In what was probably a futile a effort to counteract the chocolate and hot cross bun excesses of the weekend, I decided to include a few more hills in my walk this morning. My new route took me past a large petrol station with queues of cars filling up to go off on some lovely Easter outing. I was idylly watching everyone hop out to fill up when a young woman caught my eye. She was about 20, pretty, wearing the shortest black shorts I have seen in a long while and she was significantly overweight. By wearing shorts that could barely stretch over her thighs, she was clearly drawing attention to and not away from them, her worst feature. I started wondering what her thinking was. Did she really not care what people thought, did she think it made her more attractive or maybe sexy , was she following a trend she admired or was she making a statement that you don’t have to be a size 0 2 or 4 to fit into tiny shorts. I couldn’t decide although even on a very small girl the shorts were way too short to be decent. I don’t understand the reason for wearing them, I have fat legs of my own that I can barely stomach to look at if I wanted to, why would I want to be subjected to looking at hers. There is so much negative press about skinny models in the fashion industry at the moment and I wholeheartedly agree that some of those woman can create a negative self image and be very bad role models and I don’t want to even start to explore the pressure that the industry puts on these models, that’s another story altogether but at the same time I think we have gone overboard in ’embracing our curves’ and have let that become our excuse for being bigger. Like all things in life, I think it is a question of balance and moderation. You need to be comfortable with yourself and in your skin and if your skin is a size 16 that’s absolutely fine but you need to be healthy, exercise regularly and eat and drink in moderation. Excesses in everything have become a way of life and we need to navigate our way back to a bit of discipline in our lives. The fact is that we are becoming unhealthy and large numbers of people are pre diabetic which leads to serious diseases. We need to embrace who we are but at the same time not use that as an excuse to be what we are not.
One of the trends picked up Fashion week by bloggers and photographers who sit outside watching everyone come and go was running shoes. So many people were wearing bright coloured Nikes and New Balance running shoes or plain sneakers as the Americans call them. They are definitely more comfortable than 4 inch heels so it’s not surprising that the trend has been embraced so readily. Having said that, coloured sneakers may be a look best left to the young and trendy, I’m not sure if at my age, I could carry off lime green Nikes! Maybe at a push I could attempt white converses but I would be way out of my comfort zone.
A lot of Fashion publications and blogs have mentioned how much more faux fur and fur was shown in the collections than usual. It seems that every single collection had a furry something.
I noticed that a lot of labels have done fur sleeveless jackets and they are all in store at the moment. I tried one on and just looked like a yeti so I’m not quite sure how I would wear them but I love the feel of them, very soft and warm. Maybe the thing to do is belt them which gives you a waist and makes the whole silhouette more stream lined. These are a few that are around at the moment.
My children gave me this bracelet for Christmas and on my birthday last week they added to it. It has little heart charms and discs attached and each charm has a message or phrase from the kids engraved on the back. My husband added the large heart and a message for our 25th anniversary. I thought it was a lovely idea and I am thrilled with it.