This two-piece was per­fect with my Vi­dal Sas­soon bob

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AN­GeLA BAI­LeY, 72, lives with her hus­band in Bath. She do­nated a pur­ple two-piece out­fit that was de­signed in 1962. ThIS out­fit was around ten years old when I ac­quired it in the early Seven­ties through a swap with an­other mother at my daugh­ter’s pri­mary school in Blooms­bury, Lon­don.

We were quite a so­cia­ble group of mums and, as I re­call, she liked a coat I owned, so we made the ex­change.

I al­ready had a cou­ple of Mary Quant pieces. My first was a long, black, col­umn dress with a polo-neck, which I wore with papier mâché ear­rings; huge gold balls that were about 3in in di­am­e­ter. I had bought that one with my pocket money in a sale at the de­part­ment store in Suf­folk, where I grew up, and got a pale blue evening dress while a stu­dent at Gold­smiths Col­lege in Lon­don.

But this one was ev­ery­thing to me. It came in two pieces: a tight-waisted, pleated pur­ple skirt and then a match­ing, long-sleeved top that’s in­verted at the front, with a col­lar and a bow to tie. When I put it on, it swung just so. I had a tiny waist then — I don’t any more.

It wasn’t an evening out­fit — in those days, evening dos re­quired some­thing long or glamorous — but it was the sort of thing you went out for lunch in or to a friend’s party dur­ing the day. When I first left school I worked as a ju­nior sales as­sis­tant at Fort­num & Ma­son, earning £ 6 a week. We sold Pucci and Chris­tian Dior; Mary Quant’s de­signs were so dif­fer­ent. I was tall (5ft 10in), with size seven feet and an un­ruly mass of dark hair — the ex­act op­po­site of the blonde, curvy Doris Day look ev­ery­one wanted. Mary Quant’s de­signs really spoke to me, as did the Vi­dal Sas­soon hair­cut that she sported, which I copied. You could go any­where, do any­thing, and feel re­laxed. I last wore the out­fit dur­ing the eight­ies, be­fore my younger daugh­ter was born. Since then, it’s been packed away in my wardrobe, care­fully wrapped in tis­sue.

I must have raided it for but­tons at one point — there’s one miss­ing on each cuff — but I sim­ply couldn’t bear to throw it away.

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