Back to my holidays pictures! Do you ever find yourself swearing that you will never wear a certain item that comes into fashion and then do an about face and find that you actually quite like it? Or have you ever been given an item of clothing you wouldn't normally wear, either as a gift or hand me down? Would you use it as a free opportunity to try something outside of your normal style comfort zone? A post by Selene over at The Elegant Bohemian on this topic got me thinking about this the other day. Never say never because a freebie may just change your mind!
Season after season, the one thing I categorically steer clear of is the "all in one" in all its various incarnations - catsuit, jumpsuit, playsuit, dungarees, overalls, romper - however you want to reinvent and relabel it, I just really never get on with the shape of any of them on me.
The closest I have ever come to wearing a one piece in the past was a shapeless thermal overall type thing we wore over our leotards and tights to warm up in ballet classes - we used to call it a Gumby after the shapeless plasticine character of the same name. I see dancewear brand Bloch are still selling them. After my ballet days were over it was relegated to winter pyjamas.
I think the words "floral playsuit" would be enough to strike terror into any self respecting woman's heart. Over the last two summers it was hard to miss how many little playsuits in various guises were on offer on the high street. What felt especially girly, and I thought really best left to those still in high school, were all the floral rompers in ditsy prints and short styles with hemlines that took indecency to new heights. I had sworn that I would not be wearing one of those.
This little number was actually a gift from my little sister which she bought from a street market while on holiday in Bali. My instant enthusiasm for the print gave way to trepidation when I realised it was a playsuit and a short, strapless one at that. But when a cherished family member who share a love of fashion gives you a gift you kind of have to be seen wearing it at least once! If there is anyone who knows what might suit you it should be someone you grew up sharing clothes with and on this occasion, my sister showed that she clearly knows what I like even before I know I like it.
It was so damn hot in Australia while I was down that I barely got out of this thing. It was comfortable, cool and a cinch to just throw on and head out the door. I love the retro feel of the print. The strapless, billowy design was a God send on forty degree days, the shorts weren't too short and I was quite grateful for how the dropped waist hid the effects of Christmas gluttony on my belly! So enough on being down on floral playsuits! Maybe it was just finding the right one that was the key.
Has a gift or a freebie ever changed your mind about an item of clothing?
Playsuit: gift; Flip Flops: Fit Flop; Bag: Michael by Michael Kors