The relaxation of modern dress codes suits me right down to a T by Alexander Wang. I’ve never felt comfortable in formal wear – that’s probably why I chose a career in the fashion/media industry where I’ve never really had to do corporate dressing. That’s not to say I don’t have to look smart, professional and pulled-together. As Kirsty Wark proved on Newsnight, the modern, working woman’s wardrobe can include luxury sportswear. I’ve been holding onto a pair of 1970s Adidas track pants since the nineties, waiting for this moment. Only problem is they’re polyester and not very luxurious and I hadn’t factored in my current aversion to man-made, flush-enhancing fabrics. Fortunately, Me & Em thought it was about time I posted a photograph of me NOT wearing a jumpsuit and very kindly kitted me out in go-faster stripes. The side stripe trouser is a neat alternative to jeans, Me & Em also has a narrower crepe trouser with piping, it was a toss up but I opted for the flared leg shape.
England may no longer be in the European Cup but that’s not going to stop me from getting sporty. The sports luxe blend of relaxed and formal is the er, new normal. And I like the idea of sportswear sneaking into business class. I’m wearing track pants with a silk blouse and navy blazer; (the blazer is Paul Smith, I’ve had it a few years now and it’s a keeper). Go-faster stripes go to work.
Oh and I keep forgetting to mention that, That’s Not My Age and Style Forever made another appearance on Who What Wear, a couple of weeks ago: Meet the Stylish Older Woman Who Refuses to be Invisible. That’s me in case you were wondering, and I’m very pleased about that.