Sunday, 1 October 2017

"You can tell who the year 12s are because of the way they dress," my friend said during our first week back at sixth form, "everyone tries really hard with their outfits at first, but they soon give up and spend the rest of the year in hoodies and jeans."

Then he turns to me, "apart from Annabelle."

"I love it," I said, watching the new sixth formers walk past in H&M's latest collection and Black Milk leggings, "bring on the looks!"

My style wasn't particularly notable back at school but I did love making an effort. At our sixth form, we could pretty much wear what we wanted to within reason. I was rarely in jeans, partly due to me hating my legs but only owning skinny jeans, partly because I told myself I was being lazy if I opted for them. I spent hours on Lookbook, diligently flicked through fashion magazines, and completely idolised the amazing blogger Tricia Gosingtian. The result: I rocked up most days in girly, carefully-considered outfits.

That's why I was thrilled when I read this article on Man Repeller about 'trying' coming back into fashion. You see, I've always been a try-hard. As someone who is too cool for precisely zero things, I love nerding out over anything from short-term interests to long-term obsessions, fashion being in the latter group. I can put together a nonchalant, cool-girl outfit but I am not a nonchalant, cool girl. Getting dressed is something I do with unashamed enthusiasm and if it looks like I'm trying too hard it's because I am. And I love it.

Shirt - H&M (old)  /  Skirt - Vintage from mum's wardrobe  /  Shoes - Topshop (old)  /  Ribbon worn as choker (new!)
So dressing up like this in the middle of the day in to take some photos and get some coffee is extra, yes, but I was in Belgravia so my outfit was definitely not the most excessive thing in the vicinity. I've been wanting to wear this skirt since I abducted it from my mum's wardrobe last year but I was never sure what to pair it with. So I played it (sorta) simple - a tight, off-shoulder top that balances out the skirt's slight flare, go-with-everything mules, and a ribbon to accessorise. And I'm finally in an outfit that reflects my blog name again, so points for being on brand.

Let me know if you've had any 'extra' outfit moments or tell me about your high school/sixth form style in the comments!

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