How to be (successfully) overdressed

How to be (successfully) overdressed.

Hint: channel Holly Golightly, in the supermarket, on the train, at the Laundromat…

Created in collaboration with Uniqlo Australia

Everyone is looking at you – whispered my commute companion, gesturing at the gaggle of archetypal scarved-to-the-upper-lip Parisian Madames that were our fellow passengers. ‘I guess you’re a bit overdressed for the Metro’, he concluded. Had I the get-up-and-go to argue at that moment, I might have suggested a number of similarly plausible explanations more kind to my eight in the morning delicate self-esteem.

However, glancing down at my flowy bias cut dress (from the functional and beautiful Hana Tajima for Uniqlo collection), the floor length skirt of which almost needed a seat all on its own, and feeling the weight of my oversized sunglasses on the bridge of my nose, I had to admit to feeling somewhat ridiculous within the context of this commonplace scenario.

As one determined to experience life by living out film references, I felt very much like a Holly Golightly in that quintessential Audrey Hepburn film. The protagonist, lending circumstance to the film’s name, takes a flimsy takeaway pastry and coffee breakfast while window shopping at a yet to open Fifth Avenue Tiffany & Co boutique. Her full length gown, diamond tiara and mysterioso cat-eye sunglasses were so out of place in the deserted streets of a somber New York morning.

There is something impishly diverting about pointedly overdressing without an occasion at all, creating an unsettling juxtaposition that may lead passers-by to ponder for all that day, ‘just what was that girl’s story?’ Then, on the other hand, it is simply a question of wearing what you like, peer approval not a prerequisit. The rule operates both ways, of course, whether it is sneakers to a party or a dramatic full skirted dress on the Metro. Yours truly, for one, approves.

As for being successfully overdressed, might I suggest:

  1. Floor grazing lengths that reference classical tastes of a romanticised last century
  2. A shrinking waistline optical elusion that conjures femininity overdose
  3. Personality affirming earrings slash works of sculpture, for which size does matter
  4. A tiny handbag (or no handbag at all), as if to imply your more glamorous plans had fallen through
  5. Blacked out sunglasses, lighting conditions be damned
In this look:
Dress by Hana Tajima for Uniqlo; Sunglasses & Bag by Céline; Scarf by Loweve; Shoes via Frankie Shop; Earrings by JW Anderson

Created in collaboration with Uniqlo Australia

Location: Paris, France | Photography: Louis Villers

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