My first fashion purchase was a hot-pink-with-black-polka-dots top and pants set. It was one of those deals where when I had earned an agreed upon number of gold stars, my mother would buy me an outfit of my choice. From the moment I saw it on display in the shop I knew somehow I had to make it mine. I received it in time to wear to a family gathering. How that outfit made me feel is captured in the photos taken that day. I felt like a rock star.
Fast forward to my high school graduation and a blue-grey pants suit. It wasn’t any old pants suit. It had bell bottoms and a halter-neck vest. I had a specific look in mind for my big day, and I dragged my poor mother all over town in search of it. For me at least, it was worth it. From the moment I put it on I felt special.
A great outfit still makes me feel like a rock star. Or polished and sophisticated. Or fun and spontaneous. That’s the thing about clothes. They can influence your mood. They can convey your mood.
I tend to stick to basics. Although I get swept up in trends (plaid from the Achy Breaky Heart era), I gravitate towards pieces I know I can pull out of the back of my closet in three years’ time and they won’t look out of place. Plain, quality T-shirts (Bassike and Jac+Jack are my favourites), silk shirts (Equipment), skinny jeans (Current/Elliott), lightweight jersey dresses (Bassike again) and smart but interesting jackets (Dion Lee and Isabel Marant).
Comfort is key for me, so I live in flats. Sambag and Windsor Smith do some of the best. My weakness is bags. Classics or will-be-classics are my favourite (Boy Chanel is top of my lust list), but I’m also drawn to cult favourites like the PS11 classic and anything by Alexander Wang.
To achieve that rock-star feeling, my only rule is to have fun. Pair a T-shirt with a dressy maxi skirt, wear Breton stripes with a floral jacket, pull a mid-calf dress over black leather leggings, accessorise your boyfriend jeans with a clutch. Whatever your taste, whatever your style, we all have our hot pink top and pants set. Own it.