Who, us? We’re just two carefree girls-about-town who’ve teamed up with ASOS* to dress like our homes and offer tips on it like we’re some kind of professional outfit. We pillaged ASOS Supply and went to town on ASOS new season fashion, and pulled together a comprehensive guide on the very serious business of home-twinning. So, with tongue firmly in cheek, we present:
The Pseudo-Minimalist’s Guide to Dressing Like Your Home
As a pretend minimalist, people often ask me, Emma, how is it that you and your home are so perfectly in tune with one another? Well, read on, friends – these are my top tips.
Step One: Choose Your Tones
First, take a look around your home for visual cues. You’ll note that slight feeling of panic as you realise dirty white walls aren’t easy to dress like. Push it to the back of your mind and choose black things instead. Yes, black will be your friend.
Get quite into the idea that your dress and waste paper basket both have lines in them, and choose square-toe sandals that are also essentially straight black lines. Remember how much you love straight black lines. Sit in a reverie about this for at least half an hour.
Step Two: Do a Pose
Take one butter-soft belted suede jacket, and belt it. Now pose. Pose again. No, you’re doing it wrong, try another pose. Shout at your photographer for five minutes for making you look bad. Try again. There you go – jackpot. Wonder when Vogue will come calling.
Try to do a winking face in the excellent minimal mirror. Fail. Settle for a raised eyebrow instead. Vow never to wink again.
Step Three: Lose Your Mind
You know what they say: when all else fails, Lion King it. By this stage you’ll have the unhinged eyes of a woman so totally bonded with her home that nothing else matters. Go with it.
Choose a linen suit in just the right shade of rust and pair it with a bamboo plant stand because, you know, natural fibres. Add the world’s largest ever gold earrings and never want to take it all off. Go around hugging all your furniture when the shoot is over, and nod sagely like they do at the end of action films. That home – what a GUY.
The All-Out Maximalist’s Guide To Dressing Like Your Home
If you’re a true maximalist, you’re going to have to dress up like Grayson Perry to live up to your home aesthetics. I am. So I have.
Step One: Pick a Print, Add Five More.
Take some gingham, gold and leopard print then add a smattering of sequins and pop it on top of a geometric pastel blanket and you get quite the visual feast. Some people would say spangle trousers and a cute peplum top wouldn’t go together but those people are just dead wrong (they’re actually deceased. I killed them for saying it).
Once you’ve created an outfit guaranteed to draw a crowd practise those vintage Joan Collins exercise video poses. You’re going to want to serve these looks hard.
Step Two: NEVER Dress Down. Ever.
Life’s too short to wear beige and if your trousers aren’t so tight you risk a yeast infection, is it even fashion? You need to do some gardening – it’ll be the lamé kaftan. Gotta make a cake? Woollen poncho time, baby. And when I’m tidying the bathroom ain’t no pristine pink pants and polkadot blouse gonna stop this bitch bleaching. The thing that’ll stop me is getting distracted and dousing myself with perfume, apparently.
Add outrageous accessories like the pom pom bathmat to make sure everyone gets the message that your home is about fashion first – everything else is secondary.
Step Three: Costume Change Between Every Room
Unless your house is all one colour, you’re going to want to swap your outfit to fit the decor and if your home is a frenzy of periods, patterns and hues that’s going to mean a LOT of changes (hair and makeup adjustments included). You wouldn’t catch me in this kitchen in sports-luxe but I’ll gladly throw back some cereal from these incredible marble bowls and plates in a coordinating graphic monochrome jumpsuit and eight inch heels.
So bang a small porch between each room and make sure you add an outfit to each before you go to bed. Let’s take keeping up with the Joneses to a whole new level.
*All outfits and featured homewares gifted. THANK YOU, ASOS, for making our home-twinning dreams come true.
And thank you to both Mr Crap Flat and Jamie for their photographic skillz.