I bumped into Sasha from Liberty London Girl
at a press event recently and we were discussing Self Portrait and a recent article somewhere saying that pretty much ‘everyone and their mother’ are wearing this brand to a wedding these days. And I must admit, as I was packing this beautiful dress in the car heading to a wedding in The Midlands, I read a quote on twitter saying “If I see one more person in Self Portrait….yawn”.
I must admit, I was briefly mortified. But then thought “it’s still the most gorgeous dress I’d seen after hours of trawling through the internet”. Journalists, Fashion Editors, and dare I say, Londoners (myself included) tend to be a bit snobby about labels. We have that thing to disregard anything pretty much as soon as it becomes mainstream. It’s a bit like as an English student at university, I refused to read anything from the “bestsellers” list – it was pure snobbery, really. Luckily, I overcame this – right now I’m reading ‘Girl on a Train’ and I’m loving it.
Yet I felt wonderful in this magical dress – yes, it was more than I wanted to pay but the quality of Self Portrait is far superior than any other brands in this price range. And if a brand is getting it right – isn’t it right we should all want to wear it?
I love wearing maxi dresses to weddings, it adds a sense of occasion – and a dress I can wear with flats? Perfect. These Boden shoes really are so comfortable (I danced all night in them!) – and I love that my feet are wrapped up in bows.
Again, the clutch is one of those ‘bring out for every wedding’ bag in a similar vein – the last wedding I went to there were 4 women with the same bag. But I don’t see this as a fashion cliche – more just women with good taste…
I used this Anya Hindmarch ‘Valorie’ clutch for my wedding and it makes me smile whenever I use it. And that’s all that matters.
So – wear what you love. And love what you wear (and don’t listen to silly things people like me tell you about how to dress).