When I was thinking the other day about what to wear today, I’d only got as far as the booties and the tights until I saw this post on Saucy Glossie. I knew I had a pale grey patterned shirt and a cream sweater, and that the pale grey check would go with the tights I had planned. As I can only wear jeans on a Friday, subbing in a denim skirt was a no brainer and voilà! An outfit was born. And I was just thinking how I should wear my shirts more often. The tights are called Ice and are by Jonathan Aston, courtesy of Tights Please. They had been languishing, unworn, in my box of coloured tights for far too long so I am pleased to bring them out today.
Last night I went to see The Iron Lady at the cinema. It was a real trip down memory lane for some 80s nostalgia, and I learned a lot about Margaret Thatcher’s life too. For instance, I had no idea she had stood for election as an MP as far back as 1950. All the major political events of the 1980s were featured, including of course the Brighton Hotel bombing in 1984. I can remember my parents telling me about it at the time – they said that the IRA had tried to blow up Mrs Thatcher and the Conservative Party at their annual conference in Brighton, but that Mrs Thatcher and her husband had both escaped unhurt. I guess it would have been on Newsround too. I was five and a half at the time. The following summer Live Aid took place, but I knew nothing of that, I guess because my parents just weren’t (and still aren’t) interested in pop music so to them, it wasn’t important.
I can’t remember hearing about the miners’ strikes and pit closures in the 80s, but I do remember the frequent power cuts that accompanied them, and how my mom would always have candles around the house, for when the lights went out. I was too young to remember the Falkland’s War, but I do remember the introduction of the Poll Tax in 1989, what lead to Margaret Thatcher’s demise. It was fun watching the movie and spotting who all the government ministers were supposed to be – the makeup and characterisation was excellent. And of course Meryl Streep was totally convincing as Mrs Thatcher, even if she did look a bit more like Princess Anne at times.
Growing up in the 1980s was an excellent time for a young girl though. I can remember my parents being big fans of the BBC comedy series Yes, Prime Minister and for the life of me not being able to understand why the Prime Minister in it was a man. To me, the Prime Minister had always been a woman (Mrs Thatcher came to power about 3 weeks after I was born) and I couldn’t see why the post wouldn’t always be held by a woman.
Wow, how’s that for rambling on?! I’d better stop there I guess and leave you with what you came for: the details of my outfit. What is the first major news event you remember hearing about as a child?
Cream sweater – Topshop Tall
Grey check shirt – New Look Tall
Denim skirt – Jasper Conran (Debenhams)
Grey tights – Jonathan Aston (c/o Tights Please)
Black faux fur trim booties – c/o Deichmann Shoes
Whitby Jet cross – gifted
Black studded belt – free with a pair of trousers
Silver hoops – gifted
Total Est. Cost £89