27. An outfit you are ashamed to say you wore
Today's challenge is a little self demeaning I think! I know we all have fashion horror stories but the way I used to look does haunt me a little so I try not to be mean to myself! At the time I loved fashion and style but now I feel like I know much more about what suits me. I wouldn't go back and change anything but my fresher's year might have been easier if I knew how to blow dry my hair and not straighten it all the time, and knew which killer dresses to buy. Then again, back then bodycon dresses and all sorts of things didn't even exist in fashion!
So I took a trip down memory lane to fondly look at some really old outfits on the blog. I'm not ashamed as each was great at the time! I still think I dress similarly in the way that I always choose something a bit special to me to wear each day, so each outfit has a reason or thought behind it. I definitely wear less no vintage now and dress a bit more grown up!
These outfits were from my first year of university in 2007 in the bathroom I shared with about seven other girls! I used to sneak in quickly as, if someone would have caught me with a camera in the bathroom, they would have thought it was well weird! If any of you remember these outfits, hats off to ya as these are around four years old!
So above, the top left is a Topshop blouse that was about £45 at the time, so REALLY expensive but it was good for interviews, and I loved boyish trousers back then! It was quite new to wear men's tailoring. I actually wore the red dress outfit to a club night at my halls (Owens Park for any Mancunians!). The dress made up part of the comic strip dress below, and I teamed it with a pink polka dot hair bow and mary jane shoes. Very cutesy! Then the American Apparel u-neck dress was literally the first time I considered wearing bodycon. Because I have small boobs, I always thought I fell into the 'boyish' shape category but really I'm kinda pear shaped. This was the start of my bodycon dress obsession and now I wouldn't go out not wearing one. Then on the right is my beloved Zara coat which I got three winters' wear out of and the Luella bag that I bought when my Nan won over fifty grand at bingo! I still have the bag but it is SO HEAVY!! However it is incredible quality, it hasn't aged a day.
I bought this stripy blue H&M skirt with braces in my freshers week; it must have been the first ever thing I bought with my student loan! Back then I made the mistake of buying all cheap things because I was a poor student, when really I would have looked much more put together if I'd hunted out better quality items to buy. Also the shirt is Viktor and Rolf for H&M with a big heart on the front. It will definitely be part of my winter wardrobe this year still! The second left is a super short Topshop tutu skirt that I used to wear with white tights to a club. You wouldn't catch me wearing white tights in a club today - in fact the total opposite, I am always tanned up! However at the time, it was a little bit vintage inspired and cutesy. Hence the next outfit which is basically school girl inspired. The pinafore is vintage from eBay, and knee high socks were very big with fashion bloggers back then as they were quite a new, unheard of accessory! Prada did two-tone ones and they really took off. OK I will admit that I might be considered a bit crazy to wear the dress covered in numbers on the right but it might have been for a themed club night! I did wear this to normal club nights though seriously. I loved vintage style prom dresses back then and made this myself due to my love of numbers and maths from fabric I got off eBay! Remember I nearly did a maths degree. The dress was tongue in cheek though!
Now we're getting to really old pictures with my old hair! My hair was a huge feature then as it was so noticeable and people used to come up to me on the street to talk about it all the time! It got a bit restrictive when I started uni though as it felt like quite a childish hairstyle and I just wanted cool, sleek hair like everyone else! Maybe that is sad or maybe I just grew up a bit? Anyway, on the left is my Zara coat again, which really was lovely. It was £90 in 2006, which I bought with my EMA bonus! If I could find that coat on eBay again, I would buy it! Next is that H&M skirt again but over skinny jeans. I was the first person to wear skinny jeans in my college in 2005, haha literally they didn't exist before then! I wanted some after seeing maybe one girl on the street in a pair and randomly my Mom's boyfriend at the time found a pair in USC for my birthday! I remember on the first day of college people were like, 'Where did you get your jeans?!'. I used to buy skinny jeans back then and put then on inside out, then sew up the sides to make them even tighter! These ones are high waisted Mango jeans that used to leave huge groove marks on my legs and turn them blue after a day of wearing because I sewed them so tight! I used to sew and DIY things back then because I couldn't find what I was looking for in the shops. Now I can see my haphazard sewing skills are too rubbish but I definitely had unique items!
Then on the right are REALLY old pictures, circa 2006/7. The gold dress is lamé, vintage off eBay and altered by me so it fitted super tight on the waist. The shoes are also pink vintage heels from a car boot sale. The dress on the right is a vintage red prom dress that I got on the first day COW vintage in Birmingham opened (or the yellow vintage shop in Digbeth)! On my lunch break in college, I travelled 45mins each way into town and back to hit this new vintage shop, and snapped up a strapless bright red prom dress for £10. It was £12 but I only had £10 cash on the day and the guy let me have it! I shortened it and wore it plain, but I also ordered some comic strip fabric off eBay and made a full skater skirt by sewing it to a red waist sash off another vintage dress. Then I made the comic strip bodice/bralette, and wore both over the vintage red dress. It was fab! I wore these two outfits to sneak into clubs with my fake ID, and remember the comic strip dress literally falling apart as I danced because my hand sewing was so shoddy, haha! My sister also got wear out of this dress and I think we still have it.
With older clothing you can sometimes accumulate them, even though they're not in the current cycle of dresses you like to wear. I don't want the clothes clogging up precious wardrobe space, but can't imagine just throwing them away. One way of keeping all the clothes back home secure, without using up wardrobe space is to put them in suitcases and then store them somewhere out of the way. I LOVE all these outfits, they're all classics so no shame here!