You guys, these might be my favourite photos ever taken of me. I felt so glamorous in this swimsuit and it turns out the colourful backdrop of The Saguaro is just what I needed injecting into my outfit photos. If only I could take it home?! I love plunging necklines on swimming costumes and luckily this one has an adjustable neck tie so I don’t have to face the tall-person-in-a-one-piece dilemma of whether to flash my boobs or have my swimming costume ride up until it disappears. I once spontaneously bought a one-piece at the airport without trying it on, and it didn’t even cover my nipples! This costume, however, fits perfectly. It’s not secure enough for anything more active than floating around the pool, but fortunately that’s all I had planned to do for our brief one night stay in Palm Springs. These vintage glasses are one of the many goodies that I snapped up at Miracle Eye and they have serious Jackie O vibes, helping me attempt that 60s/70s glam that I live for but rarely achieve.
When you’re spending all day at the pool you it is useful to have a cover up, especially if you have delicate and pasty skin like me which reacts badly to sun cream. I love the vibe of housecoats all year round but especially in summer. I started introducing them to my wardrobe years ago when my forever style icon Audrey Kitching posted photos wearing them instead of coats. I have a large collection now, some brush the floor, some have long lacy sleeves, but this is my oldest and most colourful!
I went through a phase in sixth form when I’d seen the film True Romance for the first time and became obsessed with crop tops and “ice cream colours” – lemon yellow, lavender, mint green and duck egg blue. I’ve been completely drawn to dusty pastels recently so I’m grateful to Jess of the past for building up such a great collection of romantic vintage pieces, including this housecoat. There are definitely some benefits to being a clothes hoarder – as my taste cycles I’m forever finding old items into my wardrobe to fall in love with again. I find it so interesting how trends are cyclical. I love finding 70s-made dresses inspired by Victorian styles and 90s coats inspired by the 70s – it’s like each decade imprints its own twist on previous ideas. The 90s / 70s trend is possibly reaching the end of its life so I assume 80s and 00s influenced styles will now have their time in the limelight. My Mum is always telling me that she had something “just like that” in the 70s and I’m cross that she didn’t keep any of it! If I ever have children at least they’ll have a good collection of clothes from the twenty-tens to rifle through, when it eventually becomes fashionable again.