I bumped into my colleague last weekend at Foyles bookstore whilst browsing travel guides and as I caught her eye I saw them doing something that I haven’t seen EVER – it was the London Once Over.
People in London give shifty glances here and there and then if they know you know they’re looking, they quickly look away in flustered embarrassment but NEVER do they stare without any qualms about doing so. People in Hong Kong however will unabashedly give you the HK Once Over, which consists of a googly-eyed scrutinisation from head to toes and back up again. The look my colleague was giving me in the travel section was not too dissimilar.
I was wearing this:
No, the London Once Over is not a look of appreciation or admiration, it is in fact a look of shrewd disdain. Technically, I’m her superior at work but standing there clutching a Time Out guide to Athens in my hand I managed to feel about 2 feet tall. I loved what I was wearing but I was burning up from knowing that my colleague was thinking ‘Oh….dear….god……what is this insane woman wearing?!?!?’ I momentarily panicked that suddenly I had lost out in the work professionalism stakes but then caught and checked myself: it’s a Saturday, I’m free to wear what I like, why is this woman looking at me like a jaundiced monkey (at least the monkey gets the cute factor vote)?
A long long time ago, a school friend said to me ‘You are a skirts over trousers kind of person’ which at the time was supposed to mean someone who took fashion risks. (Gosh, those days were so simple….) Well then, I am proud to live with that tag. Skirts and trousers on their own are fine but skirts over trousers – well, doesn’t your wardrobe seem more exciting already?* Viva skirts over trousers and join me to overthrow the once-over looks!
*FYI – This is supposed to be metaphorical so please do not worry yourselves silly about wearing a skirt solus style.