There was a time, during the writing of this blog, when a tea dress and tights was my outfit of choice. It was 2009 and plaid dungarees were still just a suppressed memory of the 90s, pink hair was reserved for actual Pink! and floral tea dresses were the look du jour. I wore my collection day in, day out and never struggled with dilemmas like if the over 25s can wear snapbacks or whether I can really pull off New Balance trainers.
So when I spotted this classic tea dress in the Hobbs shop at York Designer Outlet (which is SO much better now than it was when I worked there aged 16), I snapped it up for a bit of 2009's simple approach to style.
Dress, Hobbs | Jacket, Michael Kors via TK Maxx | Heels, Guess c/o Sarenza | Necklace, Whistles | Ring, H&M
Compared to my 2009 self, I prefer a much simpler, cleaner look these days. Rather than add fuss with brogues and heavy accessories, I toughened up my tea dress with leathers and pointy heels. With just a few easy changes to the styling, a piece that's not particularly on-trend looks fresh and modern once more.
Is there anything you were REALLY into (fashion-wise... I don't need any confessions!) a few years ago that you rarely look twice at now?