yesterday ‘klout’ informed me that i was ‘probably influential’ about fashion. i don’t know if there is anything in the history of the internet more useless than ‘klout’ but if there is i certainly don’t even want to know about it. klout has insisted, for some time, that i am influential about cars. reader, i am NOT. i haven’t driven in a decade. and i have never owned a new car, only had cast offs. call that ‘being influential’ if you like, robot, but you clearly know me even less well than your friends the bots on twitter who now follow me because i slipped up and said something about a *thing*.
pay attention! fashion news ahead!
that i will mostly be buying whateveritis that other people got fed up buying last year and is now languishing in the heavily discounted section.
and, to be perfectly honest, i don’t mind. relying on prices being at rock bottom, it saves me money and it saves me having to use my imagination and “choose” stuff. and i think that, for once, i am not in that much of a minority. i am long past being gamine and am fed up wearing all black. i tried it. all that happens is that you get to a critical point in your wardrobe where you actually can’t see any of your clothes.
plus, although black hides a multitude of sins, we are not all goths or teaching at the london school of fashion. CAST IT OFF! i say. or at least, cast some of it off and wear something else to break up the monotony.
as well as being “womanly” shaped, i am also “mature” I WILL BE 50 IN 2012!
i know. settle down.
this means a few things. crucially, for me to be a credible ‘influence’ on fashion theory and ponderings, i have seen fashion’s cycles come round a few times and i know that you can be devoted to a fabric or a style, and it can be “yours” until it comes into fashion and by the next year your whole look is OVER for everyone, but most especially, you. this is upsetting the first time it happens, but at a certain point you think hang on if i like this stuff and probably the best of it will be remainedered by the end of the season i can clean up.
hence, i have historically been happy to see tartan come in to fashion, for instance, and this year we get a really nice picking. summer 2011 saw versions of that classic coco chanel pinch, the breton shirt, all over the place. i will be snaffling myself some of those, which i will wear for a DECADE – forget a ‘year’.
another thing that was popular last summer that is still showing up in sales is black maxi dresses. there were quite a few maxi dresses around altogether, but i found the black version rather startling. people were wearing it as a day dress, and it just looked as though there were people who belonged in an orchestra pit who had lost their way to the west end wandering all over london.
oi, love, stage door’s that way i wanted to shout at them.
given that these frocks will now be under twenty quid on the racks of TK MAXX i think i might invest. they are made of t shirt material, so quite comfy, and i can see myself gardening in one.