I’m afraid for the Madonna fans out there, this is not a ‘how to’ guide on the best way to dress to dance to her iconic 90s hit ‘Vogue’… It is in fact about the thoughts that were running through my head whilst finally sitting down to read Jan 17 edition of the magazine Vogue (UK Version).
Let me paint the picture for you. I’m sitting in my kitchen at my newish ikea island (I love it, let me show you)
and I am doing my preliminary flick through my magazines, in this case Vogue, and drooling over some of the new spring/summer trends. Especially yellow, pineapple yellow is definitely for me. When it strikes me that I’m sitting in my kitchen, wearing ill fitting maternity wear mixed with 2 years overstretched wool from Yours of all places only just covering my bump, a disgusting bun in my hair and not a scrap of anything on my face. It left me feeling somewhat deflated and also feeling rather down about my own ability to partake in the illustrious world that vogue pertains to.
Luckily for me, there was a great letter this edition from the editor, Alexandra Shulman, referring to the cover model, Ashley Graham and addressing the stigma around the ‘plus size’ model. It was an eloquent plea to address fashion for normal women and keep the extremes to the articles produced – not the people. I applauded. On my own. At my island. I couldn’t have said it better myself so I urge you to read not only her letter but also the article accompanying Ashley’s cover as it is an inspiration to anyone who is not the fashion norm.
This little bit of cheering for a someone outside the mould made me feel that instead of feeling underdressed to read such a fashion bible, I was inspired to see what I could take from the trends and make my own way in this world feeling great about myself and so here it starts…
Well done ladies