tRY JAnUArY

There’s no time like the new year to turn a dull dresser into a dazzling one

WORDS BY HEATHER GWYTHER

I have a spiritual bond to black clothes that I cannot break and my approach to dressing is practical at best and perfunctory at worst. By consequence, what I wear on a daily basis is never particularly interesting. In the grand scheme of things, this doesn’t matter (sometimes I feel like nothing superficial does), but the problem is that I work in fashion – at KOIBIRD, no less, where maximalism reigns supreme and dullness goes to die. So, because it’s January, a time of year in which we are meant to better ourselves in the hope that everything else in our lives will get better too, I am going to try clothes that I normally wouldn’t. Welcome to Try January, where I’ll style an alien (to me) item three ways weekly, not only showing myself how it can be done, but hopefully encouraging you too.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK

Oma Combo Mohair Knitted Top

"THiS IS THe PErFEcT oUTfIT FOr A ThEAtRE pERfORMaNCe"

The label on this Cormio top stresses that it is ‘not made for strenuous activity’, which is entirely alright by me (and exactly why I chose it for my first item).

LOOK ONE

This look was probably my favourite. It’s the closest to something I would actually wear: a slim-fitting top with black bottoms, mules (if the weather permits) and a flash of skin. But, if you look closely, you’ll see that the black bottoms are in fact cashmere stirrup leggings. I like how the Cormio top offers cosiness (on account of the mohair) as much as sexiness and wanted to play on that. This is the perfect outfit for a theatre performance – or, for me, the ballet, even if I’ll never look as good in tights as the dancers. 

LOOK TWO

I think Lizzo has this white ruched bandeau dress, but this isn’t about that. Wear it as a skirt with the Cormio top and you instantly get a look that’s fairly 50s and, by association, ultrafeminine. Coordinating borosilicate glass earrings and massive sunglasses make perfect sense in accompaniment. This outfit is for levelling up low season on the Amalfi Coast.

"INsTANtLY GeT A LoOK ThAT's FaIRlY 50's And,  BY AsSOcIATIoN UlTrA FeMInINe"

LOOK THREE

Putting a coat over the top simplifies it – in fact it simplifies anything. No more flower-embellished puffed shoulders, just a square-neck mohair top that is both green and lilac – nothing more, nothing less! This, in turn, enables you to go all out with everything else. Quite literally, make what you will of that – a IENKI IENKI Huskta Waterproof Hood could be cute, or Alina Abegg’s Alien Pinky Ring.

THE VERDICT

I thought I would find this painful, embarrassing, awkward – a whole host of bad things that stem from self-consciousness and not wanting to be seen. But, against all odds, it’s been fun, not to mention a great opportunity to rediscover what’s in my own wardrobe beyond black cashmere polo necks and black trousers. Maybe making an effort with how you dress can make you feel better about yourself. 

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