When I was seven or eight, I badgered my mum into sending me to an after-school art class in my neighbourhood as I loved to draw. I loved to design. I was convinced I was going to be an artist…
Words: Oliver @oliverinstead / Photos: Susan from Dresses and Travels
and she did, so thanks mum!!
The prospect of it was an exciting one, but I subsequently quit due to the lack of encouragement to create or be creative at all as with each stroke, the other 20 odd children and I would be given strict orders as to how we were expected to perform. Naturally, I desired much much more room to realise my own vision and that was the end of that brief chapter…
Tee: H&M | Shirt: ASOS | Shorts: Topman | Shoes: Boemos | Clutch bag: Create and Case*
Despite the bitter departure, the first ever lesson was somehow very well imprinted in my head still – I had one task, and it was simply to colour a picture of a boy in dungaree using my favourite colour. From the box of 12 choices, I picked up the blue crayon with little hesitation and was quick to fill each compartment of the outfit with the pastelly hue.
Ever since then, I began to develop a fascination with colours and how they could work together in clothing to please the eye or sometimes, constitute an assault to the senses.
Thanks to Create and Case, an online accessory retailer that celebrates collective creativity, I’m able to show my appreciation for the represented designers with this multi-coloured clutch bag by Jacqueline Maldonado. The 80’s sweater-inspired pattern comes in a great mix of contrasting shades perfect for spring/summer and all the weird and wonderful fashion that we embrace in the sunny seasons.
With this outfit, I wanted to show how you can layer up even when the sun is high in the sky and shining bright. First of all, I have two words for you, “long line“. It’s the trick for clever layering and it’s so easily accessible these days! I paired the H&M tee with ASOS shirt (both in their respective long line ranges) together to add some character to an otherwise common oversized t-shirt, thus injecting the outfit with some personality of my own.
At times I wish I had stuck with the art lessons for longer to build upon my artistic ability but in retrospect, if I hadn’t quit at the time I did, I wouldn’t have gained so much respect for artists who put in such hard work to contribute their masterpieces to the world…