Dressing your age is never an easy task. At the age of 16, my club entry relied on the fact that I dressed like an ‘adult’, which meant lots of makeup, a short skirt, a very stretchy noughties shirt and sky high heels (classy). As a twenty-something I seem to be dressing like a nineties kid. It’s a problem us ladies seem to face at every age. 30 year old mums like Chrissy Teigen and Beyonce are given a hard time for wearing minis and going out for a drink; whilst 50-somethings feel the pressure to cover their arms at all times. Even at the tender age of twenty (something), the anxiety of wearing a tight short dress is too much. Disapproving looks from other women isn’t even the issue, it’s the leery men you instantly attract that is off-putting. And I’ve got to the stage now where I cba and pull on my baggy jeans and oversized shirt in revolt.
As 30 creeps ever closer, my style now consists of a blouse of some sort tucked into a pair of jeans, with trainers or boots. It’s simple, easy and classic. I can dress it up or down and I know that in five years I won’t look at pictures of myself and cry with laughter, (as I do now whenever I press the left arrow on Facebook photos.)
I kind of forgot to check out the Kate Moss x Equipment collection, because I thought it was just another nothing collab, with pieces you fall out with love by the time you get home.
A patent fuchsia belt with garish gold studs, from the Matthew Williamson x H&M collab, taunted me for years, because I could never throw it out as I’d never worn it and I could never wear it because it was fugly. I spent a good hour of my life refreshing the H&M homepage on the Alexander Wang range, as I watched my wishlist reduced to a pair of padded leggings, that I eventually reminded myself I really didn’t like.
During a spot of research last night, it suddenly occurred to me that the Kate Moss x Equipment collab was sure to have the perfect shirt for our French Girl Style piece. Little did I know that the collection was actually huge and really great; kind of a grown up girl’s Kate Moss for Topshop but with gorgeous silk shirts and every single item you’d ever need to perfect that grown up North London/Rock chick/West London/French Girl vibe.
It’s kind of what you think you’d wear if you and Kate were besties for the day, channelling Ab Fab meets Veruschka in Factory Girl.
Silk shirts that demand to be tucked into Kate’s signature skinnies and saucy slip dresses that look as great with a biker or bomber, as under a cosy cashmere knit.
It’s classic meets grunge and the pure embodiment of Kate Moss style. It’s what every collaboration could (and should) be. Here are my favourites.
Jessa Maxi Bias Slip True Black, $298 , Equipment.fr
Lake Pyjama Silk Top, True Black Leopard Print, $268, Equipment.fr
Slim Signature Shirt, True Black Lightning Bolt, $278, Equipment.fr
Ryder Crew Neck Sweater, $278, Equipment.fr
London Oxford Shirt, French Blue Cotton, $228, Equipment.fr
Wynne Tuxedo Blazer, Black Wool Suiting, $598, Equipment.fr
Jessa Bias Slip, True Black, $248, Equipment.fr
Houston Pant, Wool Suiting, $368, Equipment.fr
Slim Signature Shirt, Celestial Print in True Black or White Celestial, $278, Equipment.fr
Lead photo: Slim Signature Shirt, in Underground Leopard Print, $298, Equipment.fr