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Catherine Catherine | 16:28 UK time, Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hello dear readers,

London fashion week has just ended. Fashion shows have been happening all over the city. Newspapers and magazines are still full of gossip about who is the model of the moment (Cara Delevingne). Celebrities and journalists have announced what the best-dressed will be wearing in the coming seasons. Anna Wintour has been photographed without her trademark sunglasses. She is smiling! Clearly, clothes can bring you true happiness. I have decided that tomorrow, I will 'dress for success.'

Catwalk models

Catwalk models

7.30 am. Time to get dressed. I remember my promise to 'dress for success'. I wonder: how does one dress successfully? I usually manage to put my clothes on the right way round with all the zips and buttons done up. Does that mean I'm dressed for success?

I decide that dressing for success means more than putting my clothes on the right way round. I need to look good and feel good! The right outfit will bring confidence: doors will open and all my problems will disappear. Colleagues will bow down to me and I will be promoted - the benefits of dressing for success!

I open my wardrobe door. Rows of clothes stare back at me. I realise that most of my clothes are black, dark brown and grey. They droop sadly on their hangers. Are they depressed, I wonder? I decide that 'a pop of colour' is needed for successful dressing, and choose a red cardigan. Now, I need to look chic and sophisticated: black and white stripes. Next, I also want to look cool and casual - on go the denim shorts! And finally, for practicality (it's cold outside) black tights and long boots are a fashion staple.

Team fashion

The Learning English team fashion parade

I look in the mirror. I realise that I wore exactly the same outfit a couple of days ago. That was the day I lost my purse and had an argument with my partner. Not what you would call a successful day. I look in my wardrobe. My black, grey and brown clothes seem to slump even further down on their hangers.

I shut the wardrobe door, decide that success is a state of mind and resolve to ignore London Fashion Week.



doors will open - new opportunities will become available
droop - hang downwards
staple - something necessary and important that people use regularly
slump - fall further down
resolve - decide or promise to do something


  • Comment number 1.

    You are right. Don't we say? ' The clothes don't make monk.

  • Comment number 2.

    I was yesterday in London for an usual monthly trip.Pity! I had not been there a week earlier I could have seen, perhaps, the most extraordinary show of popular and street fashion! At least I suppose so, although we do not not find out such eccentricity we used to see in London in the sixties. But it is still winter and yesterday was quite chilly, difficult to find in the street that "pop of colour" you mentioned in your blog, Catherine. I do not know whether your decided to wear this colourful outfit or did it remind you an unsuccessful day? and so, you gave up the idea. Sorry you lost your purse, I hope you got it back and forgot this short argument with your partner.
    Looking forward to seeing more extravagancia in fashion (I mean in the street, not on the catwalk) and that we get out a bit of this grey and black tendancy.
    Best wishes to you and the whole team I follow daily since years!

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Catherine ,
    Thank you for interesting Blog . So BBC BLog has not halted completely yet . I 'm so looking forward to see other students and teachers Blogs .... It was so useful and exciting . What 's the matter ? I know it 's the question of so many BBC LE Blog eager readers . Speaking about the Grey and Black tendency ....Like you recently I 've noticed most my outfits are black and grey and I ve promised myself when I go shopping try to choose a bit more bright colors . I visit your page at FB as well but you know interaction here is more functional . Now I 'm proudly in contact with some of old Student Bloggers and we are good friends . Hope to see other people blogging here as in near future as usual !
    best wishes and bye
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 4.

    I am happy to read the staff blog again. It is the way I pick up many new words and phrases; and also keep in touch with the BBC speakers I listen every day while learning English. Katherine, I agree with your conclusion. You expressed the point in a witty manner. I like the phrase 'fashion staple' and your subtle sense of humor.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hello madam,
    Your blog "dress of success " is really interesting ,and I could pick up good vocabulary thank you very much for that.
    I would like to make a point here,"a good dress makes mind pleasant ,and pleasant mind, I'm sure brings success
    Thank you.

  • Comment number 6.

    Catherine hello! I just have read your fine article. I like to put on clothe and shoes in various shopping mall and shops. But these are ordinary clothe and shoes. I am very like reliable snickers and hiking boots, leather shoes. We consider in Russia that if a man have good shoes and it was polished by brush like mirror, this man have good manners. He has confidence in affairs and as rule the doors will open easy for him. Usually men or women have a some fashion things in their wardrobe that a fashion staple. And they resolve what outfit will be to fit today's mood.
    Thank you for your blog! With best wishes to you and the team!

  • Comment number 7.

    Nice post! I appeared to have witnessed a model's whole show time experience. I usually wear Karen Millen Dresses [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] in my spare time.

  • Comment number 8.

    Dress for Success is really a nice post thanks for sharing post.....

  • Comment number 9.

    Looking forward to seeing more extravagancia in fashion....compassion through fashion


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