In typical hump day fashion, I woke early, but then lay in bed for an hour watching strangers making gingerbread houses on an old episode of The Great British Bake Off. When I did finally get up, finding an outfit that was as comfortable as my bed was a priority, as was speed and simplicity.
When I have little energy and even less time, I follow a simple rule – I wear something extremely basic but add a quick flourish. In this case, black leggings and a long sleeved tshirt laid the base, but weren’t quite suitable for a day in the office.
Enter the ridiculous bomber jacket, featuring embroidery and appliqué verging on tacky. In fact, maybe it is tacky, but on this particular hump day to end all hump days I decided to channel a bit of outrageous to balance out the black.
I think we can sometimes be too quick to dismiss the over-the-top and eye-catching. I’m guilty of thinking “but how often will I wear that” and while it’s a sensible question, perhaps an equally valid question is “but how often will it make me feel good”.
Minimalism has its place, but while I love a good grey and beige combo I’ve been surprised again and again by the brightly coloured shoe that works like a neutral, the statement pair of trousers that turn out to be the perfect match to almost every bland top I never wear, and the glittering nest of a necklace that gets worn so regularly it practically wears out.
Go tacky, go bright, go over the top. On the dullest days an appliqué bird might be just what you need to get you out the door.