Does anyone else have those dresses that ride up as you walk so that once you’re half way down your street (and it’s too late to turn back and change) the hem is around your waist and you’ve shown everyone your knickers? Well, this dress is one of those. It was a terrible choice for a walk up Beacon Hill with my mum but it’s just so beautiful I can put up with the regular skirt tugging and cover it with a long jacket for the walking around part of my day. I feel very much like Willow in the later college episodes of Buffy which is a look I’m always trying to emulate. It sits much better if I’m not wearing a coat or carrying a bag but I live in Scotland so that’s a rare occurrence. I wanted to show you my dress in it’s full glory but it was just too cold to take my jacket off – sorry everyone! My shoes were a much more sensible choice. If you’ve read my outfit posts for a while you’ll know that I am continuously moaning about how hard it is to find nice, good quality, vegan shoes for every day wear. The cut out boots trend was infuriating – I want my boots to be warm and not have holes in!! Cheap shoes with fur on the outside that doesn’t continue inside the shoe make no sense to me. I like to have one pair of boots that I wear every day and they inevitably fall to pieces in a couple of months. I’ve realised recently that only women’s retailers get away with making things of such poor quality – men would never buy them – so I’ve started shopping in the men’s section. These boots were such a brilliant find – they’re sturdy, warm, vegan, designed for men and they were cheap!
Outfit Details: Dress, Velvet Cave / Denim Jacket, Vintage (Shrub Coop, Edinburgh) / Shoes, Emilio Luca X Brantano / Hat, Second Hand (Loros, Loughborough) / Jumper, Vintage (Tunnel Vision) / Denim Coat with Faux Fur Lining, Vintage (eBay) / Lipstick, Lime Crime Squash via Depop
It’s completely bullshit that men have access to both more affordable and better quality clothes than women do. I’m lucky that with size 7 feet I can fit into a men’s size 6, but most women don’t have that option. It’s not just with clothes that this happens – a recent study found that on average, products marketed at women were 37% more expensive than the exact same product marketed at men, despite the fact that women (on average) earn less. Eugh. It’s good to know so that you can buy the men’s version where possible (clothes, cosmetics etc.) but the gender inequality of it all still sucks. As if the tampon tax wasn’t bad enough by itself!