I have a thing for faux fur. I bought this coat when I was in sixth form – it’s one of my very first vintage coats! It’s surprisingly not a warm layer, so I only get to wear it in that sweet spot between spring and summer when it’s cold enough for fur but warm enough to walk around without insulation that buttons up to my neck. Everything that I’m wearing here – excluding my boots and sunglasses – is at least four years old. I worry sometimes that my style hasn’t matured enough. I’m one of the more “studenty” dressers on my graduate degree, and I don’t want to be taken less seriously because I have fun with my clothes. There is a tendency for women in environmental circles to dress casually, and I’m scared people will perceive me as superficial, self-absorbed or (worse) materialistic for putting effort into my appearance (on the days that I actually do!) However, it’s nice to know that I’ve been choosing items that last me well. Eighteen year old me did good! My shorts are so old I can’t even remember where I bought them from. I wore this for a lunch date with James to this cute juice and sandwich shop called Hula. There are so many cute places here that I’ve yet to try. I hope to get a job in Edinburgh so I have the disposable income to actually visit all the quirky cafes and sweet little shops that I walk past every day.
If you’re wondering whether I was cold in a crop top – of course I was! It’s bloody freezing in Scotland. Regardless, I’m sick of wearing layers and I wanted to dress up for my lunch date. I just have to walk briskly to stay warm! I’m always colder in summer than I am in winter because I dress too optimistically and leave my coat at home. I can’t wait for chilly picnics in the park and rainy bbqs. Bring on summer!