As London Fashion Week comes to a close, it's only right to share with you my thoughts on what happens on the day, and also give some guidance as to what to wear for anyone who's been invited to join in to the fashion festivities.
This is my third London Fashion Week and I have trialled (and errored!) a few outfits which make me think I can finally pass knowledge on to first time goers.
The first LFW event I attended, I really wanted to make an impression. So I went all glammed up in a black crop top, boots super high heels, and embellished hat (like the G that I obviously am...). First things first - I was roasting inside because of the hat and all the weight of the embellishment. Secondly my feet were demolished from the standing and walking. Worst of all? I didn't feel comfortable, or myself, at all. Rookie mistake because I spent more time worrying what everyone thought of me, rather than enjoying myself and soaking it all in.
My second LFW, I honestly cannot even remember. It may have been a t-shirt and jeans. It may have been a dress with a nice updo. What I do remember is the madness of being in the front row of photographers and journalists taking pictures of the newcomers show (read about it here) after a whole day of events, followed by an after party. It was sweaty, messy and packed. But, my pictures from the show were pretty awesome.
Third time lucky - an effortless combination of a vintage oversized blazer, boyfriend shirt, ripped jeans all glammed up with a chunky gold necklace, costume earrings and a feather bag, I felt and looked better than ever. I wore heeled sandals which I survived in for a good 6 hours - and then I gave up so I switched shoes with my friend Heidi who had to buy a new pair because her flats were hurting more than my heels! This gives you an idea of how much we walked for - hopefully?!
London Fashion Week is always good fun - as well as the big designer catwalks, there are newcomer displays, events and parties happening all day and night. Your outfit needs to be prepared for that. Which is why I think smart casual is the way to go! Take flat shoes - always. Flip flops or those shoes that you can fold up in your bag are a must! A roomy bag that can hold all your necessities: camera, business cards, note pad, pen and a bottle of water. Plasters - don't forget those!
Be prepared to walk into a room full of celebrities and/or models without expecting it. I have now attended countless events where there has been no information on the invite about dress code or what to expect, and have chatted to celebs whilst looking like I'd come back from the battlefield. Top tip - concealer, powder and lipstick are your best friends throughout the day.
The same rules apply for any day long event you go to: dress up a casual comfortable outfit that YOU feel comfortable in; take flat shoes in your bag; don't forget the essentials tough up products; and most importantly - have fun!
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