Party dresses because it's nearly time and the shops will be selling bikinis if you wait until the day of your party - one for a smarter party and one for a less formal gathering. I love a dark lip for winter, it's surprisingly easy to wear and looks best with other make-up being kept to a minimum to look fresh and now. I love these lace up ankle boots, even more so for having a block heel that I'll actually be able to walk in. A leather back-pack is practical but grown-up, too. This pretty velvet and lace bra for peeking out under a chunky v-neck knit. A casual skirt for weekends to pair with thick black tights and chunky brogues. A nod to the gothic look with these ankle socks - pair with party heels for a goth-geek vibe and because blue toes are never a good look.
I usually avoid black but this winter, I'm loving all things goth-inspired. Maybe I'm secretly throwing it back a decade to eighteen year-old me (hey, I've been an adult for ten years - how did that happen?) and my then-love of corsets, fishnets and knee-high Doc Martens (style icons: Brody Dalle, Courtney Love and then-pink-haired Kelly Osbourne). Only this time around it's a little more grown-up, a little less NSFW and as I've long stopped dying my hair black and rimming my eyes with kohl it's a little less scary. I may now be a (natural) blonde, have a penchant for Hello Kitty and a love of cute cardigans but these clothes happily remind me that I'm still a bit of an outsider, still a wannabe rebel and still don't quite feel like I "fit in" (and I would't have it any other way).
How did you dress as a teen? Do you still take references from that look now?