Day 2: black pleather

Today I’m wearing:

  • The Dress;
  • pleather skirt from Topshop;
  • tights on tights;
  • slippers which you can’t see.

M thought I wasn’t wearing the Dress today. It was so cunningly disguised under an extra skirt that she had to remind me that I was meant to be wearing a dress. I smugly revealed my stylistic genius.

In actual fact, I’m pretty fed up with it already. I was trying to think of different outfits for March, and I hadn’t realised just quite how much black I wear; all my shoes bar my trainers and leopard print pair are black; all my tights are black; and I wear one or more black items of clothing on a normal day.

So I went into Topshop, looking for some cool zany out-there tights so I could at least pretend to be a little less monochromatic and guess what?

All they had was black.

I’ve been trying to understand why black has taken over my wardrobe and I’ve come up with a few reasons:

  1. Black clothes go with other colours of clothes, so you get more wear out of them. Therefore, cheaper.
  2. Black is safe. It will never be inappropriate and it will always be stylish.
  3. If it’s the only colour tights Topshop are stocking, it’s clearly in fashion.
  4. Are you expecting me to say slimming? I’m not going to. The only time an item of clothing will be actually slimming is if it’s a corset crafted out of mirrors.
I’m going to brighten my outfits. It’ll take a few days to adjust, but I’ll get there in the end.
Today I started making a skirt. I keep dipping my toe in the waters of dressmaking, but never quite fully commit. This time, I will. For sure. I did the sticking of pattern together yesterday (it was an internet PDF and came on 22 sheets of A4 that needed sellotaping together) and the cutting out of fabric today. I hate cutting things out, because I am left-handed and cutting things never ends well for me. I have blisters on my fingers from unfamiliar left-handed fabric scissors, but I’m cautiously optimistic. Cautiously.


I’ll keep you posted on progress. It’s a bottle green fabric. Not black. Progress already!

Now to the fundraising. 

Womankind do amazing work around the world. I’m very aware of all the gifts and chances I’ve been given by virtue of being born in Britain, and that rights I take for granted are simply not a reality for millions of women around the world. With a bit of cash from you, and the expertise of the Womankind team, we can change this. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. 

This is not the reality. Let’s change it.


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