Everyone has it – the thing you think you cannot wear. Whether it's because you hate yourself in it or you just aren't drawn to that style, when we started discussing our fashion fears it became clear we all have one, and maybe it's time we faced them. They say a change is as good as a holiday (we're not quite sure who "they" are, but they've obviously never been to Bora Bora), so our hopes were high that mixing it up would help us discover a new style we'd overlooked (or even a body part we'd forgotten we have). All in the interests of investigative journalism...
Hannah WEARS jeans
When I was 10, my mum bought me a pair of jeans that were flared, embroidered and had beads swinging from the belt. I loved them so much I asked for another pair – exactly the same – for the following Christmas. And I can safely say that that was the last time I felt good about wearing jeans. I live in dresses. Not just because I'm all about the drama of a great, swooshy frock but also because I find them to be comfier and easier in which to move freely. I've never felt that comfortable in jeans when I wear them at home on the weekends, let alone for work or more dressed-up occasions. So, this look was a world away from my comfort zone. And yet I loved it. I found a pair of fairly snazzy jeans to pair with something I've been coveting since the beginning of autumn: a corduroy blazer. The jeans sat high on my waist, the blazer was longline and I popped a simple white T-shirt underneath. I felt pulled together, smart and – crucially – comfortable. It was a simple enough outfit to act as a blank canvas – I could add whichever jewellery and accessories I wanted – without looking boring.
Cate TRIES PRINT
Usually, my style is a snazzy combination of trousers or jeans, a T-shirt, blazer and boots. Sometimes I wear a jumper! Sometimes I wear a blouse! But, usually, that's as crazy as it gets. I also wear a lot of black – and while I'm not afraid of prints, I just usually don't wear them. And I certainly don't normally wear colour with a print – which is exactly what my outfit for this shoot was. I actually loved the mixture of the pink sweater and the leopard-print skirt. I'm not sure if it's something I'd seek out and buy, but it was certainly fun to wear.
SALLY DITCHES SEPARATES
My style is best described as a bit sporty with a lot of black. I've been on the lookout for a boilersuit for pretty much a year, yet wasn't convinced about how I could pull one off – or if they could look as good IRL as they do in my mind? This was until I met this beige corduroy beauty – it's perfectly cozy and warm, and can be dressed up or down (but more down than up). It's so fun to style with cotton rollnecks (a staple in my wardrobe; I've got them in about 50 colours), jewellery and trainers. I'm into it.
FRANKIE GOES SHORT
I can't remember the last time I wore something that showed my knees. Actually, I can – it was five years ago, when I wore a mini skirt on a blustery day trip to St Ives. Somewhere between Barbara Hepworth's house and the Tate, I flashed my (mortifyingly small) pants to a group of tourists queuing for fish and chips. I was with my dad – it was excruciating. The hangover from this, plus fashion's increasing appetite for longer lengths, means that I haven't touched short skirts for years. My wardrobe is dedicated solely to midis and maxis, and I can't say I've as much as thought about trying on a mini – not even for the laughs. Plus, I can never be bothered to shave my legs. The mini ship has sailed, or so I thought.
Nora Ephron once said something about bikinis and being 26, and while we're not talking bikinis here (thank God), her words sprang to mind when I was given this mini dress to wear for the shoot. But you only live once, so why not?! And while I can't say I felt entirely comfortable (the dress is the length of some of the jumpers I wear), it wasn't half as bad as I thought.
We create so many dressing rules for ourselves based on what we think we can/can't/should/shouldn't wear that it's nice to break free every now again and challenge yourself. Even if it's at the risk of flashing the fish and chip shop.
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