Dare to be Dull

The Sunday Telegraph - Stella - - CONTENTS -

The other day a col­league and I were look­ing at pho­to­graphs of all the ex­cit­ing clothes that guests were wear­ing dur­ing the re­cent month of fash­ion shows. It was all so dar­ing and colour­ful and fun! And edgy and dif­fi­cult and chilly-look­ing!

These ded­i­cated souls are at the cusp of cus­pi­ness. They are the trend lovers, the pre-first adopters, the devo­tees. They are the brave women work­ing clash­ing colour­ways and me­tal­lic slip dresses over rock-band T-shirts un­der over­sized men’s coats with a state­ment bag and a dev­as­tat­ing sock-boot at 9am on a freez­ing Tues­day morn­ing.

I need to tell you some­thing. Me and my friends who work in fash­ion were at those shows too, and we weren’t dressed like that. We love fash­ion, we talk about it all the time, we buy a heck of a lot of clothes. But we don’t do tricky or un­com­fort­able, par­tic­u­larly. We don’t ‘nail’ vinyl jumpsuits or change into eight-inch scooped-out silk mules to walk into a fash­ion show. Some might say we’re bor­ing. I say, bring on bor­ing. I would hate for read­ers to think that in or­der to en­joy fash­ion you have to put in days of work and en­ergy and al­ways err on the side of at­ten­tion-seek­ing. I’d hate any­one to think that you can’t love fash­ion and still wear some­thing bor­ing. Last month, a friend of mine told me she needed a warm coat to take on a forth­com­ing win­ter break. She’d seen one in Uniqlo in black that she liked but thought she’d ‘ bet­ter not buy a black coat’. Why, I asked? Whose rules are those? Buy the black coat, I said. Be warm! Be bor­ing! Have a re­ally won­der­ful hol­i­day! My ad­vice, for what it’s worth: en­joy your clothes but make sure you’re en­joy­ing your life more.

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