Back and forth.
A sartorial repartee.
Therein lies the essence of the Ping Pong Post project. A series of the shuttling back and forth of selected items of clothing. Accruing frequent flier miles like none other. One same garment, crossing countless miles. Travelling, in this instance, from Cornwall to Houston, then to Hong Kong, moving onwards to the Netherlands, then Scotland, before finally making its way back to that teeny little English island. Brings new meaning to the phrase “mileage plus“, huh?
This month, it was a shaggy green number courtesy of Anna. A piece completely covered with wee, fine hairs, strategically congregated into sassy clusters of fringe. Tunic, yes. Dress, yes too, for those of us who veer on the vertically challenged side of things (raising hand).
And very feisty.
And quite the jetsetter too.
Now, when the shaggy piece arrived, I was completely at a loss. Baffled. Bewildered. Flummoxed. My mind was blank. The kind of completely-void-of-ideas situation wherein you’re left feeling drained and desperate. I kid you not. I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. I vaguely recall sending Ann some candid photos of me looking all despondent and crestfallen, and very lost. As the morning of my shoot dawned, I still had no godly idea what to do with it. How to wear it, let alone fashion an entire outfit that would be remotely reflective of my personality and style aesthetics.
I WAS STUMPED
Frantic would be rather an understatement. I flung things here. I threw things there. I pulled things from up high and from down low. After a few minutes of this crazy-assed-woman activity, I paused. To breathe. Being physically mad takes quite a bit of energy, I’ve come to realise. And while doing so, I noticed a leather+knit top lying right beside the shaggy one.
And to the right of them, a pair of navy blue legging with embroidered faux leather panels.
An outfit was born.
And that is really really REALLY how this look came to be. I’m all for spontaneity and moments of serendipity but even I felt I was cutting it a wee bit too close for comfort. I mean, seriously Sheela, you pulled yourself together just as the photographer (literally) knocked on your front door (truth).
Suffice to say, I was very happy the shaggy one and I bonded in the end. And (very pleasantly) surprised with how much I like the end results. And even more pleased that I did not let Anna (and the other ladies) down. One really needs to be at one’s best when in the company of such thoughtfully stylish women. Scroll down and you’ll see what I mean.
Anna (anna’s island style)
Is it just me or does Anna exude this rock n roll superstar vibe in
anything everything she wears? Her outfit choices are always loud but never tacky. Colourful and bold with nary a hint of being garish. Always fun, playful, unexpected, and I very happily worship at her tabernacle for all those traits. Here, those accents of zesty orange and dramatic animal print are so perfect I feel I’ve bumped into a retired celebrity, enjoying a evening stroll.
Sam (fake fabulous)
Everyone knows Sam’s amazing talent to mix and match print and pattern with vivid pops of colour. But not everyone (yet) knows how equally deft a hand she has in pairing textures. Look at how plush those fine green needles of fabric look when placed beside the creamy, statement purls and weaves of her oversized cardigan. And although this may not be Sam’s signature palette, she clearly is just as brilliant when working with neutrals.
Anne (kremb de la kremb)
This one here. Smart as a fox. An ever so stylish fox at that. When everyone else was trying to decipher whether to wear the green piece as a tunic or dress or top, Anne went straight for the jugular, I mean neck. And hey presto, it’s a scarf. The funnest, coolest, most chic scarf I’ve seen in an awfully long time!! How absolutely brilliant a sartorial move was that? And to wear it with suede shorts in that divine shade of rust was icing on the cake.
Greetje (no fear of fashion)
I’ve always appreciated Greetje’s style of dressing. Classy and classic, with bits and pieces of whimsy and quirk thrown in to reflect her personality. And this outfit is the perfect representation of that. A crisp button-down to provide contrast. Leather pants to show off legs that go on for miles (
hate love hate her). Pointy-toed boots to further elongate. And a super cool (Jade, I think?) choker for a little somethin’ somethin’.
And me, Sheela (sheela writes)
The shaggy one worn with a leather and knit tank top over it. Leggings featuring embroidered panels of faux leather. A JCrew belt worn around the neck. Pops of yellow here and there. Note how the sleeves look like epaulets in some shots, creating the illusion of me in a suit of armour. Sheela likes.
Do YOU like?
How do YOU think we did?
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p/s photos by Sofia Touassa
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