|Farewell, 2013! (Image courtesy: wmagazine.com)|
Sorry, did I just blink and miss 2013 entirely? Unbelievably, we've almost completed a rotation around the sun and 2014 is upon us, bringing the promised return of florals, pastels and slogans for the up and coming Spring/Summer. The end of the year has allowed me some rare quiet time to recharge my batteries, contemplate the year gone past and explore some of my fashionable triumphs and disasters.
Notable disasters include: -
- Wearing disco pants on a first date whilst battling a kidney infection. I looked fabulous, but consequently ended up licking train windows, had an admission to hospital and announced to my date that I had a "sweaty arse" as a result of delirium. (Yes, we had a second date. Miraculous, I know.)
- Leather trousers bursting wide open mid-interview with a significant business figure. Note to self: when buying leather trousers, check the catch is FULLY functional before cutting the tags off as you will not be able to return them, and will inevitably attempt to wear them during an editorial interview with a significant person of interest and make a royal tit of yourself.
- Seeking help in the form of a piggy back after failing to break in heels successfully. For reasons unknown, ladies, including myself enjoy teetering about in heels that double our height for the grand total of an hour before the blisters set in. For many women, relief comes in the form of a white knight taking the pressure off their beloved Jimmy Choos and carrying them piggy-back style home. This is all fine and well - until somebody falls into the local bookies window and discovers that "Old Custard" is the favourite and "Bob the Horse" is in at 10:1. Just break them in properly, girls.
|Goodbye Marc! We love you! (Image courtesy: thestylecon.com)|
Whilst we simply cannot get over Marc Jacobs resignation from Louis Vuitton, karma balanced out and 2013 gifted us fashion triumphs in the form of exceptional emerging designer talent - including Naromode, Laura Sherriffs and My Charm Offensive to name a few. Beloved fashion event Bold Souls made a return and charity shops across the UK rejoiced as thrifting became finally became popular to the many thanks of a certain lyrical genius.
With the good and the bad, also came the ugly in a wave of insecure teenagers sporting denim cutoffs and crop tops that, let's face it, did youthful fashion no justice at all. An extra special ugly award must go to the trend revival of "cut-out dresses" - taking an obvious inspiration from Pretty Woman's Vivian Ward chosen uniform as a prostitute (prior to her Rodeo Drive transformation.) With 2013 seemingly dedicated to revivals, let's just hope they bring back the 80s in 2014 to fulfill my adoration for shoulder pads. It may just make up for this year's atrocities.
|Repeat after me, no more cut outs! (Image courtesy: fashionbombdaily.com)|
As for my personal fashion development over 2013, after several years of collecting what could only be deemed as "utter shite", at long last I performed a purge on my personal wardrobe. Embarrassed to admit it took me the grand total of three months to complete it, it was a pretty rewarding and cathartic experience. Hitting 21 acted as the catalyst for fine-tuning personal style and I found myself embracing midi skirts as well as Bermuda city shorts and bidding farewell to mini skirts and low-cut tops. I had began my very own fashionpillar journey onto becoming the ladylike butterfly I had always aspired to be as a little girl.
With reflection, I also became aware I had a wardrobe full of excellent pieces, including some stunning European couture that had never seen the light of day. With great disdain I realised that despite having a formidable collection of clothing, including designer pieces by Dolce and Gabbana, I shamefully had neglected my wardrobe in return for ill-fitted low rise jeans and baggy t-shirts because it was an "easy" option to go about my daily business in.
It is for this reason as we progress into 2014, I will embrace a change of attitude towards dressing. So, it is my pledge to Scottish Bitches that my New Year's Resolution shall be fashion-orientated: -
- I, Laura McKinnon, will strive to dress to the best of my ability everyday for every occasion, be it coffee, business meeting or a gala ball throughout 2014.
- I will not touch the low-rise jeans and baggy t-shirt combination for the entirety of 2014.
- I will only repeat an outfit for one day per month. (I will be allowed a total of 12 repeats.)
- Any item of clothing currently residing in my wardrobe I do not wear within 2014 will be donated to charity - no exceptions.
- I will record my progress through a photo diary, which will be made available on my Chictopia personal style page.
|Wear Eponymous Pre-launch campaign (www.weareponymous.com)|
Change is set in motion and I am already currently making the transition from advertising photographer to full time Art Director at luxury fashion brand, Wear Eponymous, launching in February. Taking on my biggest venture yet with two excellent business partners, 2014 is assured to be a year not for the fashionably faint-hearted. As the saying goes "a lot can happen in a year" - so, who knows what's on the cards for us all? Will I donate the majority of my wardrobe to charity? Possibly. Will I never wear a baggy t-shirt again? Perhaps. Will I revert to my tween ways of Gothic fashion? Probably not, but let's not rule anything out.
Live by the catwalk, die by the donut.