Outfit Post: The Morning After The Night Before

It’s funny how quickly time flies and how much your life can change before you even know it. This year marks a whole decade since I graduated and it feels like I’ve experienced several lifetimes over the last ten years! Being a bright-eyed, broke graduate is a very distant memory now, as are those heady, party-hard student days. Life is thankfully a lot more serene and settled now.

It’s funny how quickly habits change; nights out have been replaced with nights in, I choose green tea over vodka, reading is a pleasure rather than a chore and exercise is a part of my vocabulary! My current choices may sound dull but priorities change, my indulgences are now travel and investment pieces rather than high street purchases and nights out. That’s not to say I’m a hermit, I just prefer a bloody good Negroni to a Smirnoff Ice! The novelty of going “out-out” is long gone for me, I went from student nights out straight to endless fashion events.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the best way to blow off some steam is a night out. But for me, the best part of going out is the getting dressed and getting ready part – the anticipation and build up. Nowadays, I’ll book in to get my hair and make up done if it’s a special night and I want to feel good, this is always my highlight!

I also like the end of the night, the mixture of elation, exhaustion and sweaty happiness. At university, this meant walking home in a giggly group dissecting the events of the night as daylight broke. The juxtaposition of our dresses and heels still stale from the night before and the fresh morning air, full of the sounds of birds chirping always amused me. This was actually the inspiration behind this outfit, an ode to the walk of shame, if you will.

I absolutely adore this Zara shirt…dress…thing. I’ve had it for about a year and still can’t figure out whether it’s a long shirt or a short dress. Sometimes I wear it as I have here, with shorts underneath for safety but sometimes I wear it to work with skinny jeans. I paired the shirt with my favourite Next heels, a little fluffy and boudoir-esque to add to the overall vibe of the outfit. Now that I’m typing this all out, it feels a little silly to be inspired by such a specific event and time but hey ho, that’s fashion. As Coco Chanel herself stated, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Shirt/dress – Zara

Shorts – Bershka

Heels – Next

Bag – Saint Laurent

Watch – Timex

Shot by Tinuke of Circus Mums.

Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.


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