Here’s one you haven’t heard before…Recessionista…

Here’s one you haven’t heard before…Recessionista…

Trust me to arrive at Dazed the year they decide to hold an X Mas party with a fairly difficult theme to convey. The Dazed and Confused Xmas party came and went last night and the theme was recession. *Groan*  As if we all need another reminder.  Last year, the theme was mag covers of Dazed & Confused of 2007… what fun that would have been…

I had done zero outfit prep at all and went for a look so makeshift and pisspoor that I may as well not have dressed up at all (a lot of people didn’t given the nature of the theme…).  In the spirit of poverty I had on my 1p dress that I won on eBay ignoring the fact it cost a fiver to ship it over here and a parcel tag necklace and a brown envelope headpiece clearly stating ‘This cost 1p on eBay’ and my holey moley black tights and shoes by Office (I think some of you were wondering…).   I stopped at writing a cardboard sign to hang around my neck saying Recessionista and in any case the word sends shudders down my spine…. particularly because I was asked to contribute to a Sunday Times article on the matter of ‘being a Recessionista’ a while back and I kept on balking at the thought of this word actually coming into common usage, as if fashionista wasn’t awful enough.  An apt enough outfit that is a little on the repetitive side, considering yesterday (just got paid today) my bank balance was quite unhealthy…

Just to reel off some examples of costumes seen….someone made a dress out of two Iceland bags (the shop that sells scuzzy sausage rolls for 50p, not the country…), someone dressed up as a five pound note, there was a walking 2-for-2 voucher cleverly made out of canvas, a cash coat jacket with fake twenty pound notes stuck on all over, Wall Street highflyers and a Financial Times giant bow tie.

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  1. Anonymous

    2008-12-18 at 12:04 PM

    looking poverty perfectt

  2. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2008-12-18 at 12:20 PM

    Ha! You look adorable! x

  3. Ruthie

    2008-12-18 at 12:24 PM

    haha that headpiece actually looks really cute!

  4. Make Do Style

    2008-12-18 at 12:34 PM

    Very fetching and wonderful! Yes please spare us the recessionista thang! It is truly hideous as a term but hey journos have to make a living.
    Glad b/b is looking healthier. Have a lovely Christmas I’m going to be focused on friends, family and chrimbo now…so will miss your gorgeous posts!

  5. Rianna Bethany

    2008-12-18 at 12:38 PM

    Ha ha ha! what a tres marv outfit! In this whole situation you could either laugh or cry at a theme like that so you made a positive out of it all! you found a dress on ebay for 1p!!!! (despite the shipping fee!) Hopefully you put a smile on peoples faces.
    Rianna Bethany xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. rosa

    2008-12-18 at 1:08 PM

    i want to see photos of the other costumes! yours is ace!

  7. songy

    2008-12-18 at 1:12 PM

    Pretty ingenious. I wouldn’t mind reading your Recessionista article.. will be about dressing ‘well’ during difficult times or making fun of the whole Recessionista thing. I hope it’s latter. Then again, I don’t suppose that’s what Sunday Times wanted?

  8. That Girl

    2008-12-18 at 1:15 PM

    I abso-freaking-lutely LOVE that word! I hope you don’t mind.. I will be borrowing that ‘term’ and ,of course, paying homage where it is due…
    great post… It made me smile in the midst of a week filled with achy body, ill kids and overly tired spouse!
    Thanks Bubble!

  9. Hannah

    2008-12-18 at 1:20 PM

    Sounds like you work with some very creative people!

  10. WendyB

    2008-12-18 at 2:53 PM

    I had promised myself that I would shoot myself at the next mention of “recessionista” but your outfit was so good, I gave myself a reprieve.

  11. WendyB

    2008-12-18 at 2:56 PM

    I had promised myself that I would shoot myself at the next mention of “recessionista” but your outfit was so good, I gave myself a reprieve.

  12. Miss at la Playa

    2008-12-18 at 3:33 PM

    what a funny theme! It is very original, I love that kind of challenges… 😀

  13. jennine

    2008-12-18 at 4:13 PM

    eheheeh cuuuute!

  14. Marjorie

    2008-12-18 at 5:49 PM

    LOL… the sign is just genious! Loved your outfit!!!

  15. Cas Ruffin

    2008-12-18 at 6:31 PM

    Considering the theme, I’m pretty sure you can’t get more recessionista than a headband with the price tag of your dress.

  16. lisa

    2008-12-18 at 7:03 PM

    I love the homemade headpiece and necklace!

  17. Ngoc Le

    2008-12-18 at 7:05 PM

    Love that headband, gahahahaha.

  18. lisa

    2008-12-18 at 7:10 PM

    I love the homemade headpiece and necklace!

  19. Laia

    2008-12-18 at 7:11 PM

    The headpiece is so so so good!
    And I too have a riodiculous aversion to the word fashionista, but I especially hate the word recessionista. HATE HATE HATE! haha

  20. jacquie shambles

    2008-12-18 at 8:07 PM

    I think you did very well on a budget. Ugh, pun not intended. Does that even apply there, I dont know.
    I’m incredibly sick of hearing and reading the word “recessionista” too. I think we all may be..
    xxx jshambles

  21. fashion herald

    2008-12-18 at 8:35 PM

    This is your piss poor outfit? wish i had your piss poor outfit skills!

  22. Saskia

    2008-12-18 at 9:03 PM

    recession! this could only be topped by “climate change”.
    nice outfit anyway.

  23. KD

    2008-12-18 at 10:12 PM

    This outfit is wonderful and makes me laugh, in a good way of course.

  24. Dana

    2008-12-18 at 10:55 PM

    I love your outfit!

  25. Eyeliah

    2008-12-18 at 11:26 PM

    lmao – very fitting of these times.

  26. Brandon

    2008-12-19 at 2:31 AM

    Shows how style is budgetless. I completely agree, any mention of the word recessionista or fashionista should cause someone to get shot. I really hate being called any of the above, oy what a pisser (learning some interesting jewish phrases over here :P).

  27. The Clothes Horse

    2008-12-19 at 3:01 AM

    I suppose we’ll all do just fine as long as we can laugh. 🙂

  28. enc

    2008-12-19 at 3:41 AM

    I’m glad you had a sense of humor about the whole thing. Nice job, Susie!

  29. belle fantaisie

    2008-12-19 at 3:47 PM

    i really like your skirt 🙂

  30. kim

    2008-12-19 at 7:06 PM

    hehe @ the iceland bag costume
    And I also cringe at “recessionista” – I heard it used before on another blog, I’m dreading common usage :/

  31. Chic Looks

    2008-12-20 at 1:58 AM

    I was going to shut down the laptop and go to bed then I saw this and just had to say, this is beyond amazing, haha and the 1p headgear, its all so playful and fun, this one of the million reasons why I love your style.

  32. The Fashion Assistant

    2008-12-20 at 9:13 AM

    Brilliant!!!! love the head accessory!!!

  33. Jael

    2008-12-22 at 1:54 AM

    I prefer the term “fashion nerd” because I am a nerd who loves fashion and “fashionista” has an association with bitchery.
    Recessionista? How about “poor”? Would it kill them to just say “thrify”?

  34. Ion

    2009-03-30 at 10:28 PM

    Excuse me. Facts are the enemy of truth.
    I am from Samoa and learning to write in English, please tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “At an auction site, the seller either a company or an individual puts an item up for.”
    Best regards :P, Ion.

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