It is safe to say I like clothes…a lot! My wardrobe is rather full, hugely eclectic and sometimes I worry that maybe I’m not using my clothes/shoes enough because there are quite a lot of them, and maybe I should throw stuff away. However, recently i’ve realised there are certain items that I could never part with as they’re soo wearable, so the best thing to do is recycle and chuck them with all sorts of outfits to add a new funky dynamic to my look! One of these being my vintage LA flag Dr. Martens! I’ve recycled these 7 billion times to work with completely different looks and each time they do their job. Here’s 3 ways I wore my Docs recently that show I do actually have a “darker” side away from the rainbows, bright colours and glitter…
LFW Day 5: My Inner 90’s Grunge
- Double-breasted checked blazer: Picked up from a Hammersmith vintage fair in January. In my opinion, you cannot go wrong with a blazer. It’s classic, androgynous and will always make you feel strong and powerful- clothes that make you feel good are worth investing in.
- Pinstripe trousers: Zara. Normally I wear these trousers in the evening to go out, but i’m all about mixing up my clothing and wearing things in ways I normally wouldn’t so that I don’t get bored.
- Polo neck: Zara. A wardrobe necessity.
- Dr. Martens: American flag style, picked up from a vintage store in LA.
- Sunglasses: Virgil Abloh, Off-White X Warby Parker. These were a present and are by far my favourite pair of sunglasses. They’re simple, statement and look good with almost anything.
- Handbag: Hand painted, from a market in St Tropez last summer.
This look was from Day 5 of LFW this February when I went to The Natasha Zinko and Taetum Jones shows. I was a huge fan of the 90’s grunge era growing up, I used to listen to a lot of Nirvana and really admired Kurt Cobains style, so a bit of that will always be present in my wardrobe choices. Even though there’s no crazy colours, this outfit is still very “Talina”- maximalist with clashing prints and chunky boots. One of the best things about this look is the contrast between the big Docs and the more elegant evening trousers…in my opinion.
Shooting for YGSF TV: The Vintage Rock Chick
- Rolling Stones Denim Jacket: I bagged this badass DJ in an LA vintage market when I was out there working last year. I bought it and wore is straight away, a good quality white denim jacket is hard to find…I cherish mine.
- Trousers: These are vintage Moschino, and are my favourite EVER! I’m a huge fan of Moschino and the fact the trousers are one of a kind makes them even more special. I pretty much always pair these with my US flag Docs because i’m a sucker for in your face matching!
- T-Shirt: Acid House smiley t-shirt which my close friend got for me when I was 17.
- Backpack: Clueless inspired and found in a Brick Lane vintage market.
- Coat: Zara, a gift from my mum. It matched the backpack perfectly, which worked well seeing as I was already on a roll with the whole matching thing.
This look is from a shoot I did recently with the super dope and talented musician, Joy Crookes (episode to be released very soon.) The fact I was shooting a music-based ep may have something to do with why I went all rock n’ roll fan girl. This outfit is made up of some of my most treasured items of clothing that i’m pretty sure i’ll never throw away as they’re all super loud and all have a special meaning to me!
Breaking Rules: The Boiler Suit
- Boiler Suit: Golden Goose. Another present from my mum, she really is the best!
- Coat: Picked up from a market in Dubai. It was maybe my most used item of clothing this winter.
- Polo Neck: H&M.
- Handbag: Gucci.
- Sunglasses: Vintage.
Boiler suits are meant to be orange, right? And you’re not supposed to park in a no parking bay, right? Well, I often enjoy breaking the rules which is why I like wearing denim boiler suit and parking myself in front of no parking signs…it’s the tiny rebel in me popping out.
I love this boiler suit so much as the patch work denim gives it that handmade feel, which I always really appreciate. Plus, it’s soo easy to wear…all in ones are a God send, you literally do not have to worry about matching them with anything else!
The Docs are back AGAIN, because they’re chunky and quite masculine they work well with the distressed boiler suit.
If you take anything from this article it should be that a) I REALLY like my Dr Martens, and b) when buying clothing always consider whether or not it is adaptable and has longevity. If the answer is no then maybe don’t go beating up your wallet, but if it’s yes then go for it…you’ll probably end up in a very happy marriage like me and my Docs!