30 Wears: Carlo Trotter
My #30Wears garment is this navy coat with embroidered butterflies. I've had it for years. This was the first one I got but I have since bought many more like it. I used to keep it for special occasions; it just sat in the wardrobe waiting. Then I thought why can't every day be a special occasion. Now I wear it all the time.
It's about getting over what clothes are telling people about you. You put clothes into categories, casual, work, smart, the mother of the bride look etc but why? If you like it why not wear it? There are times you want to fit in with everyone else and times you just want to be you. The more comfortable you become with who you are the less you feel the need to stick to the rules. I absolutely dress for me now.
I have earned the right to wear what I like to work. I have no tolerance for companies trying to dictate what their employees, particularly women, wear. I was incensed about 10 years ago when RBS made all the women wear tartan blazers but not the men. And don’t get me started on the high heel fuss. You cannot require women to work in heels if you are letting the men wear flats. I was on the train the other day and a woman took off her heels and put on her trainers as she disembarked. Blokes don't need to do that do they?
Occasionally I get something that isn’t very me and it never gets worn. Maybe my personal challenge will be by 24th April I will have cleared out everything I don't wear anymore. Although I hold on to things waiting to give them to the next person who will love them.
I attach huge amounts of sentimental value to clothes. There are things you wore for a particular event, I still have my coming out dress for example, those clothes will always remind you of the wonderful time you had. They should be cherished and taken care of.