Today my friend and I were browsing a small local boutique. As she flicked through the black silk dresses, black satin dresses, black shiny leggings, black sequin skirts and black wool cardigans, she said that she was trying not to buy so many dark things. She prefers pastels, and apparently they're coming into fashion next season (maybe that's why so much black was on sale?).
Personally I look awful in pastels, and semi-awful but also slim in black.
But I have just watched my first episode of Mad Men, and have firmly jumped onto the Mad Men bandwagon ridiculously late. I'm like that with everything: first oblivious, then skeptical, then hesitant, then wondering if I'm too late, before finally celebrating whatever it is which has been popular for several years already. Flattery will get you most places, but if you called me trendy I'd know you were lying.
One of the main brand the boutique stocks is Darling. Their current image is as far away from the sophistication of Mad Men with its floatiness and fluffiness as possible. But the look that we saw on sale was still pastel, but much more fitted and I suddenly found myself wondering if I ought to buy the pale pink brocade shift dress and matching pale pink brocade bolero.
In the end, I decided that I couldn't afford both. And neither would be right without the other. Also, I don't work in an office with Don Draper.