Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Day as a Fashion Victim; What Happened When This Thirty-Something Writer Swapped Her 'Safe' Wardrobe for This Season's Must-Have Designer Gear?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Day as a Fashion Victim; What Happened When This Thirty-Something Writer Swapped Her 'Safe' Wardrobe for This Season's Must-Have Designer Gear?

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Byline: LISA RITCHIE

A SIXTIES-inspired shift, a mini paired with thighhigh boots, and skin-tight, highwaisted leggings - these are the key catwalk trends that sent the fashion pack into a frenzy of desire this season and spawned a thousand high-street copies.

The sky-high price tags of the original designer pieces make them beyond the reach of most nubile young things - but can you actually carry them off after 30?

Although, in my teens, I wholeheartedly embraced every passing trend, no matter how ridiculous (punk, New Romantic pirate, disco diva), these days I tend to play it safe in understated black Joseph pieces. Now I'm about to find out what it's like to be a dedicated follower of fashion.

In my vivid orange Marc Jacobs shift dress and black buccaneer boots, all I need is a phaser to pass as an extra on Star Trek. It's hard to believe this rather shapeless, unlined sack costs an astonishing [pounds sterling]1,070.

The Dune boots are cumbersome, and I have to limp along the pavement as the big flaps at the top chafe my inner thighs, leaving huge red welts. I am aware of men of a certain age giving me wistful looks, no doubt reminiscing about their lost youth. Women shoot me sidelong glances, probably thinking I'm mutton dressed in Topshop. Don't they know my dress is by Marc? One scruffy older man approaches me. "Thank you," he says, "for bringing femininity back to

the streets." He laments that most women today in their jeans and trainers look like kids in the playground. He is so moved he insists on kissing my cheek. He doesn't seem to notice my dress is like a giant child's pinafore.

The mini might be Matthew Williamson ([pounds sterling]295), but paired with over-the-knee stiletto boots in purple suede, it's more Soho than Sloane Street.

Thigh-highs may look sweet on Britney Spears or an asexual toothpicklegged model, but at my age, I feel more like Divine Brown.

BUT, boy, do they get attention from men.

Young, old, even the ones who are with the wife pushing a pram - heads turn, eyes swivel. …

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