Over the summer I managed to get a job in a call centre, write for More! Magazine and move in with my boyfriend. But perhaps the most surprising thing is that I managed to shed 18 pounds in a mere five weeks. Why surprising? Well, I’ve promised myself I’d lose the weight every single summer but it hasn’t happened, until now.
And whilst I’ve gone from a plump size 24 to an 18-20, I already feel like I’m starting to lose my sense of style. Hung on the rails of the bedroom I share with a fashion obsessed male are black jersey dresses, floaty smocks and cargo jeans that would fall straight to my knees and land at my Converse pumps if I even attempted to wear them.
So, after a raid of my old wardrobe when I went to visit my mum, I’ve pulled out curve accentuating camis, Mad Men style pencil skirts and a whole host of dresses which nip in at the waist (because I have one now!)
It all got me thinking, do you base your style on your size? If you’re a size 8 with an athletic figure, do you still try and imitate Kim Kardashian? And if you’re plus size, do you still try and work a snakeskin legging better than Kelly Rowland?
I’ve somewhat found my latest style icon in a certain petit lady-du-jour. Kate Middleton, in all her Reiss wearing glory, hassomewhat become my style inspiration. I’m taking those skinny belts, nude pumps and throwing on a row of pearls for good measure. My hair is blow dried within an inch of its life and I’ve even started to cross my legs at the ankle. What’s happening to me? And will this continue? Or, when I hit a size 14, will I start dressing like Anna Dello Russo?
I guess that’s what this column is about- finding my style all over again. And students, as you glare at all the inspiration around you, don’t forget to get in touch with Platform Magazine and let us know the most stylish looks you’ve seen around campus.