My #SimplyBeReal Moment

Monday, 19 January 2015

A little while ago I was contacted by the lovely people at Simply Be to see if I'd be interested in working with them on their #SimplyBeReal campaign - a campaign which focuses on the fact that fashion doesn't always go to plan, and that we can learn to celebrate these 'real moments' and show that we're only human after all. As part of the campaign, I was asked to retell my ultimate 'real moment', which was then turned into the beautiful illustration you see above, by the lovely Eleni from Fall Into London (having met her at an event a while ago I was seriously chuffed she was chosen for my illustration!) 

So, you want to hear about my #SimpleBeReal moment? Here goes... 

Okay. So. I'm a clumsy person. I mean, really clumsy. And, if something awkward/embarrassing/horrendous is going to happen clothes-wise, it usually happens to me. Clothes "situations" happen much more often than not when you're a clumsy clothes-wearer, and I've definitely had my fair share. There was the time I spent the day walking round with my shirt on back to front, the sorry episode of builder's bum I experienced when walking to uni one morning thanks to a pair of ill-fitting jeans, the sad case of the massive-hole-in-tights, the broken bag situation just before I walked into an interview, and, of course, the not-so-Marilyn-Monroe-moment. I think that one is probably my favourite.

I'm sure we've all probably had the occasional Marilyn-Monroe-wind-up-the-skirt situation in the past, but this one tends to stick in my memory more than others. I was happily wearing a brand new floral co-ord; a gorgeous pink top and high-waisted flowy midi-skirt, and so stepped out with my boyfriend to take some outfit pictures. Whilst my boyfriend was being all photographer-y, I was getting my pose on, awkwardly as ever. Although I've been snapping outfit pictures for years now, it's only recently I've ventured out into the world of public outfit photos, as opposed to taking them in my room or back garden. Now, public outfit pictures are a whole other kettle of fish - I totally envy those who can pose away whilst passer-bys look at you as though you're stood there starkers, without as much as batting an eyelid, but I'm just not at that level yet. 

So, I go through the usual stages - POSE! - Oh, someone's coming - STOP POSE. POSE again! - Agh, another person, let's just pretend we're photographing the trees... and on it goes. On this particular occasion, however, I felt like I was coming into my own and so I was more than happy posing away as people walked by. It was a windy day however - and just as some people walked by, what goes and happens? That's right - a WHOOSH of air and up goes my skirt, revealing my not-so-fetching arse to the world. I tried to play it cool with a Marilyn-esque giggle/pose, but neither were convincing and ever since then I have reverted back to my previously shy and retired outfit posing. 

I'm sure I have many more fashion mishaps to come, but that one is probably my personal favourite. When I re-tell it back to people I like to put a bit of a glamorous, Marilyn spin on it, but I think we all know it was just a case of me being my usual clumsy self! 

Do you have any #SimpleBeReal moments you'd like to share? I'd love to know I'm not alone in my awkwardness! Also - follow the #SimplyBeReal hashtag on Twitter to take a look at all the hilarious stories (and beautiful illustrations!)