Working sort-of-in-fashion (but really in television) has it’s highs and lows. On one hand, there’s a chance to go to shows and parties which you wouldn’t normally be invited to. On the other, you’re very much working at said shows/parties. And working means lugging a heavy camera around, hassling moody celebs, not drinking and generally feeling and looking pretty shit compared to everyone else.
While the majority of LWF attendees are dressed to the nines or can’t-be-arsed-honest-dishevelled, the press – under which catagory I fall – are notable by their disinterest. It’s jeans and t-shirts all the way.
Of course, it’s hard to resist the urge to dress up at such an event, but ridiculous heels, loud/skimpy clothing, full hair and make-up are going to look laughable when you’re fighting for space in the press pen. As my school teacher used to say ’it’s not a fashion parade’.
I realise than mine is a very specific predicament, but these tips should apply to anyone who wants to look decent and comfortable without taking the jeans-and-tshirt route OR trying too hard.
Shoes OR Clothes
I realise I did say “no ridiculous heels”, but as I’ve previously established I can walk, run and jump in these creepers all day long. Because I went for dramatic shoes the rest of my ourfit is incredibly simple. Some would say baggy. An alternative would be to wear something tighter/brighter/crazier but with FLATS.
I needed my outfit to be simple and comfortable, so the easiest way to add interest was with colour. I may have become clear that I’m not really a colour person – Lulu gets black holes in her closet, I get grey holes. And black holes. But I call it a wardrobe. Anyway, I introduced a bit of a colour clash with the teal shoes and blue/purple tights with out straying to far from my comfort zone.
I know most of my fellow uglies will despair, but today I left all the jewellery at home. The was just too much jingle-jangle potential that I could really do without. The across-the-body bag is the obvious choice for hands free living.
Image from PPQ SS09.