Tuesday, 22 March 2016
The £10 Horrockses
So, in the spirit of brightening things up a little, here's the lovely Horrockses I bought from Kinky Melon. 1960s, and very bright jade and white in colour. I did wonder if Horrockses had become massively less fashionable in the 1960s, as the length of the dress would have been far from trendy back then and it does feel a bit 'nanna', but I always enjoy a good bit of frump. Accidental frump is a sad and colourless thing, but purposeful frump, when you own it and stick two sartorial fingers up at the world and its expectations that you should be desirable or look available... that is wonderful.
The fabric feels soft but sturdy. I think it's what's called sateen, as it's not satiny but the threads are long and parallel. I love the colour and print – there are tiny deformed flowers inside the blocks, as though the romantic Horrockses fabrics of the 1950s have been forced to embrace modernism. (I didn't get a decent close-up of it, I'm afraid.) The tie neckline is great too, and so very 60s. There are little hooks and eyes at the back of the collar so there's no split at the back; that's a really nice finishing detail.
This is how I wore it for work, with Clarks brogues and robot earrings. I carried a black 1960s bag too. I'm not sure that black is the right accessory colour for this dress, but it was that or brown, and I was 100% certain that brown was the wrong accessory colour. It looks like it needs girlier shoes, which is something for me to think about. I don't want to pair it with white acesscories, but I'm not sure what colours would work. Purple? Pink? Navy? It also definitely needs lipstick, as my face is vanishing between the dress and my hair!
And tomorrow, let's all get out there and be COLOURFUL and KIND. Oh yes.