Ruby slippers brooch: gift
Red belt: Love Label (very very old!)
Ring: Chubby Cartwheels
It’s been a while since I’ve properly documented an outfit – mostly because my bedroom’s an absolute state and I’ve not been wearing much except for pyjamas recently. But, I was recently contacted by (if that phrase makes you want to click off, it’s NOT a brand and I wasn’t given a freebie, promise!) the charity Platform 51 which gave me the excuse needed to photograph probably the best £15 I’ve ever spent.
Platform 51 is a charity that supports disadvantaged women, girls and trans* people around the UK. Since March the 8th – International Women’s Day – they have launched Glad Rags, a campaign to highlight mental health issues amongst women and break down the stigma it attracts. It’s all about feeling good, with various women sharing outfits, accessories and make-up that makes them feel good, happy and strong.
I like this campaign because as I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from clinical depression myself and clothes and fashion are a way to help me feel good and lift my mood a little. I’ve talked about dressing up as self care a few months ago, which got a great response. So I really feel an affinity to this program! Which brings me on to this particular outfit…
You guys have seen me in this dress’ orange version here. I loved that colour so much – still do – but I knew the black version would be a little more versatile. Since then, I’ve barely removed it from my person. It is the best cut dress I’ve ever owned, and makes me feel like a princess whenever I wear it. The fact that it’s made of really thick ponte knit means I’m always comfortable, making me more relaxed when I’m out as I don’t have to think about how I look – I just know I look absolutely fine. I’ve worn it with so many different accessories – tights in all colours, various belts, jewellery and hair accessories – it’s the perfect base. And it only cost me £15 – I wish I’d bought three!
This particular day I went with my favourite combination of red and black. The belt’s been featured a lot, but the ruby slippers brooch is new. My parents saw it in Romford market for a few quid and bought it for me. I’ve also not really spoken about my tattoo, but it’s something that also calms me down and helps me feel good about myself. Since I was a little kid I’ve loved the film Wizard of Oz. When I was seven I tried to change my name to Dorothy, but no one took me seriously (haha). When it came to getting a tattoo, the phrase “there’s no place like home” also meant a lot to me. I get quite anxious when I’m out in public, and I panic if I don’t know exactly where I am or have difficulty getting back home, so the tattoo does help calm me. Strange, but true!
So there you have it. Please do take a look at the Glad Rags Youtube page for more videos. Claire from French For Cupcake documents her favourite dress here, and thanks to Bethany for putting me forward!