Because imagine how great life would be if we could answer all annoying questions with a silent “look at my outfit”
We’ve all been there. Maybe it was at an interview, or a job assessment day, or a networking event, or industry talk, or maybe even a new school or extra-curricular activity. Maybe you were all sat, cross-legged in a circle, or maybe you were seated in uncomfortable plastic chairs around a massive white table. Three requests usually come after that dreaded sentence – “introduce yourself”:
- Tell us your name
- Tell us where you’re from
- Tell us something interesting about yourself
That sentence, followed by variations of the above, all amount to one basic question: “who exactly are you?”
One thing I find so fascinating about fashion is how it allows us to express our interests and beliefs. We can tell so much about others, just from looking at them – communication is largely non-verbal, and clothes play a big role in that! Fashion distinguishes the boyish from the ultra-feminine, and the ‘fa-shun’ set from the anti-trend Devil Wears Prada Andy Sachses of the world. I’m sure you had a “phase”, or even phases: changes in style went hand in hand with music tastes and even circles of friends.
So this is me: an avid fan of gold (in this case, this gold pleated skirt that I’ve pretty much worn to death across social media) and perspex and old band tees and wandering around the City of London. I couldn’t bear to let this skirt look super feminine as that’s not my style. Solution? The t-shirt I love to wear over and over again for its slouchiness and comfort and total non-girlyness. Could I have shown up to my job interview in a get-up like this one? Probably not. But next time someone tells you to “introduce yourself”, maybe just point to your outfit with a deadpan facial expression and say nada.*
How would you introduce yourself, style-wise? What does your style say about you?
T-shirt, Reclaimed Vintage at ASOS. Gold pleated skirt, Zara. Perspex and wood heels, Public Desire.
*maybe you shouldn’t do this. But if you decide you want to for banter, you’ve got to tell me the outcome, okay?