WHAT, THIS OLD THING?
It’s fair to say that I’ve never met an animal print I didn’t want to wear.
From abstracted alligator to shrunken ocelot and electric orange leopard, I’ll happily try them all. This time it was tiger on an old wool Marc by Marc Jacobs dress from about five years ago.
I’m finding that I’m recycling and reinventing a lot of my clothes (and shoes!) at the moment, as I try to avoid full-cupboards-but-nothing-to-wear syndrome.
Things that I haven’t wanted to look at for the past two or three winters suddenly seem appealing again with the addition of a belt or a different shoe.
I even delved into the bag of clothes I’d earmarked for a market stall/eBay/charity on the weekend, and rescued quite a tally of pieces.
The trick is to figure out how they’ll fit into your wardrobe this time round, so they look and feel new – not just like that old jacket you wore three years ago. Try them on! Experiment!
This dress wasn’t quite halfway out the door but it was under-loved due to its boxy shape and let’s-call-it-challenging length, hitting just below the knee. Belting it in and topping it with a longer cardigan helped. And the lower heel and classic two-tone colours of the Mary Janes added a contrast that felt somehow fresher than the heavier heels I’d normally wear.
Doing: Breakfast at Pier restaurant to celebrate the launch of ModelCo’s new Super-Tan; transcribing interviews (my least favourite job – ever!); checking out Joico’s new Structure range over drinks at The Ivy.
Wearing: Helmut Lang cardigan; Marc by Marc Jacobs dress; Marni belt; Marc Jacobs heels; Chloe teal bangle; Burberry studded bangle; vintage gold bracelet; Miu Miu black patent cuff.
*Michelle Bateman is a freelance writer and editor who blogs about fashion, beauty and the arts on The Modernity Project, as well as contributing to Australian Vogue, Women’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar and Emporium, among other titles. When not testing new lipsticks (and the occasional gloss), she can be found rearranging her wardrobe in a perpetual quest for more space. This season, she is enjoying mixing patterns and clashing colours; she has always been a sucker for a good leopard print.