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Smug Married: fashion backward

By admin on August 2nd, 2007 0 comments yet. Be the First

me.jpgKeris Stainton‘s weekly column on married life…

The first time I went out with David he was wearing a black satin shirt with a floral “yoke” (the shoulder area, in case you didn’t do Home Economics at school), slightly too-short trousers, and shoes with buckles on them. Buckles! He was a mess, frankly.

For years, every time David needed clothes I went with him. Occasionally he’d sneak out on his own and buy clown trousers. Or shirts covered in sunflowers. Or a leather jacket (not a cool one, a *rock* one). But then suddenly he started dressing really well. Of course, at first I assumed he was having an affair (isn’t suddenly starting to take more pride in one’s appearance supposed to be a clue?). He’s got good shoes, good trousers, cool t-shirts, nice jackets – he always looks great.

Well, almost-always. He still struggles with ironing (at work they call him “Crumplestiltskin”) and his jumpers shrink more often than they should (and, yes, he does the washing and ironing so that’s still down to him, not me), but he is effortlessly stylish. Not in a David Beckham fashion-forward way, but in a perfectly well put together way.

In the meantime, I remain style-challenged. On our first date I was wearing leggings, a big shirt and a squashy hat (it was winter, although that’s not really an excuse). While the specific items have changed, my fashion struggles remain. I buy something, I think it looks great, I wear it out, I see myself in a mirror and realise I look a mess, I give it to the charity shop. (David recently commented that a jumper I’d bought *that very week* would be better “for just around the house”.)

So what I’d like to know is how has a man who once wore a floral satin shirt become more stylish than me? And when am I going to do something about it? (Your guess is as good as mine!) Maybe I should get David to buy my clothes…

Keris co-edits Shiny Media’s fabulous women’s fiction blog, Trashionista and contributes to TV Scoop, The Bag Lady and DollyMix. At least she’s never worn a shirt with a yoke.

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