Vacuous Airhead

Blog #dresstoexpress It’s a weird thing being photographed every day. It forces me to examine the reality of my physical appearance day after day and makes me feel quite self-conscious. When I look at the photographs, the first things I notice are the things I don’t like about myself – my lined forehead, my witchy…

Outrageous Theatricality

Blog #dresstoexpress Sometimes I make myself smile with my outrageous theatricality. There is something amusing to me about wearing over the top clothes to do ordinary, everyday tasks. The odd bemused or occasionally disapproving glance makes it all the more entertaining. Childish, I know, but I’ve never quite lost my love of rule-breaking and, as…

The Colours of Autumn

Blog #dresstoexpress It’s funny how a season can often seem to drift on past its expiry date and then all of a sudden it is gone. Summer extended its warm, dreamy reach well into October this year but, suddenly, over the last few weeks Autumn nudged it forcefully out of the way. And, today, Winter…

Call the Governess

Blog #dresstoexpress I call this my Victorian governess shirt, There is something quite Bronte-esque about it, with its elegant shape, its ruffled Leg of Mutton style sleeves and its row of black shiny buttons. I found it in a charity shop and was attracted by its wonderful theatricality and detailing. It is by Apricot. It…

My Favourite Gig

Blog #dresstoexpress I’ve been lucky enough to work as a freelance journalist during my career as a writer and one of my favourite gigs was to write for Period House magazine, which features historic properties and the people dedicated to restoring and living in them. This jacket was created by a lady called Stephanie Kemp…

Our witch ancestors

Blog #dresstoexpress Halloween, or Samhain – the time when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. I’ve been thinking quite a lot recently about the women – ordinary women – who were persecuted, tortured and burned as witches as the great witch hysteria swept Europe in the 16th century.…