*Macy Tropical Print Pom Pom Shorts - Lily Lulu Fashion // Silk Emerald Button Tee - Topshop // Long Black Split Kimono - H&M Divided // Long White & Teal Feather Earring - Dusty Diamonds // Silver SOMEWHERE Pointed Heels - ASOS // Transparent Retro Pink Mirrored Round Sunglasses - NEW LOOK
I'm definitely not a shorts kinda girl. Weirdly, I tend to wear shorts in winter and it's usually the kind that is made with velvet fabric aimed at keeping me warm. But there's a first time for everything right? And with it being blazing hot in Manchester today, there's no time like the present!
What makes these so easy to wear is the print, how can anyone resist tropical prints? Just sit back, close your eyes, sip on an ice cold lilt (or rubicon) and imagine you're in the Caribbean! And I actually like the cut of the shorts too, they're not unbearably short so your arse doesn't hang out the back of them. Win!
I tucked my emerald silk top, which funnily enough I used to wear to work quite often, into the shorts. The top does have a bit of a 'formal' look to it, however it's easily dressed down with a cool pair of shorts. The final touch was of course my trusty 'mono.
Wearing clothes like this though poses problems and prompts a bit of soul-searching on the part of the wearer. We went for a nice stroll in the sunshine, as you do, but I was attracting some unwanted attention as I was basking in the sunshine while t'other half went in to a shop. This older, burly, sweaty guy walked past me, winked and said: "Cor, I'd slip a cock in you."
In the heat of the moment I thought 'Who the fuck do you think you are? What makes you think you've got a chance? What makes you think I care what you think? You think I actively seek out this kind of attention?"
But a few moments later the soul-searching began and I started to wonder whether I was 'asking for it' with my choice of clothes, I started to wonder if the guy was 'only trying to give me a compliment in his own funny way' and whether I had over-reacted or actually deserved that kind of presumptuous comment. And this is what Male Entitlement does to women. I felt pretty uncomfortable in that situation, through no fault of my own, but social norms actually make me feel like I was the one in the wrong.
But really, I was stood there minding my own business, taking in some sun. I don't deserve that and neither does any other woman. I wear clothes because I like them, because they make me feel good and because they just look great. I don't wear them for anyone else's benefit and the sooner men realise that this is how most women think, the better.