You would be forgiven for thinking so. Truly this shirt is a monstrosity and everything inside me screams that I shouldn’t love it but I just do. I saw it in Topshop the same day that I came across my carpet boots of dreams and for a full week the two haunted my dreams like a particularly expensive spook until I just had to buy them both.
It’s funny how much your style can change just in the space of a few months isn’t it? Since October really I’ve found myself reaching for a pop of colour here and there, trying out new silhouettes, and being brave in my choice of patterns and textures. Gone are the days of all black every day, and I feel like I’m welcoming in a new age to my sartorial journey – one that apparently includes dressing like I just stepped out of the 80’s (or alternatively Pat Butcher’s wardrobe).
Bravely, I’m not only attempting proper colour for the first time in a long time, and animal print for possibly the first time ever, but I’m also attempting to wear a clashing pattern too. I’ve found the absolute queen of prints, patterns, and completely original style Megan Ellaby is inspiring me so much at the moment to broaden my choices when it comes to what I reach for in my wardrobe, and I’m so grateful. This shirt clashes zebra print with tiger print, two different coloured leopard prints, and a further print that I can’t quite identify but I like to describe as ‘bomb diggity’ – and you know what? I think it’s freakin’ great.
Tacky? Yes. Over the top? Absolutely. But doesn’t it just look cracking teamed with a band t-shirt, faux leather skirt and fishnet style tights? Yes it damn well does.
I’m quite proud that I’m finally finding the confidence to experiment a little more with my clothes this year – it’s funny how fashion is such a personal thing and an outfit can bring your mood up or down so easily, and as much as we say it doesn’t affect us, the reaction from other people to our outfit can too. I’ve spent too much time the last two years of blogging wondering what everyone else thinks, whether my outfits are good enough, and even on occasion buying things to wear just because they’ve been well received on other blogs in the hopes that I’d get the same reaction. I’m nipping that behaviour in the bud this year though, in 2017 you’re getting 100% authentic Lucy Love every single damn day.
I hope you’re ready (because I certainly am).
What do you think of my wonderfully tacky shirt? Let me know in the comments below XO
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