You’re never truly alone. Literally as well as philosophically! Thanks to the little device that’s never far from your hand, we’re all hyper-connected during our waking hours which can either be a blessing or…not. I’m the first person to admit I have a serious phone addiction but as a blogger, it’s partly par for the course. It’s part of my job to tweet and Instagram as well as answer emails. This year, I wanted to reduce my addiction to my phone and while I still bookend my day by scanning through my social media feeds, I’m much better at switching off than I was six months ago.
There are times when your phone can be a lifeline though. Despite living in London for nearly a decade, CityMapper is a total godsend. And I would much rather keep on top of my emails on the go than come back to inbox armageddon when I’m back to my laptop. I suffer from insomnia and it’s nice to be able to catch up with friends abroad when I can’t sleep and I love getting people’s opinions on the go – especially when I’m shopping alone.
This is exactly what I did a couple of months ago when I popped into Topshop after a meeting and documented my shopping trip on Instagram Stories. I tried on a handful of cute dresses, a couple of cosy jumpers, some velvet flares and…some vinyl pants. Oh, those vinyl pants. Who knew a pair of trousers could be so divisive?! My IG inbox was inundated with positive and negative reactions. No one minced their words, they were either VERY for or VERY against. The strong opinions left me in a bit of a conundrum; who do I listen to?
Actually, it wasn’t that big a conundrum. As soon as I slipped them on I felt like a total badass so of course, I bought them. While I love hearing other people’s views, especially when it comes to fashion, I always go with my gut instinct. I’m the only one who’s going to wear the item of clothing in question so the only thing that matters is that I love it. I’m pretty sure this is why Polonius said: “To thine own self to true”. Solid sartorial advice from Shakespeare.
The conundrum about how to style them was also pretty straightforward; vinyl pants are surprisingly good and look great thrown on with a tee and some sneakers AND dressed up with heels. I’ve been wearing them a lot over the past few weeks and my favourite way to style them is with a killer heel (quelle surprise) and a fluffy jumper. I really like the contrast in textures between the smooth, sleek vinyl and a soft jumper. I really love this look and think it would even consider those naysayers to give vinyl a whirl.
Coat – Mango (similar)
Jumper – Monki
Trousers – Topshop
Heels – Jimmy Choo
Bag – Jimmy Choo (similar)
Photography by Adorngirl.