HOW ALEXA CHUNG X AG JEANS DUNGAREES HELPED GIVE ME MY MOJO BACK
Sadly, we often tend to turn to the most hideous of garments when we’re not feeling our best and at a low ebb, I confess I am partial to a sheepskin boot (yeah, Ugg, I’m looking at you – out damned, vile, UGG) and an oversized fleece-lined sweater, paired with either oppressively tight leggings or shapeless harem pants. Yet these are the very garments that perpetuate those feelings of general blobbiness (despite my very soft spot for Mr. Blobby, i.e. total fashion renegade – Blobby rocked on up to a business meeting wearing nothing but body art and a bow-tie) and thus begins a vicious cycle of neverending man repelling. For other man repelling outfits, I highly recommend the garbs of Leandra Medine of Man Repeller or Jo Elvin’s (Glamour magazine editor) Clothes my Husband Hates. Yet sometimes, it takes just one garment to reignite the sartorial flame inside oneself and that garment for me, was the Alexa Chung x AG jeans Tennessee denim overalls.WHERE TO BUY ALEXA CHUNG X AG JEANS DUNGAREES
Now, some of you may wonder, where a lowly serf like myself could afford to swathe my working-class body in such exorbitant glad-rags! I’ll give you a hint. Or two. Pre-loved. I bought these beauts at Siopaella, the designer/high-street/vintage consignment store in Dublin’s Temple Bar and judging by the condition, they were hardly ever worn. Recently, style maven and monochrome mega-babe Anouska Proetta Brandon blogged about how she consigns with Siopaella and used her winnings towards buying a Céline bag! Check it out here. The Alexa Chung x AG Jeans Tennessee Overalls are largely sold out now but the Bunny Corduroy Dungarees are still available on Matches Fashion with 50% off! Win, win!Since I became a sober Josephine, my presence on a night out is about a bland as a dry saw-dust biscuit on a ship full of scurvy-riddled sailors, so I like to pretend like I’m an easy-going, fun-loving nubile nymph and a see-through glitter top conveys just about the right amount of light-heartedness. Spot the conversative long sleeves and polo neck however, suggesting that although I’m ready to dance, it may be an embarrassing form of ironic dancing and I may try to converse with you about the existensial merits of Jean-Paul Sartre or the state of affairs in Syria. The polo adds gravitas. Notice how I don’t call it a turtle neck. Turtle necks are for solicitors and hipsters, neither of which I can attritube to my long list of useless monikers.STEALING ALEXA CHUNG’S STYLE – OR NOT
My hairdresser recently forbade me from cutting my hair. This is something I wholeheartedly thank her for, although I adore Alexa Chung’s choppy cut and constantly wanted to indulge in some barbarism. However, Andrea reminded me that my last haircut made me look like a mushroom in a wig. No word of a lie. I honestly looked more like David Beckham circa 1996 than Alexa Chung. Luckily, my post-break up haircut was quite some time ago but the metaphorical scars still remain. My jewellery is borrowed from my Mum and my bag is a vintage Coachborrowed from my sister!As I hit my thirties my preference for street-sweeping flares transformed into ankle-bashing skinnies. These Alexa Chung x AG Jeans dungarees are a compromise – the straight leg is a little out of my comfort zone but it reveals enough ankle for me to illustrate that given the right opportunity, I can be a saucy a minx as any Bronte or Austen. Have you any clothes that inject confidence into your life and a spring in your step? Let me know in the comments section below. All photos by Steven Paul Richardson.