Five signs that you're addicted to fashion

By Rob Virtue on January 17, 2013 10:16 AM |


After spending 10 years working in the industry, Angela - who writes Blonde's Eye View for The Wharf and Confessions Of A Fashionista for the Daily Mail - thinks she's figured out when you're dangerously addicted to fashion...

1) Spending £800 on a handbag seems normal to you

A handbag is the lynchpin of a woman's wardrobe. Maggie Thatcher's is iconic, Carrie Bradshaw's are all in my closet.

The right bag is an investment. Alternatively, you've just "invested" £800 on something you'll fill with sanitary towels, old receipts and used tissues. You could have spent that on a weekend away or, you know, a life.

2) Your lunch consists of a raw carrot

Eating healthily and exercising regularly is good for you. But when you start staring longingly at sticks of celery, and imagining your waist was only the width of the vegetable, you need to take stock.

Lots of stock - preferably with stew and dumplings in it. Are you whittling away to nothing? Are you sniffing cake, instead of eating it? Half dead is never a good look. Fashion comes with a side of fries.

3) Your dog is a diva

I'm going to break this to you gently - you are not Karl Lagerfeld, and your pampered pet is not his cat Choupette.

There are some mentally unbalanced people who insist their designer doggies sit front row, fly first class and hang out in their own five star hotel suites.

Do you really want to be one of them? Your dog is not the reincarnation of Coco Chanel. Your dog does not need a manicure. Your dog eats its own poo.

4) You can't remember the last time you didn't wear Spanx

Spanx - the suck-it-all in miracle underwear that streamlines, in a boa constrictor way, your bumpy bits.

Struggling with the hook-and-eye fastenings on a body after a few drinks in the pub loos is a fashionista rite of passage. So attached to your magic knickers, you're tempted to wear them to yoga? That's a downward dog don't, darling.

5) You buy shoes you can't walk in

Yes, they make you a foot taller. Yes, they make you look slimmer. And, yes they are in the sale.

But when you walk in them you resemble a newborn giraffe, on ice, pissed. You cannot style out face-planting.

For a chance to win a copy of Angela's book, Confessions of a Fashionista, click here