Most of the time, the people I encounter day to day don't react much to what I wear. Not any more.
The lollipop lady makes the occasional comment, but I am at peace with my role as that funny mum in the playground who wears odd clothes.
I don't think I'm particularly unconventional.
I like dresses, skirts, cardigans, boots.
I wear pretty, colourful things. I take account of my shape, my lifestyle.
I don't wear my clothes upside down or back to front, I don't refashion trousers into a shrug, or shoes as a hat. If only I were that creative!
I'm quite ordinary really.
So it was amusing to find myself on the receiving end of raised eyebrows, head-to-toe looks, and significant side-eye when I rolled up to school in this outfit yesterday.
What's the problem?
I have to say the kids I was working with in school loved it.
They oohed at the sequins on the t-shirt, ahhed at the sparkly lurex fishnets, and clustered around me, the little girls stroking my tutu-esque skirt. It is a common occurrence for little fingers to reach out inquisitively to touch my rings and bracelets.
I wonder sometimes if they see me as an overgrown version of one of them, rather than aligning me with the teaching staff.
Well, I suppose I am dressed in a kid's t-shirt...
Rolling Stones t-shirt - hand-me-down, intended for Eldest (and she wants it back)
Tulle skirt - flea market
Cardigan, bangles and necklace - charity shopped
Tapestry bag - vintage shop
Boots and sunglasses - retail (old)
Vintage lurex fishnets - gift from green goddess Vix
Today; a welcome but very cold return to Chesterfield flea market. We've not been for a whole month!
Oh look, it's that bag again. I am practically married to it. But who can blame me?
And the denim jacket again. And the boots. No one can accuse me of not making good use of my existing wardrobe.
I don't get bored with my Favourite Things.
Top, belt, bangles and 1960-70s stainless steel pendant - charity shopped
1970s Brettles lurex maxi skirt - Ebay
Jacket, boots and bag - as before
Using what you have...
Of course I enjoy keeping a look out for some new-to-me piece of deliciousness (like my tapestry bag or a hand-me-down t-shirt) but I can remix, or wear the same combination (this maxi skirt, top and jacket have been seen together before, here) - it's all good.
I don't feel bored with my wardrobe, any more than I get tired of seeing my friends, rummaging at my local flea market and charity shops, eating in my favourite restaurants, or listening to the music I love.
And I'm pleased to find that my sartorial choices still have the power to amuse and surprise.
Oh, not you lot - you're used to all manner of wonderful self-expression through clothing - I mean the rather more conservative frequenters of the school playground...
I might wear those boots as earmuffs and sunglasses as a bra.
You never know your luck.