I once dated a guy who told me that he preferred girls in skinny jeans, a plain white t-shirt, and Converse. Of course it’s a classic combination, but at that moment in time when he delivered his womenswear preferences I happened to be dolled up in a gorgeous Topshop Boutique Silk dress and Kurt Geiger heels. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that I wanted to throw my espresso martini in his face over his lack of appreciation for my efforts. There I was, trying my best to look all 90’s minimal glamour and all he really wanted was a plain Jane.
Casual dressing has never been my thing (as a five year old I would wear prom dresses just to go to the corner shop) but with the huge infiltration of normcore (it still hurts to use that term) and the fact it’s just so comfortable and easy, the casual has become unavoidable.
Street-style photographers and paparazzi seem to have developed an obsession with chasing down ‘off duty models’ between catwalk shows wearing a pair of skinny jeans, an oversized tee and a leather jacket, so it’s no surprise that there has become an element of laid back glamour pinned on to the most basic sartorial choices.
But I can’t ever be a total plain Jane. So when Cloggs got in touch with me to take part in customising a pair of classic Converse, I couldn’t resist turning the laces a bright neon pink with a set of Dylon Fabric pens. With the addition of a bold pink lipstick (Nars Audacious Claudia lipstick incase you were wondering), black skinny jeans and hazy grey layering, this is casual dressing meets casual glamour.
Plain Jane who?