I looked in the mirror before we headed out to celebrate Shaun’s flatmate’s birthday.
Messy hair back in a low pony styled by Shaun: hot.
Smokey eyes: sexy
Graypink vintage shirt, dark jeans: Not too bad.
Then, I looked to my feet.
Backpacker black flats: Ugh.
I’m not the most stylish person, but I don’t think I dress terrible most days. Except when I’m backpacking. Then, I live in the same shirt and pants until they stand on their own (OK, slight exaggeration).
But, for a night out in London, a city that oozes style and fashion, I had absolutely nothing.
Standing next to the five girls, all dressed in ridiculously amazing clothes and accessories, hurt my eyes.
“Love, I have an entire closet full of vintage if you want a go,” Shaun’s friend had offered.
I stood in her room, gazing and marveling at her closet packed with sequins, sweaters and awesome, and then looked at what I as planning to venture out for a night out — a boring old striped sweater with a low neck I had adored when I got it at Macy’s.
But now … it just seemed so … obsolete.
London is a sick fashion city. Everyone looks amazing. The girls have some serious style Americans just don’t rock. It is an intimidating city to kick off a backpacking adventure when everyone around you looks just so … good.
Yeah, going out in what I was wearing was not an option, so I quickly shed my backpacker clothes and pulled her gorgeous silk shirt with a bow in the back over my head.
Not too shabby.
Even though I was still wearing jeans, it was a little bit closer to the gorgeous of the other girls.
And then, there were my flats.
I had picked cute ones to bring with me, but they were still flats and when I stood next to the heeled-clad feet of my new friends, they were blech.
“D, you’re backpacking!” Shaun had exclaimed when I rolled my eyes at my original outfit. “You’re not supposed to have cute stuff!”
Smiling to myself as I cursed my lack of fabulous apparel, I knew she was right.
So, backpacker chic it is.
Maybe when I get home I will be OK with tossing the heels. Most of them are in storage, anyway.
And buy some vintage.