Post in collaboration with Rokit
When I’m not in lycra or chilling out in my pyjamas, I’m often found in vintage style clothing. I love the rockabilly look, and I’m also a huge fan of classic 40s cuts. Give me a pencil skirt and high heels, or a big swing dress and I’m happy. Winged eyeliner, bettie bangs, flowers in the hair – I love it all. If we have to wear clothes, then I believe we should have fun with them and express our personality.
If you follow me on instagram, you’ll have noticed that in amongst the running and cake pictures, there’s the odd pin-up wannabe pose. Mostly wearing repro clothes from my beloved Collectif, where I’ve been lucky enough to occasionally work as a Collectif Girl, but also the odd vintage piece from stores like Beyond Retro and Rokit.
I’m the runner who can often be seen running in red lipstick and winged eyeliner, despite knowing that I’ll sweat it all off. I suppose it seems hypocritical that someone who speaks a lot about not judging on appearances etc, sets a lot of time on hair, make up and clothes, and perhaps it is a bit. But whilst I am happy dashing about in lycra and over recent months, I’ve become a huge fan of going about my day-to-day life and even meeting some clients in yoga tights and long t-shirts (seriously, the comfort is AMAZING), at the weekends, going out and sometimes just for the sheer love of it, I like to vintage it up. I love my hair, I love messing around with victory rolls and quiffs. I love the bright prints and patterns of repro clothing, but the swing shapes. I feel happy and it’s important to me that I don’t just buy into current trends. I’m unique, we’re all unique, so I want my clothing to reflect that. With true vintage pieces, I like to imagine who wore it before me. I’ve got a wonderful 1940s handbag – who carried it? What story has it to tell? I love second-hand books for the same reason and get really excited when they have an inscription. It appeals to the history buff in me.
Even on lycra, or yoga tights and t-shirt days, my hair will usually have a flower poking out of it and the eyeliner will be in place.
Are your friends used to seeing you in lycra, or do you have a distinctive style that you love? I’m used to seeing you guys in gym kit – show me some pictures!