What Honor thinks she’s wearing:
“Aztec Peace Corps. Yuh, really. Imagine you’re helping poor South Americans build a village school, and you’re perfectly OK with raping their culture by wearing a Western misconception of Aztec print. And they really want you to go home but you haven’t got your carefully aged cowboy boots dusty enough yet so you’re staying. Also, your necklace cost as much as their new school but you got it on sale. Girrrrl.”
What a normal person thinks she’s wearing:
“Is there a place that exists between Aztec warrior queen and someone attacked by an angry toddler armed with crayons? If there is, Honor found it. This dress is so bright that every time I look directly at it I want to put my sunglasses on – and that’s partially because I’m genuinely scared it might hypnotise me.
One guy told us ‘She looks like she ran through the Smarties factory’ which we think means he thinks she looks…colourful? Someone else thought she looked like she’d been walking through a third world country and some old man had come up to her and given her a necklace that’s an intergalactic treasure holding the secret to time travel. Wow. There is a group of people (freaks, I think they’re called) that believe the Mayans got their info from aliens. I guess now we know.
Aliens and confectionery aside, somewhere between the necklace that makes fun noises and the green ribbon on her wrist, it works. This is actually one of my favourite of Honor’s looks because it is so effortless. I’m a true fashion phobe and even I can see that if looking good was always as easy as a slip-on dress and big jewellery I’d maybe make a bit more of an effort. In this scorching English mini-summer we’re having, the dress is breezy and simple and you don’t have to try hard to make it look good – sounds perfect.
But don’t worry, I did some research. There are a few options for those of us that love the idea of a light, bright and breezy summer dress but don’t want to run the risk of blinding our friends and loved ones.”
Wear it without people throwing stones at you:
“Plenty of places have some slightly less frightening Aztec prints for people who don’t go out of their way to dress like an extra from Apocalypto (Mel Gibson’s rather genius film about Mayan culture just so you know). This ASOS backpack says Aztec Gap Year – sorry PEACE CORPS – just as much as Honor’s painful dress does and you can even put stuff in it. I know. Pretty good.”
Check out more Aztec madness in Honor’s THIS WEEK WE LOVE… column from earlier this summer. There’s also LOADS on the HOWL Women’s Pinterest board so head over for even more if you can’t get enough. Just make sure you’re wearing your shades.