Friday 15 November 2019

Stylewatch: the death of leisure wear

Vogue Williams McFadden
Vogue Williams McFadden

We get it: nothing is more comfortable. Particularly for those days/weeks/months when your jeans feel uncomfortably tight, slipping on something with Lycra in it can let you forget you're carrying a few extra pounds.

But, really, it needs to stop. Unless you're Vogue Williams, left, there are only certain times when leisure wear – by which we mean Lycra gym gear or baggy tracksuits – is suitable. And that time is when you're actually going to and from the gym, if you're pregnant, or on the very occasional hungover Sunday. Bar that, smarten up.


Dear Stylemma,

I am currently on the lookout for a debs dress, but I really dislike the typical debs-type dress, and was thinking of opting for something vintage. A while back, I saw a dress online that was pale pink, full length and backless, with a pink bow at the back. Could you recommend where I might find something similar?

Good for you! A traditional debs dress is one of the biggest wastes of money out there. In the next few months, you'll go to college or enter the world of work, and your fashion tastes will totally change; you'll most likely look back in horror at a debs dress that looks ridiculously dated.

Covet in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, tel: (01) 679-9313, have beautiful evening dresses in various nude shades, powder pink, and all the rest, to hire. A Store is Born, on Clarendon Street, tel: (01) 285-7627, is a vintage store that opens on Saturdays, 11am-6pm.

It has an amazing selection of well-preserved vintage dresses, including lots of bias-cut, Thirties' styles that tend to have low-cut backs. Alternatively, you could look at a skirt and top option – maybe a simple leotard with a low back, worn with a skirt.

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