Looking back over these photos, I wonder whether in a few years I’ll look back on my style as a little bit ridiculous, completely fantastic or very much ‘of it’s time’.
It’s the kind of habit writing a blog makes you do- you become very reflective and every sartorial moment is documented, quite publicly, for everyone to see (see: yellow skinny jeans on MySpace and the beehive era). It’s also the kind of habit you pick up after scrolling on Twitter- when trends crop up such as ‘post a picture of you at the start of this decade vs. you at the end’. It makes you think about the thick Lego-fringes of time gone by, and the Nike Dunks that must be hiding in the back of your wardrobe somewhere.
When I look back at my style over the last decade, I commend 16 year old Liv for her confidence in dressing. She had no problem popping to the shopping centre in a knitted check dress, ribbon and beehive (that she whipped up after seeing on a catwalk) and didn’t blink twice at anyone’s strange sideways glances. Although she was a worrier in many other ways- her style certainly wasn’t one of them, and it’s something I’m trying to practise more as I head towards the latter half of my twenties- caring a little bit less, and ultimately wearing what brings me joy (no matter how big the collar might be).
So, with that I bring you my favourite default winter outfit- inspired by a certain Mrs. Maisel nonetheless. Although I’m not sure I’ll be whipping out any cerise prom dresses any time soon (my style has definitely toned itself down in some ways over the last few years)- I can absolutely get behind her intense love of a brilliant coat and some serious outerwear-hat coordination. Although era’s have changed slightly and sometimes I’m more Susie than Midge, there’s certainly something to be said for the way she gets dressed each morning- whether she’s cooking a brisket, or heading into work- getting dressed should ultimately be pleasurable and feel good.
Plus, although I’m not sure Midge has any white jeans in her wardrobe, I thought they took this statement coat into more ~cAsUaL~ territory- which is only ever a good thing when you’re literally just popping out the house (and not to perform at the Gaslight either). It’s certainly nice to dress up for the mundane- because saving things for ‘best’ shouldn’t be limited to once or twice a year- and I’m going to start channelling my inner Midge a little more often; it’s what 2013 Liv would have wanted after all.