I have been “doing” Me Made May 2016 for a week now, which involves wearing something i made everyday and getting a photograph.
I have completed the first week. The photos are taken by my husband, my PA, the sales manager at Royal Albert Wharf, my boss and my daughter. Thanks for that!
Looking at the seven out fits I must conclude that clothes, in the UK, are always about the weather.
These pictures, taken over seven days,show how the weather affects what we wear. Day 1 (Sunday) was a nice sunny day but not too warm, and we had our lunch outside with stepson Ben, Mel and Maia. By Monday it was really cold again for our visit to the Hindu temple. I had on lots of layers, including a big scarf. On Tuesday (back to work) I wore a jacket over a jumper and my thick tights. But by Tuesday it was starting to get warm. But I am still in the thick tights just in case it gets cold on the way home. By Wednesday, although I have on my jacket I have dispensed with the tights and I have bare legs for the rest of the week. But the lemon jacket and pink cardigan are worn as it is not that hot. But by Saturday (day 7) it is hot and sunny and the kids are in shorts and I have bare arms! My Australian friends and work colleagues find the discussion of weather, and the pure excitement and joy about sunshine, funny. You know how we buy more “soft top” cars than the European countries that actually have warm weather, and “put the roof down” at the slightest provocation. And in our parks you will see us in underwear sometimes, or with our skirts or trousers rolled up to allow the rays to touch our skin. With only 26 sunny days a year we try to get out in it as much as possible.
I also notice that I wear much lighter and brighter colours when the sun is out (and I am someone who avoids black and tries to get colour into the wardrobe daily). The first half of the week it is grey, navy, mid blue and deep red. Then out comes the lemon, light pink and white.
The other thing is about how clothes fit into your life. One day I got a picture taken of me actually working. I love this picture of an outdoor meeting (on the upper floor of the car park at the Stratford Centre) where I am talking to Kate Hofman. Kate is the CEO of GrowUp box. I want to bring this fantastic idea to one of our new developments in East London. I don’t really like posing as a “model” for the clothes – for me context is everything. My working clothes are more formal than the weekend outfits, but it is subtle difference for me. Weekends are not too slobby, and work is not at all formal. But as the CE of my organisation it is important that what I wear is congruent with our values and purpose (the provision of low cost housing in London, plus property development to fund it).