I spent my childhood on a farm, in the country side, surrounded by animals. Mainly of the four-legged fluffy horse variety, I look back on it all as some of the best days of my life. There’s nothing better than the smell of the fresh country hair (faintly tainted by the smell of manure) so it felt completely natural to combine my two favourite things, the countryside and fashion.
I guess my three favourite things with this particular shoot, as i’m rocking one of my favourite brands, Nobody’s Child.
My best friend (and photographer) Tayla has a super quaint farm in her family which, okay, isn’t a place that would usually scream fashion to many people but Tayla and I are always finding ourselves planning a backstory to a photoshoot so it has the feel of an editorial rather than just posing in an outfit on a London street.
We’ve had the idea of shooting at her grandmother’s farm for such a long time but wanted to piece together the perfect outfit and it only seemed right to incorporate my constant obsession; western. I’m not sure if this obsession stems from my childhood; growing up around ‘farm people’ who all seemed to own an assortment of hats and boots or my love for any film directed by Clint Eastwood but either way, I knew I wanted to base the outfit around my beloved, charity shop, cowboy boots. They cost me a measly £2.50 but I think they’ll be a forever fave in my wardrobe.
I had spied this checkered western shirt (adorable sleeves, right?) on Instagram and it was love at first sight. I emailed the babes at Nobody’s Child (1 day before said shoot) and pitched them my idea, luckily, they were all for it and the parcel arrived the next day with a few other bits and pieces in. Nobody’s Child are always my favourite parcels to receive, with their distinct brown paper bag packaging, which is ethical af and something i’m majorly here for!!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not one to shy away from a good midi skirt. I have plenty in my wardrobe but all of them have the same floaty shape so I was a tiny bit apprehensive about this particular number, it’s just so, straight. But, I’m all about stepping out of comfort zones, especially as we’re stepping into a new season, a new season where midi length is a staple in everybody’s wardrobe. I was really pleasantly surprised with this skirt, so much so, I wore it two days in a row, oops. In hindsight, I feel a tad silly for feeling apprehensive about how the shape would fit my body, these things are usually a little hit and miss when you aren’t blessed with super long legs, anything above or below a certain length can make your already short body, look even shorter; this skirt gave me no problems. Its a keeper.