|Jacket, skirt and scarf: all Madewell, Top: Banana Republic, Shoes: Nike|
So, I was meeting up with my bestie S (I have about five or six besties - that's totally allowed, right? I feel like we all fulfill each other in different ways, ya know?) for a walk in Hyde Park. In "interesting" weather conditions. (Since when was July allowed to be so bloody cold?!) I went sensible, with my trainers that I normally run in - men's Nike's that I got on sale in January, but I also really wanted to wear my brand new skirt that had arrived in the post that very morning.
Yes, I've become one of those people, hunters of bygone Madewell treasures on Ebay. I'd been eyeing this skirt for a while, deliberating over whether or not I could justify the splurge - and then I saw this post, and that was it. I had to get the skirt, or else. And even though I tried pairing it with a red silk top to lessen the obnoxiousness of the sneakers, I soon realised that I looked less like a chic Parisienne and more like I'd joined some kind of doomsday-sect. So, here are my three steps to dressing like a cult member:
1: Wear sneakers. You never know when you will have to run from a pursuing UFO.
2: Long skirts are a must. Modisty, you know - best not to offend ET.
3: Include some form of denim. It's durable, and paired with the right sneakers and demeanor, it carries that certain nutbag je ne sais quoi. See below for details.
Now, that's what I call busting moves. Say hello to Improvisational Folk Dance Gwen.
Also, I just need to point out that Madewell are not collaborating with Kodansha on limited edition Attack on Titan jackets - awesome as that would be. No, I decided when I ordered this distressed jean jacket that I'd cover up the holes with some of the geeky patches I've been collecting - I picked up this Survey Corps emblem in Hong Kong. Some of the other patches include Stark and Tully coats of arms and a big old Avengers "A", and one day I will do a post featuring the whole nerd jacket in all its dorky glory. Excelsior!