Disney dropped a totally 90s throwback line and we need all of it immediately

Disney dropped a totally 90s throwback line and we need all of it immediately


Who knew VHS tapes could be so chic?

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Remember back in the 90s when you would slam your Disney VHS tapes into the machine and watch Hercules or The Lion King over and over again? Kids nowadays won’t ever know the frustration of having a tape get stuck in the machine or manually rewinding a tape with a pen. Well, the house of Mouse is out to help you relive the magic of your 90s childhood with a brand new Oh Oh My Disney 90s Flashback collection. Safe to say, we’re obsessed.

It’s jam packed with scenes from our favourite 90s films, ranging from popular flicks like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin through to more niche choices like Hercules and A Goofy Movie!. (I still stand by the fact that Eye to Eye from A Goofy Movie! is the best Disney song of all time. Get to know it if you haven’t already.) From cool magic carpet denim jackets through to bits and pieces we’re 150% sure we had in our house growing up, we want all of it and luckily it’s dropped online already.

According to Oh My Disney, the line was ‘inspired by the decade‘ and aims to celebrate some of their ‘favourite animated Disney classics from the ’90s’. They’ve definitely delivered on that count. I’ll take one A Goofy Movie! VHS clutch bag and a Beauty and the Beast cup, thanks.

Here’s our favourite bits below…

Oh My Disney VHS Clutch Bags

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Priced at £17, available at shopDisney

Currently available in Beauty and the BeastAladdin and The Lion King

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Oh My Disney Aladdin Ladies’ Denim Jacket

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Priced at £50, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney Beauty and the Beast Glasses, Set of 4

oh my disney 90s collectionPriced at £18, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney The Lion King Desk Clock

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Priced at £12, available at shopDisney

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Oh My Disney The Lion King Multi-Coloured Pen

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Priced at £4, available at shopDisney

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TBH we’re just thrilled it’s Friday because we’re scheduling a 90s Disney marathon ASAP.

You bring the wine, we’ll bring the Oh My Disney goods – let’s do this.

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Personalised fashion buys that literally have your name on it

Personalised fashion buys that literally have your name on it


You know you’ve made it when even your PJs are monogrammed.

We blame Sarah-Jessica Parker, Cara Delevingne, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Olivia Palermo. Because ever since they wore THAT monogrammed Burberry cape (circa 2014, you know the one) the fashion world has gone slightly mad for personalisation.

It’s official, having your name or initials on an item of clothing has never been so cool (it’s really come full circle since those primary school days, hasn’t it?).

It comes in many forms too. For a subtle approach, it’s always good to start with jewellery, whether that’s a statement initial necklace by Alex Monroe or Celine (though you’ll be lucky to get your hands on the latter) or a bracelet with your name engraved on it by Monica Vinader.

Personalised bags are a bit of a hero item that’s well worth adding to your wardrobe. Go with a classic The Cambridge Satchel Company or Manu Atelier bag embossed with your initials, but for a bolder look, we just love personalising a classic piece with a fun sticker.

It’s not just about bags either, even small leather accessories are getting the custom treatment, and we can’t think of a better way to suffer through passport control than with Aspinal of London’s gold initial case.

Then, once you’ve dipped your toes into the trend and are ready to go next level with it, there are slippers, slides, jumpers, clutch bags and totes, all entirely personalisable, thanks to a few fashion-forward brands.

We’re also obsessed with Desmond & Dempsey pyjamas, because they’re something very decadent about having your initials printed on your PJs, and naturally, no selfie experience would be complete without a personalised phone case.

Scroll down to shop our edit of the best personalised fashion gifts. For yourself. Because YOLO.

 

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Prince Harry’s black ring is actually a super millennial piece of kit

Prince Harry’s black ring is actually a super millennial piece of kit


It’s more than just a fashion statement

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Prince Harry’s not averse to flashing some bling. It was revealed a little while ago that he would break with royal tradition and wear a wedding band unlike other members of his family. Well, he’s added a brand new accessory to his wardrobe and Prince Harry’s black ring has been garnering a lot of attention on the internet; mostly because nobody knows what the heck it is. Is it a present from Meghan Markle? A symbol for the Invictus Games? Well, you’re wrong on both counts it turns out. It’s actually a nifty piece of tech.

PEOPLE revealed that Prince Harry’s mystery ring is actually a sleep and fitness tracker by a brand called Oura. The brand describes it as a ‘secret weapon for personal improvement’ and more specifically, it’s a super high tech ring that tracks everything from REM sleep to your daily calorie burn. According to the site, the deceptively simple ring contains sensors attuned to your body temperature, optical pulse and more.

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It’s believed that Prince Harry is wearing Oura’s Heritage ring in black, though the ring is also available in matte black stealth version and silver. There’s even a rose gold version, which speaks strongly to our millennial hearts. If you’re keen on jumping on the Prince Harry bandwagon, it’s available below.

Oura Heritage Shape Ring

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Oura Heritage Shape Ring in Black or Silver

Priced at £276, available at Oura

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Oura Heritage Shape Ring in Rose Gold

Priced at £368, available at Oura

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It’s not a massive surprise that Prince Harry’s chosen a health-conscious bit of kit, as he’s known for his love of sport. In fact, one of his greatest projects as a royal is a sporting event called the Invictus Games; a competitive event for injured servicemen and women.

He’ll actually be returning to Sydney at the end of the month to kick off this year’s iteration of the games along with Meghan Markle, so keep an eye out for that Oura ring as he races round the stadium.

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Besides helping him keep pace with the Invictus athletes, the ring will also have one awesome benefit come spring next year when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bundle of joy arrives. Namely, it could be instrumental in helping him get some much needed shuteye. New babies are adorable, but RIP your regular sleep cycle.

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Cowboy boots are officially back so giddy up with our edit of the best

Cowboy boots are officially back so giddy up with our edit of the best


Anybody want to watch Toy Story again?

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Grab the cowboy boots but leave the hat at home, Western style kicks are back with a vengeance this season. We spotted this autumn fashion trend everywhere at fashion shows and amongst the street style set, ranging from straight-out-of-Texas embroidered beauties to more minimal monochrome pieces. And luckily, loads of similar styles have just dropped in stores in time for the chilly weather.

Sported both on the runway and off, the likes of Calvin Klein, Fendi and Isabel Marant reinvented the classic silhouette with their AW18 shows earlier this year. Not everybody’s going to be super down for the traditional Western stitching and mid-calf lengths however, which is why we’ve noticed that ankle cowboy boots seem to be the way to go (and there’s certainly enough of them floating around at the moment).

We chatted with LIKEtoKNOW.it, a fashion discovery app, who’ve noticed that there’s been a huge spike in people saving and buying cowboy boots. There’s always going to be a time and place for a quintessential black cowboy boot, but we’ve got our eye on bolder styles this autumn.

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Following the surge of summer interest in animal print pieces, the trend is still going strong with faux snakeskin, zebra and leopard print encouraging fashionistas to walk on the wild side this month.

Texture wise, you can never go wrong with a glossy or supple leather boot but Fendi’s faux croc kicks have definitely taken our interest. And when it comes to colours, we’re all about the white cowboy boot (who cares if it’s impractical?) and cherry red shades for those who really want to make a statement.

Here’s a selection of the most popular cowboy boots for women on LIKEtoKNOW.it and a few of our favourite picks below…

Cowboy Boots for Women

When our fashion editor Penny Goldstone walked in wearing these boots, I almost hit the floor. These gorgeous snake print booties from Find are everything and look way more expensive than they actually are. Lots of brands are doing their own take on faux snakeskin boots but I’ve gotta say, these are definitely the cream of the crop.

Find Women’s Western Ankle Boots

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Priced at £87, available at Amazon.co.uk/Fashion

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Black Cowboy Boots

I stan a good high street purchase and these Topshop cowboy boots have completely won me over. Worn by blogger Nicole Ballardini of NickyInsideOut.com above, the brand pays homage to the classic Western details but balance it all out by keeping things monochrome.

Topshop Arizona Western Boots

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Priced at £65, available at Topshop

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Ankle Cowboy Boots

So the moment I laid my eyes on these babies, I fell in love. It doesn’t get more AW18 than this, as Megan from meganvlt.com has nailed both the cowboy boot trend and the current animal print obsession all in one. Luckily, these Stradivarius kicks aren’t too expensive and more importantly — they’re still in stock.

Stradivarius Leather Zebra Print Heeled Ankle Boots

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Priced at £65.99, available at Stradivarius

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White Cowboy Boots

It’s impossible to get away from white ankle boots this season, especially since everybody fell madly in love with those pointed BALENCIAGA boots everybody was wearing at fashion week. We’re pretty keen on the white pair that blogger Sinead Crowe is wearing above from & other stories.

I spoke to her via LIKEtoKNOW.it about the trend and she told us, ‘I’m loving these boots because they’re a super wearable take on the cowboy trend. I’ve been eyeing up cowboy boots for a while but never dared to try them out as I felt it was quite out there for my style. These are the perfect everyday boots that give a nod to the trend without being too out there!’

& other stories Low Leather Cowboy Boots

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Priced at £129, available at & other stories

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Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress had a secret body positive message

Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress had a secret body positive message


‘You can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.’

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When Princess Eugenie stepped out of her wedding car this morning and revealed her breathtaking ivory gown, we actually gasped out loud. The dress, designed by British sartorialists Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, instantly became a huge talking point this morning with people analysing everything from the fabric through to the glamorous train that her father had to work very hard not to tread on. Beyond the gorgeous physical details and symbolic embroidery, there was actually a deeper body positive meaning behind Princess Eugenie’s wedding dress.

Princess Eugenie has always been open about her battle with scoliosis as a child, a condition in which your ‘spine twists and curves to the side’ according to NHS. After undergoing corrective surgery at age 12, she continues to bear the scars of that operation and she insisted on putting them on full display at her wedding with a low backline.

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If you look closely, you can see a scar that goes all the way up her spine to the small of her neck. She also skipped out on the traditional veil, which could have potentially covered up the dress’ low back and hidden them from sight.

Choosing to bare your scars is a difficult thing for many people, but Princess Eugenie’s choice to showcase them was a beautiful message we can all take notes from.

According to The Telegraph, the low backline was a detail incorporated at the ‘specific request of the bride’. She also hinted in the lead up to the wedding that she would be putting her scars on display, while speaking out about narrow beauty standards on This Morning.

She said, ‘I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday [at the wedding], but it’s a lovely way to honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.’

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‘I think you can change the way beauty is,’ she continued, ‘And you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.’

Well said, Eugenie. Aesthetically pleasing or not, our scars are signs of the life we’ve lived and things we’ve been through — they’re beautiful because they’re part of who we are.

Although Princess Eugenie isn’t technically a working royal and actually has a day job at an art gallery, she shares her family’s strong humanitarian streak. Scoliosis treatment and awareness in particular are understandably causes that are very close to her heart and she serves as a patron to Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where she underwent her own corrective surgery.

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She worked tirelessly to raise funds for the hospital’s Redevelopment Appeal in 2012 to support those also fighting the condition and a new wing has since been named after her.

She recounted her own experience with scoliosis in a personal essay on the hospital’s website, writing, ‘During my operation, which took eight hours, my surgeons inserted eight-inch titanium rods into each side of my spine and one-and-a-half inch screws at the top of my neck. After three days in intensive care, I spent a week on a ward and six days in a wheelchair, but I was walking again after that.’

She also posted an image of an X-ray which displayed the resulting rods in her spine on her personal Instagram account and said she was ‘very proud’ to share them. She also thanked ‘the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better’.

‘My back problems were a huge part of my life, as they would be for any 12-year-old,’ Eugenie said. ‘Children can look at me now and know that the operation works. I’m living proof of the ways in which [the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital] can change people’s lives.’

Major props to Princess Eugenie for using her platform for good, especially on her big day. Here’s hoping the rest of the royal family take a leaf out of her book and make more meaningful statements like this one.

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Princess Eugenie’s celebrity wedding guests have arrived and they look ready to slay

Princess Eugenie’s celebrity wedding guests have arrived and they look ready to slay


Winter wedding guest inspo for DAYS.

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It’s safe to say that Princess Eugenie are a pretty popular couple and well, their guest list at her royal wedding to Jack Brooksbank today more than speaks to that. Beyond her expected immediate family, we’ve been hearing rumours that she and her future husband are going to be expecting a whole host of celebrity guests. A few of them have started arriving and it’s a pretty diverse crowd, with British comedians like Jimmy Carr rubbing shoulders with supermodel legends like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

Given that Jack Brooksbank is an ambassador for George Clooney’s tequila brand Casamigos, we’re sure that he’s going to have his own crowd of impressive guests — Amal and George aside. Here’s who we’ve spotted so far…

Pixie Geldof

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You tend to see a lot of people show up to these weddings wearing a dapper monochrome look (who can forget Amal Clooney’s canary yellow look at Prince Harry’s wedding?) however Pixie Geldof’s contrasting look is doing major things for us. Wearing a bright pink dress with a relaxed cape detail and a cream hat, we’re obsessed with the unexpected contrast with her cerulean clutch.

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H&M just dropped a dreamy wedding dress collection and we’re obsessed

H&M just dropped a dreamy wedding dress collection and we’re obsessed


Kate Middleton, eat your heart out.

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Getting married is a long way away for me, but I’m not going to lie — I have a soft spot for wedding dresses. Whether I’m fawning over Emily Ratajkowski’s alternative AF Zara wedding suit or scrolling through utterly classic lace wedding dress, there’s something about a snatched wedding outfit that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. I was scrolling through H&M’s website earlier today and that feeling smacked me right over the head as they’ve just released a new online-exclusive line of high street wedding dresses. Was I expecting it? No. Am I obsessed? Absolutely.

There’s a whole range of dresses that’ll make any bride-to-be’s heart melt, whether you’re gunning for a romantic vintage-inspired gown or a very 90s minimal satin dress. According to the brand, the line is all geared around winter wedding dresses and draws influence from ‘royal weddings’, ‘vintage styles’ and ‘bohemia-model-marries-rock star weddings’. The latter’s pretty niche, but I stan.

Here’s four of my favourites from the line below to say ‘I do’ in…

H&M Long Bandeau Dress

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This is undoubtedly my favourite dress from the line, as it’s a simple yet chic look with an asymmetric ruffle skirt for the dreamiest dash of interest. Can you imagine how this baby is going to flow as you’re walking down the aisle? LIVING.

Priced at £149.99, available at H&M

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H&M Long Lace Dress

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Forget about Kate and Wills, this royal wedding-inspired dress is everything without the hefty Alexander McQueen price tag. With scalloped lace sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and a subtle grosgrain band to pull it all together, it’s a piece I’m sure Queen Elizabeth would approve of.

Priced at £149.99, available at H&M

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H&M Long Satin Dress

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In my mind, this is the dress that Rachel from Friends would get married in and it’s giving me major Calvin Klein vibes. Whether you just hate fussy dresses or you want something a little slinkier for your big day, this satin maxi will cling to you like liquid as you float through your reception.

Priced £149.99, available at H&M

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H&M Long Lace Dress

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If you’ve been smashing that pre-wedding workout plan, this dress is the perfect opportunity to show off those toned shoulders and arms you’ve accomplished. The floor-length gown is the laciest of the lot and the hem is actually longer in the back, so it’ll trail along the floor behind you slightly. Sweep on, my bridal goddesses.

Priced £149.99, available at H&M

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Unsurprisingly, the dresses from the H&M bridal collection tend to veer towards the more expensive side for the brand at around £149.99. However, some of their older dresses are going for as low as £35 if you’re looking for a major bargain.

Pemilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s design director said of the line, ‘There is truly a dress for every bride to be.’

Not gonna argue with that. Give me all of them.

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Kate Middleton dress style: from THAT naked dress to the McQueen, midis and endlessly stylish maternity frocks

Kate Middleton dress style: from THAT naked dress to the McQueen, midis and endlessly stylish maternity frocks


The Duchess Of Cambridge has evolved from safe and conservative style to elegant and chic since she’s been thrust into the spotlight

We’ve been obsessed with Kate Middleton’s style evolution ever since she first started dating Prince William in 2003.

Although the pair met when they both started at St Andrews in 2001, they were friends before becoming an item, and it’s thought the turning point was when Kate walked in a university charity catwalk show. Created by fashion graduate Charlotte Todd, it was a strapless, sheer knitted affair that gave the audience – including Wills obvs – a glimpse of Kate’s black underwear. Fun fashion fact: it sold for £78k in 2011.

Kate Middleton dresses: The early years

In their early years of dating, Kate was all about the Sloane Ranger-esque looks (a la Diana). Think blazers, skinny jeans, designer pumps and bags. Since getting married and taking on more official duties though, she has really honed her sense of style.

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She effortlessly mixes high end with high street and is often seen recycling old outfits to demonstrate her thrifty skills – in fact, you may not have noticed, but there is one accessory Kate Middleton wears with everything (OK, practically everything), and it totally works.

Kate Middleton dresses: Her favourite designers and high street brands

For red carpet events, Kate Middleton is loyal to her favourite fashion brands, most of which are British talents including Alice Temperley, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Jenny Packham. For daytime Royal engagements, Kate’s known for favouring high street brands, and as soon as she’s spotted wearing them, they tend to fly off the shelves – L.K.Bennett, Reiss, Zara, Whistles, all gone within hours of being worn. That’s the Kate Middleton effect.

Kate Middleton dresses: Pregnancy style

Most recently, the Duchess of Cambridge has made her first official appearances since announcing her third pregnancy, and after suffering from acute morning sickness like with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. At an event in Paddington, she wore a muted pink Orla Kiely with a delicate floral appliqué. In her past pregnancies, she has mixed dresses and suits from her favourite designers to more casual Breton top, jeans, and her favourite Superga trainers.

With all this in mind, take a look  back at Kate Middleton’s best looks.

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Vans is dropping the coolest Disney collection tomorrow

Vans is dropping the coolest Disney collection tomorrow


That Minnie backpack though!

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If you ever wanted to join the Mickey Mouse club as a kid, Vans’ latest drop will deliver the perfect hit of nostalgia. Although Disney’s iconic mouse may look like he never ages, it turns out he’s actually a whopping 90 years old this year and a new Vans collab celebrates some of our favourite Mickey moments.

From a truly magical pair of Fantasia-inspired kicks to a Minnie-approved pair of polka-dot bow slip ons, we’re totally obsessed with the Vans Disney collection. Disneyheads, count this a valuable PSA as the whole line drops tomorrow on October 5 in stores and online. (We’re pretty sure these are going to disappear snappish.)

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The line spans shoes, bags, shirts and even hats, all infused with Vans’ skateboarder chic aesthetic and a generous helping of Disney magic. There’s eleven cool designs inspired by the Mouse’s signature gloves and colours, as well as a number of Mickey’s biggest movie moments.

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It’s the details that make all the difference here: look closer and you’ll be able to spot white scalloped edging, a fun homage to Minnie Mouse’s flirty dress and the moon and stars pattern from Mickey’s sorcerer’s hat hidden on the soles of a pair of navy trainers. And my personal favourite has to be the super retro Mickey Mouse Club high tops, which look like the 90s hip hop gloriously chewed them up and spat them back out again.

Here’s some highlights from the line…

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‘When did dripping in designer swag become our only definition of a successful wardrobe?’

‘When did dripping in designer swag become our only definition of a successful wardrobe?’


Words by Katherine Ormerod. Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life by Katherine Ormerod, is published by Cassell £12.99

Do you remember how you used to feel on a Friday night as teenager? You’d maybe have bought a brand new top to go with your jeans, spent approximately 90 minutes on your mascara and after having the best time pre-partying with your besties, you’d be buoyed with the confidence of the pack, excited to hit your school disco—or more likely use your fake ID to get into a pub or club.

For me, these moments are some of my favourite fashion memories, partly of course because I was young and excitable, partly because getting ready with the soundtrack of Pure Garage II in the background brings me right back to a rose-tinted version of my youth, but also… partly because there were no phones, no pictures and no social media to capture any of it.

Today’s teenagers get ready in a very different environment. If you can remember the days before the 24/7, 360-degree era of social media, you like me, will now be in your 30s. If you’re younger, you might not even be able to imagine what getting ready, going out, or just dressing up to leave the house at the weekend could be like without a visual record of it all. Because these days if you don’t capture an outfit for Instagram, is there even a point wearing it?

‘Who do you dress for?’ used to be a big conversation, with the right answer being, ‘myself!’ and the wrong answer being, ‘men.’ And while many of us truly are taking the male gaze out of the picture when it comes to the way we present ourselves to society, I’m not so sure it hasn’t been replaced with another, equally problematic set of imaginary eyeballs.

Dressing for social media, or for the validation of the community that follows you isn’t a niche issue in today’s digital, mediated world. Attempting to impress other women with your fashion choices is again nothing new – especially the ones we look up to or admire. But today, there’s a whole generation of women, not just ‘influencers’, dressing for other women they may never have met, let alone got to know well enough to esteem. And the currency of this new women vs. women judgement arena isn’t originality or a pretty dress here or there.

Instead it’s more like an endless conveyor belt of fresh off the shop floor, designer status pieces with eye watering price tags which are seemingly only worn once, photographed artfully then discarded for the churn to continue. That is what fashion has become for a lot of women.

As a style journalist in my 20s, I used to sit looking at other women on the fashion week circuit and my mind would boggle over how the hell they had so many expensive designer clothes. Like, did everyone else in the industry have a trust fund? Over time I realized that yes, some did. But the others?

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I did my first fashion week when I was 22 and 24 seasons later have finally worked out how not to take any of it too personally. One season you’re front row at Marc Jacobs, the next it’s a standing ticket at an unknown debut designer and while it can be easy to read it all as a comment on your success, it’s always swings and roundabouts. I’m also done with doing it on my own, because it’s lonely, ditto borrowing clothes to wear, ditto feeling left out. This season I’m rolling with my girl @thelondonchatter loving going to what I’m invited to and not sweating any of the rest. Thank God I’m not 22 anymore (although apparently I never learn that free alcohol is just as effective when it comes to hangovers as the stuff you buy at home 👀😂) #lfw

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They were simply borrowing clothes or wearing clothes that had been given to them. Receiving free clothes is something which has been part of my career for over a decade now, so it’s something I know at least something about. As an influencer I’m in a privileged position, but as the vast majority of the brands I’ve worked with personally are high street, I’ve definitely gone through phases of thinking that I needed to spend (much more) money to up my designer game.

It can feel very easy to feel that you’re the only one trying to make a Hobbs skirt and COS blouse look like Céline, while everyone else is wearing actual (old) Céline and I’ve definitely been there as I’ve looked through my peer’s feeds. Amongst influencers there’s almost an acceptance that you have to invest in buying expensive designer clothes to create an expensive looking wardrobe so high-end brands would want to work with you (i.e: spend money to make money, or in that case, expensive free clothes).

But I’ve just never earned that kind of cash, and even if I did, at the moment with a 7-month-old baby and a freelance career, the only place it would be going is into savings. I have gone through phases when I’ve panicked about what to wear to work and industry events and felt almost embarrassed that I didn’t have a gorgeous head to toe luxury look when it felt like everyone else did. From there it’s just a short step to starting to believe that something is wrong or lesser about your life because you can’t afford this stuff and everyone else is more ‘stylish’ than you because they have this stuff. It’s impossible not to compare and that can start to make you feel really insecure about your wardrobe and your own sense of style.

But I don’t really feel like that anymore. The first, most important thing is to remember that style and endless consumption of new, expensive stuff is not synonymous. Let’s not beat about the bush—buying something gorgeous and brand new and wearing it and feeling like a million dollars can be an incredibly empowering and exciting and I’ll be the first to say ‘never undermine the power of a truly great dress.’ BUT. That awesome outfit doesn’t have to send you to debtor’s jail. While I do like to support emerging designers, ultimately, I don’t care what the label at the back of my clothes reads.

If I see a great dress from a brand which some might not deem to be ‘cool’ —like Boden or M&S—I don’t give a t*** that some people will think it’s daggy to be wearing it. Because they are just being unbearable snobs. A great dress is a great dress is a great dress ad infinitum and we should never forget that. What isn’t chic is to spend money you don’t have, because financial irresponsibility and debt are not aspirations any woman who isn’t just waiting for a knight in shining armour to pay her credit card bill should have. And social media can make you think you need to do that and that is something that can be seriously dangerous.

When you look at women’s wardrobes on social media and feel envious of the never-ending designer names tagged on a single picture, you just have to remember that either a) they are richer than you and that is obviously envy-inducing, but unless you are planning on ditching your career and retraining as a stockbroker, it is what it is OR, b) they are influencers who probably live a much more modest life than the #gifted designer booty they feature on their social media accounts would lead you to believe OR c) they are bankrupting themselves spending money they don’t have on clothes trying to keep up with other people they don’t even know.

Owning 100 handbags that cost the same as your monthly mortgage is not ‘normal’. It’s bonkers! I’m not going to say it’s obscene, because every woman has the right to spend their money as they wish, but that crazy standard should have no power to dent your style confidence, or influence how you dress, because it has nothing to do with the skill of being able to express yourself creatively through what you wear.

My personal recipe for building a wardrobe is a mix of old pieces, timeless high street buys and a sprinkling of beautifully made designer pieces, generally bought at a fraction of their RRP from an outlet store or resale site (past season at Bicester Village, pre-loved at Vestiaire, then reconditioned at The Restory is how I roll).

It doesn’t always make me the most effective influencer and I know some of my followers get frustrated that they can’t buy something I’m wearing, but it’s important to me that I make the point that I wear old clothes, buy past season and I’m not dripping in designer swag 24/7.

Because when did that become our only definition of a successful wardrobe? And where’s the panache in that? Don’t get me wrong, I take my hat off to the fashion week street style celebrities who spend weeks planning and coordinating samples and putting together outfits to inspire us all—but that is just not realistic benchmark for anyone to try and achieve on a normal salary and we need to remember that whenever we’re scrolling though 947 Dior saddlebags. Dress for yourself, dress for your bank balance and always remember that a great dress is a great dress.

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