Like more than a million people in London, and close to 3 million in the UK, I am a non-UK EU national and UK resident. I have been living in London for almost a decade. So last Friday I felt utterly dismayed. Like I was not welcome in this country anymore. A country where I have been working ever since I arrived, paid taxes, gave birth and raised my daughter. My 5 year old who, despite holding a French passport, considers herself British.
A couple of days later, as this incredible news begin to sink in, I feel depressed, 'brepressed'. I do not know what my family's future holds. And for the first time in those 9 1/2 years spent in London, I actually feel like a foreigner. Here in this city which, ironically, I ended up loving for being so open to the outside world (although I have always hated its bloody weather).
Do I really want to think about fashion right now!?
The fundamental questions the British people's decision raises will take a long time to be resolved. We will be confronted to great and unsettling uncertainty. So clearly I have not been in the mood for light hearted content these days. I obviously forgot about all my plans for potential looks and fashion advice to post. But this overwhelming event did end up bringing me back to this fashion blog in an unexpected way. When all is doom and gloom, when you want to scream your anguish and disappointment, when you feel brepressed, what do you wear?
Ironically, I chose to to embrace British sarcasm and dress in a way that was the opposite of my actual mood. With a 'happy' jumper.
And I also ended with a complete cross-European look, using, pretty much unconsciously, items from brands across the EU: a jumper from French Zadig & Voltaire (similar white happy sweatshirt still available on sale at £69), a maxi denim skirt from Spanish Zara (current collection but no longer available) and a pair of red patent sandals from BritishJimmy Choo (old collection).
What about you? What do you wear on a bad day? Do you embrace your unhappy mood or do you go against it? What is your wardrobe refuge in such circumstances?