting something to wear an absolute challenge. I tried all my favourite places including the newly opened ‘Deep Clothing’ and ended up in a vintage warehouse opposite. Scanning through racks of worn, tired and stained dresses; I stumbled across two absolutely gorgeous 60s/70s dresses that would be perfect!
I tried both on and although a little tight (nothing a two week hard core diet can’t solve!) they were perfect. Not too casual, not too short and definitely eye catching. The beauty of vintage clothing is the sellers are often willing to haggle the price and I got my two dresses for £10…less than the price of a Nandos! I’ve popped a photo below of the two dresses on hangers as they are currently drying fresh out the wash.
Whats your opinion on fashion wearability? Are you stuck in the same old clothes because the high street doesn’t offer much in the way of what you want? Why not leave me a comment below.