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Now, as a young student on a pretty average student budget (I can afford to treat myself to some clothes every now and then without having to live off tinned tuna and whatever else has been lurking in the back of my cupboard for about 4 months, but I don't have endless amounts of cash to flash) I tend to shop in the standard high street shops: Topshop, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Zara, New Look etc etc. To be honest, Topshop and Urban Outfitters do test my financial limits but I am very partial to Topshop in particular. So, as far as students go, I think I'm a pretty loyal customer.
So it was with dismay that on Saturday night as I was walking home from a night out with my housemate and some friends we passed the Topshop window display of Cabot Circus and, I have to say, we just had to laugh. Now, I'm all for the retro trends, and vintage fashion, and I know the 70s is supposed to be very "in" at the moment, but that is not an excuse to recreate every single item of clothing that went out of fashion for a reason. It also does not mean that everything from the 70s is now suddenly fashionable again (yes, put those knee-length patent white platforms back where they came from), and definitely not always flattering. Some things most definitely belong in the dusty wardrobes of decades past, people!
What were the offending articles in Topshop, I hear you ask? Well, the thing is it wasn't even the individual items of clothing that were horrible, it was the way they were put together in various combinations that made the manequins look like frumpy middle aged women, sad art teachers trying to be hip, tree huggers (and not in the good way) and the worst case was one that literally looked like a giant doily. To quote my housemate - "I don't know whether to wear that or rest my cup of tea on it"
I have to say, one of these trends is flares and palazzo pants. I do try to like palazzo pants, but I'm afraid I just can't. I do accept that if you are 6 and a half feet tall, and very willowy they will flatter you, but so will everything else! Also, the vast majority of us do not look like that, so let's not encourage people to wear these monstrosities. I won't even go into flares, because to be honest I'm not even sure the leggy models look good in them. If you must wear them, fine but please at least warn people first so they can avoid being seen with you... I joke, well unless they're denim flares, in which case you shouldn't even leave the house. Of course there are always exceptions to the rules and if you are one of those fortunate people who can break the rules and look good doing it, I would love to be proven wrong on this. If you think flares are the way forward, by all means I'd love to see :) But I know I, at least, will be an ever-faithful member of the skinny jeans cult.
What I'm trying to say is there are ways to emulate trends without completely copying a whole look. I love, for instance, the floppy 70s hats that are cropping up left right and centre at the moment. They look great with any casual outfit and wavy hair, but there's no danger of looking like you've just stepped out of a time machine and are thoroughly disorientated.
Ok, I'll stop hating on Topshop and the 70s now, especially because I do really like Topshop normally, they have lots of nice clothes in right now, maybe they should display those instead! I am particularly loving chunky block heels at the moment, it took a while for them to grow on my but they really make an impact and flatter my legs. I tried some nude coloured chunky mary-janes in New Look the other day, but didn't buy them in the end. Maybe when I have some birthday money perhaps. I've still got my eye on the Forever 21 miu miu-esque ones, although they are always sold out in my size, if not completely. I hope they come back in stock soon!
(I don't think the picture really does them justice, they look nice on though)
I hope my little rant didn't offend any devout followers of the 70s trend, I may have exaggerated slightly for the purpose of this post. Maybe it's secretly just because I don't like trends that I can't wear because they don't suit me, I don't want to be left out now do I?!
I hope you're all having a good week, three days left of my play still and it's going really well! I hope you all had yummy pancakes yesterday, I had mine at about midnight but they were worth waiting for. Hopefully there's still some mixture left and I can have some for breakfast, mmm :)