For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you may be aware that I am currently preparing for solicitors' entrance exams (FE1s). Although this stressful and taxing period provides its own problems, when the exam dates to eventually dawn, I at least have my "fashion armour" to rely on to help me get through them. From my four years in college, I realise that common practice during the examination period is to arrive at the venue straight out of bed, hair dishevelled and wearing something very closely resembling pyjamas. To each their own - I do not cast any aspersions - but this would never work for me. One of my primary sources of inspiration for starting this blog is the solace and comfort I have continued to derive from my love of fashion through the most difficult times in my life.
I am of the view that we need to do what we can to make life that little bit easier, and to take whatever steps necessary to minimise the worries which we cannot control. What we can control is how we deal with these anxieties and stresses. I deal with my worries with my fashion arsenal.
I noted in my last post that my next few discussions shall be about a few of the pieces I think form the most useful basis for your wardrobe when transitioning from warmer to colder weather. For the sake of consistency, and to stay true to the essence of this blog, I hope to include a few humble opinions on the potential mood-boosting quality of these wardrobe staples; fashion as armour, if you will. As previously noted, I consider these basics to be: a white shirt, fine knit and mannish brogues. As promised, here are a few choices of each, for all budgets.
Although a slightly more expensive option at 59 Euro, this Cos A-line shirt is worth the investment; made from beautiful, crisp poplin, it would be a valuable addition to any wardrobe. The longer length means that this would look particularly nice over slim-fit jeans or tapered trousers.
I could not write a post including white shirts without mentioning the institution that is Thomas Pink. This brand is one which has truly mastered its craft; a visit to one of their shops is evidence enough. This shirt is made from stretch cotton, made for a flattering and comfortable fit. It is a perfect option for either work wear or casual attire, and is 130 Euro at Thomas Pink boutiques and ThomasPink.com
The classic white shirt is just one example of pieces which I firmly believe you can utilise for more than mere modesty. The elegance and adaptability of these garments mean that, even if you feel low or self-conscious, you can potentially radiate confidence and contentment simply by making the most of your wardrobe.
The next few posts shall cover my remaining recommendations for a wardrobe full of fashion armour.