Carola Long: 'The sight of so much clothing that prioritised comfort over style was dispiriting'
Saturday 09 January 2010
Travel is meant to broaden the mind, and my fashion resolution for 2010 – scratch that, the next decade – came to me en route to La Palma in December. While standing in the queue at Heathrow, I found myself having the most uncharitable thoughts about my fellow travellers' outfits. Ugg boots, ill-fitting combats, overly distressed jeans... it was as if the fashion crimes of the Noughties were all going on a package holiday together. It reminded me of a remark the late, dapper-dressing Tony Wilson once made to me, about how Las Vegas airport was one of the most soul-destroying places he'd ever been, thanks to the parade of shapeless tracksuits.
Alas, my scorn was shortlived. A look in the mirror reminded me that while not quite plumbing the lowest depths of flammable leisurewear, my jeans and out-of-shape T-shirt weren't exactly super-chic. I don't believe in dressing up for the airport, but at the risk of sounding like Joan Collins, the sight of so much clothing that prioritised comfort to the unnecessary exclusion of all style was dispiriting. The resulting resolution? To make a moderate degree of effort at all times – even in deepest, darkest January.
Here's my action plan. Get rid of any top that's a bit short; nothing looks less classy than flashes of stomach. Invest in some classic leather trainers, such as the black or white leather Converse boots (£54.99, office.co.uk). Buy some ankle boots with a low Cuban heel that add a bit of height but are easy to walk in; Plumo's aubergine leather 'Montana' boots (£269, plumo.com) are timeless and cool. Buy a machine-washable day dress; nothing puts one off wearing a dress more than the hassle and expense of dry cleaning. Steal my friend Hannah's trademark of pinning a vintage brooch to a coat for that instant, arty Sunday-morning-wandering-around-the Marché-aux-Puces look. Wear more jewellery. After all, it's not tight, restrictive or hard to walk in, and a sloppy cardigan worn with an interesting bangle or ring suddenly becomes a look, not the first thing you picked out of the laundry bin.
Life & Style blogs
Revenge porn: What is it – and how big is the problem?
Teenagers irritable because early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Windows 10: Microsoft bypasses 'Windows 9' to unveil latest operating system
The Fappening: After the third wave of leaked celebrity photos, why can't we stop it?
The truth about student sex workers: it's far from Belle Du Jour
- 1 Sainsbury's '50p challenge' poster telling staff to encourage customers to spend more placed in shop window instead of staff room
- 2 Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
- 3 Isis an hour away from Baghdad - with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
- 4 Yes, the iPhone 6 is a miracle, but it's Apple's tax affairs that deserve a double take
- 5 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- < Previous
- Next >
Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: NORTH HAMPSHIRE NQ to MID LEVEL - An e...
Highly Attractive Pakage: Austen Lloyd: MANCHESTER - A highly attractive oppor...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (Campaigns, Offlin...
£90000 - £135000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Marketing (B2C, Acquisition...