IT’S A LUCKY NUMBERS GAME
I REALISE I am not alone in this goal, but I am hoping to win the lottery. There is a one-in-45-million chance of me winning the jackpot but the odds are slashed to a very generous one-in-sevenmillion of me getting five numbers, so I’m hopeful. I’m not after a yacht, or a heli-pad in my front garden. Private healthcare for everyone I love, plus a place in the sun would do me nicely though. When I start to carve out this imaginary windfall, I inevitably imagine my everyday spending.
I find myself wondering what would change when I go shopping for clothes. Would I skip the high street altogether? Would I turn my nose up at my beloved Zara and shop exclusively in designer shops?
I have ruled out couture, this level of spend is reserved for oligarchs and international royalty with each piece costing tens of thousands of pounds. My
Is a Chanel suit too much for a lottery winner’s school run?
I LOVE that bumbags have made come back. My daughter tells me I’m too old but they would be so useful for a festival. Is there a “grown-up” version?
BUM-BAGS have cleverly been rebranded belt-bags for those old enough to remember them first time around, the tip is to wear it across your imaginary lottery win won’t stretch that far.
I would set my sights a bit lower – the world of luxury brands, Chanel, Stella McCartney, Chloe – all the clothes I see and even dare to touch in store, but never dream of owning.
When prices stretch into the thousands for a dress or a jacket it’s simply not an option. But if my bank balance suddenly swelled, would I suddenly be comfortable wearing a £5,000 jacket? Would I keep it for special occasions?
And what would I wear on the school run? Do I upgrade my gym clothes, my jeans, my knickers? Will my style stay the same or will I prefer a little more bling?
Would I suddenly find myself in studded shoulders and python skin as standard and would the thrill of vintage shopping be lost when I can afford anything I desire?
How will I make good sartorial decisions when I don’t have to give my purchase as much thought?
Will I consume with abandon like a Kardashian or buy only a few special items and treasure them?
Luckily, I have a little time to mull it over and set some ground rules... just until my numbers come up. Rectangular waist bag, was £59, now £39, Opening Ceremony (endclothing.com)
chest not on the waist. Gucci do leather styles but I prefer canvas. This Opening Ceremony bag is from the men’s range but is nice and roomy for a festival.
■ JOANNE is a stylist and personal shopper with more than 16 years experience in the fashion industry. Email: Joannecwatkin[email protected]