• Thursday, 26 January 2017

    Throwback Thursday // 50 Outfits from my Past to Laugh at

    Although this particular blog is fairly young, I've actually been taking pictures of myself and putting them online since about 2008, when I was still a very irritating teenager (no offence teenagers, you'll understand it when you're not one too). On a very boring day I ended up searching through my old Lookbook account (remember that?) and entertaining myself.

    So this is either the most narcissistic post I've ever written, or the most self-deprecating one. Because, hey, here's 50 photos of me. But also, hey here's 50 photos of me wearing things from the late noughties. It wasn't a good time for many people.  
    Age: 16
    Would wear again: 4/10
    This is probably the epitome of my sixteen year old style. I wore this on a first date and titled it on Lookbook with lyrics from Blink 182's First Date. I did have such a floral headband thing and my mother bought me these excellent purple suede boots, I felt like Dumbledore. I am still a fan of coloured tartan. My bedroom was very messy back then and apparently I didn't care.



    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 1/10
    Yellow tights. Scarf tucked into belt. Terrible hair. Short skirt. Taken in my brother's housemates room when I visited him in his first year of uni. It was a terrible look.
    Age: 16
    Would wear again: 7/10
    I honestly think this is the most stylish outfit of my teen years. A Henry Holand blazer, heart print tights and ballerina-esque dress. These boots had a stupidly high heel and I struggled to walk. But other than that, it was a solid look.
    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 4/10
    I sincerely miss this hair colour. And these boots, though they were too small. Everything else in this outfit can go.
    Age: 16
    Would wear again: 2/10
    That first date I had? This was my second date outfit. We saw Avatar. I hated Avatar. The boy was nice but it didn't work out. Still have these leggings but they're reserved for working out exclusively. Which is not a lot, admittedly.
    Age: 15/16
    Would wear again: 7/10
    I was so excited to join the cool kids and finally own a *playsuit* when I found this in a charity shop. I think I only wore it once in my bedroom, because even back then I felt too fat for it, which is insane, because I'd kill to look like this again. Why out of focus photos were acceptable to post online, I have no idea.
    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 5/10
    I thought this was the cutest outfit ever back then, I wore it for a first date walking round cold Lytham and regretted it a lot, because 17 year old me couldn't figure out that a net cardigan wasn't going to be warm. Well done past me.
    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 5/10
    More ankle socks, I just thought they were cute. Still think this skirt is great.
    Age: 16
    Would wear again: 3/10
    Still own these tights and the Kate Nash t-shirt is still in my 'to turn into a memory blanket' project drawer. That drawer remains untouched for 5 years. I remember replacing all of the buttons on this skirt with mix and match ones, because I was quirky like that.
    Age: 17/13
    Would wear again: 1/10
    I lived in this hoodie throughout the ages of 13-15 and this photo was taken as a 'hey, look what I forgot I still had' picture, at the age of 17. I still have this hoodie at my parents house, because nostalgia, but the last time I tried it on, it tried to choke me. It also has holes in it.
    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 8/10
    Still own this dress. Still love this dress. Spent a tenner on it at a local vintage fair, the lining's a bit ripped now. Don't think I'd be sassy enough now to wear it with shiny purple heels, blue nails and pose with my Blackberry.
    Age: 15
    Would wear again: 6/10
    The first ever vintage dress I bought. From a shop called Martha's closet, it was ace. It felt digusting and had weird shoulders but I loved how quirky it was. Definitely would not keep a festival band on all year pretentiously anymore. I also gave up on WWJD bracelets a long time ago.
    Age: 16
    Would wear again: 4/10
    Ah, photography a-level. I've never owned a record player and bought this purely for prop reasons. Same for the pink shiny fabric I hung up over my wardrobe to take this self-portrait. Classy, huh?
    Age: 17/18
    Would wear again: 5/10
    This bikini is in a suitcase full of things I intend to wear once I've lost weight. Which is kind of pathetic really. Definitely wouldn't wear a weird fishing net cover up again. Highly unlikely to take a camera mirror selfie in a weird hotel room too.
    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 2/10
    Dammit, I miss those wellies. From the H by Henry Holland range at Debenhams that I was totally obsessed with. Oversized things are not my friend and it took me a long time to realise this. I always envied the girls that could shop in the mens department and look cool. That is not me. Also, posing in front of portaloos with a bag of cheese and onion hula hoops, weird? Or festival chic quirky? 
    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 1/10
    My word I loved this fringe poncho thing. I felt like the witchiest, coolest fairy in the world. But I looked ridiculous. I'm wearing cut off denim shorts underneath that too. The epitome of style. Liked this hair colour though.
    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 3/10
    Oh dear Lord, the ripped tights stage. That was a bad one. I'm sorry world. Still own this waistcoast and the scarf, still love both. Think the flower hairclip is a bit weird and that lace skirt was too short even then.
    Age: 17
    Would wear again: 3/10
    Guys, this is *the* dress. This is the dress I was wearing on the day me and Jay got together (five and a half very long years ago). It was in the Primark sale, it was flimsy cheaply made but I loved it. Probably wouldn't wear it with ankle socks or a long chain necklace again. But apparently it worked for Jay.
    Age: 18
    Would wear again: 6/10
    I still own every single element of this outfit, excluding maybe the socks and the sunglasses. Still love this skirt and these shoes. Probably wouldn't wear it like this again. Or with this amount of attitude.
    Age: 18
    Would wear again: 7/10
    This was my go to outfit for a long period of time. I was obsessed with this skirt, regardless of the fact that it rode up horrendously. Bit short for me now.
    Age: 18
    Would wear again: 1/10
    Ah, this was when I was still trying to persuade myself that I could pull of styles like this. I was a bit slimmer back then so it looked better on me then than it would do now, I imagine. But these shorts are far too short, regardless. Still have this top, it was from the best gig of my life but it's mostly reserved for sleeping in now. This was also the beginning of my love affair with lipstick.
    Age: 18
    Would wear again: 8/10
    Oh how I miss this skirt. One of my first ever ASOS purchases that I managed to burn a hole in with the iron. I was gutted, I'd kill for this skirt now. This leopard belt was the most expensive vintage thing I've ever bought, but I had won a 50% off voucher and got it for £40, instead of £80. Still love it. Don't wear it as much
    Age: 18
    Would wear again: 4/10
    This is possibly the worst hair and make up look that I ever believed to be acceptable, but check out those tuxedo nails. 2011 was a simpler time. I wore this to meet my mum and my brother for a day in London, the first time they saw me since uni had started and I wanted to look stylish and grown up. I don't think I succeeded. Still love this jumper, despite it's horizontal stripes and what they do to my already excessive bust. This skirt is awful, though worn a lot.
    Age: 18
    Would wear again: 4/10
    Told you I wore this skirt alot. I don't know what's with the checked tights though. This jumper is slowly falling apart and that makes me sad. I miss my ombre hair though.
    Age: 18
    Would wear again: 6/10
    I maintain that this was a cute outfit, though far too low cut if you can't show how badly my boobs are trying to bust out of this dress. I gave this dress to my much skinnier housemate who looked infinitely better in it than I did. It was a good decision. But if someone wants to make something similar again in my size, that'd be ace.
    Age: 18
    Would wear again: 5/10
    I felt so ugly taking this photo. I hadn't shaved my legs in three days (which was shocking at 18) and I had just cut my own hair (appallingly) in an attempt to save money and was horrified with the results. I thought this skirt was great at the time. I still would if there was about another 10 inches of fabric.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 8/10
    This is when my love of the longer skirt started. And it's been a beautiful romance so far, which is probably going to last a long time. I've gotten over long necklaces and wooden earrings though.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 4/10
    Oh this outfit got so many reblogs on Tumblr. The first one with this jacket (that features a lot in the next few images) that I found in TKMaxx and fell in love with. Jay hated it because he couldn't hug me whilst wearing it. It was a nightmare carrying bags too but dammit I was punk rock. Terrible skirt length.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 7/10
    Oh the high-low hem trend. Anyone miss that? No, me neither. I am yet to throw out this dress though because I love the zebra print. I miss these cowboy boots too. They were an excellent purchase.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 6/10
    Ah, one of my homemade skirts. It was quite something. Remember when tartan skirts were all the rage? I do and I was obsessed. Strong look for slightly punk 19 year old me.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 7/10
    Ah, the clashing prints rise again. Still love me some leopard print. Still wear this cardigan. Miss this velvet skirt.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 9/10
    I was heartbroken the day this dress tried to cut off my breathing (damn you steroid treatments). I still love the print and I'd give, not my right arm, but maybe my little finger to wear this again. Such an iconic look for me, it was my blog header for ages.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 4/10
    Such a cute look for me, in theory. It only really worked if I posed like this. In reality, I looked a bit like a pirate. I didn't help that with the gold swag boots and the skull print scarf. Yes, it's Alexander McQueen, yes it's my most precious thing I own. Or one of. I had a boyfriend that dressed like a pirate once, maybe we'll call this an ode to him.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 9/10
    I was testing this out as a work outfit here, because I was soon to rush off to my work placement and my first ever office job. Still think this is a solid look. Miss my brown brogues painfully.
    Age: 19
    Would wear again: 6/10
    Remember when headless outfit shots were a thing? Because you had a bad face day or something. I only just gave up on this dress, because the back was so low cut that it fell down so much. Even much less modest 19 year old me thought this dress was too low cut and decided to cover up with a scarf.
    Age: 19/20
    Would wear again: 6/10
    This was the summer I was determined to pull off a beehive look, I was obsessed with Liv Purvis' hair, but I'm not sure I pulled it off. I really wish I still had this pineapple dress, it was a charity shop buy that had huge batwings and was way too big for me, so a bit of a reshape was required. Still, if I had known pineapples were going to be the trend they are now, I might have held on to it.
    Age: 19/20
    Would wear again: 7/10
    This dress seriously needed hemming, even back then. I was too lazy to fix it, so it got tossed. That and it had several holes in it. I did, and still do, love a floral dress with purple tights and boots. My purple tights collection is quite impressive.
    Age: 19/20
    Would wear again: 6/10
    I actually bought this dress twice over, from two separate charity shops. It's originally a Primark one, and as any charity shopper knows, there's a lot of Atmosphere tags to get through. I bought the second one to replace the first as I adored it but the zip broke. The same situation has occurred with the replacement dress and it is currently in a box of 'to-fix' projects for rainy day. I desperately want to wear this dress again, but perhaps not with the weird sheer cardigan thing.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 4/10
    I remember getting a lot of compliments about this outfit at uni, but for the life of me I'm not sure why. I mean, there's nothing particularly wrong with it, but there's also nothing particularly right with it. I mean, I still dig the pattern clash, but other than that, it's just not very interesting is it?
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 3/10
    I think this is possibly the dullest outfit I've ever documented in my many years of taking outfit photos. I recently got rid of this dress, because due to my steroid treatment induced weight gain (or at least that's what I tell myself, the consistent Dominoes might have something to do with it), it's so short and unflattering. It was nice at the time. And I was very daring to mix it with a snake print and domino earrings. Still available on my Etsy if you're interested.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 6/10
    This was a good day, Jay got a job and moved to Bournemouth and we took a lot of beach photos. Still wear this skirt regularly, but with tights. Because as we have established, all of my skirts before the age of 22 were far too short.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 5/10
    The £1 dress that got worn obsessively and it only just got thrown out. I just got tired of it, but it was cute at the time. Still love my M&M bag, even though everyone who's ever been to the M&M store in Piccadilly will tell you that nobody needs that much chocolate themed memorabilia. Still love my dog necklace.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 9/10
    Still own this whole outfit, except these ankle boots. I loved them at the time, but they really cut my legs in two. Love this leather skirt, love my time turner necklace. Once a Potterhead, always a Potterhead.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 8/10
    Possibly the best hair day of my life. I have no idea what happened to this blue hat but I miss it. This dress is another in storage to be fixed. Still adore it, not sure if I'd wear it with the white sleeves again.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 5/10
    This outfit was much better in theory than in practice. It was just all a little too much, still own these tights because I'm determined to make them work someday. My hair desperately needed cutting here.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 4/10
    Ah, the hat that made me sassy. It was a big deal for about six months. This was taken just after I got my first paid modelling gig and I suddenly thought I was Kate Moss. Well, that definitely isn't true, because Kate Moss is tiny and I am not. But I was definitely channeling some of her 'tude.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 7/10l
    The hat stuck around for a while. This may also have been my first successful red lip of my life.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 3/10
    I am fine to leave the dip-hem trend in the past. I was also rather keen on layering at this time, I lived in a cold student house. I can leave that in the past too. Still love this hat.
    Age: 20
    Would wear again: 6/10
    Dull outfit, great coat. Still love this coat, still love bright pink.

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