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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Front Page - Fash­ion­istas wear black, right? Wrong. Turns out a hi-vis mash-up is the new way to power dress By Anna Mur­phy

my child­hood. Like the bright red lace-ups, at a time when ev­ery­one else was in black slip-on poin­ti­ness. “Far­leigh,” they shouted at first, this – charm­ingly – be­ing the name of the lo­cal men­tal health in­sti­tu­tion. Then they left me to en­joy my gor­geous shoes, be­fore, af­ter a while, they started buy­ing their own. (I am not go­ing to ’fess up how much scar­let footwear I have now.)

Then there was the green down coat from Den­mark, when no one had seen a down coat be­fore. No one could get their heads round that, but I was the warmest kid in the play­ground. And the pi­rate fancy-dress cos­tume at a marine-themed party at which every other fe­male in at­ten­dance was a su­per-cute sailor girl. My mum had made me an eye patch and a par­rot, my dad a ply­wood mus­ket and bot­tle of grog. This was, in ret­ro­spect, Comme des Garçons lev­els of en­ve­lope-push­ing.

All of the above made me the dresser I am now – and, re­lat­edly, the per­son I am. But it be­gan with that frock. What it neatly demon­strated to me, although I didn’t re­alise it then, was that clothes can ren­der you vis­i­ble. And that some­times this can ini­tially be a neg­a­tive thing but pro­vided you look good – and, hey, what can I say, I knew how to work that par­rot – and pro­vided you rise above that

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