I am currently suffering from a severe case of confused fashion identity. I’m now in my 30’s and am struggling to create a wardrobe of clothes that fit my now more womanly figure (for years I was a gangly 5′ 9″ and weighed 8 stone) and are more grown up and less student like.
The main problem I have is my student brain still runs my purse. I look at a top for £35 and think it’s pricey and instead look for a bargain of £5 and still worry I’ve spent too much. I trawl charity shops and find gems that I buy and pop in my wardrobe only to struggle to find an occasion to where them (most recently a bargain Vivienne Westwood jacket, £45 when last season it was selling for closer to £500).
I love the current floaty blouses and peg leg trousers but worry I will look like I’m off to work if I try and wear this look out with friends. As a student I always dressed to impress, cocktail dresses for going out and expensive jeans and designer tops for daytime. I spent more money as a student on clothes then than I do now and possibly the fact I’m still paying off my graduate loan goes a long way to explain my horror at spending more than £50 on clothes now.
So what am I to do? I’m currently waging a war on some of my older clothes and hiding them in the spare room hoping I’ll forget about them and move forward with creating the perfect style to see me through the next few years.