So, in Edinburgh, we’re approaching the end of winter. Let me repeat that just in case the Scottish climate gods haven’t heard me. We are approaching the END of winter. And you know what I’ve learnt?
You do not have to look ugly during winter. REPEAT. You do not have to look ugly during the winter.
I know, I know, I hear what you’re all thinking: “Asha, you can be fashionable in every season, EVERYONE knows that!”
Listen, ok, I KNOW that, I’ve seen Vogue and Essence and Michelle Obama’s purple coat but in my defence…
…I’m from the tropics ok. We enter buildings to cool down, not to thaw out warm up. The concept of coats is generally unheard of. At a stretch, I would wear a cardigan in an over-vigorously air-conditioned office. But it was a temporary measure, not intended for stylin’ and profilin’ .
I’m used to having one shot, using one layer of clothing to make an impression…to express myself. So I would dress all fly in Scotland (as I would in Trinidad *cough*sometimes*cough*) and all my efforts were covered by my coat. An ugly coat thus nullified all my attempts at cuteness. When the cold hit me (despite my self-directed pep talks and best intentions), I wasn’t thinking of looking good, I just grabbed my warmest (albeit my ugliest, most un-shapely) coat because all I was concerned with was getting warm and comfortable…yeah…comfortable. That’s the word-that-should-remain-unspoken by fashionistas…’comfortable‘. Because we all know that ‘comfortable‘ is a euphemism for cat-lady-busted.
-“Mom, why are you wearing those ugly shoes?!”
-“Child, let me be…I’m comfortable”
Conversely, on the other end of the spectrum, a snazzy coat can cover up a frumpy outfit. I’m just learning this. Winter fashion is ALL about the silhouette, using layers to keep warm and experimenting with colour accents like a scarf, hat, belt or shoes or even gloves to change the look of a plain coat.
*BRAINWAVE*All my sexy ladies looking for love, are you worried that guys are only pursuing you for your bawdy? In wintertime, you’re covered from head to toe, so no worries about that. It’s all about the face. Matter fact, you should try to get into a romantic relationship during the colder months ‘so you know it’s real’. Let me know how it works out for you. However, if you feel pressed to show errbawdy what you’re working with, invest in a short coat 😉
Check me out, flying in my fly coat…ooooo.
The conclusion of the matter is; invest in a fly coat that creates/ enhances a lovely silhouette (a fly short coat if your derriere is your pride and joy) and ‘werk’!
Ironically, this realisation has only come to me at the end of my last winter in Edinburgh as I prepare to graduate and head back home to the tropics. #le sigh
Note: fly means sharp, snazzy, stylish
What’s your fashion revelation?